Kevin Conboy

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Amy Moore

Amy Moore

(Girl Friday, Everything Everywhere)

Amy Moore works with one of the most popular travel blogs, Everything-Everywhere.com. While her job description tends to be “whatever needs to be done”, a significant portion is working with sponsors of the site using a philosophy that long term sponsorship trumps traditional advertising models. More recently, Amy began also working with InsideTheTravelLab.com.

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Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes

(Founder, Hayes Media Group)

Andy Hayes is a travel writer, tourism marketer, and small business consultant. He regularly speaks at industry events and runs Portland-based Travel Online Partners, a marketing firm, as well as his own travel magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

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Andy Murdock

Andy Murdock

(US Digital Editor, Lonely Planet)

Andy Murdock is Lonely Planet’s US Digital Editor, serving as the managing editor for LonelyPlanet.com and the company’s social media channels for the Americas. Andy has a Ph.D. in Biology from UC Berkeley, where he strategically studied a group of plants found only in beautiful and far-flung regions of the world and ended up finding the world more interesting than the plants. Beyond writing and editing for LonelyPlanet.com, Andy’s writing has appeared around the web on CNN.com, WashingtonPost.com, MSNBC.com, Today.com, BBC Travel, Gadling, Huffington Post, and a variety of scientific journals.

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Anne Taylor Hartzell

Anne Taylor Hartzell

(Founder, Hip Travel Mama)

Anne Taylor Hartzell is a travel expert, founder of HipTravelMama.com, a blog connecting families to extraordinary travel experiences, hip hotels and inspiration with a stylish twist. A mom of two, her other “day” job includes more than 15 years experience managing PR and social media campaigns for tech and travel companies with brands such as Farecast, Bing, Expedia, Room 77 and hoteliers seeking to connect with moms and families. Anne is a frequent travel guest expert and has appeared on more than 30 news outlets across the country including; The TODAY Show, Q13 FOX News, KING 5 News, CNN.com, CNTraveler.com.

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Annemarie Dooling

Annemarie Dooling

(Community Editor, Huffington Post & Blogger, FrillSeekerDiary.com)

After refining her journalism skills as an editorial staffer at national magazines, Annemarie grew infatuated with the continually adaptable world of digital media. She honed her craft managing the one-million-plus social media accounts of celebrity talk shows and niche print publications alike, and fell in love with creating passionate communities around news, which she currently does as a Community Editor with The Huffington Post. She is happiest blogging with her bulldog Charlotte, at an airport lounge, and not far away from an iPhone charger and wishes to one day meet every single one of her 100k Facebook subscribers.

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Audrey Scott & Daniel Noll

Audrey Scott & Daniel Noll

(Founders, Uncornered Market)

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott are the husband-and-wife storytelling and photography team behind Uncornered Market. For more than five years they have been traveling around the world, from Antarctica to Uzbekistan, going deep and offbeat to share a destination’s more personal and human side. In addition to working with tourism boards and travel companies, they were recently retained by the United Nations Foundation’s Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to develop and implement its social media strategy. Having visited over 75 countries together, they’re still going…and still married.

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Beth Whitman

Beth Whitman

(Founder/CEO, Wanderlust and Lipstick/WanderTours)

Beth Whitman is the founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours, both specializing in the women’s travel market. Wanderlust and Lipstick is one of the most popular women’s travel companies with 3 guidebooks, a website that includes a network of nearly 25 women travel bloggers and tours to exotic destinations from Bhutan to Papua New Guinea. Beth has more than 25 years of travel experience as a backpacker, businesswoman, volunteer and tour operator. She regularly speaks at events to not only inspire others to see the world but to also create a business doing what they love most: travel.

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Brooks Thomas

Brooks Thomas

(Emerging Media Team, Southwest Airlines)

Brooks Thomas is on Southwest’s Emerging Media Team. He serves as the Managing Editor of Southwest’s award-winning blog, Nuts About Southwest. His mission is to create brand journalists out of each Southwest Employee; reporters who create meaningful, compelling stories on a daily basis. Brooks is an ex-television news producer who grew up with a passion for storytelling. In Kindergarten, Show-and-Tell was more about the latter than the former.

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C.C. Chapman

C.C. Chapman

(Founder, Passion Hit TV)

C.C. Chapman is a writer, speaker and passionate storyteller that creates in all mediums. He is a thought leader in the social and online media spaces and his marketing work with companies such as Coca-Cola, HBO, Warner Brothers, Snapple, Discovery Channel and American Eagle Outfitters have won rave review and awards. His words, images and thoughts have graced the pages of Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and on Fox and CNN. He is the co-author of the best selling book Content Rules and the Founder of both Digital Dads and Passion Hit TV which recently has been sponsored by Amtrak.

