First Round of Speakers TBEX NA 2018

First Round of Speakers TBEX NA 2018

The first round of speakers for TBEX North America 2018 includes several highly skilled professionals who are excited to provide travel media, including content creators, influencers and vloggers with practical information and tools to assist with driving their passion for travel into a successful business endeavor. #myFLXtbex will also provide a wealth of information to industry travel and tourism providers on how to develop an effective online presence and work effectively with influencers.

Mark Edward Harris

Mark Edward Harris is an award-winning photographer and writer whose assignments have taken him to 97 countries on six continents. His editorial work has appeared in publications including Vanity Fair, LIFE, Time, GEO, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR and The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine as well as major photography and in-flight magazines. His award-winning books include, “Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work”, “The Way of the Japanese Bath”, “Wanderlust, “Inside North Korea”,”North Korea”, “Inside Iran”, and his latest book, “The Travel Photo Essay: Describing A Journey Through Images”. Visit Mark’s website, Mark Edward Harris  

Caroline Makepeace

Caroline ‘Caz’ Makepeace is the co-founder of, one of the world’s biggest travel blogs, with her husband, Craig.  Their blog, and journey has been featured by publications and media including Lonely Planet, The Today Show, Forbes, Travel & Leisure and Cheddar TV. They’ve also partnered with some of the world’s biggest travel brands such as Allianz Global Assistance, Canon, TripAdvisor,, Skyscanner and multiple tourism boards around the world.  Y Travel Blog was recently awarded a Modern Entrepreneur award for their excellence in publishing.

Oneika Raymond

Oneika Raymond is a media personality and travel journalist, and the host of two Travel Channel series, “Big City, Little Budget” and “One Bag and You’re Out”. She is also a travel expert on CTV Canada’s  “Your Morning”, and the voice behind Oneika the Traveller, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring women and people of color to see the world.  She’s written for and been profiled by publications such as the BBC, Condé Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, BuzzFeed, and CNN. A true travel junkie, Oneika’s adventures have taken her to over 100 countries.

Michaela Guzy

Michaela Guzy is an American media executive, entrepreneur, and on-air show host. She is the Executive Producer for two original series about sustainable and immersive travel, “Michaela’s Map” and “OhThePeopleYouMeet“. Featured on BravoTV’s Tour Group three-part talking head travel series, Michaela is often asked to appear as an industry expert, from curating conversations and conducting interactive workshops to giving inspiring keynote presentations for industry partners. Michaela teaches “Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content” at NYU. She appears on morning shows across the country, sharing her sustainable and immerse travel tips, including CBS New York, Fox2Now St. Louis, PIX 11 New York, WJLA Good Morning Washington DC, WTNH Good Morning Connecticut, and The Morning Blend Las Vegas.

Carol Cain

Carol Cain is an award-winning travel and food blogger. Aside from publishing stories on her website, Girl Gone Travel, she is the Founder and Director of Brave World Media, a social media management and brand development agency. Carol is also a public speaker and photographer. Prior to her career as a professional blogger and writer, Carol worked in Public Relations. She has a B.A. in Communications and an M.B.A. in Global Management.

Jose Antonio Diaz

Anton Diaz started in 2005. It is now the number #1 food and travel media in the Philippines with over 500,000+ followers and thousands of readers, and it continues to grow organically. In 2015, Anton Diaz received the first Tourism Star Award for media by the Department of Tourism for his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through his blog Our Awesome Planet thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best in what the Philippines has to offer. Our Awesome Planet is recognized as one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world!

Kae Lani

Kae Lani Kennedy is a storyteller and producer specializing in travel, food and all things quirky. She is currently a Producer and Audience Engagement Editor at USA TODAY 10Best, and is the Co-Founder of the network’s newest venture, Eat Sip Trip. Using audience data to help direct her team’s editorial strategies, Kae Lani is also skilled in identifying authentic influencers and quality storytellers that help grow her network’s audiences.

Angie Orth

Angie Orth is a rare breed of communicator, navigating both sides of the media fence as a freelance publicist, digital strategist and travel blogger. After years at PR agencies representing destinations, theme parks and islands, she left it all behind to travel the world and write about it on Now, she’s combined her PR foundations with a passion for storytelling, finding herself in the space between the two worlds. Today she blogs about the tensions between writers and the publicists who seek to reach them on her blog, Angie Away. She also represents travel clients, and covers travel and lifestyle for print, online and TV outlets.

Alexandra Baackes

Alexandra Baackes just celebrated her seven year anniversary of full-time travel blogging at Alex in Wanderland. Alex has partnered with household name travel brands around the world, from Kayak to Enterprise to Capital One and beyond, and has designed content campaigns for well-loved destination marketing organizations such as Visit New Orleans, Visit Florida, Travel Manitoba, and beyond. Alexandra spoke at the inaugural TBEX Asia about her ongoing brand ambassadorships with Viator and PADI and is thrilled to return to speak at TBEX North America in her home state and so close to her hometown of Albany, New York.

Jessica Hansen

Jessica Hansen is Global Engagement Manager for Kiva, building partnerships and community to alleviate poverty and create opportunity worldwide – working with almost 2 million lenders in over 160 countries and nearly 3 million borrowers in 83 countries. She’s passionate about connecting people and ideas, and helping others unleash their capacity to impact the world for the better. Prior, Jessica worked in rural Kenya on literacy programs. Her early fieldwork was in Africa and Asia, working with refugees through UNHCR, the International Rescue Committee, and MSF, focusing on women and girls, and increased access to education and finance.

Sharon Gourlay

Sharon Gourlay is a former travel blogger and digital entrepreneur who is passionate about working online and the freedom it brings. After convincing herself and her husband in 2014 that they should set off overseas indefinitely while building an online business, Sharon not only pulled it off, but built a successful travel blog and affiliate sites that have bought a life of freedom for her and her family. When not traveling the world with her three young children, Sharon now focuses on helping others achieve similar results via her website, Digital Nomad Wannabe.


Register for TBEX North America 2018 in Finger Lakes Wine Country, NY then join us for the keynote addresses by Dave and Deb from ThePlanetD and Cory Lee from Curb Free by Cory Lee. We’ve also planned two full days of invaluable breakout sessions led by this first list of speakers plus several more speakers, including the second round that we recently announced, in addition to invaluable speed networking opportunities with dozens of travel brands.

Our gracious host sponsors at Finger Lakes Wine Country and Corning Museum of Glass are planning spectacular opening and closing night parties, and you’ll have incredible opportunities to grow your brand/blog as well as plenty of networking with hundreds of other travel media attendees! Until then we’ll see you at #myFLXtbex in September!

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