Speakers

Martin Aldrich

General Manager, Adventure Canada

Martin Aldrich, born in Halifax, moved to North Vancouver at the age of nine. Growing up, Martin was very active and played many different sports, with a focus on water polo and long-distance open-water swimming. After completing a double major at the University in Victoria, Martin travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Central/South America. His passion for adventure and experiencing new things keeps him constantly exploring and learning. He has a keen eye for photography and a passion for physical fitness. Martin is part of the Business Development team in the office and is the Assistant Cruise Director aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/adventurecanada
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/adventurecanada

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.

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker

Samantha Brown

Host, Places to Love

Travel expert and television host Samantha Brown has been hosting TV travel programs for 18 years. During her time at Travel Channel she created 10 original international and domestic travel series generating over 170 hours of television. In 2017 Samantha moved from the Travel Channel to PBS and her new series Samantha Brown’s Places to Love will make its premiere in January, 2018. In Places to Love, Samantha will feature the destinations, experiences and most importantly the people that make us the traveler feel like we belong to a place. In Season 1, Samantha will feature 7 U.S. and 6 international destinations including Houston, Switzerland, Brooklyn, China, Orange County and Big Sur, CA.

Samantha is known for getting to the emotional heart of travel by focusing on the people, their culture, and the privilege of spending time in their everyday lives. Viewers passionately follow Samantha and her expert advice not only because of her experience and knowledge, but also because of her warmth, genuineness and love for travel.  

Samantha grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and 5 year old twins Ellis and Elizabeth.

Facebook:  facebook.com/RealSamanthaBrown
Twitter:  @samanthabrown
Instagram:  Instagram.com/samanthabrowntravels

Carmen Carbonell

President of Your Own Italy

Carmen Carbonell is founder and President of Your Own Italy. Carmen was born in the United States, where she obtained a degree in Architecture. Following college, she married an Italian and moved to Rome, where she raised 4 sons. She also developed a passionate love for Italy – its art, its architecture, its cities, its countryside, its culture and cuisines, and its people.

Now, after nearly 30 years living in Italy, Carmen wants to share her love for Italy with American travelers who want more than a standard tour…travelers who want to experience the real Italy, with the heart and soul of the nature and its people. She founded Your Own Italy as a boutique tour company that will provide private tours that take travelers deep into Italy’s heart and soul, with vacation packages that will be memorable for life, and shore excursions that will give tour ship guests a unique day in Rome, Florence, Venice, or the Amalfi Coast. –

The team works with boutique hotels, tested and proven restaurants, historic sites, museums, basilicas, plus individuals and tours that meet Your Own Italy’s standards – standards virtually guaranteed to ensure that Your Own Italy vacation or shore excursion will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will remember forever. And long to repeat with your new friends in Italy, Your Own Italy.

FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/YourOwnItaly/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/YourOwnItaly
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/yourownitaly/

Angelo Carotenuto

Founder and Co-Owner of LivItaly Tours

Angelo Carotenuto, had a dream for a new type of tour service. One that was not about herding large groups quickly from one site to another but rather about offering the chance to experience the sites in the most personal, memorable, and entertaining way possible. This is something LivItaly Tours has been able to deliver throughout the years thanks to exclusively small and intimate groups, Italy’s best and most passionate guides and a creative roster of tours and experiences which can produce once-in-a-life-time moments.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/livitaly/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/livitalytours

Zeto Carvalho

Station Manager, Azores Airlines, Grupo SATA

Zeto Carvalho was born and raised in the Azores, where he’s been working for Azores Airlines – Grupo SATA since 2000. Since that time, he has travelled between all the islands getting to know all the nature and beauty. I’ve been in California since 2016 promoting and marketing the Airlines and the Azores.

Facebook:  @AzoresAirlinesVacations

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

Ruth Daly

Regional Director Tourism Fiji

Ruth Daly and her team at Tourism Fiji are proud to represent the 333 islands that make up the South Pacific paradise known as Fiji. With overnight flights from LAX and SFO, our islands are easy to reach and offer something for all sorts of travelers. But it’s the people of Fiji that make the destination the unique and unforgettable vacation destination that it is!