Filled with a case of permanent wanderlust, C.C. loves nothing more than to visit new places with his camera. His most recent journey brought him to Ghana with the ONE Campaign to celebrate the new country wide vaccination program. He also uses his travels to write about today’s digital lifestyle on his own blog as well as Workshifting.com

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Caroline Bean

Caroline Bean

(Director of Social Media, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Caroline Bean is the director of social media at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC).. Bean’s media relations’ efforts have resulted in stories in USA Today, The Washington Post, GQ magazine and PR Week. At the helm of GPTMC’s social media efforts, she works to integrate a social media strategy into every campaign. Bean is part of a communications team that has won 45 industry awards. Bean has taken the social media show on the road, at events such as the U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference.

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Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen

(Host/Producer, Amateur Travel)

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is a popular online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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Chris Gray Faust

Chris Gray Faust

(Editor, Chris Around The World)

Travel writer/blogger Chris Gray Faust has more than 20 years of journalism experience, most recently as travel editor at USA TODAY. Her blog, Chris Around The World, has won a Lowell Thomas travel writing award, and is syndicated on USA TODAY. A member of SATW, Chris writes for numerous outlets, including Cruise Critic, Frommer’s, Budget Travel, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Independent Traveler, Gadling and USA TODAY premium publications. She’s written an app, the Philadelphia Essential Travel Guide, and is a founding member of the Value Luxury Network. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Don Faust, and two cats.

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Christopher Baker

Christopher Baker

Christopher P. Baker—the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’—is one of the world’s most multi-talented and successful travel writers & photographers. Born and educated in England, he has authored more than 20 books for Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, National Geographic, etc., including Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, winner of two national book awards. His writing and photography have appeared in more than 200 international publications as far-ranging as Caribbean Travel & Life, Elle, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, National Wildlife, Newsweek, The Robb Report, and CNN Go. Baker is also a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer and has served as a photo instructor for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He is considered the world’s foremost authority on travel and tourism to Cuba and Costa Rica and is paid to blog at www.moon.com/blogs/cuba-costa-rica. He has been profiled in USA Today and appears frequently on radio and television talk shows throughout North America. A gifted public speaker, he has been privileged to address such prestigious organizations as the National Press Club, National GeographicLive!, World Affairs Council, and North American Travel Journalist Association Convention. He regularly lectures aboard cruise ships, has been a faculty member of Cunard Cruise Lines and Holland American Cruise Line, and currently escorts tours for National Geographic Expeditions and other organizations. His many awards include being named ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’ by both the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Jamaica Tourist Board. He has also been honored by the American Catalog Awards, the Direct Marketing Creative Guild, and Target Marketing for his brochures, catalogs, etc. Baker has been a consultant to such travel industry leaders as Backroads, Mountain Travel-Sobek, and National Geographic Expeditions, as well as for major international corporations such as Intel. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers. He promotes himself through his website: www.christopherbaker.com.

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Dave Bouskill & Debra Corbeil

Dave Bouskill & Debra Corbeil

(Founders, The Planet D)

Dave and Deb of popular adventure travel blog ThePlanetD.com are well known travel personalities in both online and mainstream media. A writer/photographer team, they talked travel every week on Canada’s National News Station and continue to appear regularly in TV, radio and print inspiring people to live their dreams and travel the world. They live by their motto “Adventure is For Everyone.” If they can do it, anyone can. With current partnerships including American Express Canada, Intrepid Travel and Expedia.com plus ongoing sponsorship campaigns with various companies they have proven that a travel blog can be a successful business model.

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Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

(Tech, Travel and Dad Blogger, Ask Dave Taylor.com)

Dave’s been involved with the Internet and its predecessors since 1980 and is internationally recognized as an expert on both marketing and technology. Author of 20 business and tech books, founder of four companies and proud single father of three wonderful children, Dave’s always busy with something. You can find his popular tech blog at AskDaveTaylor.com and his travel and parenting blog at GoFatherhood.com.

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Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt

(Blogger, Everything Everywhere)

Gary is the blogger behind the award winning Everything-Everywhere.com. He has been traveling the world non-stop for over half a decade and has visited over 100 countries and territories in that time.

