Speakers

Kristin Carlson

Managing Director, Tahiti Tourisme United States

Kristin Carlson has served as Managing Director of Tahiti Tourisme United States (TTUS), the destination marketing organization for The Islands of Tahiti, since 2017TTUS oversees all business and consumer outreach for the destination, working regularly with prospective business developments such as airline, hotel, resort, tour operators and cruises in addition to conducting all business and consumer outreach through marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives and programming.
Carlson had held the position of Director of Marketing for TTUS from 2011 until her appointment as Managing Director. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in the tourism industry, including her role as Global Brand Manager at Mering Carson, for the agency’s Visit California account with an emphasis on and brand advertising in China, Mexico, the UK and Australia. She also served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Signature Travel Network and enjoyed a 13-year tenure at Crystal Cruises in both Marketing and Hotel Operations for the luxury line. The beginning of her career was in marketing communications for The Fontayne Group and Korean Air.
She has a BA in International Studies and French from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Masters in International Business from Pepperdine University (The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management).

Angel Castellanos

World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, (www.AngelsTravelLounge.com) is a passionate world traveler, travel writer, influencer, multi-media personality and nationally recognized speaker dedicated to helping people travel smart, well and often. Traveling to over 85 countries on 5 continents (and counting), Angel travels 12-14 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 have 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”.
Since you’ve last seen Angel, he has visited The Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, Singapore, Laos, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Bosnia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
His favorite travel memories include camel trekking in the Sahara, traveling overland by train from Beijing to London, Horse trekking in Mongolia, Hot Air Ballooning in Laos and sailing down the Nile River.
When not in Italy or Paris, Angel is home in Pasadena, California where he is a proud volunteer with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Cynthia Dial

Travel Journalist, Photographer and Author

Cynthia Dial is a journalist and admitted addict—a travel addict—because for her travel is like breathing, she can’t live without it.  As a travel writer whose office is the world, she’s visited all seven continents where she’s slept in an ice hotel, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, sat amongst penguins in Antarctica and walked with the lions in Zimbabwe – all for a good story. She’s written for such publications as TIME magazine, Hemispheres, Costco Connection, Shape, Hemispheres, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Mabuhay (Philippine Airline’s in-flight magazine), San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles and the Toronto Star (Canada’s largest daily newspaper), for whom she wrote the column, Shopping Trips. Online outlets include TraveLife.com, TravelSquire.com and JustLuxe.com, as well as Nine Digital’s travel portal (Channel 9 TV, Sydney, Australia). She also authored the book, Get Your Travel Writing Published (McGraw-Hill distributed the book’s three editions), hosted the No Passport Required show on World Talk Radio, co-hosted the Traveling Girls with Gail Strickland and appears on radio and television as a travel specialist. Cynthia admits that every time she steps onto a plane’s jetway, boards a train or walks the promenade deck of a cruise ship to go to work, she congratulates herself on her career choice.

Daniela DiPierro

Division Chief for Western Hemisphere Affairs for American Citizen Services and Crisis Management in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Daniela DiPierro is currently serving as the Division Chief for Western Hemisphere Affairs for American Citizen Services and Crisis Management in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Daniela served as the Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. She also served for one year as Staff Assistant and as the Acting Executive Assistant to the Executive Office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan serving three Ambassadors during an election year.  Her other assignments include serving as the Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain and as a consul she served in Ciudad Juarez, Naples, and Washington.  Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 2005, Daniela worked as a fundraiser and staff assistant at both Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. Daniela has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from John Cabot International University, a Master of Science in Administrative Studies with a concentration in International Commerce from Boston University, and a Masters of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies with a concentration in Government from Harvard University. She speaks Italian and Spanish. Daniela is married to Fabio Cattarinich and they have two sons.

Julian Douglas

Travel Writer and Experienced Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor

“Listen, Journey, Savor with Julian Douglas”… is exactly what he asks of his family, friends and especially his readers to do with him.
As an experienced traveler, Julian has traversed the globe since he was a child. From treasured moments with his flight attendant mother growing up, to his years in the music industry, to just vacationing with his wife Nicole for pleasure. It has all inspired Julian to write about his passions for music, food and especially his love of travel.

