Speakers

Juliana Broste - Travel Expert Speaker

Juliana Broste

Travel Video Journalist + TV Personality, TravelingJules

Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is an Emmy award-winning Travel Video Journalist, a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host. Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear! Jules creates engaging travel video content for travel brands, media outlets, and her travel vlog. Her adventures have taken her around the globe, from ski slopes in Colorado to volcanos in Hawaii to street food stalls in South Korea. Her work has been featured on CNN, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Viator and more!  Jules’s mission is to share amazing “things to do” around the world and inspire travelers to discover new experiences and document them, too. Come along for the adventure with TravelingJules on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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Angel Castellanos

World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, (www.AngelsTravelLounge.com) is a passionate world traveler, travel writer, influencer and nationally recognized speaker dedicated to help people travel smart, well and often. He has over 15 years of experience in the travel industry as a tour guide, retailer, buyer, travel consultant and brand consultant. Traveling to over 55 countries on 5 continents (and counting), Angel travels 8-10 weeks internationally each year and draws on his experience and frequent travels to teach “Smart Travel” and equip travelers with the skills they need to make travel easy and enjoyable. He bridges the gap between the practical, common sense advice he’s learned by traveling the world and the new savvy tips and experiences that has helped his generation revolutionize travel. Angel has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Univision, Frommers Radio, USA Today & Travel & Adventure Show as “America’s Newest Travel Expert”. Most recently, Angel completed an around-the-world trip by traveling over 9,000 km overland by train from Beijing to London. 

Twitter: @angelstravels
Instagram: @angels_travels
Snapchat: @angeltravels
Facebook: @thetravelamabassador

Sarah Dandashy - Travel Expert Speaker

Sarah Dandashy

Award-Winning Concierge and Producer/Host of Ask A Concierge

Sarah Dandashy is recognized as one of the leading concierges in the world. Award-winning, she was named “Best Young Concierge” by Les Clefs d’Or International, making her the Miss Universe equivalent of the concierge profession. Along with hotel brands, from The Peninsula, Four Seasons, and Fairmont Hotels, she also works with big brands within the travel realm, Trip Advisor, Airbnb, and American Airlines to name a few. She is considered a verified source of travel information as both a local expert in Los Angeles and a through her concierge connections around the world. People seek her out for her travel tips, advice, and knowledge of trends from the front lines of travel!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AskAConcierge/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/askaconcierge
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askaconcierge/

Dave Fluegge

Social Media Expert

Dave Fluegge began his tourism marketing career at MMGY Global, when Colorado Tourism Office decided to venture into social media he was tasked with leading the charge. After leaving MMGY Global, Dave ventured into CPG marketing for numerous Fortune 500 brands while at VML in Kansas City until Booyah Advertising in Westminster called him back to Colorado to lead their social media department for clients such as DISH and Ancestry.com. Four years ago, Dave decided to venture out on his own and founded Fluegge Consulting. As fate would have it, an opportunity to work with his favorite client, Colorado, presented itself. Dave currently specializes in social media, paid and organic, for travel focused clients across the country and around the world.

Kristopher Fulton

Social Media Specialist, ToursByLocals

Kristopher is the Social Media Specialist for ToursByLocals, a Canadian company providing private tours for travelers through a carefully selected network of local tour guides, since 2008. Working in the social media landscape, he’s got the pulse on what’s trending in travel.

Twitter: @Tours_By_Locals
Facebook: facebook.com/ToursByLocals
Instagram: ToursByLocals
YouTube: youtube.com/toursbylocals

Josh Gates

Host, Executive Producer of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown

Josh Gates is an avid explorer whose unique brand of humor and deep-rooted passion for adventure propels him to the farthest corners of the world. Discovery Channel’s hit-series Expedition Unknown chronicles Gates as he sets out on a global quest to find the truth behind iconic legends and thrilling archaeological mysteries.

