Who has the best travel community around?  TBEX!  I’d even hazard a guess to say that it’s the best darned community around period, regardless of niche.

Jessica Spiegel TBEX Community ManagerSo when it came time to find a community manager, we went looking for the best darned community manager around.  She was easy to find, because we already knew her, she was already well known and respected in the travel space, and she was ready for a new challenge.  So – we’re very happy to officially announce (yeah, we’ve been teasing it a bit in social media) that we’ve added Jessica Spiegel to the TBEX team as our new Community Manager.

We were impressed with Jessica’s community ethos:  “I believe awesome people should be connected with other awesome people, which, in practical terms, means I am an excellent cocktail party host as well as eager community builder.”  See what I mean?  Jessica is perfect for the TBEX community – we’ve got tons of awesome people that we need to connect, and we’ve been known to bring them together at a cocktail party!

Okay, enough of the fun stuff, Jessica has serious community cred, too.

While her passion with community goes back to the late 1990s – before there was even much talk about blogging or community – Jessica is probably best known for creating the content and community on the WhyGo Italy site, a position that established her as an expert and the go-to person for information and discussions about travel in Italy.    She formerly worked at BootsnAll as a travel writer and community manager, managing the community message boards and the company’s social media, and has recently has been freelancing.

Jessica has officially taken the reins of the TBEX social media accounts, and you may already have had a chance to chat with her on Twitter (@TBEXEvents) or on the TBEX Facebook page.  She’ll also be helping out with the TBEX blog.

Jessica lives in Portland, Oregon, and when she’s not immersed in the TBEX community, she blogs at Jessica Travels, maintains a freelance business, and dreams of Italy.

Welcome Jessica!  We’re so excited to have you on the TBEX team!

Photo credit:  Jessica Spiegel