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Boston - The BTN Group tonight named University of Texas at
Austin travel manager for intercollegiate athletics Kevin Maguire its 2012
Travel Manager of the Year.
"This travel manager has recently explored new
territories like consolidating ground transportation sourcing, where he and a
partner built a program from the ground up because he was not satisfied with
the solutions available on the market," said BTN Group editorial director
Jay Campbell during the award presentation. Campbell also cited Maguire's
efforts to consolidate to a single technology tool for chartered air services,
work with a major airline to create a new procedure that streamlined the
check-in process for large groups and assemble a task force of more than 100
travel buyers to persuade hoteliers to reserve space during high-demand
Maguire, who joined UT in 2007, presides over a program of between
600 and 700 travelers spending $10 million to $20 million per year, depending
on UT's athletic success. He is a former president and current vice president
of the Global Business Travel Association.
Click here for a complete rundown of Maguire's program, as
published in the August 2012 issue of Travel
2012 Best Practitioners
The BTN Group also named three travel buyers as its 2012
• JP Morgan Chase vice president of global travel Erin Barth for the establishment of a
centralized corporate housing booking and billing process
• DHL travel services regional category manager Michelle Hunt for her efforts to
persuade hoteliers to load hotel meeting rates directly into global
• Emerson Electric Co. global travel manager Mike Million for the development and
consolidation of a Latin American travel program
The BTN Group selected the 2012 Travel Manager of the Year
and Best Practitioners in July 2012 after soliciting nominees, vetting them
through interviews and holding internal editorial staff meetings.
The BTN Group congratulations the winners and thanks all
those who nominated travel managers or participated in the vetting process.
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