SATW members represent some of the most trusted and influential experts in the travel industry. If you are interested in having a speaker for a specific topic for your next conference or workshop, please contact members directly to explore opportunities. 

SATW Member

Home State Area(s) of Expertise/Niche Contact Info
Mary L. Peachin AZ Adventure Travel especially International Scuba Diving, Sport Fishing, Grizzly Bears and Seniors as an audience
Nancy Vaughan AZ Creating outstanding Special Events, Working with Airlines, Generating Memorable Product Introductions, Targeted Sales Promotions that produce results, Managing a Crisis
Peggy Bendel AZ Crisis Communication, PR 101/201, Branding in age of UGC, Press Trip Advice for Writers and PR Pros
Michael DeFreitas BC Soft and medium Adventure Travel, Photography, Small Ship Cruising and RV Touring and Organizing/Planning Press Trips
Catharine Hamm CA Airlines, Budget Travel/Deals, Business Travel, Digital Storytelling, Hotels, Travel Writing Today, Trends in Travel (Consumer & Business), Consumer Issues Affecting the Traveler
Risa Wyatt CA Culinary Travel, Snow sports, Wine Travel
Yvonne Horn CA Gardens
Carole Terwilliger Meyers CA San Francisco, Northern California
Marybeth Bond CA  Inspirational Travel, Travel as a Business, Building your Travel Brand, Hard/soft Adventure, Solo, Family & Multigenerational, Boomer, Off the Beaten Path, Sailing, Boating, Romance, Personality Profiles, Interviews, State, National Parks, Luxury, Hiking, Cycling, Festivals and Special Events, Gardens, Europe, Asia, Diving & Water Sports, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, South Africa, West Africa.
Lee Foster  CA  San Francisco and Northern California Travel
Karen Brown CA Personally Researched Places to Stay, Regional Countryside Itineraries in Europe UK North America & Mexico
Janice Nieder CA   Luxury Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Culinary Tourism, How To Break Into Travel Writing Today
Michele Bigley CA Family Travel, Traveling in the Western US (especially California & Hawaii)
Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr. CA  "The Lessons of Travel" a 40-minute talk that's philosophical, useful and humorous based on 30 years of writing for the National Geographic Society, plus 700 magazine and newspaper stories. Member of Hollywood's famous Magic Castle: 40-minute mind-reading show themed around travel; amazing and funny.
Robert Holmes CA Travel Photography, Multi-Media Production, Southeast Asia
Jad Davenport CO  Adventure, Collaborative Pitching, Cruising, Digital Storytelling, Travel Writing Today, Magazine Travel Photography, Feature Magazine Travel Writing
Jason Steele  CO Reward Travel (Using Points and Miles)
Evelyn Spence CO Adventure Travel
Linda DuVal CO  Travel in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West
Karen Schwartz CO Consumer Travel
Katharine Dyson CT Golf Travel Destinations
Laura Powell DC Industry Trends, Hotels, Consumer Advice, Budget Travel, Travel Writing, Business Travel Trends
Fred W. Wright Jr. FL Seniors, Travel Writing Today, How to Communicate with Travel Writers/Photographers, The Ideal FAM Trip: What a Travel Writer/Photographer Really Wants from a Press Trip, The Email Press Release: What to Say, How to Say It, When to Say it
Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon  FL Caribbean Travel, Shopping (on vacation and otherwise), All-Inclusive Resorts, Private-Island Resorts, Luxury Hotels, Spa, Caribbean Cruising
Kimberly Button FL Cruising, Orlando/Florida, Southeast, Ecotourism
Ginger Warder  FL Luxury Travel and travel with pets, specializing in the U.S., Canada and Europe (particularly France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK)