Wayne Dunlap

Experience Traveler (100 Countries), Author of Plan Your Escape® and TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger

From a former economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries & 47 U.S. states), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger with over 250,000 social media followers, and author of the 5-star rated travel book, Plan Your Escape®, Wayne Dunlap gives first-hand insights of incredible easy-to-use strategies to help you travel for less than half the cost for all types of travel and from luxury to budget. You will learn to locate where the bargains are, the best time to travel, how to make money while you travel, actual bargain trip ideas all over the world you could book today, and secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, cruises, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s on travel – You can’t afford to miss this presentation!
Contact Wayne to learn more and sign up for free travel tips and bargains!

TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blog: www.UnhookNow.com

Beth Lindsley Elwood

Business Development West Region Star Clippers Americas

Star Clippers – Unique Sailing Adventures – Business Development Executive, Western U.S. Small Ship Specialist & Travel Industry Supplier 25+ years … began career in sales with Northwest Orient, then transitioned to the “fun side” … the cruise side of the business.  Prior to joining Star Clippers in 2016, Beth enjoyed sales & marketing positions with Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean Intl. and Celebrity Cruises; however, today with Star Clippers, she has found her “bliss” and loves everything about the intimate, casual and relaxed private yachtlike experience that is Star Clippers “unique sailing adventures

Trish Feaster

Founder & CEO, Founder & CEO of The Travelphile 

For 25 years, Trish Feaster has traveled throughout Europe, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, North Africa, The Caribbean, and the good ol’ U.S. of A. She champions the notion that we can all “journey well” by allowing travel to heighten our senses and to remind us to see things with open eyes, an open heart, and an open mind–even if we’re just “traveling” in our own town. Trish embraces her love of travel as an opportunity to learn about the people, history, architecture, art, politics, religion, and cuisine of other cultures, and to bring those lessons home and learn from them. During her fifteen-year tenure as a high school Spanish teacher in California, Trish shared her love of travel with her students by taking them on annual trips to Europe. These days, she’s expanded her “classroom” even more as a veteran tour guide and guidebook researcher for Rick Steves’ Europe, a tour guide for Imprint Tours and as a writer for her travel blog,  www.thetravelphile.com.
Journey with The Travelphile and follow her adventures on…

Haydee Galindo

Director, Bahia Tours Inc / Anthony’s Key Resort

Haydee Galindo Hyde is the Director of Bahia Tours, Inc. the booking office for Anthony’s Key Resort, who has managed the business for the last 22 years.  She is a graduate of Florida International University with a bachelor’s in hospitality management.
Haydee was born and raised in the Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.  The hotel industry is in her blood; where her family has owned Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR) for the past 50 years.
Before managing Bahia Tours, Inc. Haydee spent her summers working as a young teen at AKR in various scopes from thawing fish to feeding the dolphins, to housekeeping, accounting, inventory and helping in the kitchen.  Haydee experienced it all first-hand. Her experience at the resort helped her gain responsibility and work ethics from a very young age.
Haydee lives in Florida. She is passionate in helping others from her childhood community of Roatan. She has been a team leader and has become a vital part of the Roatan Alive Mission for the past 8 years. She enjoys helping others, giving to the less fortunate, she enjoys preparing meals for women’s bible study group at her local church and loves serving the Lord. Haydee enjoys time with her husband David and three children, as well as planning the next family adventure with her entire family or friends. Spending time with family is her number one priority and forming new relationship with others.

Theresa L. Goodrich

Founder & Publisher of The Local Tourist, Author of the Two Lane Gems book series

Theresa L. Goodrich is an Emmy-winning author and content creator with a penchant for storytelling and a keen eye. She’s the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist and author of the Two-Lane Gems book series. Theresa has appeared in several Chicago media, including Crain’s Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, the former Chicagoist, WGN, WLUP, and WCIU. She was one of the founding bloggers of ChicagoNow, was the Chicago Expert for Answers.com, and is a contributor to 1000TravelTips.com. She’s spoken on marketing, motivation, and entrepreneurship at several panels and conferences and mentors at the exclusive Bloghouse conference. She’s also spoken at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show and in October 2019, led a writer’s workshop in partnership with Midwest Travel Network and Hendricks County, Indiana. When Theresa’s not writing, speaking, or on the road, she’s cooking and planning her next adventure.

