As we’re heading into the countdown for TBEX Cancun, it’s time to announce our most recent speaker additions. Check out the full list of TBEX Cancun speakers and the complete schedule. We’re all looking forward to seeing you there!
Amie O’Shaughnessy is the Managing Editor of Ciao Bambino, a popular family travel planning website. She is a longtime authoritative and well-respected voice in the online travel community and runs a multi-author blog powered by a team of family travel experts who provide credible tips on everything from ranch vacations and luxury beach resorts, to European villa rentals, to the best of US cities with kids, to Disney, to family-focused adventure travel.
Caroline Michaud is Director of Public Relations for Preferred Hotel Group. She is responsible for developing and executing the company’s corporate media relations strategy across all regions and optimizing coverage of Preferred Hotel Group, its programs, and its member hotels in media outlets across the Americas. In addition, Caroline manages the company’s relationships with key family travel bloggers, designing both non-paid ongoing engagement programs and sponsored campaign tactics to successfully increase awareness for Preferred Hotel Group’s innovative Preferred Family program and drive increased traffic to its dedicated website (www.PreferredFamily.com).
David Lee is the Co-Founder of Travel Blog Success, a leading online course and community to educate travelers on how to build, promote and make money from their blogs. He turned a 20-month dream trip around the world into a new career as a blogger and author. He’s traveled to more than 50 countries across six continents, founded two popular blogs, GoBackpacking.com and MedellínLiving.com, and written several books. David is based in Medellín, Colombia.
Dorian Nuñez is a native of Ambergris Caye, Belize, and runs the Ambergris Today newspaper on the island. For 15 years, Ambergris Today has been informing the community and visitors on the happenings of Ambergris Caye, the number one tourist destination in Belize, and on the country as a whole. Keeping ahead of the fast development of the tourism industry in the country, Ambergris Today was the first newspaper in Belize to fully integrate itself online, providing daily, on demand news articles and promoting tourism in the country and region, with featured articles and blogs about travel, food and adventure.
Enid Hwang has been the Community Manager at Pinterest since 2011, when she was the sixth person on the team. In the past few years, she’s had her hand in virtually every non-engineering aspect of Pinterest, from launching new features to expanding the company internationally. Currently, her focus is working with power Pinners, bloggers and influencers to get more out of Pinterest and help spread the love.
Erin De Santiago
Erin is a freelance writer and blogger based primarily in Belize. She’s traveled to 60 countries and lived in Asia, Europe, and now Central America. Erin is a Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW) and covers a wide range of topics – including Belize, culinary travel, and international Disney Theme Parks. She is AFAR’s Belize Expert, wrote the AFAR Guide to Belize, and was the primary author for Belize’s official visitor magazine in 2013. Erin is the publisher of Our Tasty Travels blog, has a new Belize destination site launching soon, and writes for other publications like Viator and Roam Right.
Gregor Perotto is head of corporate marketing at DocuSign. He sets strategy and leads execution for corporate and marketing communications; public, media, and analyst relations; brand and reputation management; social media; and employee engagement and internal communications. Gregor has helped the company accelerate growth to more than 40 million users across 188 countries and earn recognition as a ‘Next Big Thing’ by the Wall Street Journal, “The New Sexy” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and top rankings in independent third party research reports, including Forrester, Gartner, OmBud, G2 Crowd, and Aragon Research.
Jade Broadus is a writer, videographer, creative director and social media manager working with InsideOut Media, Expedia, About.com, Bedandbreakfast.com and AOL Travel. Currently she is the social media and marketing manager at TravelMindset.com. Creating an online influencer network, TravelMindset.com connects tourism boards and travel brands with influencers to create compelling, authentic and unique storytelling with large scale social media experiences. Campaigns include #MakeSummerLast with Tennessee Tourism & #PCBeachBucketList with Panama City Beach, Florida. When she’s not traveling, she is one part of the blogging duo at Vagabond3.com, creating travel videos geared towards the adventure traveler.
Jeff DeKorte is Vice President of Digital Marketing at Royal Caribbean International. Throughout his career he has led digital marketing and eCommerce efforts for well known brands including US Airways, AOL and Rand McNally. His passion is finding ways to use technology to connect businesses and customers, specifically in the travel industry. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also studied at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. A native of the New York area and long-time resident of Washington, DC, he currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.
Jessica manages social media and content marketing for TripIt, the world’s highest-rated travel organizing app from Concur. She has spent the last six years of her career launching social media and content marketing programs for consumer travel brands, including Room 77 and TravelMuse. Jessica loves to travel and try new foods, and most recently visited Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau. She currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her boyfriend and beloved pet cat.
Jyl Johnson Pattee
Jyl Johnson Pattee is the founder of Mom It Forward Media and Family Forward Events and sits on the Mom Advisory Council for ONE.org. She was the co-founder of the evo Conference (2010-12), was on the founding board of the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City (2010-11), was named one of Parent Magazine’s Top 10 Power Moms, and is on Babble’s list of Top Twitter Moms. An award-winning copywriter and former designer of corporate training programs, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two boys; loves cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Kelly McLaughlin is a Canadian woman who has been living in Mexico since 2003. Her blogging and social media journey began in 2007 with her blog “A Canuck in Cancun”, chronicles of life as an adventurous ex-pat mom. She is an ambassador for all things Mexico, having worked for the Mexican federal tourism board and as one of the founders of the monthly #mexchat Twitter party. It’s all about the amor (and the fiesta of course!)
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Lisa Schwartz attended Concordia University where she studied Journalism and Communications before realizing public relations was her true calling. Schwartz began her PR career in New York City, learning the ropes of the entertainment and lifestyle industries. Heading south to Los Angeles next, Schwartz represented major entertainment brands such as Paramount Digital Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Lionsgate and Hulu, among others. In December 2011, Schwartz made another career move and joined Diamond Public Relations in Miami, a boutique luxury travel and tourism PR firm that represents hotels, resorts and destinations around the world.
Teresa has an impressive background in tourism, working for both public and private sectors. Before joining Newlink, Teresa held the position of Director of the Mexico Tourism Board, where she designed strategies to drive tourism to Mexican destinations. She also represented Mexico during trade events and fairs throughout North America and was a liaison between cruise industry leaders and Mexican ports. Teresa also served as cultural attaché at the Consulate General of Mexico. As the leader of Newlink’s Tourism practice, Teresa applies her industry knowledge to develop cutting-edge, communications programs for clients including hotels, online tour operators, destinations and airlines.