The first round of speakers at TBEX North America 2020 is a collection of highly accomplished travel 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 North America 2020 in Lafayette, Louisiana is also prepared to 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.
Jen Ruiz is a lawyer turned full-time travel blogger and author. Her book, “The Affordable Flight Guide,” is a #1 Amazon Bestseller and Readers’ Favorite Award winner. Jen is also a TEDx speaker and has been featured by The Washington Post, Huffington Post, ABC News, CBS This Morning and Business Insider. She documents her adventures on her blog, Jen on a Jet Plane, where she helps young professionals travel for less while experiencing more.
Jon Barr is a travel host on television, YouTube, and Facebook. Here Be Barr, his incredibly informative, waste no-time Youtube channel, contains over 400 videos that are loaded with useful travel tips that have generated 18 million views. Jon’s content is made for the savvy traveler, and his engaged audience highly trusts his opinion and insights. A well-rounded content producer, Barr showcases everything from country/city specific guides to unique lodgings, food, and local experiences.
Rachel Hill, named one of the “11 Influential Black Women in Travel You Should Know” by Travel Noire, is a trailblazing travelpreneur, speaker, and published author. With an MBA degree in Marketing, Rachel has merged her education and expertise in digital marketing and her passion for travel into a global brand, Rachel Travels.
Rachel’s engaged audience of over 30,000 sees her as a leader in both the travel and tourism space as well as the digital marketing industry. Utilizing her marketing expertise, Rachel coaches new and aspiring travel influencers on how to build successful online brands, creating valuable content, and how to monetize their brands. She also speaks and consults with travel brands on how to tap into diverse markets, how to successfully work with Influencers, and how to use social media to gain brand awareness. Rachel’s engaging style and compelling messages are provoking thought and targeted actions that lead to bottom-line impact.
Ray Blakney is an award-winning Filipino-American entrepreneur who has over a decade of experience bootstrapping and operating 6 and 7-figure education businesses. Some of his businesses include Live Lingua (one of the top 3 online language schools), The Anomalous Educator Podcast (where he helps teachers make money online), and The Infinite Upcycle (a boutique content amplification agency). Ray and his businesses have been featured in magazines such as Entrepreneur, Forbes, The Boston Globe, and other top-tier publications.
Sherry Smothermon-Short spent seven years blogging at Cub Scout Ideas, which taught her a plethora of information regarding blog analytics, including the fact that many bloggers are intimidated by data. She also served as the Scouting Content Expert for The Spruce (formerly About.com).
Armed with her experience and knowledge, Sherry started Painless Blog Analytics in 2019 to help experienced bloggers understand how to use their blog’s data to improve their results by providing information, resources, training, and services.