Youngest American to Visit Every Country in the World, Entrepreneur, and TV Personality
Lee Abbamonte has traveled to every country in the world as well as both the North and South Poles. Lee is a multimedia travel expert, national television personality, author, speaker, adventurer, entrepreneur and founder of www.LeeAbbamonte.com. Lee has appeared on and been featured everywhere from CNN, Fox News, and Travel Channel to the New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post. Lee’s travels around the world have inspired millions of would-be travelers and he has been called the “Marco Polo of the 21st Century” by Arthur Frommer.
Chef Jose Adorno
Chef Instructor, Walnut Hill College
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, José Adorno’s culinary career began to take shape after he graduated from Walnut Hill College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts. Adorno gained formative experience in Philly, jumping from kitchen to kitchen. One of his very first positions was at the salad station of Daniel Stern’s Rae, trimming lettuce and whisking vinaigrettes. Within a year, he worked his way up the ranks and left the restaurant as its private events chef. True to his roots and hungry for more training in Latin cuisine, Adorno moved on to Jose Garces’ Distrito and Tinto, where he was Sous Chef at both establishments.
It was during this time that his talents caught the eye of 2013 Starchefs.com Rising Star Chef and Top Chef alum Kevin Sbraga, who was also under Garces’ mentorship and later took him on as Sous Chef for Starr Catering. When Sbraga opened his eponymous flagship restaurant in fall 2011, Adorno was tossing skillets right beside Sbraga on opening night, serving as Chef de Cuisine.
Then Adorno decided it was time to hit the road. In June 2013, he traveled to Washington and joined the restaurant group of another Top Chef alum, Mike Isabella. He oversaw private events and catering for Isabella’s restaurants Kapnos, G, and Graffiato. Months later, he got promoted to Chef de Cuisine at Graffiato, showcasing his skills, technique, and imagination for the modern, Italian-inspired eatery. Eventually, Adorno moved back to Philadelphia and returned to his training ground at Walnut Hill College, this time as a chef instructor, helping to educate the next generation of culinary talent.
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COO, Go Touch Down Travel and Tours, African Travel Specialist
Deon Barnard is the COO for Go Touch Down, African Travel Specialists. He oversees the Sales and Marketing operations in the USA, Canada, and Indonesia.
Born and raised in South Africa, Deon and his family have been living in Sarasota, Florida since 2009. He is extremely knowledgeable not only about his native South Africa, but also about destinations across the globe and how best to navigate to, from and within them; however, going on Safari remains his first and favorite love.
Deon has been immersed in the travel industry since 1988. As COO of Go Touch Down, he has attained his vision of developing affordable, inclusive, and award-winning tours of South Africa. Tours leave weekly year-round and include daily excursions, must-see attractions, and value for money. “South African vacations are filled with lifetime memories; we simply made it very affordable for everyone,” he says.
Husband, father and business leader, Deon is also a passionate speaker and skilled trainer. He draws from his roots plus experience in business and in life to show us not what can be done, but more importantly why it should be done. His enthusiasm is contagious, and his compelling talks are energy-infused and laced with sharp wit and unexpected humor.
Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska
Marsha Barton – Marsha is a life-long resident of Alaska attending school and college in Anchorage. She started traveling in college and has never stopped. Marsha started her tourism career at Anchorage’s high-end Alyeska Resort working with international visitors in the 1970’s. Her career in the visitor industry continued through a 20-year career with Delta Airlines working in several cities before retiring in 1996. Masha returned to Alaska permanently to work for a day cruise company operating in Prince William Sound. In those days she liked to say her office was a catamaran located in “front of a glacier.” In 2008 she accepted a job as Tourism Sales Manager for Visit Anchorage responsible for Taiwan, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Korea. When possible, she also works the domestic market participating in the Travel & Adventure Shows with the rest of her team. Marsha feels very grateful to have lived in Alaska and feels especially fortunate to have the honor of sharing this magnificent destination with fellow travelers.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Chef and Partner, Nectar and Danlu
When you meet a guy named Patrick, chances are that a Tibetan Buddha and sushi bar don’t immediately spring to mind, especially if that guy is of English and Irish descent, and hails from Middletown, New Jersey. Yet Patrick Feury, executive chef and partner of both Nectar in Berwyn, PA, and Danlu in the University City section of Philadelphia, presides over two kitchens that each produce some of the most intriguing Asian cuisine in the Philadelphia area. His dishes are served in settings that seamlessly meld the East and West, the local and the deliciously exotic — a concept that makes complete sense once you learn about Patrick’s star-filled journey from New York to Paris and back. This journey, which put him in touch with some of the world’s top culinary artisans, grew out of his earliest experiences.
As a child, Patrick was a member of his local 4-H Club. There, he learned where food really came from — not from the supermarket, but from the earth and from the hardworking people who used it responsibly. Surrounded by livestock and fresh produce, he discovered the importance of sustainable agriculture and gained a respect for independent farmers. These values have remained with him to this day, as has his love of food has evolved with his cutting-edge restaurant concepts.
