The Second Round of Speakers at TBEX North America 2019 will inform, transpire and challenge conference attendees to improve their blogging and content strategy skills, and transform their passion for travel into a successful business endeavor. This qualified group of 10 highly skilled travel professionals is prepared to provide travel media – including content creators, influencers and vloggers – with practical information, tools and revolutionary strategies for success in today’s ever-changing online environment. TBEX North America 2019 speakers and lineup of breakout sessions will also prepare travel and tourism industry providers with strategies for developing an effective online presence and improving their overall marketing success with influencers.
Sante Joseph Achille has logged over 24 years of hands-on experience in the digital marketing arena. He has reviewed and optimized hundreds of websites, and successfully collaborated with a diverse range of small businesses and multi-national corporations to define their digital strategies and provide actionable services and expertise for improving/enhancing their organic placement and search advertising goals.
With an engineering degree and initial career in Aerospace Technology, Sante has been working on the worldwide web since its launch in 1994. He regularly attends and speaks at search marketing conferences in Europe, and teaches SEO and web technology related courses and workshops. Sante is the Majestic Brand Ambassador to Italy, and Conference Chair at SMXL Milan, and currently lives and works in L’Aquila, a small medieval town near Rome, Italy. Visit Sante’s website for more details.
Maria Haase is Editor-in-Chief of Europe Up Close, an insider’s guide to travel throughout Europe. A self-proclaimed serial expat, blogger turned publisher and spicy food aficionado, Maria grew up in Germany and now splits her time between the United States and Europe. The travel bug bit Maria early in life; she has lived in and traveled extensively to all corners of the world. In the past 13 years she has called three continents her home, traveled to almost 40 countries and eaten far too many sticks of mystery meats on the way. Europe holds a special place in Maria’s heart. Her mission has always been to show others her home from a local’s point of view and encourage them to discover the world through traveling and experiencing life outside their comfort zone.
Scott Herder is a videographer and photographer for Brave World Media. He’s known for his unique Hyperflow Videos, which in 2017 and 2018 earned him nominations for best time-lapse video of the year. Scott and his wife Megan also run the travel blog Bobo & Chichi, a first-hand experience travel resource that inspires others to travel through photography and videos. Their blog is also a trusted guide for travel tips, destinations and detailed information on the places they’ve visited and shared.
Tammilee Tillison entered the world of travel in 2007, after leaving her corporate job in Risk Management. She has been a professional blogger for over 10 years. Tammilee Tips, a blog that is shared with her husband John, is an inspiration for travel, food and lifestyle. Using her business acumen garnered from earning an MBA as well as her travel and life experiences with her husband, Tammilee and John inspire some 500,000 site visitors each month to live their dreams.
Martinique ‘Marty’ Lewis is a digital disruptor who is immensely in love with diversity in travel. On a daily basis, she strives to change the narrative by advocating for travelers of color across multiple platforms. Marty is a part of Nomadness Travel Tribe, an award winning travel lifestyle brand of over 20,000 influencers and innovators representing the underrepresented demographic of black and brown nomads in mainstream travel. Their mission is to show the world that travel has no racial, gender, religious, economic, or interest limitations.
Working directly with tourism boards and travel brands, Marty creates content that is exciting and influential. Her goal is to change the face of tourism forever, so that we all feel represented in this industry.
Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, roadtripper, and award-winning photographer. A veteran of many cross-country road trips, Sandra drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the Fossil Freeway, the Extraterrestrial Highway, and even “The Loneliest Road in America.” Nowadays, she stars in her own version of “Where’s Waldo?,” always in search of sweet treats, grand adventures, and the next amazing shot.
Sandra shares her stories on GetawayMavens.com, a destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, and a variety of freelance publications. Her editorial photography is available on a variety of stock agencies including Adobe Stock, Alamy, Dreamstime, and Shutterstock.
Annette Richmond is a California girl with many passions, including advocate, content creator, fashion stylist, speaker and digital nomad, and her website, From Annette With Love, reflects these passions. A self-proclaimed Fat Girl, she’s a staunch supporter of the Body Positive Movement. Annette has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years and is excited to see a change happening in the plus size industry. But, it’s by no means an equal playing field. Currently a Senior Fashion Stylist for an online company she has styled thousands of women. She is a voice for Fat Fashionistas.
Traveling is Annette’s latest obsession. She’s visited 19 countries in the last three years with no plans of stopping. She’s always wanted to see the world and until recently, didn’t think that was possible. After seeing a lack of diversity and inclusivity in travel marketing and media, she created Fat Girls Traveling. The Instagram profile grew into a community of over 19,000 that has metamorphosed into a movement, which has brought her even more purpose. She is a voice for Fat Travelers.
Bryanna Royal is co-founder of Crazy Family Adventure. In 2014, Bryanna and her husband Craig, their four kids (and their dog), sold everything, bought an RV and have been traveling full-time around North America since. If they aren’t climbing mountains, hiking to a waterfall or playing at the beach they are most likely at the local donut shop tasting their way to uncovering the best donuts in the country! Bryanna loves writing and sharing their experiences and tips for traveling with children, and the family-related activities that are available in the destinations they visit. Crazy Family Adventure is a ‘full time road trip’ family travel experience and a delicate interactive balance of working sharing, experiencing, and educating.
Brandy Evans is the Vice President of Communications for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. She has a journalism degree from LSU-S and a MBA from Centenary College, and is currently pursuing Certified Destination Management Executive certification.
Some of Brandy’s greatest professional achievements are the award-winning website redesign of www.Shreveport-Bossier.org, launch of the new 318 Restaurant Week, the Be a Fan of Shreveport-Bossier tourism campaign and the “See It. Bet It. Taste It.” marketing campaign currently running in Dallas and East Texas. Her greatest personal achievement is being selected to be a part of Weight Watchers national television campaign with Oprah Winfrey in 2017. Brandy lost 32 pounds and has maintained her weight loss and healthy lifestyle for two years.
Jada Durden is a social media influencer, blogger, and freelance writer based in Shreveport, LA. Her blog, Loving This Life! Jada covers travel, entertainment, and dining. Jada also works with several national and local brands including Kia, Aloft Hotels, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and W Hotels. Loving This Life! Jada is recognized as a “Popular Louisiana Blogs” by LouisianaTravel.com.
Jada’s articles have been published in The Huffington Post, USA Today, Shreveport Times, and several other publications. Jada’s work has earned her the 2016 Media Partner P.R.I.D.E. Award presented by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Best Blogger Award by SB Magazine, Communicator of the Year nominee by PRAL NW, and Best of NWLA Finalist for Best Blogger. Jada is always on the quest of implementing new ways to promote inclusivity and diversity in the Shreveport-Bossier region.
TBEX NORTH AMERICA 2019
Billings Hotel & Convention Center, Billings, Montana
September 11 – 13, 2019
Register for TBEX North America 2019 in Billings, Montana and join over 600 traveling friends and peers for two full days invaluable breakout sessions led by dozens of highly skilled speakers, prime speed networking opportunities with dozens of travel/tourism brands and DMO’s, official opening and closing night parties and more!
PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY FOR THE INCREDIBLE PRE-BEX day tours organized by our hosts, Visit Billings.