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TourismFiji
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Fiji
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/tourismfiji/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/FijiTourism

Sarah Dandashy - Travel Expert Speaker

Sarah Dandashy

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

Sarah Dandashy is an award-winning concierge and travel influencer. She won the title of Best Young Concierge in the world in 2015 from Les Clefs d’Or International–the international professional organization of concierge. 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 frontlines of travel!

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

Michelle Fee

CEO, Co-Founder, Cruise Planners

Michelle Fee is CEO of the nation’s largest home-based travel franchise organizations, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. She started her career as a full-service travel agency in the 90’s and her love of travel and passion for entrepreneurship is what led her to co-found Cruise Planners as a franchise organization. Fee has earned spots on the advisory boards for many major cruise lines and travel companies and in 2015, she was selected to be the godmother of AmaWaterways’ river cruise ship, the AmaSerena. When Fee is not busy leading the Cruise Planners family in reimagining travel and in doing her part to help those in need, she is happiest with family. Fee is married to her high school sweetheart, has two children and is a proud grandmother of three.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CruisePlannersAmEx
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cruisitude
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/cruisitude/
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/cruise-planners-hq
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/CruisePlanners123

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

Pauline Frommer

Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Pauline Frommer is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. The Travel Show, which she co-hosts with her father, travel legend Arthur Frommer, is now heard in every state in the nation except Alaska. She also pens an internationally syndicated newspaper column on travel for King Features. You may recognize her face as Pauline created weekly travel segments for CNN’s Headline News for 3 years. She’s also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The O’Reilly Factor, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and every local news station you can name. She was the founding editor of Frommers.com and edited MSNBC.com’s travel section for two years. Pauline is the proud mother of two well-traveled daughters and wife to physical therapist Mahlon proud mother of two well-traveled daughters and wife to physical therapist Mahlon Stewart.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FrommersTravelGuides
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/frommers

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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 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.

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

Jara Haas

Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska

Jara Haas – Born in Branson, Missouri and raised in 13 different states, to say Jara was groomed for a career in the travel industry is an understatement. For the past 5 years Jara Haas has worked as a tourism development and sales manager for Visit Anchorage. Her focuses are adventure travel, student/youth travel, family travel, and the Russia and Latin America markets. In her spare time Jara enjoys hiking, biking and pack rafting her way through the wilderness of Alaska with her two children in tow. Jara loves sharing Alaska with the world and considers herself lucky to call the land of the Midnight Sun home.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VisitAnchorageAK/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VisitAnchorageAK/

Daniel Houghton

CEO, Lonely Planet

Daniel Houghton is the CEO of Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel publisher. Previously, he worked as a photojournalist and multimedia producer for a wide variety of clients which included The Seattle Times, the US Army, ABC, the Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers. He also served as a digital media advisor and educator at his alma mater Western Kentucky University and received multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and other journalism associations. Houghton leads the Lonely Planet global team with offices in the US, Australia, the UK, India and China.

Mark Johanson

Travel Writer, Lonely Planet

Mark Johanson is an American travel writer, editor, video presenter and photojournalist based in Santiago, Chile. Born and raised in Virginia, he set off as an adult around the world and lived in four countries before hunkering down in Chile in 2014. He has penned several Lonely Planet travel guides and hardcovers, worked as a font-of-camera presenter for Lonely Planet’s video channel, served as a travel expert for NPR and been featured as an authority on travel writing in books such as Travel Writing 2.0.

Brian Kelly - Travel Expert Speaker

Brian Kelly

Founder and CEO of ThePointsGuy.com

Brian is a leader and influencer in the industry of points, miles, and travel in general. As a passionate traveler since childhood, Brian used his knowledge and insight to start ThePointsGuy.com during his time as a Wall Street road warrior while traveling the globe for up to six months a year. Brian was able to book exciting and extravagant trips for next to nothing through his hard-earned loyalty points and airline miles, flying first class and staying at luxury hotels all for less than the cost of a coach ticket and a hostel bed.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thepointsguy/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/thepointsguy

Celebrity Travel Speaker Phil Keoghan

Phil Keoghan

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.

