Second Round of Speakers for TBEX North America Fall 2022 Announced


The second round of speakers at the Fall edition of TBEX North America 2022 is a collection of 10 highly skilled professionals who will provide travel media – including tourism brands, content creators, influencers and vloggers – with constructive information, tools, and innovative strategies for success in the current travel and tourism space. TBEX’s 23rd travel bloggers conference in Lafayette, Louisiana will also provide a wealth of information for industry travel and tourism providers on how to develop an effective online presence and work effectively with content creators.

Jared Bauman is the Co Founder and CEO of 201 Creative, LLC. He is an expert in business strategy, marketing, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). He is the host of the popular Niche Pursuits podcast, which has been running for over a decade. With almost 20 years of experience in business management and digital marketing, he brings a rich background of both knowledge and experience in helping companies grow.

Jared will talk about game-changing SEO best practices for websites in 2022.

As a publicist since 2004 and a blogger since 2006, Angie Orth knows a thing or two about what brands and bloggers want from each other.

She is an award-winning content creator, recovering agency publicist, on-camera host and consultant on all things in the digital travel space. She created to chronicle a yearlong round-the-world trip that accidentally became a dream career. She produces and co-hosts The Jet Sisters, a video series focusing on Millennial travel. In addition to working on content campaigns with dozens of brands and DMOs including Ford, Dramamine, Virgin Atlantic, Windstar Cruises and Visit Britain, Angie has served as an ambassador for Travelocity, the Rocky Mountaineer, Yahoo Travel and AFAR. She serves as an influencer marketing advisor for top travel brands, and founded the Blog Squad at Universal Orlando. Angie’s adventures have appeared on The Today Show, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan, AFAR and Glamour.

Angie will discuss when and how much to pay content creators for content.

A self-taught web designer from age 14, Sergio Sala has been working with entrepreneurs helping them by improving their brand, getting more sales and growing bigger audiences.

He is a proud Mexican and full time digital nomad with one backpack and a small dog. He has been in more than 100 cities around 50 countries in the world. Sergio grew he YouTube channel to more than 10 thousand subscribers in less then two years without spending any money on advertising.

Sergio’s YouTube channel shows cities to live & work online, and he also runs retreats for digital nomads.

Sergio will show how to organically growing an audience in YouTube as a digital nomad.

Lia Garcia is one half of the disaster-prone couple behind Practical Wanderlust, an off-beat couple’s travel blog and podcast. She and her husband started a blog in 2016 just before taking off on a year-long honeymoon, and it became Lia’s full-time job less than two years later. Today, Practical Wanderlust is one of the most-read travel blogs in the world. Lia’s travel advice has been featured in Forbes, Travel & Leisure, Lonely Planet, Vice, The Washington Post, and more.

Lia will explain how to monetize your blog with affiliate marketing.

Claudia Krusch is a Brazilian native who speaks 4 different languages. She has been a content creator since 2006 and developed a large and interactive community around her Trendy Latina Brand. She is also an entrepreneur as the CEO of Social Coerce Marketing which offers coaching and social media management to individuals world wide.

Her trendy lifestyle outlets showcase her busy lifestyle and passion for life, utilizing partnerships with travel, fashion, beauty & auto industries. She has worked with 98 brands in 2019 alone and currently is a brand ambassador for Best Buy, Oprah Magazine, Invisalign and others. Her travel partnerships encompassed brands such as Disney, GoRving, KOA, Sony, Holland America, Six Flags Parks, and numerous hotels.

She has being nominated for 4 Iris Awards, Hispanicize Tecla Awards and she has shared her expertise with content creators and business owners at many events such as Mom 2.0, Millennial Marketing Conference NY, Hispanicize, Bloggy Moms, Blogalicious Conference Keynote with Dove, just to name a few.

Dianne McNamara is the founder and president of Fire it Up PR, a lifestyle and entertainment public relations firm headquartered in Boston. She started her career in broadcasting but quickly learned that her passion was for those making the news – not covering it. She’s worked on dozens of major motion picture films & television shows; represents award-winning celebrities; has planned and executed major philanthropic events; hosted her own radio show at a 50,000-watt station and helps every level of businesses connect with the right audiences through meaningful media placements, sponsorships and ambassador partnerships. However, it’s her work with the RV industry that has been the most rewarding, helping the public experience the life-changing experience of a camping adventure. 

Claudia and Diane will show examples of good and bad pitches to brands.

Nat Berman never wanted a boss. Ever. Since a very young age he had a problem with authority and always wanted to do his own thing. It’s not that he didn’t like people – he loves people. He loves motivating, making people laugh, all that fun stuff. He just never wanted anyone telling me what to do. For the first 6 years of my working career he just couldn’t ignore the feeling of not wanting to work for someone.

One day he found a blogging platform and it changed his entire career and life forever.   Six months later, he quit his job and never looked back. Not once. That was back in 2007.

Nat began his journey in digital media with the creation of one website. Today, the portfolio of 9 sites reaches 6 million visitors a month and spans numerous verticals including lifestyle, entertainment, pets, home, finance, and more. To date, he’s never taken any investment capital and has never had an employee. He is also able to work only 3-4 hours a day and had a 7 figure business each of the last 5 years. How has this been done from a home office by himself? That’s part of what he loves talking about and teaching others to do.  

These days Nat has a flexible schedule which allows me to pursue some of the interests in my life which include playing piano, reading as much as he possibly can, staying healthy, and most importantly being around his wife and two boys.

Nat will demonstrate how to take your website to the next level by hiring other writers.

Toby Dore has been a full-time University Professor in Lafayette, Louisiana for 20 years. He was born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana only 20 miles away. He has spoken to thousands of college students, sports medicine professionals, and travelers though his University position and travel hacking seminars. He has traveled to 45 countries and extensively throughout North America backpacking style. His backpacking adventures around the word travels did not begin until I was 37 years old. For 8 years he has have been an Airbnb host and now own a short-term rental management company with 14 units in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans Louisiana.

Toby will explain how to an income by managing short-term rental properties remotely.

Sheila Scarborough is a speaker and trainer specializing in tourism, travel, and social media based in Texas. She is a travel writer who writes for numerous magazines, newspapers, and blogs and speaks about social media to a variety of audiences. She’s a Clarion communications award winner, an Austin American-Statesman “Texas Social Media Award” winner, and a Navy Master Training Specialist. Along with Leslie McLellan, she’s part of the Tourism Currents team, offering online and in-person training in social media marketing for tourism.

Sheila will show how to get more out of LinkedIn.

Brandon Neth is a credit card and travel rewards expert at FinanceBuzz. He runs social media and audience growth for FinanceBuzz, including the 26k+ member FBZ Elite Facebook travel group.

He’s spent the last 11 years using credit card points and miles to travel the world, taking him to 700 cities in 80 countries and counting. He’s an expert in credit cards, early retirement, real estate investing, and frugal living. He’s been featured in Business Insider, Yahoo, MSN,, U.S. News, Reader’s Digest and The Wirecutter (A New York Times Company).

Brandon will detail how to manage and monetize a 20K member Facebook group.

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TBEX Europe 2023

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