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GBTA’s Masters Program Featured Opening Keynote from Senator Mary Landrieu

Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) delivered the opening keynote at The Masters Program  2014  last night in Washington, D.C. Attendees listened to Senator Landrieu discuss her background and family history in politics as well as her efforts supporting business travel in her roles as Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and as a member of the Energy and Natural Resources, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees.

“You can do a lot on the internet, but there is never going to be a complete substitute for shaking hands, looking each other in the eye and doing business,” said Senator Landrieu.

Senator Landrieu said that growing up in Louisiana gave her an inherent understanding of the importance of every aspect of travel. She added that she spends a great deal of time talking to her colleagues in the Senate about the $1.12 trillion business travel industry. She highlighted her work with TSA and Customs and Border Protection, but said that while it is important to maintain security, we also have to keep our country open for business. The United States is the model for the rest of the world and has to demonstrate that confidence.

The Masters Program continues today featuring international best-selling author Jim Collins, VerbalizeIt Co-Founder and CEO Ryan Frankel, Skyscanner Co-Founder and CEO Gareth Williams, KDS CEO Dean Forbes, GroundLink CEO Dean Sivley, American Express Executive Vice President and General Manager Pamela Codispoti and Concur CEO Steve Singh.

The annual event brings together the best and brightest minds in the business world for the ultimate networking and learning experience by attracting business leaders, innovators and experts seeking to exchange ideas and share fresh perspectives on strategic leadership and global business thinking.