PTBA Board Members:

Meet your Board of Directors

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President – Amanda Ponzio Mouttaki

Amanda Ponzio Mouttaki is the publisher of MarocMama.com and owner of the culinary tourism company Marrakech Food Tours. She has an BA in International Relations and an MBA in Project Management. Amanda currently lives in Marrakech, Morocco with her husband and two children.  She aims to inspire people to travel through food exploration and not be afraid of new experiences. Along with writing her website and running her company, she also is a freelance writer and speaker.

President Elect  – Janicke Hansen

Janicke is a Norwegian based Digital Storyteller, Travel Expert, Organizer and Speaker. She’s the founder and owner of the adventure travel blog letsgetlost.no and runs the Nordic Travel Influencer Collective NordicTB.com as one of the co-founders. Janicke is an expert in creating, organize, monitor and measure successful influencer driven marketing campaigns for destinations and travel brands. She is also is the incoming President of the PTBA.

Outgoing President – Matt Gibson

Matt Gibson is CEO of Upthink, the adventure blogger behind Xpat Matt, and a longtime travel writer and photographer who has worked with many well-known travel publishers, such as En Voyage and AFAR. Matt also frequently speaks on the topics of blogging and social media in travel marketing and has appeared at conferences such as Arabian Travel Market, Digital Innovation Asia, and ITB Asia.

Although Matt still contributes writing and photography brands such as Trivago, Hipmunk, and About.com, and occasionally appears in content marketing campaigns (most recently with Keen shoes and Tourism Calgary), he spends most of his days providing content marketing consulting and training and services to travel companies through Xpat.Media.

Secretary – Ric Gazarian

Ric Gazarian is an avid traveler, travel blogger, author, podcaster, and documentary producer.  Gazarian has visited all 7 continents and has been to over 100 countries. He is on a quest to visit every county in the world.

He has written or appeared in Huffington Post, Yahoo Travel, Thrillist, and Skyscanner.  Ric is also an industry speaker at such conferences as Frequent Travel University, Mekong Tourism Forum, and PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Conference.  He collaborates and consults with brands from hotels to DMOs to tour providers.

Treasurer – Nora Dunn

Nora Dunn is The Professional Hobo – a woman who sold everything she owned in Canada in 2006 (including a busy financial planning practice) to embrace her dreams of long-term travel. She has been on the road ever since, traveling through and living in over 50 countries.

As a freelance writer, author, blogger, and vlogger, Nora shares her insightful and at times outrageous stories of life on the road, as well as parlaying her financial expertise to teach people how to travel full-time in a financially sustainable way. With a former life as a stage and film actor/singer/dancer, she enjoys professional speaking gigs, and has filmed travel television shows in New Zealand, France, and Nepal.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheProfessionalHobo

Europe Board Member – Margherita Ragg

Margherita  is a freelance writer and journalist from Milan, Italy. She is passionate about wildlife, ecotourism, and outdoor adventure activities. She runs the popular nature and adventure travel blog The Crowded Planet. She has an MA (First Class) in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and was runner-up to the 2012 Guardian Travel Writer of the Year competition. Her other passions (in no particular order) are rock climbing, skiing, homebrewing and her cat, Tappo.

Europe Board Member- Marysia Maciocha

 

North America Board Member – Eric Stoen

Eric Stoen is a writer and photographer specializing in family travel, based in California. He’s traveled with his three kids (ages 7, 9 and 11) to 47 countries on 7 continents. Every year each of his kids gets to choose any destination in the world (literally) for a one-on-one trip.

In 2012 he won Conde Nast Traveler’s Photo of the Year award, and in 2017 Forbes named him the World’s #4 Travel Influencer. Eric is a brand ambassador for Travelocity, AFAR Magazine, Thomson Family Adventures and Universal Orlando, and has recently partnered with MasterCard, Panasonic, TripAdvisor, Westin, Lonely Planet Kids, Visit Montana and Kammok among others.

North America Board Member – Brad Bernard

 

Rest of the World Board Member – Claudia Tavani

Claudia Tavani is the blogger behind My Adventures Across The World. She is a former human rights lawyer and academic who abandoned her career to follow a life of travels. Claudia has worked with a variety of brands and tourism boards and participated in many successful campaigns.

When she’s not busy exploring the world, Claudia lives in her hometown Cagliari, Sardinia.