Larry Larsen FL Adventure Travel, Fishing Travel, Books, Outdoors, Amazon, Caribbean
Sandra Friend FL Nature-Based Travel Experiences & Destinations: National Parks, Public Lands, Outdoor Recreation (particularly Hiking & Camping). Can also speak to nature-based and rural tourism experiences in Florida
Kathy Hernandez FL Latin America, South America, Mexico, Hotel Openings, Destinations, Multicultural Travel and Crisis Communication
Nina Zapala FL Social Media, Marketing and Public Relations
Tracy Louthain  FL Effective Communications for Growing Events
Allison Entrekin GA How to Break Into Travel Writing
Kristi Casey Sanders GA Digital Storytelling, Tech & Social Media to Tell Stories, Engaging Social Communities, Using Technology to Work Smarter
Roberta Sotonoff IL Caribbean, Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations
Jerry Soverinsky IL  Budget Travel, Student Travel, European Travel, and Adventure Travel
Beth Reiber KA Japan, Hong Kong, Branson, Travel Writing Today
Julie Hatfield MA Airlines, Family, Multigenerational Travel, Hotels, Luxury Travel
Kim Grant MA Mobile Travel, Mobile Apps, Content Marketing
Kaleel Sakakeeny MA Travel Trends, Travel Technology, Family Travel Trends, Multi-Media Travel Content (Audio Post Cards, Video Post Cards, Internet Radio Broadcasts) and How Blogs Work
Karen Berger MA Adventure Travel, Sustainable Travel, Travel Blogging, Women's Travel
Debbi Karpowicz Kickham MA Writing and Speaking about Luxury Travel, Cruises, Honeymoons, Shopping, High-Flying Travel Tips and "Under-The-Radar" Travel Tips
Nancy Marshall  ME Public Relations and Marketing Techniques for people in the tourism industry, inclusive of PR, Social Media & Web Marketing
Cynthia Boal Janssens MI Cruising and Golf Travel
Heidi M. Allison  MI Trends in Travel, Cruise Travel, Statistics on the Industry
Diana Lambdin Meyer MO Offbeat, Social Media/Apps, Travel Writing Today
Lynn Seldon NC  Adventure, Collaborative Pitching, Cruising, Culinary Travel, Travel Writing Today, War Stories with Lessons from the Freelance Trenches
Ramsey Qubein  NC Business Travel, Airlines, Hotels, Loyalty Programs, International Travel
Tom Crosby  NC Upscale Hotels, Upscale Restaurants, Traffic Safety Issues, Car Reviews, Automotive Issues
J.S. Fletcher NC Luxury Travel, International Travel, Library Talks about Incorporating Travel into Main Business, Cruises, Photography
Kathy M. Newbern NC Luxury Travel, International Travel, Library Talks about Incorporating Travel into Main Business, Cruises, Photography
Rebecca Moore NC Cultural tourism marketing, How to Use Arts & Cultural Assets to Tell Your Story, Developing Cultural Tourism Trails, Telling Your Story Through Video
Lillian Africano NJ  Adventure (soft), Cruising, Culinary Travel, Fitness/Wellness, Luxury, Spa, Travel Writing Today
Gail Mooney  NJ Taking Better Travel Photos and Video
Judith Fein NM Offbeat, Cultural Travel (local & native), Travel Writing Today, Ancestor Travel
Janet Forman NY Airlines, Business Travel, Hotels, Luxury, Offbeat
Robert Haru Fisher NY  Travel Health & Safety
Ed Wetschler NY Caribbean
Jan Aaron NY Adventure, Budget Travel/Deals, Conservation/Ecotourism, Culinary Travel, Festivals/Special Events, Fitness/Wellness, Hotels, Shopping/Bargaining, Volunteering - Travel, Learn, Make a Difference
Irene S. Levine NY Relationships in Travel (trained as a psychologist), Boomer Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, All-Inclusive Resorts
Michael Iachetta NY Arts, Budget Travel, Luxury Travel, Cruise, Theater, Adventure Travel, Global Travel
Lea Lane NY  Women's Travel, Senior Travel, Luxury Travel, Solo Travel
Dave Seminara  NY Travel and Sports. (i.e. how to do Wimbledon, Badwater, etc) Offbeat Festivals, Adventure Travel/Expeditions, Travel and Music, Cultural Tourism.