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Janice Waugh

Janice Waugh

(Publisher, Solo Traveler)

Janice Waugh is the publisher of Solo Traveler, the blog for those who travel alone, author of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook and moderator of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook with over 6,000 fans. She has spoken at The Smithsonian on solo travel and at a number of industry events on travel blogging including the World Travel Market. She has been quoted in many media outlets including CNN, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times and USA Today. She is also co-founder of the Global Bloggers Network with over 800 travel bloggers as members.

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Jaume Marin

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Jennifer Leo

Jennifer Leo

(Web Buzz column, Los Angeles Times)

Jen Leo is a travel and tech writer that began blogging about her life as a travel writer on WrittenRoad.com in 2002. Since then she has launched a variety of blogs including the travel blog for the Los Angeles Times. Currently she writes the nationally syndicated Web Buzz column for the Los Angeles Times, blogs for CNTraveler.com, and is a writer for EpicMoms.com. You can hear her weekly co-hosting the podcast “This Week in Travel,” available on iTunes. Outside of Jen’s travel life she co-founded BestKidsApps.com, a website that reviews children’s iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.

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Jennifer Miner

Jennifer Miner

(Co-Founder, Editor and Writer, The Vacation Gals)

Jennifer Miner is co-creator/editor of The Vacation Gals, a multiple award-winning travel blog featuring family friendly destinations, romantic getaways, and more. It won the Best Independent Travel Blog award from the NATJA, and is rated one of the Top 20 Independent Travel Blogs. She created and is chair of the Los Angeles Consortium of Online Travel, which highlights LA. MSNBC.com’s Chris Elliott named LACOT’s blog one of the “11 Best New Blogs of 2011.” Jennifer has been a speaker about travel and/or SEO at several national conferences including BlogWorldExpo, BlogHer, TypeAParent, the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, and TBEX.

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Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi Ettenberg

(Founder, Legal Nomads)

Jodi Ettenberg is the founder of Legal Nomads, which chronicles her ongoing travels and transportation misadventures. Prior to founding her site in 2008, Jodi worked as a corporate lawyer in New York. She is currently eating her way around the world, one country at a time. In addition to Legal Nomads, Jodi works as a contributing editor for Longreads and as a freelance writer and photographer for a variety of sites, including The Hipmunk, CnnGo and G Adventures. She also speaks about social media, food and travel, and curation.

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Joe Megibow

Joe Megibow

(General Manager and Vice President, Expedia)

Joe Megibow is currently the VP and General Manager of Expedia.com, the world’s leading online travel provider. In his role, Joe manages all aspects of Expedia’s US operations.

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John O’Nolan

(Vagabond, Designer, Entrepreneur, Travelllll.com)

John is an international designer, photographer, speaker and entrepreneur traveling the world indefinitely with little more than a laptop and camera. With a client base ranging from Virgin Atlantic to Microsoft, Nokia and WordPress, John turned his attention to the travel industry and founded what is now regarded as one of the most popular travel news sites in the world: Travelllll.com. He now travels the world meeting with tourist boards to discuss how they’re changing their marketing efforts to focus on digital and social media. He also takes photos, regularly published by The New Yorker, Lifehacker and The Matador Network.

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Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet

(Editor-in-Chief, JohnnyJet.com)

Johnny Jet travels around 150,000 miles and visits over 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have been featured over 2,000 times in major publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times, and he has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and recently hosted “Hot Spots 2012” on the Travel Channel. JohnnyJet.com has been named “one of the top best money-saving web sites for travel” by Budget Travel Magazine, while the L.A. Times calls it “one of the top 10 essential travel resources on the internet.

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JR Johnson

(Founder & CEO, Trippy)

J.R. Johnson is a four-time start-up entrepreneur and the founder of the social travel site and app Trippy (Trippy.com). Trippy is a social travel web and mobile app designed to collect and share travel ideas with friends. It’s a full-circle travel experience that takes you from dreaming to doing. After debuting a private beta in September 2011 as a Battlefield Finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt, Trippy launched its open beta in October 2011. Trippy is funded by Sequoia Capital, True Ventures and SV Angel. J.R. previously launched VirtualTourist (acquired by Expedia in 2008).

