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LISA LUBIN

Television writer, Producer, Editor and Video consultant

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Lisa Lubin

Lisa Lubin is a three-time Emmy-award-winning television writer/producer/editor/video consultant with more than fifteen years of experience.  Lisa has recently launched LLmedia Video Consulting and is now using her expertise to help others improve their video for the web & their business.   For nearly ten years, Lisa produced an award-winning weekly lifestyles, travel, and entertainment magazine show on ABC Chicago.   After 15 years in television, she took a sabbatical of sorts, which turned into 3+ years traveling and working her way around the world.  Lisa writes about travel and the (mis)adventures that ensue as she traipses around the globe on her travel website, LLworldtour.com, which has readers from all over the world.  She was interviewed live on WGN-TV’s Morning News and ABC’s Good Morning America about travel.  Her site was a finalist in the 2008 Weblog Awards and listed as one of nationally-syndicated-columnist, Chris Elliott’s, Travel Blogs I Can’t Live Without and Top 20 Most-Inspirational Blogs.”

Lisa has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Frommers.com, the Chicago Daily Herald, the NJ Daily Record, Women on the Road, The Travel Chicks Radio Show, Amateur Traveler Podcast and Chicagoist.  Furthermore, her articles and photographs have been published by Sunset Magazine, Smithsonian Online, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Go Nomad, Brave New Traveler, and Briefcase to Backpack.  Lisa’s writing is also syndicated on Encyclopedia Britannica, the Huffington Post, USAToday, and eHow.

Lisa has teamed up with Whole Foods, REI, and Hostelling International for ‘traveling solo’ talks and several ‘Travel & Food’ lectures.  She also hosts the Chicago portion of the annual national “Meet, Plan, Go!” event encouraging working Americans to take career breaks and sabbaticals.  She was a panelist at the third annual Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Conference speaking about travel video.

To know more:http://www.lisalubin.com/

Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/LLworldtour

 

JEN O’ NEAL

CEO, Tripping International

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Jen O’Neal is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tripping International (www.tripping.com).

Jen grew up near Silicon Valley and graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley. She was employee #5 at StubHub, an online marketplace acquired by eBay for $307M in 2007, where she was responsible for the development of its brand and Marketing group.

After StubHub, Jen spent a year in Costa Rica helping to launch the North American Marketing Division for ParadisePoker (a division of Sportingbet PLC). She was then invited by Eric Baker (StubHub’s Co-Founder) to head up marketing efforts for viagogo, his London-based ticketing startup. At viagogo, Jen also managed the marketing elements of deals with partners including Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich, Madonna and more.

While living abroad, Jen hosted over a hundred travelers through various hospitality exchange sites. Seeing that there was high international demand for this kind of network, she started thinking about ways that she could use her experience to create a better, safer site for travelers.

Jen returned to San Francisco in 2009 to launch Tripping International, a hospitality network for travelers who want to meet locals. Her co-founder is Nate Weisiger, who was a core member of StubHub’s engineering team, and they launched the Beta site in December 2009. Tripping has members in 100+ countries.

To know more:http://www.crunchbase.com/person/jen-oneal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jenoneal

 

BRIAN THACKER

Author of 6 Travel Books,  World Traveler

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Brain Thacker

Brian was born in England, but he didn’t like the weather so he immigrated to Melbourne in Australia when he was six. He brought his family along as well and moved into a lovely hacienda in the tropical paradise of Bonbeach. Okay, it was a normal suburban house in Melbourne’s suburban sprawl, but to a family of sickly white Poms, the quiet bay beach was heaven and every free day was spent frying in the sun like all good Poms do.

Not long after finishing an advertising course at University, Brian took the first of many trips overseas, hitch-hiking 10,000 kilometres around Europe. He then spent two years working as an art director for a London advertising agency before the cold mornings finally sent him scurrying home to warmer climes. The travel bug soon bit again and two years later he was off back to Europe to work as a tour leader for Top Deck, an 18 to 35 tour company where he escorted busloads of drunk Aussies and Kiwis from Paris to St. Petersburg to Budapest and beyond. In the winter months he worked (well, if you want to call it work) as a ski guide in Switzerland, where he got paid to get up every morning and go skiing. Before his liver collapsed from all the partying he returned home three years later to his advertising career. In 2003 Brian left full-time employment to become a very poor full-time author. When Brian isn’t galivanting around the world he calls Melbourne, Australia home. So far he has visited 77 countries (78 if you count Tasmania).

To know more: http://www.brianthacker.tv/blog/home/

Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/dudepakitb

 

RAMON STOPPELENBURG

Travel writer, radio host, newspaper columnist, commercial model and actor.

Ramon Stoppelenburg was born in The Netherlands in December 1976 and he is now 34-years-old.

As a journalism school dropout he has become a travel writer, radio host, newspaper columnist, commercial model and actor, published author, tour operator, life coach, speaker massage therapist and on ongoing internet marketing expert.

Iedere dag ergens anders (Everyday Somewhere Else), his tribute to all his fascinating adventures he experienced through letmestayforaday.com, appeared weekly in the second most-read newspaper Sp!ts, in The Netherlands.

As a passionate globetrotter, his travel pieces appeared both as columns and features in Dutch newspapers and magazines. His travel destination stories have appeared in USA Today, the Cairns PostThe Sunday Times and The National Post.

As an creatitivity addict, he created Letmestayforaday.com for the internet in 2001: as a website where he asked people to invite him over at their home. In return for their hospitality he reported daily on all events.

Before that, at home in The Netherlands, Ramon was one of the founders of “Smoel” (‘mug‘ or ‘big mouth‘ in English), one of the nation’s bestselling non-profit student magazines.

In 2002 he won the prestigious award of “Internet Personality of the Year” from the British Sunday Times.

Ramon had been a regular on 3FM‘s national radio show Giel! with Giel Beelen in The Netherlands, occasionally spoke in Holder Overnight with Peter Anthony Holden on Montreal’s CJAD in Canada and with The Fatboys on Australia’s SeaFM.

In May 2003, when Ramon was still roaming through Canada, he turned down an invitation to be a guest on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, as it would give just a wee bit too much publicity, which wouldn’t be very much that useful during his travels.

After finishing the internetproject Letmestayforaday, he has also personally travelled to France, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is said that he paid for these trips, just like everybody else.

When not visiting various countries around the world, he currently resides in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Know more about Ramon here 

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