Speakers

Hear from compelling keynote and breakout speakers who will educate, inspire and motivate you on marketing strategies and the latest in tourism insights, trends and information.

Chris Brown, Wyoming Associations & Government Affairs Network

Chris is the President of Wyoming Associations and Government Affairs Network (WAGAN). He began his hospitality career at age 16 in Massachusetts as a dishwasher, working his way throughout the industry until coming to Fort Collins, Colorado with Outback Steakhouse in 1995. In 2001 Chris relocated to Cheyenne to open Wyoming’s second Outback Steakhouse as… Continue reading Chris Brown, Wyoming Associations & Government Affairs Network

Jack Johnson, Destinations International

As Chief Advocacy Officer, Jack Johnson manages the overall public policy operations at Destinations International including member advocacy education and training, development of destination tools and best practices, coalition work with peer organizations, industry research and related public affairs activities. Johnson brings unrivaled experience developing innovative strategies, policy solutions and civic consensus for government, not-for-profits… Continue reading Jack Johnson, Destinations International

Kellen Kruse, AirDNA

Kellen Kruse leads AirDNA’s Travel & Tourism practice, advising businesses across the globe on the trends, tax revenue opportunities, and visitor experiences presented by the growth of Airbnb and the broader home-sharing market. His team partners with 250+ DMOs worldwide, from Discover LA to Visit Berlin, helping them explore the impacts of the sharing economy… Continue reading Kellen Kruse, AirDNA

John Peters, Mind Mashery

Currently, John T. Peters is Managing Director – Mercantile for Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection in Saratoga, Wyoming, one of the top resorts in the US as determined by Conde Nast, Travel+Leisure and USA TODAY. John is also the founder of Mind Mashery, a consultancy firm focused on the travel, hospitality, and travel technology arenas.… Continue reading John Peters, Mind Mashery

Amir Eylon, Longwoods

A thirty-year veteran of the Travel & Tourism industry, Amir leads the entire team responsible for the development and execution of all facets of the organization from program development to customer acquisition and retention. He joined Longwoods in 2015 from his previous role as Vice President, Partner Engagement with Brand USA, the public-private partnership serving… Continue reading Amir Eylon, Longwoods

Dan Spears, BMI

Dan Spears is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Licensing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In his capacity as Vice President, Mr. Spears works closely with BMI’s Licensing management team to create strategic, value-driven sponsorships and customer events. He serves as a pivotal bridge between the company’s Licensing, Writer/Publisher and Business Affairs teams. In… Continue reading Dan Spears, BMI

Kristin Luna, Journalist

Tennessee native Kristin Luna got her feet wet in the travel industry by working in-house at several publishing companies in New York, which included Newsweek, Time Inc., Conde Nast, Bauer Publishing and Wenner Media, before transitioning to a freelance career. She has penned more than a dozen guidebooks for Frommer’s and written cover stories and… Continue reading Kristin Luna, Journalist