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.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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/

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

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

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

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.

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

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.