February 2020 - Lunch Meeting

February 19, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Biltmore
2630 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

The Roaring 20s – Travel in 2020

Changes are coming to the travel industry. REAL ID is HERE, flight shaming is driving to conversation and the old subjects, increasing taxes on travel are popping up again.

Are you prepared? Are your travelers? Join this meeting and be prepared to lead your company into the Roaring 20s.

Presented by Shane Downey and special guest speaker Matthew Simon, Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko

This presentation has been approved for 1 GTP Credit


Shane Downey 



Shane Downey is Vice President of Government Relations and Volunteer Relations at The Global Business Travel Association, the voice of the $1.4 trillion business travel industry. GBTA is the world’s largest organization representing this sector and counts among its members more than 9,000 business travel professionals across six different continents. 


In addition to serving as the association’s lead lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Shane oversees GBTA’s volunteer engagement including GBTA Chapters, Committees and grassroots political activity. He also leads GBTA’s efforts with EU official in Brussels. Shane has worked at GBTA since 2006, achieving many legislative successes and expanded the profile of GBTA on the Hill and abroad. 


Prior to joining GBTA, Shane was a Senior Associate at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., and before that Shane worked on several Congressional Campaigns.  


Shane received his B.A in History from The Ohio State University. Shane also served in the United States Marine Corp and is a Desert Storm veteran.  



Matthew Simon
Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko

Matthew Simon is currently the Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko who represents Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. He is a native Arizonan and a two time graduate from Arizona State University with his B.S. in Political Science and Master in Public Administration. Before serving as Chief of Staff, Matthew worked as the Majority Education Policy Advisor at the Arizona State Senate, the Director of Education Policy for the Goldwater Institute and the Director of Government Affairs for the Arizona Charter Schools Association.



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Meeting Fees are Non-Refundable


$45.00 Member Registration
$55.00 after 06:00 pm February 14
$40.00 Earlybird rate before February 7

$0.00 Pre-paid Member

$55.00 Non-Member/Guest
$65.00 after 06:00 pm February 14
$50.00 Earlybird rate before February 7