Ed Salvato

Ed Salvato

Ed Salvato is an educator in LGBTQ+ tourism marketing (including teaching at NYU and McCombs at UT Austin’s NYC Center). He’s a frequent go-to for the destination sector on all things LGBTQ+ and attracting and meeting the needs of underserved travelers, in...
Monica Smith

Monica Smith

Monica Smith serves as the President & CEO of Southeast Tourism Society (STS) and has our 26 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. Prior to joining the staff of STS, Monica served on its Board of Directors while she was the Vice President of...
Ben Ellsworth

Ben Ellsworth

Ben Ellsworth has dedicated over two decades to the restaurant industry, creating memorable experiences through food. His approach to cuisine is rooted in his passion for learning about other food cultures, as well as the history behind different dishes and cuisines....
J. William Seccombe

J. William Seccombe

Will Seccombe is President of Connect Travel, a strategic marketing business that connects destination marketers with the products, services, people and ideas that help them thrive in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive global marketplace.  Connect Travel...
Mike Dion

Mike Dion

Mike Dion is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer. After stints at Starz Entertainment, The Hallmark Channel, and crew positions on Hollywood films Dante’s Peak, A River Runs Through It, and Far and Away, he has been focusing on producing inspirational...
Esra Calvert

Esra Calvert

Esra Calvert is a tourism evangelist and believes in the importance of data-led organizations. With a background in organizational development, Esra’s philosophy yields in humanizing data and unleashing the power of people through strategic data driven collaboration...