Professional Development Committee

Professional Development Committee

The primary role of this committee is to effectively manage Professional Development opportunities for the GBTA-Austin Chapter membership. 

Professional Development: GBTA-Austin Chapter is dedicated to providing our member professionals access to educational opportunities. To support this, GBTA-Austin will award scholarship grants to eligible member professionals. 

To qualify as a candidate for a GBTA AUSTIN CHAPTER scholarship you must:          

  • Be a member in good standing, with membership dues paid.

  • Have attended a minimum of 3 GBTA AUSTIN CHAPTER events within the last 12 months.

  • Be a current or become a GBTA AUSTIN CHAPTER committee member.

GBTA Professional Development Scholarship Opportunities:

  • GBTA Convention

  • GTP - Global Travel Professional (GTP is the industry's only accredited certification)

  • GLP - Global Leadership Professional

  • Texas Education Day

  • Legislative Summit

  • Individual Education Scholarship

  • Texas Women's Conference

  • Chapter President's Council (CPC) Scholarship Opportunities

For more information on GBTA Professional Development opportunities visit the Education Section of the GBTA website http://www.gbta.org/Education/Pages/Academy.aspx

Professional Development Committee Chair

Professional Development Committee Chair


Paulina Robbins
Towneplace Suites by Marriott Austin North / Tech Ridge
12427 Tech Ridge Blvd.
Austin , TX 78753
512-643-7445

e-mail: paulina.robbins@marriott.com
Professional Development Committee Vice Chair

Professional Development Committee Vice Chair


Emily Zinn
Embassy Suites Austin Central
5901 N IH-35
Austin , TX 78723
512-519-0460

e-mail: emily.zinn@hilton.com
Professional Development Committee Member

Professional Development Committee Member


Mary J. Dawson
La Quinta Inns and Suites Austin
11901 Domain Drive
Austin , TX 78759
719-244-6331

e-mail: mary.dawson@wyndham.com
Professional Development Committee Member

Professional Development Committee Member

Ray DeJohn
Hotel Granduca
3200 S Capital of Texas Highway, Bldg B
Austin , TX 78746
512-318-4643

e-mail: rdejohn@granducaaustin.com
Professional Development Committee Member

Professional Development Committee Member


Chris Maguire
Choice Hotels International
Austin , TX 78739
5126329891

e-mail: chris.maguire@choicehotels.com
Professional Development Committee Member

Professional Development Committee Member


Michelle McDaniel
Trailblazer Sales Consulting
2301 S 5th St Unit 21
Austin , TX 78704
512-470-9857

e-mail: mmcdaniel13@gmail.com
Professional Development Committee Member

Professional Development Committee Member


Susan Owrey, CTE, GTP
NXP Semiconductors
6501 W William Cannon Dr
Austin , TX 78735
512-895-2567

e-mail: susan.owrey@nxp.com
Professional Development Committee Member

Professional Development Committee Member


Connie Ramos, GTP
Homewood Suites
4143 Governors Row
Austin , TX 78744
512-445-5050
5124456744
e-mail: connie.ramos@hilton.com