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 America’s most recognized, honored and respected frontline travel news journalist. He is the Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning. His long-running nationally syndicated CBS News radio show, Eye on Travel, is broadcast each week from a different location around the world.
The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Greenberg also hosts The Travel Detective, airing on Public Television across the United States. This weekly television newsmagazine offers cutting-edge travel information and insider tips travelers need to know before they ever leave home. It also showcases hidden gem destinations across the country, and around the world.
Greenberg produces and co-hosts an ongoing series of acclaimed global television specials, The Royal Tour, featuring personal, one-on-one journeys through countries with their heads of state. Along with such leaders as the King of Jordan, Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Israel, and Presidents of Mexico and Peru, Greenberg’s latest special features the Prime Minister of Poland.
Greenberg is also author of The New York Times best-selling Travel Detective series. The Best Places for Everything, comes in the wake of such titles as Don’t Go There!, The Complete Travel Detective Bible, Flight Crew Confidential, and The Traveler’s Diet.
Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in travel, along with Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. Greenberg was also inducted into the U.S. Travel Association’s Hall of Leaders for his contributions to the travel industry.
Among other honors, Greenberg received a News & Documentary Emmy Award for the ABC 20/20 special, “What Happened to the Children?” Greenberg also won an Emmy as part of the NBC Dateline team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story, Miracle on the Hudson.
Greenberg began his career in journalism as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is also 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.
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.

George Johns

Business Development Manager Aurora Expeditions

George Johns is the USA Business Development Manager for Aurora Expeditions, the pioneering Polar expedition company based in Sydney, Australia.  During his 30-year travel career, he has always focused on the adventurous, off the beaten track destinations.  He has sold and traveled to all seven continents, exploring diverse destinations such as Antarctica, Galapagos, the upper Amazon, the Canadian Rockies, India and Hawaii’s adventurous nooks, to name just a few.  George believes that travel to remote, authentic lands enriches us more than just about any other activity.

Jared Kamrowski

Founder, Thrifty Traveler

Jared Kamrowski is the founder of Thrifty Traveler, the leading source for flight deals, cheap travel tips, and learning how to maximize travel rewards. Jared honed his travel skills by traveling over 100 nights a year as a CPA. He left his job in 2017 and now runs Thrifty Traveler full time flying over 100,000 miles per year. You can catch him flying the fanciest first-class cabins as well as budget airlines, paying only pennies on the dollar. He resides with his wife Erica in Minneapolis, MN.

David Kasser

Vice President of Tourism Development & Sales, Visit Anchorage

David Kasser – David is a lifelong Alaskan, having spent his youth fishing in the coastal town of Seward and hiking on the hillside of Anchorage.  There is no one who knows more about Anchorage and Alaska than David. He loves to give travelers the inside track on what to see and do according to their specific interests. After 30 years in Alaska tourism, David has a wealth of product knowledge you are sure to find valuable, delivered in a fun fast paced format.

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.

Christian Mani

General Manager Americas, Cook Islands Tourism

Christian Mani is the General Manager Americas for Cook Islands Tourism. Mani is from the Cook Islands and has been living in the United States for over 3 years, telling his story about his home the Cook Islands; where to stay, things to do, places to dine and an insiders tips about the Cook Islands.

Jorge Meraz

Host/Director, Crossing South

Jorge Meraz is the host for the Baja Mexico PBS travel show Crossing South which will air season 9 in 2020 on KPBS San Diego and is currently airing Season1 on national syndication through CreateTV. Jorge Has been a sports anchor for TV Azteca in Spanish and he directed the Emmy award winning documentary “Visa Dream”. He is a Baja travel expert and is currently producing other travel shows which are in development.

Wayne Peyreau

Regional Vice President, Sales (USA), MSC Cruises

Cruise industry veteran Wayne Peyreau joined MSC Cruises as director of sales in the company’s USA division eight years ago. Working out of the Fort Lauderdale office, Peyreau oversees the business development managers for the Southeast Region and the Caribbean.
A graduate of Miami Dade College and Florida Atlantic University, Peyreau’s resume includes serving as director of national accounts, regional director (Southeast) and director of field sales business development for Norwegian Cruise Line. He also served as district sales manager and regional sales manager (Southeast) for Chandris/Celebrity Cruises.
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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 over 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 though she is rarely there.