At the age of 15, Patrick took a job at the bottom of the food chain, washing pots for a local pork butcher in Middletown, New Jersey. When his younger brother, Terence (now chef/owner of TAVRO 13 in South Jersey) took over the pot washing gig, Patrick went on to study fine art at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. His interest in art led him into the studio of acclaimed designer Milton Glaser, who gave him some life-changing advice — to follow his passion for cooking. That’s exactly what Patrick did, and in the process, he worked for some of the world’s top culinary talent in some of the most acclaimed restaurants on the planet.
From working with Laurent Manrique at Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria, and with Christer Larsson of Christer’s in New York City to Les Olivades and Gertrude’s in Paris, Patrick evolved into an ingredient-driven “creator” with an eye for the art of the plate and a talent for curing, smoking, and working with game. He became adept at crafting his own sausage, cheese, and bread. He freelanced as an ice sculptor at NY’s Tavern on the Green, Essex House, Waldorf Astoria, and other iconic establishments. He even produced ice sculptures for Daniel Boulud’s first cookbook in exchange for a chance to work under the culinary master inside Le Cirque’s kitchen. As an intern in Paris, he accompanied Chef Flora Mikula on shopping expeditions in the market at Rugis. Patrick returned to New York to join Sottha Khun at Le Cirque 2000 as Sous Chef. And when Susanna Foo decided to launch a branch of her eponymous restaurant inside the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in 2003, Patrick led the culinary team, which won rave reviews, including recognition in Esquire magazine’s list of the “Top 20 New Restaurants in the World” in 2003.
Patrick’s talent and creativity placed him among the most sensational chefs in the country, and when Michael Wei approached him about launching Nectar, Patrick was intrigued. Captivated by the David Rockwell design and enthusiastic about the prospect of running his own kitchen, Patrick traveled to Berwyn, PA and introduced a cuisine that is part Pan-Asian, part French, and altogether unique. The food is spectacular, and the décor is impeccable, but Nectar also reflects its chef’s lifelong dedication to the environment. Sustainability is a driving force behind every menu decision, and is evident in his partnership with nearby farms, organic growers, and ecologically-responsible fisheries. And if that isn’t local enough, Patrick planted an herb and vegetable garden behind the restaurant, where he grows a multitude of fresh herbs and vegetables that play a starring role in many of his dishes. The garden even produced fresh rosemary for Fists of Fury (5.5% ABV), a limited-availability seasonal beer that Patrick and Terrence Feury conceived and brewed at Victory Brewing Company in Exton, PA in 2010.
Since opening in early December of 2017, Danlu, which is run by the team behind Nectar — including Feury, Wei, Henry Chu, and Kenny Huang — has seen immediate success and a welcome reception from the neighborhood located near the University of Penn and Drexel University. Feury, Wei and Chu traveled to Taiwan in 2015, and visited a number of night markets. They immediately fell in love with the cuisine and decided to bring the country’s flavors to Philadelphia with a new restaurant, along with 20 rotating taps dispensing some of the best craft beers they can source, pedigree wines and seasonal crafted cocktails, to pair with the menu’s unique, inspired cuisine. Danlu’s menu features small plates, raw compositions, noodles and rice dishes, Chinese sandwiches, and large plates. In English, Danlu translates to “nectar.” Danlu’s interior was designed by the celebrated New York City firm, Jeffrey Beers International.
Chef Feury’s countless accomplishments and accolades from the press has not made him complacent. He continues to learn and evolve, and once attended The Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, where he earned certification as an artisan cheese maker. No wonder his clientele is always eager to see — and taste — what he’ll do next!
Patrick Feury’s experiences have been rich, varied, and unique. And at Nectar and Danlu, his extensive achievements have contributed to a pair of restaurants which continue to surprise and delight diners who seem to love returning frequently to delight in the creativity and deliciousness that is intertwined in his menus.
Owner, La Cucina at the Market
Anna Maria Florio, the owner of La Cucina at the Market, is a Philadelphia native and the daughter of Italian-born parents from the Campania region of Italy. Her family brought their love of food and rich traditions of la cucina with them and Anna grew up in a family where the kitchen was the center of the house.
As a professor of Italian language at Temple University, she translated her background and students’ interests, into an inviting culinary facility where people who love food come together and share their passion for cooking. La Cucina is a dynamic space that brings together urban professionals who happen to be lovers of food in a vibrant venue. What could be better than cultivating one’s passion for cooking by coming to class or joining a group of friends to prepare a meal and sitting sown to eat it?
La Cucina at the Market offers cooking classes; private events and corporate team building. Just added: a pasta line so you can take them home with you!
TV host, Executive Producer and Creator of “World Wide Nate: African Adventures”
Nathan Fluellen, the venerable creator and host of World Wide Nate – the quintessential guide to living a global lifestyle, has been traveling the world since 2004. The show focuses on adventure, food, and culture, as seen from Nathan’s unique perspective.