This season is Josh’s most ambitious yet, as he undertakes a search for a long-lost ghost ship in the Great Lakes, uncovers new revelations about the birth of Jesus, and searches for a sunken civilization rumored to be the Atlantis of the Andes. From a fabled pirate treasure in the jungles of Panama to the truth behind the controversial legend of the crystal skull, Josh is spinning the globe and heading off-the-map in search of answers.

In the four-part global event Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife, Gates tackles mankind’s ultimate mystery as he investigates ancient rituals, paranormal claims, and cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs on the nature of death and consciousness. Josh will also be helming a two-part special in Israel and Jordan working alongside archaeologists attempting to decipher the Dead Sea Scrolls and to uncover new fragments in remote desert caves.

An avid scuba diver and photographer, Gates has participated in sub-sea archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, and his wanderlust has taken him to over 100 counties – from sweltering African deserts to the icy shores of Antarctica. In addition, he has scaled “the roof of Africa” on Mt. Kilimanjaro and climbed Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas. A mysterious “Yeti” footprint recovered by Josh in the Himalayas is now on display at the “Expedition Everest” attraction at Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

In 2016, Gates won ‘Best Host’ in the CableFax Program Awards for Expedition Unknown, and the series also took home the ‘Best Educational/Instructional Show’ award and in 2018, a Cynopsis TV Award for ‘Best Reality Series – Travel.’ He holds a degree from Tufts University in Archaeology and is a member of The Explorers Club – a prestigious organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration and field research. Josh also serves as a trustee on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Josh is also the host of Legendary Locations on Travel Channel where he shares the epic tales and secrets of the most storied places on earth, showcasing the ancient legends and folklore that made them famous. Travel Channel also airs episodes of Gates’ popular series, Josh Gates’ Destination Truth.

He has appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN and a variety of other national television and radio programs. Gates’ adventures are chronicled in his bestselling book, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Gates currently resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles, California and on airport floors around the world.

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Instagram: @gatesygram

Rich Grant

Co-Author, “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die”

Rich Grant is a freelance travel writer in Denver, Colorado and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). He has a blog about his two favorite activities, www.WalkingAndDrinkingBeer.com, and is, along with Irene Rawlings, co- author of “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press, second edition, August 2018. He has won numerous travel writing awards including two golds and a silver in 2017 from Western Chapter, SATW and a Silver and three Honorable Mentions from NATJA in 2018. He can be followed on INSTAGRAM at rgrant1776 and on Facebook at “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die” and also at facebook.com/rich.grant.921 Samples of recent work can be found at:

Website: www.WalkingAndDrinkingBeer.com
Instagram: @rgrant1776
Facebook: 100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die

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Peter Greenberg

Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor

A multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is Americaʼs most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known in the industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is the travel editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This MorningCBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.

The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Greenberg hosts the television show, “The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg,” airing on Public Television. The series offers 42 half-hour episodes with cutting-edge travel information and insider tips you need to know before you ever leave home, plus in-depth reports on the good, bad, and yes, even ugly aspects of travel.

Greenberg also produces and co-hosts an ongoing series of acclaimed public television specials, “The Royal Tour,” featuring personal, one-on-one journeys through countries with their heads of state. Along with such figures as the King of Jordan,  Prime Minister of Israel, Prime Minister of New Zealand and presidents of Mexico and Peru, Greenberg’s newest special features the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.

Among other television projects, Greenberg is creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBCʼs specials “Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life” and “Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas,” and is co-executive producer of “Baggage Battles,” airing on the Travel Channel, and The History Channelʼs two-hour special “Lost Magic.” On radio he hosts the nationally syndicated show “Peter Greenberg Worldwide,” broadcast each week from a different remote location worldwide, and is heard on hundreds of radio stations across the U.S.

Greenberg is also author of The New York Times best-selling Travel Detective series. His most recent book, The Best Places for Everything, comes in the wake of such titles as Donʼt Go There! and The Complete Travel Detective Bible. Currently editor at large of Global Business Travel magazine and a contributing writer to Watch, he has also been a featured guest on CNN, “The OʼReilly Factor,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “The View.”

Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in travel, along with Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. In 2012, he was inducted into the U.S. Travel Associationʼs Hall of Leaders for his contributions to the travel industry. Among his other honors, Greenberg received a News & Documentary Emmy Award as part of the “Dateline” team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story, “Miracle on the Hudson.”

He began his career in journalism as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He won a national Emmy Award (Best Investigative Reporting) for his ABC “20/20” special on the final orphan flight out of Vietnam, “What Happened to the Children?” He also is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and an Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Aviation Space Writers Association of America.

Greenberg is a sought-after expert speaker and moderator. He is a keynote speaker at annual summits for the World Travel and Tourism Council, the Global Business Travel Association and Virtuoso. He is also one of the chief moderators at the World Economic Forum and the Global Tourism Economic Forum. Along with a recent TED talk, he is a guest speaker at events which have been hosted by Visa, Bloomberg, AARP and numerous other B2B and B2C organizations.

His website, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the leading travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders alike. When he is not traveling the globe, Greenberg also serves as an active volunteer firefighter in New York.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterSGreenberg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterGreenbergWorldwide/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PeterGreenberg/posts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petergreenberg/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PeterGreenberg2
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/petergreenberg/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petergreenberg
Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/petersgreenberg

Mitch Krayton

Travel Expert, Krayton Travel

Mitch Krayton has traveled extensively, and happily shares his memorable visits to the Americas, Europe, Africa, the islands of the Caribbean and the south Pacific. It’s that experience that makes Mitch uniquely qualified to design, tailor and deliver a fun program for your organization. Mitch is a Certified Travel Consultant, Luxury Travel Specialist, Signature Travel Expert and a Small Ship Cruise Concierge. He has a passion to help people get the vacation they want and deserve. His passion is contagious on the platform, too.

Website: http://www.kraytontravel.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kraytontravel
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kraytontravel.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchkrayton

Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer

Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer – Ruth moved to Alaska in 1993 to work a summer job at a road house on the Kenai Peninsula. The minute she saw the Turnagain Arm, she knew she was never leaving. She moved to Girdwood, Alaska to be a snowboard bum for a winter and instead became a marketer at Alaska’s premier year-round resort, Alyeska Resort which started her long career in Alaska tourism. With a move to Anchorage came a job with the mighty Alaska Railroad Sales and Marketing where Ruth learned the ins and outs of the railbelt, as far south as Seward, as far north as Fairbanks and everything in between. Now at Visit Anchorage, Ruth loves her adopted home and everything about it. Ask her anything and the response will be full of knowledge and passion for the great state of Alaska and Anchorage!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VisitAnchorageAK/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/visitanchorage?lang=en

Scott Koepf

VP of Strategic Development, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative

Scott Koepf is Vice President of Strategic Development with Cruise Planners supporting the growth of the Cruise Planners network by leading the Training and Events teams and exploring new opportunities for strategic development. Once you meet Scott, you will see his natural motivational training style that inspires and impacts sales.

Scott joined Cruise Planners with more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry and he started as a travel franchise owner, eventually becoming president of that organization, so he knows what it takes to be a successful franchisee. He is a travel agent advocate and loves helping each Cruise Planners franchisee achieve their goals. His commitment to travel agents runs deep as Scott is a well-known industry icon who serves on many supplier and industry advisory boards and is a highly regarded motivational speaker.

Scott is a globetrotter with a passion for entertainment…and entertaining. He’s a trained opera singer who still performs in musical theatre productions, so it’s no wonder they call him the “Singing Salesman.” However, to balance his theatrical bent, Scott was a football player and writes a regular article in an industry publication where he is known as the “Sales Coach.” His extensive knowledge of Sales and travel retail operations are now focused on helping each and every Cruise Planners Franchise reaching its full potential.

https://www.cruiseplanners.com/about-us/socially-yours

Teri Laursen

Director Sales and Industry Partners, Division of Tourism

Teri Laursen has over twenty-five years of experience in the tourism hospitality industry.  Six years ago, she joined the Nevada Division of Tourism representing Southern Nevada to tourism industry professionals. Two years ago, she was promoted to the position of Director of Sales and Industry Partners for TravelNevada overseeing sales efforts for eight international offices and the U.S. promoting the entire state as a visitor destination.