Michael Luongo NY LGBT (gay travel), South America, Argentina, Brazil, Business Travel, The Middle East, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), Post-Conflict/Conflict Travel (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.), Travel Writing, Travel Writing Today (NYU Travel Writing Professor), Travel Photography
Alison Wright NY  Travel photography, Endangered Cultures, Adventure Travel, Issues Concerning the Human Condition.
Karyl Leigh Barnes NY Business Travel, Content Marketing, Crisis Communication, Digital Press Trips, Trends in Travel (Consumer and Business), Winning Strategies in Destination Marketing for Meetings Market or Leisure Consumers, Generational Purchase Preferences of Meeting Planners
Charles Mardiks NY  Travel Trends, Crisis Communications, Travel Marketing Trends, Media Trends
Mindy Bianca NY PR/publicity efforts, How to Work with the Media, How to Partner with other PR People to Maximize Opportunities
Richard Kahn  NY Travel Industry Distribution, Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, Consortia, Crisis Communications, Marketing and Branding, Caribbean Travel
Fran Golden OH Cruise
Anietra Hamper OH Adventure travel, extreme fishing, Inspirational: Finding Your Someday, Now
Amy Weirick OH Travel Writing Today, Traditional and Blogger/Social Media Relations, Defining and Telling Your Story, Marketing on a Tight Budget
Dave Bouskill ON Adventure, Digital Press Trips, Digital Storytelling, Social Media/Apps
Deb Corbeil  ON Adventure, Digital Press Trips, Digital Storytelling, Social Media/Apps
Heather Greenwood Davis ON Family Travel, Business Travel, Women’s Travel and Luxury
Gary Cralle ON Photography (past, present & future), History of Travel Photography, The Purpose, Art & Techniques of Photography for Travelers (including storytelling), New Imaging Developments
Margaret Swaine ON Culinary, Wine and Spirits Travel
Melanie Reffes QC Budget Travel/Deals, Crisis Communication, Culinary Travel, Festivals/Special Events, Hotels, Luxury, Offbeat, Single Travel, Travel Writing Today, Women's Travel, Weddings/Honeymoons
Katharine Fletcher  QC Responsible/Sustainable Tourism, Travel Writing Today, How Industry Can Best Work With/Improve Rapport with Travel Media, Canadian Travel
Tanya Churchmuch QC LGBT (gay & lesbian) Travel
Doreen Kerby SK Travel Promotes Education
Katy Koontz TN  National Parks
Veronica Stoddart  VA Culinary Travel, Travel Writing Today, Trends in Travel (Consumer and Business)
Martha W. Steger  VA Mid-Atlantic Geographic Area, Consumer Trends in Travel, History Travel, Senior Travel
Hal Gieseking VA How to Research and Create Apps to Interested Groups
Leonard M. Adkins  VA  Outdoors, Hiking, Adventure Travel, Budget Travel, Camping, Long-Distance Hiking, Appalachian Trail
Larissa Milne WI  Collaborative Pitching, Content Marketing, Culinary Travel, Digital Press Trips, Digital Storytelling, Lifestyle Partnerships for Brands, Offbeat, Social Media/Apps, Travel Writing Today, Using Tech to Work Smarter, Women's Travel, Working with DMOs, Round the World (RTW) Travel, Long-Term Travel (or "Slow Travel"), Vacation Rentals, Road Trips (both Domestic and International)
Mary Bergin WI Conservation/Ecotourism, Culinary Travel, Offbeat, Rural Tourism: How to Define/Promote Yourself as a Destination
Gary Arndt  WI Travel Photography, Travel Blogging, Cultural Travel
Dale Ann Leatherman WV Adventure Travel, Equestrian Travel, Golf Travel, Travel Writing Today (how the profession has changed)
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