Rest of the World Board Member – Raphael Alexander Zoren

Raphael Alexander Zoren is a Nomadic Digital Marketer and Travel Influencer who overcame the chains of the local economy and found a way to achieve his dream of having a professional life while traveling the world nonstop. He created Journey Wonders as platform to share his captivating stories and photographs to the entire world.

His goal in life is to inspire the people of the world to unleash their full inner potential. A perfect day for him includes exotic animals, ancient pyramids, breathtaking waterfalls and tasty tacos. Lots of tacos. You can tweet him @journeywonders.

Rest of the World Board Member – Ben Salt

Ben is an adventure traveller and digital storyteller who promotes causes that matter. After completing a chemistry doctorate, Ben did the next obvious thing: he set out to explore the world. He has worked for grassroots NGOs in Latin America and Asia, advocates sustainable tourism and development, and has contributed to a variety of articles and publications, from his website Unbounded Earth to the BBC.

Ben is also a digital marketing consultant and one part of the media agency Upthink. His primary focus is helping ethical travel companies exponentially expand their outreach on social media. He has hosted workshops and discussions on inbound marketing, and heads a responsible tourism community that brings together aligned bloggers and travel organisations.

Rest of the World Board Member – Robson Cadore

Blogger, photographer and triathlete, Rob fused his passion for travelling and for sports with his 15 years of international business background to create Love and Road, an inspiring travel blog. He has been traveling across the globe for the past 3 years with his wife Natalie Deduck, sharing great information and stunning photos to help people travel more.

His business orientation was the key for Love and Road’s success. His professional approach to the blogging industry secured business contracts, traveling opportunities and projects to work with relevant international brands

At Large Board Member – Caroline Eubanks

Caroline Eubanks is a freelance writer and travel blogger from Atlanta, Georgia. She’s been published by National Geographic Traveler, AFAR and BBC Travel. She started traveling more long term in 2010 after graduating from university before volunteering in Thailand, sailing in Croatia and bartending in Australia. She runs the blogs Caroline in the City and This Is My South. In addition, she is the past secretary for the PTBA, chapter leader for Travel Massive’s Atlanta chapter, and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat at @cairinthecity.

At Large Board Member – Amber Hoffman

After 10 years as a corporate tax attorney, Amber left her job at the largest law firm in the world, to start living her life with more purpose.  She is now a recovering tax lawyer, travel writer, social media consultant, speaker, and professional eater.  And, she travels With Husband In Tow as together they seek new Adventures in Food, Wine & Luxury Travel.

Splitting her time between Asia and Europe, Amber also launched a social media consulting business through WHIT Media. WHIT Media provides customized social media training programs and offers monthly consulting services to help grow an engaged audience, primarily to customers in the hospitality industry.

Employees

Assistant – Trish McNeill

Trish McNeill grew up in Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Her first big trip took her across the world to Australia and she’s been hooked ever since. Trish’s VA, social media management, and freelance writing work has allowed her to continue her travels at her own pace. When she’s not living out her latest adventure, Trish can be found living the quiet country life in PEI, training for marathons, and cuddling her dog.

 

Historical board positions:

Year 1: 2013 – 2014

President: Michael Hodson
President Elect: Craig Martin
Secretary: Travis Ball
Treasurer: Ayngelina Brogan
At Large: Daniel Noll, Dalene Heck, Shannon O’Donnell, Kate McCulley
North America: Dave Bouskill, Jen Miner
Europe: Laurel Robbins, Laurence Norah
Rest of World: Cole Burmeister, Juno Kim

Year 2: 2014-2015

President: Craig Martin
President Elect: Laurence Norah
Secretary: Lisa Goodmurphy
Treasurer: Thomas Dowson
At large: Travis Ball, Fiona Harper, Matt Gibson, Raymond Walsh
North America: Katie Aune, Matt Long,
Europe: Katja Presnal, Janicke Hansen
Rest of world: Anton Diaz, Juno Kim

Year 3: 2015-2016

President: Laurence Norah
President Elect: Matt Gibson
Secretary: Caroline Eubanks
Treasurer: Jessica Norah
At large: Travis Ball, Kate McCulley
North America: Stephanie Yoder, Matt Long
Europe: Michael Turtle, Janicke Hansen
Rest of world: Ian Ord, Erin Bender, Anton Diaz, Amanda Williams