President Trump, first lady host governors for dinner at White House




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While Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for the Oscars tonight, the president and first lady hosted a night of glamour of their own. But instead of movie stars, the guests at the White House tonight were the nation’s governors.

It’s an annual tradition for the president to invite the nation’s governors to the White House for a dinner. Tonight’s Governor’s Ball was a first for President Trump and first lady Melania Trump as host and hostess at the White House for a gala event.

“I hear this is a record number of governors, 46, and that’s the highest that have ever showed up for this evening,” the commander in chief said during a toast.

The theme of the dinner was Spring’s Renewal, with the first lady saying in a statement, “The scents of jasmine and roses fill the air as we give thanks for this great nation and the glory of renewal.”

She also said the night will be an opportunity to leave political labels behind and unite.

“I am proud to invite all the governors to the White House for this important annual event,” Melania Trump said. “Tonight, we come together as one nation, leaving political labels and partisan interests behind.”

However, Donald Trump briefly touted the accomplishments of his young presidency, highlighting border security, saying, “I can say that after four weeks, it’s been a lot of fun accomplished, but we’ve accomplished almost everything we’ve started out to accomplish. The borders are stricter, tighter.”

He teased the group’s upcoming discussion of former President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

“Tomorrow we’re going to meet, and we’re going discuss things like perhaps health care will come up, perhaps, and I think we’ve made a lot of progress on that, and we’re going to have a speech Tuesday night, and we’re going to be speaking very specifically about a very complicated subject,” Trump said. “We’re going to have it fixed, and we’re going to repeal and replace, and I think you’re going to see something very special.”


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Direct Travel Names Christine Sikes Senior Vice President of Operations –

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Direct Travel Names Christine Sikes Senior Vice President of Operations

Christine Sikes joins Direct Travel as Senior Vice President of Operations (PRNewsFoto/Direct Travel, Inc.)

MAHWAH, N.J. July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Direct Travel, a leading provider of travel management services in the U.S. announces the appointment of industry veteran Christine Sikes as Senior Vice President of Operations.

With over 25 years of travel industry experience, Sikes is one of the most talented travel management company executives in the industry today, offering a stellar strength in operational expertise. In her new role, Sikes will drive strategic operational efficiencies and innovative client-driven services and solutions for Direct Travel’s national operations. These initiatives include a focus on best practices, process improvements, automated systems applications, quality and productivity goals and standards to ensure strategic and tactical objectives are achieved. She will also be instrumental in rolling out new technologies.

“Christine’s appointment is part of our overall endeavor and vision of helping our clients stay ahead of the accelerating pace of change. A consultative approach in every facet of our business is critical. Her proven track record in developing and implementing successful client-driven programs has distinguished her as an operational leader, and she’s the perfect fit with our corporate culture,” said Ed Adams. Direct Travel CEO.

Holding numerous key leadership roles, Sikes was most recently Vice President of Program Management for Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) SatoTravel Military Government division, where she was responsible for account management of client relationships as well as Group Travel Services.

“Christine has been deeply involved in the implementation and transformation of a number of high profile accounts and she is highly respected and recognized across the travel industry,” said John Coffman. Direct Travel CFO. “Her arrival is timely as we move forward with our strategic direction and operational plan to expand through acquisition and organic growth.”

At Direct Travel, Christine joins colleagues and several key executives who established Navigant International. Together, they are committed to filling what they believe to be a vacancy in the industry’s landscape for organizations seeking a travel management solution for middle market corporate travel budgets.

“I was drawn to this opportunity because of the incredible energy level coming from Direct Travel from a commitment to service and innovation, to the rapid growth taking place across the enterprise,” said Sikes. “I am thrilled to be joining Direct Travel at a time when it is positioned for such growth and future success.”

Direct Travel, Inc. is a privately held corporation established in 2011 with the goal to create a $1.5 billion dollar company through acquisition and organic growth. We have been providing travel management services for over 30 years; by working with clients to develop customized travel programs. The company prides itself on providing high-quality business travel management services, internet-based technology solutions, and significant cost savings.

Direct Travel employs over 490 travel professionals nationwide with locations in Mahwah, NJ ; New York City. NY; Baltimore, MD ; Scranton, PA ; Chicago, IL ; Milwaukee, WI ; Minneapolis, MN ; Denver, CO; Nashville, TN ; San Francisco and San Jose, CA. Direct Travel is ranked among the top US corporate travel management firms.

SOURCE Direct Travel, Inc.


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