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Julia Dimon

Julia Dimon

(Travel TV Host, Travel Writer, Travel Junkie Julia)

Julia Dimon is a travel journalist and TV host who has traveled to over 80 countries, across seven continents. She’s hiked with gorillas in Uganda, braved radioactive hogs in Chernobyl and snacked on all things gross, from scorpion to live jungle slug. She hosts “Word Travels” a 40-episode travel series airing internationally on National Geographic Adventure/Travel Channel and “Outside Today” on Outside TV. A speaker at the New York Times Travel show, Julia has been a featured by Forbes Traveler, MSN, ABC Nightline, Chicago Tribune and E! News. For her travel tips and stories from around the world, visit www.traveljunkiejulia.com

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Kara Williams

Kara Williams

(Co-founder, Editor, Writer, The Vacation Gals)

Kara co-founded her blog The Vacation Gals with fellow travel writers Jennifer Miner and Beth Blair in 2009. With a focus on tips for family travel, romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways and travel gear, the blog has received several awards, including Best Independent Blog from the North American Travel Journalists Association in 2010. A member of ASJA and SATW, Kara is a longtime freelance travel writer who makes her home in the Colorado Rockies — less than two hours from Keystone!

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Kim Mance

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Kirsten Alana Larsson

Kirsten Alana Larsson

(Freelance Photographer and Writer)

Kirsten is a professional photographer, writer, teacher and social media consultant based in NYC. She has worked with brands like AOL, Expedia and Beck’s Beer; co-hosted #ExpChat, #TNI and #FriFotos on twitter; as well as been on-air talent for commercials and travel shows on networks like CNN and AMC. She enjoys teaching others the basics of good photography, both in the digital and mobile sphere, and her goal is to see the bar raised for travel photography across the blogosphere.

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Matt Stabile

Matt Stabile

(Founder, Editor-in-Chief, TheExpeditioner.com, ExpeditionerHotels.com)

Matt Stabile has been a practicing litigation attorney for over five years in New York City. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated as a Senior Editor of the Penn State Law Review. After moving to New York, he founded TheExpeditioner.com and ExpeditionerHotels.com, and has been an active member of the travel blogging community. You can also watch his travel videos, which have over 600,00 views, at YouTube.com/TheExpeditioner.

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Matthew Kepnes

Matthew Kepnes

(Owner & Founder, Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site)

Matthew Kepnes runs the award winning budget travel site, Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian UK, Lifehacker, and Yahoo! Finance. He is a native of Boston, Mass but he calls the world his home. After a trip to Thailand in 2005, Matt decided to quit his job, finished his MBA, and head off into the world. His original trip was supposed to last a year. Once back, he couldn’t stay and was again 2 months later to explore the world and start his website to inspire others to travel.

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Matthew Long

Matthew Long

(Editor-in-Chief & Owner, LandLopers.com)

Matthew Long, travel blogger, writer and photographer isn’t your average travel blogger. As Editor-in-Chief and creator of LandLopers.com , Matt shows people that it’s possible to have a job and family and still see the best the world has to offer. Matt shares his travel tips and expertise so that you can get out and explore the world – one adventure at a time. Matt is a Lonely Planet Featured Blogger as well as a contributor to many other travel sites and publications. Matt’s site is listed as a top travel blog by many companies including Viator Travel, easyJet and Washington Flyer.

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Max Hartshorne

Max Hartshorne

(Editor, GoNOMAD.com Travel)

Max Hartshorne got his start in travel journalism during two stints with Transitions Abroad magazine, first as managing editor in 1981 and then again in 2000. In 2002 he bought GoNOMAD.com. In 2005 it became a full time job. Today the site is a well-respected publisher of some the best travel writing on the web and continues to break new industry ground. Their line of travel ebooks, GoNOMAD Plane Readers, offers seven titles for sale on Amazon etc and plans call for a 50 book series. He lives in South Deerfield Mass and travels to 10 destinations a year.

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Monica McCarthy

Monica McCarthy

(Creative Director, SHOW & TELL)

Monica McCarthy helps dynamic people and organizations share their stories with the world. A former Broadway and television actress, & travel show host, Monica combines her professional experience with her strong belief that everyone deserves to comfortably and confidently express themselves. Monica coaches individuals with their on-camera and public speaking presence, and consults with non-profits and small businesses to help them better connect and engage with their audiences. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Monica is equally at home at the dog park with her rescue pup as she is traveling to far off destinations around the globe.

