Acropolis at Night

We’re very excited to announce another group of speakers for TBEX Athens. You won’t want to miss out on hearing what these speakers have to share with you to help you develop better content, monetize in a ways that works for you, and build a community around a thriving business.

A big round of applause and welcome to:

Candace Rardon

Candace is a writer and sketch artist with a passion for telling stories about the world, be it through words or watercolors. In addition to running her travel blog, The Great Affair, which has been featured in the New York Times and on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog, her work has been published in outlets such as AOL Travel, Gadling, the Guardian Weekly, and Selamta Magazine. She received her Masters in Travel Writing from London’s Kingston University, where she was awarded the Faber & Faber Creative Writing Prize, and recently released my first book of sketches, “Beneath the Lantern’s Glow.”

Candace will be creating a unique and ongoing “live” session, bring the highlights of TBEX to life through her sketches. The end result will be a wall size mural of our time in Athens.

Chris Gray Faust

Chris Gray Faust is Destinations Editor at Cruise Critic, where she oversees all of the website’s destination content, as well as Facebook and The Lido Deck blog. Creator and publisher of Chris Around The World, Chris has won a Lowell Thomas Travel Writing award for blogging and has worked as a staff writer at the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and USA TODAY, where she served as travel editor. She has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Brown University. She lives in Bucks County, Pa. with her husband, two cats and a puppy.

Chris will be leading a session on how important it is to listen to your community and how to manage that responsibility.

Colm Hanratty

Colm has over four years experience working with travel bloggers from the brand side, having first collaborated with bloggers in April 2010. Since then he has picked up invaluable tips and advice on how to get the most out of brand-blogger relationships. He now runs digital marketing consultancy sixtwo digital where he stills deal with bloggers on a day to day basis through different clients.

Colm will be outlining a 12 month plan to building better blogger relationships.

Daniel Nahabedian

Previously an HR generalist, Daniel Nahabedian is now a full-time freelance travel photographer, and a photography/Lightroom instructor, organizing workshops in various locations around the world. His 5-language speaking skills and multicultural background lead him to different countries with his trusty camera, documenting cultures and traditions while sampling various street food and never missing the opportunity to capture a sunset shot. After 3 years in Chiang Mai – Thailand, he now lives in sunny Granada in Spain, enjoying tapas and planning big (and often overwhelming) projects.

Daniel will be leading a 2-day photo workshop along with Laurence Norah (look for details about registering for that later this week) and will also be speaking on monetizing your photography content.

Jessica Spiegel

Jessica Spiegel is a freelance writer & community builder based in Portland, Oregon. She’s built thriving online communities from scratch & grown existing communities for online brands, including TBEX & BootsnAll. Virtual communities and real-life communities have more similarities than differences, especially when the goal is the same – we want to talk to “our people.” Jessica loves helping people make community connections, and she’s been working in community building since before there was an internet. On the side, she’s a singer in a band, a passionate footy fan, an unabashed Italophile, and a Sazerac enthusiast.

Jessica will be speaking on the differences between building a community for a brand vs. your own personal community.

Laurence Norah

A photographer, writer and traveller, Laurence has spent much of the last five years on the road, documenting his journeys and adventures at his popular travel and photography blog: Finding the Universe, which he runs with his partner Vera. He is also a founding member of Lightmoves Creative, a photography firm which offers bespoke photography and learning opportunities to brands and individuals.

Laurence will be leading a 2-day photo workshop along with Daniel Nahabedian (look for details about registering for that later this week) and will also be speaking on monetizing your photography content.

Mat Rider

Mat is a senior level social media strategist experienced in leading corporate marketing organizations of every size, industry and geography to results on time and within budget. He is a respected leader who has directed, coached and developed teams of up to twenty marketing professionals, including strategy, research & development, program development, multimedia design, product launch, campaign execution and management, and measurement. Mat is adept at conceptualizing, activating and amplifying marketing campaigns to effectively build brands, deliver record setting levels of audience engagement, and drive sales pipeline.

Mat will be speaking in the industry track on Twitter conversions.

Mitch Canter

Mitch Canter is a WordPress Developer and marketing strategist from Franklin, TN. He strives to push technology and online media to new levels to help businesses, non-profits, and industry leaders tell their story online. Mitch is the Chief Creative Mercenary of studionashvegas and binary church.

Mitch will be leading a 2-day workshop on best practices in website and blog design and the technology that supports it (registration details coming soon). He will also be speaking on SEO for travel bloggers.

Peter Parkorr

Peter Parkorr is a writer, photographer and videographer who loves to reveal the best of long-term travel. Visiting more than 50 countries so far and spending the last 3 years as a full-time traveller, he likes to share the beauty of the people and places that he encounters all over the world, looking at what makes them successful and happy.

Peter will be leading a half-day video workshop (sign ups will be open soon), and will also be doing an ed session on video.

But wait – there’s more! Yes, there are more speaker announcements coming up this week. There were just too many great Athens speakers to include in one post, so check back to see if your favorite speaker is on the list.