Twitter: twitter.com/philkeoghan
Facebook: facebook.com/PhilKeoghanOfficial

Candy Krajangsri

Marketing and PR Executive, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Los Angeles Office

Candy has been with the Tourism Authority of Thailand Los Angeles Office since she was a college intern from UCLA and has since spent her time promoting a place she now considers her second home. She is a Los Angeles native who in addition to working for TAT has a camera attached firmly to her forehead for as long as she can remember.  Her transition from selfies to landscapes and travel photography was the debacle but upon completion, served far more compelling pieces than the usual pouty lips pose.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ThailandInsiderUSA/
Twitter:  @thailandinsider
Instagram:  @thailandinsider

David Kuo Chef Speaker

David Kuo

Chef/Owner, Little Fatty

David Kuo, chef/owner of Little Fatty restaurant and Accomplice bar (formerly Status Kuo), started out working a 9-to-5 job after graduating with a degree in political science from UCLA. Quickly frustrated in an office environment, he soon discovered his passion for cooking and food. Kuo went on the attend the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, and found opportunities to work under acclaimed chefs and organizations such as Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang Puck, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten at his eponymous NYC mainstay.

In 2014, Kuo opened his own restaurant in the burgeoning neighborhood of Mar Vista. Status Kuo was a fusion of Asian flavor profiles and American comfort with a rotisserie program. Now, he’s going back to his roots and reconceiving the space a Little Fatty to feature Taiwanese soul food. A first-generation Angeleno, he finds inspiration from the food he grew up eating at home. The name “little fatty” is the translation of Kuo’s childhood nickname, “xiao pang” given to him by his family.

At Little Fatty, the menu features renditions of typical Chinese restaurant classics, such as kung pao chicken and walnut shrimp. Also, Taiwanese staples like beef noodle soup, Sunday Gravy (lu rou fan) and scallion pancakes are holdovers from the original menu. Kuo’s focus on quality of ingredients are paramount in creating an accessible menu that is both authentic and unpretentious.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/littlefattyla/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/littlefattyla/

David McKay

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.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mckayphotographyacademy/
Instagram:  mckaylive

Shaun O’Neale

Winner of MasterChef Season 7 on FOX – Author of “My Modern American Table”

Shaun O’Neale exploded onto the culinary scene in September 2016 when he claimed the title of America’s best home cook and was named Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX. He graduated from reality star to culinary star in May 2017 with the release of his debut cookbook “My Modern American Table”. During his season of MasterChef, Shaun won over the palettes of Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck with his bold flavors and flawless presentation. He carried the same techniques that earned him a record-setting 8 wins in the MasterChef kitchen through to his cookbook. “My Modern American Table” teaches other home cooks how to recreate Shaun’s upscale, modern American dishes like his lobster ravioli and salted caramel chocolate tart. For the past 20 years, Shaun has been orchestrating dance floors as a DJ with the highlight of his career culminating on New Year’s Eve 2011 as he became the first DJ to perform on Las Vegas Blvd in front of over 100,000 people. Beginning in Tampa, FL and now calling Las Vegas, NV home, Shaun has taken the same skills and determination that helped him to become a successful DJ and used them to start the next phase of his life as the next up-and-coming culinary star. Shaun is a self-taught chef who educated himself by reading cookbooks, studying the history of food, and traveling across the globe to absorb different cultures and flavors. As he continues his world-wide travels promoting his cookbook and building his brand as DJ/Chef/Author, Shaun will continue to work hard for his fans and the people that support him and looks forward to everywhere this culinary journey will take him.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/shaunoneale
Instagram:  @djshaunoneale
Twitter:  @djshaunoneale

Carl C. Risch

The Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs

Carl C. Risch was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs on August 11, 2017.