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Natalie Bahadur

Natalie Bahadur

(Senior Web Editor, Style at Home, TC Media)

Natalie Bahadur Senior Editor, www.styleathome.com Blogger, www.huffingtonpost.com, trendytravelista.com Writer, www.ellecanada.com, www.canadianliving.com, www.more.ca Natalie Bahadur is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Currently working for TC Media, she is the Senior Web Editor for Canada’s leading decorating and design magazine, STYLE AT HOME. She also contributes regularly to all of TC Media’s leading consumer magazine web sites, including: CanadianLiving.com, More.ca, and ElleCanada.com. Natalie is also a travel blogger for The Huffington Post and has a public relations background, having worked in the consumer marketing practice at Fleishman-Hillard. She graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University’s journalism program with a major in print journalism.

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Pam Mandel

Pam Mandel

(Freelance Writer & Photographer, Nerd’s Eye View)

Pam Mandel has been a contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, Afar, World Hum, Gadling, BlogHer, and Divine Caroline, been featured on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog and Perceptive Travel blog, and written for a handful of food, travel, and in-flight magazines. Pam has also recorded stories for NPR’s WGBH Boston station, spoken about Hawaii and Antarctica for This Arctic Life out of Anchorage, and she’s been a repeat guest on the This Week in Travel podcast. Pam has worked on two guidebooks—British Columbia and Hawaii—for Thomas Cook. Blogging since 1996, she’s on the web at www.nerdseyeview.com.

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Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin

(CEO, SEOmoz)

Rand Fishkin is the CEO & Co-Founder of the web’s most popular SEO Software provider; SEOmoz. He co-authored the Art of SEO from O’Reilly Media and was named to BusinessWeek’s 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30. In his minuscule spare time, Rand enjoys the company of his amazing wife, whose serendipitous travel blog chronicles their journeys.

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Rick Calvert

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Ross Borden

Ross Borden

(CEO, Matador Network)

Ross Borden is the CEO of Matador Network. In the 6 years since Matador launched its first site, it has grown from zero to 1.7 million unique monthly visitors without spending a dollar on advertising. In the last 4 years Ross has worked with dozens of brands and destinations on custom content and viral marketing campaigns. Ross has lived in Spain, Kenya, and Argentina and currently splits time between New York and his native San Francisco.

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Scott Carmichael

Scott Carmichael

(Community Marketing Manager, Gogo)

I started my travel career alerting people to “mistake fares”. Over 100K people received my emails, sending them to places like Iceland for $20. After a brief writing gig with Boardingarea.com, I moved on to Gadling as Executive Editor. Currently, I am a marketing manager with Gogo (famous for Inflight Internet).

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Sheila Scarborough

Sheila Scarborough

(Co-founder, Tourism Currents)

Sheila Scarborough is a writer and speaker specializing in tourism, travel and social media. Along with Becky McCray, she co-founded Tourism Currents, where tourism and hospitality professionals learn to use social media in their destination marketing. Sheila serves on the National Board of Directors for the AWC (Association for Women in Communications,) she is the incoming Chair of Freelance Austin and she’s a founding blogger at Perceptive Travel Blog. A US Navy veteran, Sheila is also an NHRA drag racing fan because there’s one winner, one loser and no whining.

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Spud Hilton

Spud Hilton

(Travel Editor, S.F. Chronicle / Bad Latitude TV)

San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor Spud Hilton is is a 24-year journalist and a late-blooming traveler who, in 12 years with the Travel Section has written about, reported on and been hopelessly lost on six continents. His attempts to defy the expectations of places — from Havana’s back alleys to Kyoto’s shrines to the floor of a hippie bus in Modesto — have earned six SATW Lowell Thomas Awards. He is the founder and editor of the Bad Latitude blog at SFGate.com as well as Bad Latitude TV, and teaches writing at the Book Passage Travel Food and Photography Conference.

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Stephanie Yoder

Stephanie Yoder

(Editor, Twenty-Something Travel)

Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can’t sit still! She writes about her adventures on www.Twenty-SomethingTravel.com as well as for a variety of freelance publications.

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Stephany Verstraete

Stephany Verstraete

(Chief Marketing Officer, Room Key)

Stephany is a seasoned marketing executive who has successfully built and grown industry-leading brands in the online travel and CPG industries. Stephany has led marketing teams at top ecommerce and consumer goods companies including Expedia, Inc., Interactive Corp, Kraft Foods, and Frito Lay. During her tenure at Expedia, she held a breadth of leadership roles, overseeing worldwide customer retention and online demand generation.

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Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel

(Author & Editor, Perceptive Travel)

Tim Leffel is an award-winning veteran writer who is the author of several books, including Travel Writing 2.0, and is the editor of Perceptive Travel. He has been blogging since 2003 on the Cheapest Destinations Blog (http://travel.booklocker.com).


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