Announcing TBEX Cancun Speakers


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We have a stellar line up of new and returning speakers for TBEX North America in Cancun, Mexico. We’re excited to announce these speaker today, and will have more speaker announcements, for Cancun and Athens, next week.

Carol Margolis

Carol Margolis is the queen of helping people travel smarter, with less stress and more productivity. She is the author of Business Travel Success, a member of the National Speakers Association, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Great Day Houston, CBS, Fox TV; acontributed to USAToday, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LATimes, Success and Entreprenuer magazines and lots, lots more.

Carol will be speaking on how to generate publicity and media appearances for you and your blog.

Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the host of the Amateur Traveler, a popular online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. He is also a co-host at This Week in Travel. Chris is the owner of which is a new startup connecting bloggers and industry contacts. He has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor’s New Initiatives group and was the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld.

Chris will be speaking on how to find a successful balance between travel blogging and a day job.

Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the author of The Travel Mamas’ Guide and the founder/editor-in-chief of She teaches blogging classes and gives presentations on how to travel with babies and children. She has given travel tips on television, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. Her stories have appeared in such publications as the “Today” show’s travel section on, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, Working Mother Magazine, and more.

Colleen will be leading an interactive session on creating and using a vision board to keep inspired and focused.

David Brodie

David is a Vice President of Citizen Relations, a global Public Relations firm recently named 2013 Canadian PR Agency of the Year. He heads up Citizen’s Vancouver office and also sits on the agency’s North American leadership team. His extensive work in the travel and tourism sector includes leading the Destination British Columbia and Rocky Mountaineer accounts, as well as leading initiatives for brands such as Travelocity and Princess Cruises. He is also the founder of Travel in 10, one of the world’s first travel podcast that continues to be one of the top travel downloads on iTunes.

David will be speaking on how to find a successful balance between travel blogging and a day job.

Diana Laskaris

Diana Laskaris, Chief Food Officer of Food Travelist, has been cooking since she had to stand on a chair to reach the stovetop. Nothing makes her happier than a contented group with smiling faces seated around a table eating and enjoying one another’s company. The interplay of world events and culinary history fascinate her and, like Thomas Jefferson (who brought French cuisine to America before Julia Child popularized it), she cannot live without books. Her background in entertainment media has made her an animated storyteller, who loves to explore culinary adventures in some of the world’s most delicious destinations.

Diana will be speaking on how to profit from the boom in culinary tourism.

Kerwin McKenzie

Kerwin is an ex-airline employee who creates travel solutions for travelers to make their travel experiences better. He’s been to 109 countries and counting and travels about 250,000 miles annually.

Kerwin will be speaking on how to get started with Facebook ads and get results.

Lou Mongello

Lou Mongello is a widely recognized Disney author, expert, host, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the host of (Best Travel Podcast 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), author of the Disney World Trivia Books, 102 Ways to Save Money At Disney World, and author/narrator of Audio Tours of Disney parks. He founded the Dream Team Project, which sends children with life-threatening illnesses to Disney World, and speaks to businesses, conferences and schools on the magic of Disney, the power of social media, and creating an exciting future by following one’s dreams and passions.

Lou will be speaking on how to use offline interactions to increase online engagement.

Max Hartshorne

Since 2002, Max Hartshorne has been the editor of travel, publishing the travel stories of hundreds of writers and promoting, speaking and marketing his way to making the site his full time job. Today he works with legions of travel writers and develops new talent by working with interns from local colleges. He is a regular guest on travel and talk radio shows and continues to travel regularly around the world. GoNOMAD also has 22 travel ebooks on Amazon and has formed partnerships with major travel brands to promote them on the site and on social media.

Max will be speaking on how to find and use interns, virtual assistants, and salespeople to grow your business.

Sheila Scarborough

Sheila Scarborough is a blogger and founder of Tourism Current (launched in 2009), an independent team of professional educators offering online and in-person training in social media for tourism, hospitality, and economic development.

Sheila will be speaking in the TBEX Industry track.

Tim Anderson

T.W. Anderson is the founder, head blogger, editor in chief, social media strategist and co tour leader for Marginal Boundaries, a Spanish and English travel brand with over 12,000 readers and 1+ million monthly views. He’s been traveling full time since January of 2008 and focuses on immersion travel, or long-term stays in countries around the world. He’s lived in Bulgaria, Colombia and then Mexico since 2010. he has published 12 books and is a regular speaker and teacher on social media management, plus the head teacher for the travel brand boot camps in Mexico from Marginal Boundaries.

Tim will be leading an advanced Facebook session.

Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel is the author of five travel books and is an award-winning writer who edits Perceptive Travel, the Cheapest Destinations Blog (established 2003) and several other sites. He is frequently quoted in the major media and has been a speaker at many industry events.

Tim will be speaking on the profits and prestige of book and e-book publishing.

Veronica James

Upon sending their youngest out into the big, wide world, Veronica set out to break the empty nest rules by selling everything and hitting the road with her husband, David, to become more than empty nesters, to be gypsies, GypsyNesters! Along the way they began writing posts for their popular website,, and rediscovered the couple who fell in love years ago. They’ve been full-time travelers since 2008. Watch for their debut memoir Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All in February 2015 from Skyhorse Publishing.

Vernoica will be speaking on how to deal with haters, flamers, and trolls.


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