Mr. Risch most recently served as the Acting Chief of Staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  He was previously the USCIS Field Office Director at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.  He also worked as an immigration officer for USCIS at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.  He started his career with USCIS as an immigration officer in the Administrative Appeals Office.

Mr. Risch is a former Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, where he served as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam.  He had a highly regarded legal career in Pennsylvania in addition to his government service.  Mr. Risch earned a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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

Ryan De Seixas

CEO and Owner, Ryzone Media

Ryan De Seixas is the CEO and owner of Ryzone Media, a full service production company that specializes in capturing destinations like Patagonia and the Mentawai Islands on video, while working with clients like GoPro and Lonely Planet.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves

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.

Facebook: Facebook.com/ricksteves
Twitter: Twitter.com/ricksteves

Gerry van der Walk - Travel Expert Speaker

Gerry van der Walt

Co-Founder of Wild Eye, Private & Specialist Guide, Public Speaker, Wildlife Photographer

Gerry van der Walt is a specialist safari guide, photographic educator, public speaker, and co-founder of Wild Eye. By combining a passion for nature photography and more than 15 years of experience as a field guide and 5-star lodge manager in various wildlife reserves throughout Africa Gerry’s goal is to not only assist people, whether through teaching them new skills or pushing them creatively, in capturing the beauty of nature but also to create an awareness of the fragile balance that exists in nature.  Gerry believes that his photography speaks for itself and his goal is to keep on creating images that will keep an awareness of our planet’s natural heritage in people’s minds.   At the same time, through the various Wild Eye safaris that he helps conceptualize and host, Gerry aims share the privilege of being out in the unspoiled wilderness area that Africa is so well-known for. Through his company, Wild Eye, Gerry has created has created a vehicle which merges the raw beauty of traveling in some of the world’s most spectacular wilderness areas with the ability to not only capture these moments on camera but also teaching and inspiring people along the way. Gerry looks forward to changing the way you see the world.

Podcast:  http://bit.ly/TheWildlifePhotographyPodcast
Instagram:  @gerryvanderwalt
YouTube:  http://bit.ly/WE-YouTube
Snapchat:  gerryvanderwalt
Twitter:  @gerryvanderwalt
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gerryvdwalt

Emily Wines, Master Sommelier

Vice President of Wine & Beverage Experience, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Emily Wines brings an infectious vibrancy to the subject of wine. While she has earned the highest distinction from the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers, she is able to blend her vast knowledge of wine with an approachable personal style – translating the complex and often elitist world of wine into language that’s simple and straightforward.

Emily’s responsibilities include expanding and strengthening the Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club community, and advancing team members’ knowledge of wine. She serves as the liaison between the company and its individual restaurants, engaging with guests and the brand’s 250,000+ Wine Club members to create unique experiences centered around wine and spirits. She spearheads initiatives designed to enrich the guest journey through education, immersive events, collaborative partnerships and curated lifestyle adventures.

Emily is an internationally qualified sommelier, and one of only 149 individuals in the Americas to earn the designation of Master Sommelier. She is one of 15 professionals worldwide awarded the prestigious Remi Krug Cup for passing all three sections – theory, service and blind tasting – of the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination on her first attempt (most candidates sit for the exam two to three times, and some take it as many as six times). As one of only two women awarded the Remi Krug distinction (last one was given in 1986) Emily carries the flag for the next generation of sommeliers.

Prior to joining Cooper’s Hawk, Emily worked for Skipstone Winery, where she traveled the country to educate restaurant staff and host training sessions. She has also served as Senior Director of Beverage and Bars at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, where she oversaw the wine and spirits programming for 65 unique dining concepts across the U.S.

Emily began her career at San Francisco’s acclaimed Fifth Floor, and was integral to the restaurant’s receipt of Wine Spectator Magazine’s prestigious Grand Award, as well as its nomination from the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Wine Service.