Announcing TBEX Athens Speakers



We’re very excited to announce the first group of speakers for TBEX Europe 2014 in Athens, Greece. There were a lot of great submissions, and we’re still reviewing many of them, but we didn’t want to wait any longer to share our excitement in welcoming these travel and tourism experts to the TBEX stage.

Bret Love

Bret Love is the co-founder of Green Global Travel, an ecotourism/conservation-focused blog that has ranked amongst the Top 30 Travel Blogs in the World since 2012. A veteran writer/editor with more than 20 years in publishing, Bret’s expertise on branding and content management has made him increasingly in-demand as a consultant for travel bloggers and travel companies such as the Adventure Collection and International Expeditions. He’s also the co-organizer of Atlanta Travel Massive, and has served as a guest speaker for the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

Bret will be speaking on Branding.

David Farley

David Farley is the author of “An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town” (Penguin, 2010) which was recently made into a documentary by National Geographic. He’s a Contributing Writer at AFAR magazine and his work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler. He teaches writing at New York University.

Farley will be leading our writing workshop as well as speaking on Freelancing.

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter and bases herself in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist in higher education and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network and has been featured by top publications such as Huffington Post, CNN, USA Today, and Travel + Leisure.

Jennifer will be speaking on Social Media Strategy.

Katie Hammel

Katie Hammel is the Senior Travel Editor at, where she manages a team of more than 30 writers who contribute to and Viator’s blog. She also manages the company’s work with bloggers and its blogger ambassador program. Her freelance writing has been published on BBC Travel,, AOL Travel, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, and others.

Katie will be speaking on Blogger-Brand Partnerships.

Kerwin McKenzie

Kerwin is an ex-airline employee who’s visited 109 countries/territories and flies 250,000-300,000 miles each year. He provides travel solutions for travelers, primarily airline staff. He will help you to make your travel dreams come true. He also helps travel bloggers to improve their online presence.

Kerwin will be speaking on Networking.

Laurel Robbins

Laurel’s first and foremost an entrepreneur running three companies:  Monkeys and Mountains, an award-winning travel blog, providing online courses in social media time optimization and Twitter, and most recently, she is the co-founder of BigSisterSummit, a European women’s entrepreneurship conference. An avid hiker, this cat-loving Canadian lives in Germany.

Laurel will be speaking about Twitter.

Ric Dragon

Ric Dragon is the co-founder and CEO of DragonSearch, a digital marketing agency. His is the author of Social Marketology and the DragonSearch Online Marketing Manual, both published by McGraw Hill, as well as a regular columnist for Social Media Today and Marketing Land. Dragon has been a keynote and featured speaker at over 100 industry conferences and events.

Ric will be speaking in our Industry track.

Zaid Al-Qassab

Zaid is the Chief Marketing Officer for HouseTrip, joining the company in January 2014, after almost 20 years with Procter & Gamble where he was Director of the company’s £1Bn Beauty & Grooming division including such brands as Gillette, Olay, Pantene & Max Factor. He’s also a passionate charity advocate and works with men’s health charity Movember as a special advisor.  A graduate in PPE from Merton College, Oxford, Zaid lives with his wife and two children in Surrey, England where he cultivates his intriguing facial hair designs.

Zaid will be speaking on Why Brands Need Bloggers.

More to Come

We’re still reviewing and processing speaker submissions (so if you haven’t heard from us, your submission is still under consideration) and will have additional speaker announcements next week.

Curious about Cancun speakers? We’ll have our first announcement of speakers for TBEX North America 2014 in Cancun later this week.


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