She spent the previous eight years as regional tourism director for Fashion Outlets handling tourism marketing for Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, Chicago, Santa Fe and Niagara Falls, NY before assuming her position with TravelNevada.

Additionally, she was responsible for the marketing and community relations efforts for Ocean Spray’s visitor center; tourism sales for the City of Henderson; and town-wide events for Laughlin.

Her experience in the tourism industry resulted in a position on the Advisory Committee of the TravelNevada and Chair of the Las Vegas Territory, a position she held for fifteen years. She was appointed by the Governor to the board of NBPAB and is an active member of LV Territory, BVA, AMA and the Las Vegas Hospitality Association. In 2004, she was honored with a statewide award by TravelNevada for her contributions to the tourism industry. In 2006, Mayor Oscar Goodman also recognized Teri by naming August 23rd as “Teri Laursen Day”.

Teri Laursen holds a master’s degree in organizational management and a certification as a business coach and instructor. She serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Southern Nevada School of Hospitality and the Advisory Board for the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Valley High School.

Mickela Mallozzi

Mickela Mallozzi

Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

Mickela Mallozzi is the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series highlighting the diversity of dance which airs on PBS stations nationwide and on Amazon Prime globally.  A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went.  From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time.  She has been featured in The New York Times, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Forbes, American Express, and AFAR Media, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show.  Mickela is currently filming the third season of Bare Feet, discovering the dances and music from her own DNA map, which will start airing on PBS in spring 2019.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/travelbarefeet
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MickelaMallozziOfficial/
Instagram: @TravelBareFeet
Twitter: @TravelBareFeet and @MickelaMallozzi

Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy

Award-winning travel writer, actor, and director

Andrew speaks about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He discusses fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes. Best known for his acting career and starring roles in St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, and Weekend at Bernie’s, he has a successful Broadway career and is currently a highly regarded director. Current projects include hit series’ Orange is the New Black, Turn, and The Blacklist. He returned to acting in ABC’s 2016 hit, The Family. His debut novel for young readers, Just Fly Away was published in March 2017.

David McGuffin

Founder & CEO of David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc

David McGuffin is Founder and CEO of David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc. His office is in Northeast Florida, but David spends about 180 days a year on the road in Europe leading tours, exploring new destinations, making YouTube videos, and writing about his travels. David took his first trip to Europe in 1977 with his college choir. David recalls, “this tour took me on a three-week adventure to Greece, Italy, and Israel. I was a travel rookie, having never ventured outside the USA! Imagine my excitement as I boarded the airplane for my first flight, not to mention the wonder of touching down in Greece, an unknown land of which I’d only read about in my Sunday School lessons!”

David taught Band and Music classes in a Florida public school for thirty years.  It was here he combined his love of travel and music as he took his show on the road to Europe for many of those years. David soon realized he knew his European destinations better than those he was paying to arrange his student tours. Consequently, in 2001, David started his business, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, to offer small-group European tours focusing on culture, art, history and engaging experiences. His tours are designed to empower his travel partners with knowledge, guidance, and confidence to embrace the adventure, seize the moment, and most of all…have fun!

David’s business has grown from offering just two group tours in 2002 to a complete line-up of twenty small-group tour routes visiting almost every country in Europe for 2019. Additionally, he offers free European travel advice and information at davidmcguffin.com and his social media sites.  When not in Europe, you’ll find David at home in Middleburg, Florida, where he has lived all his life.

Website: https://davidmcguffin.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExploringEurope
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dmcguffin
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmcguffineurope
Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidmcguffin

Sherry Ott

Travel Blogger and Photographer, Ottsworld

Sherry Ott is a long-term traveler, blogger and photographer with one goal in mind – to make you wish you were somewhere else. She has been writing about her travel lifestyle and around the world adventures on Ottsworld.com and her social media channels since 2006. In her 11 years of living nomadically, she’s circled the globe multiple times visiting all 7 continents. She lived in Vietnam, hiked the Annapurna Circuit with her father, finished the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally, walked the Camino de Santiago, kayaked in Antarctica, herded reindeer in the Artic, and drove an auto rickshaw across India. She continues to seek out epic adventures to intriguing places to inspire people to overcome their fears and reap the benefits of travel.

