Top 10 Reasons to Attend GBTA

July 28, 2011 at 7:24 am Leave a comment

by Mike

My kids are getting ready to go back to school in two weeks, and the great U.S. of A. is experiencing record high temperatures, so it must mean that it’s time to countdown to GBTA. We can all thank Craig Banikowski for throwing us back into the frying pan instead of into the fire, as Denver will offer a milder clime than we’re currently suffering through here on the East Coast.  (What can I say? Humidity just isn’t kind to me.)

Attending GBTA will certainly offer some relief from the heat, but I’m also looking forward to connecting with old friends, and making some new ones.  I’ll be attending this year’s conference in a new role for the first time in five years — as VP of Loyalty Services Sales — and I’m very excited to see what kind of opportunities I’ll uncover in Denver!

As if visiting Rearden Commerce booth 413 on the expo floor isn’t reason enough to attend GBTA this year, here are 10 reasons that just might seal the deal for you:

Mike’s Top Ten Reasons to attend GBTA in 2011

10.    All you can eat Rocky Mountain Oysters.
9.      See for myself if the G, instead of the N, is “all that.”
8.      Meeting my annual requirement of seeing the Astros play every year, since they are visiting the Rockies that week.  (Shout out to Bobby Meacham, my buddy and the Astros’ first base coach)
7.      A chance to ask Meg Whitman if she could recommend a good housekeeper (or how much I’ll fetch on eBay for my NIP Michael Jackson Thriller album).  Or better yet, the chance to ask Henry Paulson if he has some spare change.
6.      Ample opportunity to burn through as many of these 1000 new business cards I ordered for my new position in Loyalty Services as humanly possible.
5.      To catch up with my casual acquaintance, and former neighbor, Sean Penn. (No big deal.)
4.      I desperately need more travel mugs, and my basket of GBTA tsotchkes / McDonald’s Happy Meal toys is running low.
3.      Because I really like altitude sickness, and I didn’t get enough of it in Telluride a few months ago.
2.      Outside of the Hamptons, GBTA is the only place I can wear a white suit.
1.      I expect some highly-impressive content this year. Tony D. returns from vacation to facilitate a panel on end-to-end.  Bev Heinritz, my most overachieving friend and colleague, will participate in two panels.  And our own “Mobile Mike” Uomoto will talk travel apps.  In a nutshell, we pretty much plan to rock the house.

Will you be at GBTA this year?  Let us know!

 … Countdown to Tony’s return: 19 days …

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