Publisher: https://www.workman.com/brands/1000-places

Dupree Smith

District Manager, Business Development / Sales & Marketing, The Bahamas Tourist Office, Houston

Dupree Smith is an experienced sales and marketing professional having worked in the oil and gas industry for 10+ years, before entering the hospitality industry.
As the District Business Development Manager with The Bahamas Tourist Office, he is currently focused on the development of the travel trade segment as well as sales and marketing of The Islands of The Bahamas with a specific focus on  the Southwest US region including Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas and Nebraska.
He graduated from the historic Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and a Master of Arts in Marketing at Texas Southern University

Cheryl Strayed

Author of the New York Times Bestselling Memoir “Wild”

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH. Her books have been translated into forty languages around the world. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of WILD stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post MagazineVogueSalonThe SunTin House, and elsewhere. Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Gail Strickland CCTE, CTC

Emmy Award Winning Show Host and Producer, “The Traveling Girls”  & West Coast Business Development Manager for The Moorings

With a lifelong passion for travel Gail Strickland is an Emmy award winning News Broadcaster for the “Traveling Girls” an affiliate of Kahala Travel. Gail’s segments have aired on Cox Communications, CNN and NBC including a documentary on Cuba. Gail has over twenty-five years’ experience in the travel industry and started her travel career working on-board the Pacific Princess as a hostess. Yes, she was Julie on the popular TV Show the “Love Boat”.
Gail has a hospitality management degree and serves on several travel industry boards including GBTA, CTO, PATA and MPI. Gail is well suited for her current role as San Diego PATA’s Press Officer.

Vincent Trotter

National Account Manager, Royal Caribbean International

Vincent Trotter is the National Account Manager for Royal Caribbean International. During his seven years with Royal Caribbean he has been a President’s Challenge winner three times, earned the greatest growth in group business once and was named Rookie of the Year.
Prior to joining Royal Caribbean International, he was a business development manager for Collette Vacations for five years.
Trotter has been to over 30 countries throughout the world with his latest being Cuba.
He has a master degree in Sports Management from Long Beach State, where he also played Division 1 Water Polo. Trotter resides in San Marcos, CA with his wife Summer and their four children, Jasper, Caden, Branson and Savannah.

Ralph Velasco

Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment Adventures

Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who for more than 11 years has organized and led over 100 international tours, and more than 100 domestic tours, in the United States under the PhotoEnrichment Adventures banner.  His international trips have included Armenia and the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan and Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Spain, Portugal, Tuscany, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, Cuba and other locations.
Ralph is an award-winning travel photographer, podcast host and public speaker, and for more than 10 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.
Recently he created a new travel brand called Alla Campagna Experiences where the focus is less on photography in each destination and even more about the culture, people, food, drink and other unique activities and experiences they have to offer, all while staying in unforgettable properties, such as private castles, wine estates, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, villas and converted mansions, in and around the Mediterranean.
He’s also Creator of Tour Organizer Training, a free webinar and online course series designed to teach everyday people, step-by-step, how to organize and lead their own special interest trips, whether around the world or around the corner.  Click here to join the next free webinar.
Now, invest in yourself…get out and travel!

Lisa Vogele

Chief Tree Climber, Travel Your Tree, Where Ancestry Meets Adventure

Lisa Vogele is a professional travel consultant and genealogist. She is the Chief Tree Climber at Travel Your Tree: Where Ancestry meets Adventure, a full-service family history research, travel planning & tour operator. She is passionate about traveling local and in the footsteps of your ancestors to make or re-establish connections of personal, historical significance. In 2016, Lisa authored Food & Folklore: A Year of Italian Festivals, a guidebook to assist travelers with incorporating festivals into their itineraries and experience local culture through food and historic events. Her travel tips have been featured in the Huffington Post, 1000traveltips.com, and her travel blog LisaLovesToTravel.com. She holds a Master’s degree from Clemson University, was raised in Connecticut and resides in Colorado.