He has visited 50 countries and 6 continents, making it look thrilling and chic. His fearless and infectious personality has been entertaining viewers, while running with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, swimming with jellyfish in Palau, and defying gravity, while descending Conveyor Quay Tower in Montreal, Canada. He’s even showed us his softer side, while hanging out with Koala in South Australia.
Nathan’s interest in traveling was stoked during high school, when his mother would travel on missionary trips abroad. Her stories and experiences helped him realize that traveling the world was not only an option, but also a necessity. While at Tennessee State University, Nathan’s professor, Dr. Galen Hull, who has visited over 80 countries, further ignited his interest in traveling, by sharing his autobiography and challenging Nathan to see more of the world than him.
Giving back is also one of Nathan’s chief priorities. He joined Rak Life, on a recent trip to Paje, Zanzibar where they helped feed 300 of their elderly population. He is also interested in starting a scholarship fund at his alma mater, Tennessee State University that will send students abroad to study in Colombia.
You can follow all of World Wide Nate’s adventures
at www.worldwidenate.com and on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat @worldwidenate
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.
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.’
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.
Chef Kermit Mackey
Chef/Owner, Chef Ray’s Taste of the Islands Catering and Private Chef
From humble beginnings, Kermit was intrigued by food as his family came from a long background of local culinarians. He gained his first hands on experience as a kid working in his family business.
Kermit acquired his Associate’s Degree at the College of the Bahamas, while serving as an Apprentice Chef at The World-Famous Atlantis Paradise Resort. He spent three (3) years at the Atlantis Resort and the ‘One & Only’ Ocean Club where he continued to master his craft, taking advantage of every opportunity to work in various restaurants. Being one of the top in his class he was given the opportunity to work and train under famous Chef Jean George Vongerichten in his Caribbean French fusion inspired restaurant “The Dune” at the One and Only Ocean Club Bahamas.
At the age of twenty (20), he took on his first Executive Chef position at “The Palm Bay Beach Resort”, Exuma Bahamas. Later, he took a position at the world renowned “Four Seasons Resort at Emerald Bay”. Intrigue by the ocean and the array of fresh seafood Kermit moves to the capital, to run the popular Caribbean Seafood Restaurant, “The Poop Deck”. Some of Kermit’s work is also featured in many local Bahamian food magazines and Local travel guides, where to eat. He then moves on to Bimini Bay Resort and Casino as Executive Chef, a position that would earn him various write-ups and accolades in magazines and even a 5-minute exclusive cooking demo featured on NBC (channel 6, Miami) in November of 2006. Kermit has had the opportunity to work with many big-name celebrities, catering to them and their families, showcasing his Caribbean Fusion style of cooking.
Kermit came to New York as a Private Chef. Still wanting to do more to showcase his heritage and flavors of the Bahamas, came the birth of Chef Ray’s Taste of the Islands Inc. his very own Catering Company which allows him to reach a wider array of people sharing his unique cooking style and flavors. With many more ventures in site, Kermit is partnering up with local Caribbean Chefs and Restaurants to showcase Caribbean Flavors. Kermit’s new venture is launching his own line of Signature Savory Chutneys and Salad Dressings, Kermit also has sight set on creating a Caribbean Fusion Lifestyle Magazine and Cookbook, so stay tuned he is only getting started!
Co-Founder and Chief Waffatier of Waffatopia
Brian and his Wife Andrea have been avid food, wine, and travel lovers for the past 20 years. Visiting dozens of destinations in nearly every continent, one of the most enjoyable things upon their return was to take a bit of the culture and gastronomy of the destination and make it their own. One visit in particular, to Belgium, changed the course of their lives entirely, which led to the creation of Waffatopia – an award winning Belgian Liege waffle company introducing not only the Liege waffle to the U.S. but a fun twist of unique flavors with natural ingredients, individually packaged fresh and shipped all over the country via their online business. Featured in local and national press, as well as an appearance on the Food Network, they are determined to ensure everyone in America gets to experience this highly unique European treat! Visit www.waffatopia.com for Brian and Andrea’s full story of their small business.
Business Development Coach, Mid-West Region, Cruise Planners
Mauricio Ponce is Business Development Coach, Mid-Western Region at Cruise Planners, where he coaches new franchisees on Cruise Planners’ cutting-edge technology tools, sales techniques, and product knowledge. He also assists franchise owners with growing their business by strengthening their marketing ideas, networking skills and sales techniques. Ponce has ten years of experience in the travel industry, working for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises as an inside sales representative and then as a full-service travel agent.
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.
Business Development Manager, Northeast USA, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB)
Kenton Senior is currently employed to the Jamaica Tourist Board as a Business Development Manager.
Kenton attended Munroe College in Jamaica, after which he pursued a Marketing Course at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. He joined the Board in 1987.
He is directly responsible for helping to increase Jamaica’s visitor arrivals from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His role incorporates working closely with retail and wholesale accounts in travel, specifically, Travel Consultants, Tour-Operators/Wholesalers along with Air Carriers serving the destination, while helping to position brand Jamaica in the marketplace through active involvement in promotions and consumer events, making the destination a household name.
His hobbies include soccer, cricket, tennis, track and field.