Meet your Board of Directors
If you have any ideas or opportunities that you would like the board to consider, just get in touch via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org We can’t stress enough how the success of the association depends on our ability to spread the word.
Craig Martin – President
Craig and his wife Linda have been travelling full-time since 2006: the same year they founded the Indie Travel Podcast. He was one of the first travel bloggers to go pro, forming a company in 2008 after starting to experiment with generating income. Indie Travel Media Ltd runs the Indie Travel Podcast, their ebook publishing division, managed WordPress hosting, and site and graphic design in addition to social media and content consulting. A Kiwi, he loves wine, coffee and hiking and can be reached on twitter at @IndieTravel.
Laurence Norah – President Elect
Laurence is a photographer and writer who started his life of travel in 2009, leaving his technology consultancy career to do so. He documents his travels primarily through photography on his blog Finding the Universe. He’s also a part of the photography services partnership Lightmoves Creative. Laurence joined the PTBA as a founding member and served a year on the board before running for President. He can found on Twitter as @Lozula.
Michael Hodson – Outgoing President
Michael Hodson was an attorney from the United States that set off at the end of 2008 to circle the globe without getting on a single airplane. After succeeding in that quest, he just kept going. He has been a permanent traveler and blogger for the last five years blogging at GoSeeWrite.com. He was one of the Founding Members of the PTBA and now serves as its first President. He also is a founding member of the Navigate Media Group, which consists of eight bloggers that manage marketing campaigns for destinations and select companies. His email address is email@example.com and you are welcome to email him directly about any PTBA issues, ideas or concerns. He can also be found on twitter as @GoSeeWrite.
Lisa Goodmurphy – Secretary
Lisa Goodmurphy is a Canadian lawyer who has been travelling with her daughters as often as possible since 1996. She founded Gone with the Family in 2011 in order to share her travel experiences and to show other families that it is possible to explore the world with kids. In addition to her own blog, Lisa is part of the team of travel writers at TravelMamas.com, is the Destination Specialist for Eastern Canada at family travel site Trekaroo.com and freelances at online travel publications. Find Lisa on Twitter as @GoneWithFamily
Thomas Dowson – Treasurer
As a professional archaeologist Thomas Dowson has travelled widely, exploring and researching the archaeology on each continent. Besides gaining considerable experience writing for a variety of audiences, Thomas’s original research on prehistoric art has been featured in high-profile documentaries produced for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, and syndicated elsewhere. In 2005 he gave up the Ivory Towers of
academia for a more independent lifestyle. After a few years in the hospitality industry, Thomas started the niche travel website Archaeology Travel. Here he shares his passion for archaeology by showing travellers and tourists alike that there is more to the World’s pasts than the obvious and popular archaeological attractions and destinations. Find Thomas on Twitter as @ArchTrav
Katie Aune – North America board member 1
A longtime Chicago resident, Katie left a job in fundraising and event planning in August 2011 to spend a year traveling and volunteering in the former Soviet Union. Now back home, she writes about her travels and exploring her hometown at KatieAune.com and writes regularly for Viator.com about Chicago, Russia and the Baltic States. She is a member of the board of Passports with Purpose, the travel blogging community’s annual fundraiser, and served on the planning committee for the inaugural Women in Travel Summit in March 2014. Find Katie on Twitter as @katieaune.
Matt Long – North America board member 2
An experiential luxury traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award winning site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 60 countries and all 7 continents.
Katja Presnal – European board member 1
Janicke Hansen – European board member 2
Janicke Hansen has been a travel blogger at norskereiseblogger.no since 2011. After combining blogging with a traditional job as a Shopping Center Manager for some years, she is now aiming to become a full time travel
blogger. Janicke thinks that sharing content is one of the best ways to contribute to a greater awareness of the knowledge and quality travel bloggers provide to the public. That is why Norske reiseblogger is, beside being a travel blog, also a blog portal for over 250 Norwegian Travel Bloggers. You can also find Janicke on twitter @janicke_hansen and instagram: norskereiseblogger
Anton Diaz – Rest of world board member 1
Anton worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full time Online Entrepreneur. He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008.
OurAwesomePlanet.com, which he started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel blog in the Philippines with close to 1,000,000 hits in a 1.5 months, 120,000+ followers and 10,200+ readers, and is still growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in the Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome!
He was recognized as Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Award in 2010. He was featured in Go Negosyo’s 7th book: “Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs” in 2011.
Juno Kim – Rest of world board member 2
Juno Kim, travel writer, photographer, and social media advisor. She left the cubic farm from her hometown, Seoul, Korea to reclaim her creativity and inspiration. Now she travels the world while looking for a place where she can call ‘home’. Her passion toward the travel led her to work location independently from more than 20 countries including North America, Europe and Asia for last two years. Juno writes, photographs, videographs on Runawayjuno.com, Mastertravelphoto.com and freelances at travel-related publications.
Travis Ball – At Large board member 1
Travis Ball gave up on the corporate rat race in 2005 and, after spending four years working in Entertainment, decided to leave Los Angeles for greener pastures abroad. Along the way, he has worked as a photographer in Ibiza, taught English in Japan, tended bar in Sydney and created the blog Flashpacker HQ – a blog catering to those 25-40 year olds who continue to travel with the mentality of a backpacker but have more money to spend on nicer rooms and better experiences. He’s spent time all over Asia, Europe and Australasia, and is currently planning his next big trip – a circut around South America by road. Travis has a bachelor’s degree in photography from UCSD and currently resides in Los Angeles where works as a production coordinator, photographer, travel blogger and editor of the Underwater Photography Guide. Find Travis on Twitter as @FlashPackerHQ.
Fiona Harper – At Large board member 2
Fiona Harper is a freelance travel writer & blogger based in Cairns, Australia. She joins the PTBA board with an interest in raising the profile of travel blogging as a respected profession. A former committee member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, Fiona brings a range of skills to the PTBA Board across technology, communication and travel media.
Widely travelled, highly acclaimed and much published, Fiona’s articles and images appear across the globe. She specialises in travel, boating and soft adventure. Her Travel Boating Lifestyle blog has a vast following from a global
audience who enjoy travel and boating lifestyles. With a strong online profile as a well-respected travel blogger/writer Fiona works with travel and tourism brands on dedicated campaigns to increase brand awareness.
Living on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef, she has a personal interest in long-term sustainability of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Matt Gibson – At Large board member 3
Matt Gibson is a small-town boy from Cranbrook, British Columbia. While working as a tree planter to pay off the debts he accumulated while completing his honours degree is Sociology and minor in Professional Writing at the University of Victoria, he learned that there was good money to be made teaching English in Taiwan. Six months later he moved there and ended up staying six years, learning Chinese, and founding a magazine. He later moved to Guatemela to study Spanish and work on a (still unfinished) novel. Since then he has been traveling, blogging, contributing writing and photography to publications like About.com and AFAR, and using his unique skill set to help brands and DMOs develop and execute content marketing initiatives.
Raymond Walsh – At Large board member 4
A cubicle-escapee with an oddity addiction, Raymond Walsh left behind his Learning & Development career in 2011 to make good on his motto: “Cover the earth before it covers you.” His site Man On The Lam focuses on quirky getaways,offbeat attractions, and unique adventures. His work has also appeared in numerous other outlets including CNN, Mashable, Bloomberg Businessweek, theUK’s Daily Mail, The Independent, and Yahoo News. This is his first year serving on the PTBA Board. He can be reached on Twitter @manonthelam1.
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