Three CalChamber Members Appointed to Federal Travel Advisory Board

Three California Chamber of Commerce members have been appointed to the federal Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

The newly named board consists of 32 members.

CalChamber members on the TTAB are:

  • CalChamber Board member Ted Balestreri, president and CEO, Cannery Row Company;
  • TTAB Vice Chair Greg Stubblefield, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Enterprise Holdings/Enterprise Rent-A-Car; and
  • Steve Morrissey, vice president, regulatory and policy, United Airlines.

First chartered in 2003, TTAB serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. The board members represent a broad spectrum of the travel industry, including hotels and restaurants, financial services, transportation services, as well as a variety of small and large firms from across the country.

Travel and tourism is the United States’ largest services sector export and supports 1.1 million American jobs. Inbound international visitors to the United States spent an estimated $84.1 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services from January to April 2016, a 4% increase from a year ago.

Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed CalChamber international activities for more than four decades. She is an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Export Council, and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the California International Relations Foundation, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she served as a regent from 2012 to 2021. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. See full bio.