Ann Marie Brown
author of Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon
The first time Ann Marie Brown visited Yosemite, she was immediately inspired by the Valley’s sheer granite walls, shimmering waterfalls, and unbelievable vistas. Now she hikes, camps, and bikes more than 150 days each year, spending many of those doing the research for Moon Yosemite & Kings Canyon, and shares her expert insight on this stunning park.
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 Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Tourism Development and Sales Manager
Dawn Campbell – As a lifelong Alaskan, Dawn Campbell has been enjoying Alaska’s vast wilderness for over 40 years. From fishing, kayaking, and boating in the rivers, lakes, and oceans, to hunting, hiking, berry-picking, and biking in the mountains, tundra and trails, Dawn certainly has an appetite for adventure. All of this is within reach from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, where Dawn has raised three daughters and is happy to call her home. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, Dawn has been playing string bass professionally with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for the past 24 years. There really is something for everyone in Anchorage!
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.
author of Moon Rock Mountain National Park
Expert hiker and camper, Erin English lives for the next adventure. After she moved to Colorado fourteen years ago, Rocky Mountain National Park became her go-to place for fresh air and solitude. Now the author of Moon Rocky Mountain National Park, Erin shares her love of Rocky’s lakes, waterfalls, trails, wildlife, and secluded backcountry campsites.
author of Moon Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jason Frye, author of Moon Great Smoky Mountains National Park, grew up in the woods, coves, and hollows of Appalachia, and is an all-around outdoorsman, wandering the woods, kayaking the marshes, and even hang gliding. Join him to learn about the ins and outs of this beautiful region, and America’s most popular national park.
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 Morning, CBS 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 New Zealand and presidents of Mexico and Peru, Greenbergʼs newest special features the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
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.
Ultra-Economical Travel Expert
Once feeling unable to afford to travel, Russell Hannon uses lean principles to travel at a fraction of the going rate. He has been on CNBC, FOX, CBS, America Tonight, the Huffington Post, Around the World Travel TV and nationally broadcast lifestyle and personal finance shows. Russell has worked as a CBC Budget Travel Columnist, is the founder of breakthetravelbarrier.com and is the author of ‘Stop Dreaming Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More and Spending Less.’
author of Moon Zion & Bryce
Judy Jewell has travelled all over the American West exploring the ins and outs of Utah, Montana, Oregon, and more. Judy shares her expertise on the outdoors, as well as the hidden gems and winding trails she learned about researching Moon Zion & Bryce.
Host/Co-Executive Producer The Amazing Race and Author, No Opportunity Wasted
Phil Keoghan is best known for his role as host of Jerry Bruckheimer’s Emmy Award-Winning television show, The Amazing Race.
Phil’s life has been full of travel and adventure. He started traveling at the age of two accompanying his father, a plant scientist and mother who taught music, in third world countries. Phil started working as an assistant camera operator for Television New Zealand before being picked to host the show Spot On. He has gone on to work in over 100 countries around the world as a motivational speaker, author, television host, actor, producer and cameraman on thousands of program episodes.
A pivotal moment in Phil’s life came after a near death experience at the age of 19 when he found himself lost at 120 feet inside a 22,000 ton ship wreck. Surviving this life changing experience prompted Phil to write a list of things to do before he died and develop a philosophy he calls “No Opportunity Wasted,” or NOW for short.
Phil’s NOW philosophy is about learning how to live while you still have the chance, letting go of the handrails, thinking outside the box and using your imagination as your currency. As an avid adventurer, Phil co-created and co-produced a number of original television series including: Short Sportz, a sports show encouraging kids to get involved in sports; Keoghan’s Heroes, featuring top thrill seekers around the world; E-Team, an environmental pilot; The Human Edge, profiling innovative people for National Geographic; and Phil Keoghan’s Adventure Crazy, shot around the world for the Discovery Channel.
In 2004, Keoghan released the best-selling motivational book No Opportunity Wasted, co-written with American journalist Warren Berger. A television series of the same name screened on the Discovery Channel in the United States later that year: contestants were given 72 hours, a clear schedule and $3000 to achieve a long-held dream or desire. The idea was to sweep aside any excuses of lacking time or money, reflecting Keoghan’s belief that procrastination is the biggest enemy to fulfilling dreams. The NOW TV format was also produced in New Zealand (2006) and Canada (2007).