Website: http://www.ottsworld.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OttsworldTravel/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ottsworld
Instagram: @OttsworldTravel

Maricruz Pereira

CEO, Unique Adventures

I was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. I always felt a deep passion for travel and foreign cultures, which led me to study Tourism, back in the days when it was a brand-new career in the country. I have had the opportunity to work in different branches of the tour business: hotels, airlines, events, but I found my true calling in eco-tourism, which has been my field in the last 20 years.

Almost thirteen years ago, I co-founded Unique Adventures Costa Rica, an inbound travel agency with very high standards of service, and a deep commitment to the conservation of the country’s natural and cultural environment.  Through the eyes of our visitors I have fallen in-love, over and over again, with the nature, culture, and people of Costa Rica, which I am very happy and proud to share with the rest of the world.

I live in San José with my husband Danilo, and our three teen-aged children, Irene, Ignacio, and Fabiola. When I’m not busy working or driving my kids around to their multiple extra-curricular activities, I enjoy running, having already finished three marathons, several half-marathons, and quite many shorter races.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer,

Mayor at HeidiTown.com

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com, a respected travel and festival blog. She is also the author of The Heidi Guide, Mountain Living’s guide to travel in the Mountain West. Heidi has a passion for introducing readers and social media followers to the beautiful and fascinating places that are all around us, including our hometowns. With 12 years of experience as a writer and more than a decade of experience in tourism, Heidi has a comprehensive understanding of the travel world and a network of connections within it.

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Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

Patricia Schultz

Bestselling Author, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in The USA & Canada Before You Die

Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 30 years of experience, she has written for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and Travel Weekly, where she is a contributing editor. She also executive-produced a Travel Channel television show based on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Her home base is New York City.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/patricia.schultz.560
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/1000Places/media
Publisher: https://www.workman.com/brands/1000-places

Chris Sisemore

Strategic Market Manager, Northwest US, Celebrity Cruises

Chris Sisemore is a 25+ year veteran of the travel and cruise industry. With extensive word travel and cruise experience, Chris is an expert on all aspects of cruising to most all destinations around the globe. As the Strategic Market Manager, covering the Northwest U.S. for Celebrity Cruises over the past five years, Chris has utilized his knowledge and expertise to share highlights of this Modern Luxury, unmatched, premium cruise line with the travel trade and cruising public.

Sobhana Tippi Sucharitakul

Marketing Manager of the Tourism Authority of Thailand – Los Angeles

Sobhana Tippi Sucharitakul is a hospitality industry veteran. With over 28 years of experiences working for both TAT in Bangkok and Los Angeles, Novotel Hotel Bangkok as well as Edelman Public Relations, she is currently a Marketing Manager of the Tourism Authority of Thailand – Los Angeles.

Instagram: @thailandinsider
Facebook: @thailandinsiderusa
Twitter: @thailandinsider
Website: http://thailandinsider.com/

Michelle Bernier-Toth

Managing Director

Michelle Bernier-Toth joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 1987, and has served as a consular officer in Damascus, Syria; Doha, Qatar; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has also served domestically in the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA), the Foreign Service Institute, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

Ms. Bernier-Toth has served as Managing Director of CA’s Overseas Citizens Services directorate since February 2011. She previously served as Director of the Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (2005-2011), the Director and later Deputy Director of the Office of Children’s Issues (2002-2005), and as Special Assistant for Overseas Citizens Services (2001-2002).

Ms. Bernier-Toth has three children. In her free time, she enjoys biking, dancing, and flea markets. She earned a Masters Degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University in 1985, and a Bachelors of Art in Near Eastern Literature and Language from Yale University in 1982.