In 2009, Keoghan kicked off a cycle ride from Los Angeles to New York City, in a multi-pronged mission to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge of his life: spend quality time with his Dad and work towards raising one million dollars for his favorite charity, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Phil’s journey was released as a feature length documentary called The Ride which documents his 40 day 5,300 kilometer adventure. The Ride, screening on Showtime, helped Phil reach his goal of generating a million dollars for the National MS Society. www.wmeimgspeakers.com
In 2014, Phil and his team retraced the 1928 Tour de France to honor the first English speaking team to compete in the Tour. Sticking to the same daily schedule, which averaged 150 miles a day, Phil and his team rode the same vintage bikes, twice as heavy as today’s modern bikes, with no gears. Wearing the same old woolen outfits, they planned to literally bring history back to life. This epic adventure was released in theaters at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Phil’s work has earned him numerous prime-time Emmy Awards. He’s also the recipient of a World Class New Zealand Award, The 2011 Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award for services to MS, Celebrity Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Endurance Awards, and a 2012 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award. In 2014, he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Originally from New Zealand, he lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Agent Engagement, Cruise Planners
Cathy Kusuma is Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Agent Engagement at Cruise Planners where she and her team coordinate and manage all agent events, including new franchisee training classes, boot camps and regional meetings, as well as spearheading the company’s annual Convention – the largest training and development event of the year. Kusuma also secures exclusive value-add, training and marketing partnerships for Cruise Planners agents. Kusuma was the recipient of the 2013 Rising Star Award by Vacation Agent Magazine.
Richard Liverance, ThM, DMin
Israel Ministry of Tourism, Marketing Director, Western Region USA
Rich has traveled the world since he was a boy, exploring North America, South America, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Asia, and the Middle East; but of all the destinations where he has been, his greatest passion is for Israel. He is an ordained pastor with advanced degrees in both theology and Bible teaching, and served for more than 25 years in various churches in the United States, always impressing upon his audiences the importance of Israel to world history and the wonder of traveling there. He now serves as the US Western Regional Marketing Director for the Government of Israel Ministry of Tourism in Los Angeles.
author of Moon Glacier National Park
Expert outdoorswoman and nature journalist Becky Lomax fell in love with Glacier National Park as a child. Author of Moon Glacier National Park, Becky will share all she has learned on scenic drives, wildlife hikes, and backpacking trips throughout the park.
Owner, McKay Photography Academy
David is co–founder of McKay Photography Academy and McKay Photography Inc. along with his wife Ally. He has been a professional photographer for 30 years starting his first photography studio at the age of 17. David has received some of the highest photographic awards in the world including the prestigious Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsmen and Certified Professional Photographer degrees from Professional Photographers of America- the LEADING professional photography organization in the world. He has had several images awarded from PPA including “Loan Collection” images that are considered to be the best of the best in the professional photography industry.
Having taught on some of the largest stages in the industry, to thousands of people, both professional photographers and amateurs alike, he has a passion for photography and teaching. He believes just being a great photographer does not make you a great teacher and that the ingredients of both emotion and skill must be shared and taught. David shares his love and enthusiasm wherever he goes and many of you can attest to this.
You may also know David from his #1 International Best Selling photography book series, “Photography Demystified”. Each of his 3 books in the series has shot to #1 including “Your Guide to the World of Travel Photography”.
Currently, David is preparing for his 4th book, aimed at helping kids and their parents enjoy photography together, to be released late this year.
Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves
Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education came in Europe — since 1973 he’s spent 120 days a year in Europe. Spending one third of his adult life living out of a suitcase in Europe has shaped his thinking. Today he employs 80 people at his Europe Through the Back Door headquarters where he produces over 50 guidebooks on European travel, the most popular travel series in America on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, and a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.
Top Female Travel Vlogger
Nadine Sykora is one of the top travel influencers and travel videographers on YouTube where she has made over 800+ videos gaining over 40 million+ views. Over the last 7 years she has traveled to over 50 countries including all around her home country of Canada. She has worked on dozens of video campaigns for brands, tourism boards and companies around the world. She has appeared in Forbes, the Observer, Mashable, USA Today, CNN, BBC, Lonely Planet, BuzzFeed, Matador Network, Yahoo Travel, and The Huffington Post. In December 2014 she was invited as one of the Top 130 of the most inﬂuential travel bloggers and digital media outlets to the White House to attend the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Nadine’s passion for travel is contagious and she loves to share her experiences and travel expertise via social media, photography, and through her videos.