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.

Michele Barnes

CRO Analyst, Simpleview  Michele Barnes is a road warrior and traveler extraordinaire. In addition to her love of exploring new and exciting destinations, Michele also has a special place in her heart for Disneyland — she is a former Disney Intern, after all! Regardless of the destination, one of her favorite people to travel with … Continue reading Michele Barnes

Derek Price

Director, North America, Expedia Group Media Solutions Derek’s focus as Director for North America at Expedia Group Media Solutions is working with his team to develop and deliver on custom designed digital media campaigns for travel and non-travel advertisers. Their strength comes from their deep partnerships and relationships with DMOs, airlines, hotels, attractions and media … Continue reading Derek Price

Jake Dixon

Marketing and Communications Specialist, Wyoming Small Business Development Center Expertise Communications Public Relations Social Media Management  Journalism Advertising Marketing Graphic Design Video Production Education Bachelor’s degree, Advertising and Public Relations Experience Director of Public Relations, Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences News Producer, KPVI News

Phil Giudice

Destination Marketing Sales Manager, TripAdvisor  Phil is a Destination Marketing Sales Manager and has worked on the TripAdvisor DMO Team since 2010. In that time, Phil has executed custom digital marketing campaigns for more than 250 cities, counties and states and has spoken about digital reputation management in destinations across the nation.

Kari Eakins

Chief Policy Officer, Wyoming Department of Education Kari Eakins is the Chief Policy Officer at the Wyoming Department of Education, following nearly four years as the agency’s Communications Director. In both roles she has worked to help create opportunities for students and improve transparency and understanding of education. Before that, Kari was an award-winning radio … Continue reading Kari Eakins

Jim Drever

Regional Director, Wyoming Small Business Development Center Expertise: eCommerce/eMarketing Risk Management including Cybersecurity Technology-based business assistance Business Ethics Business Plan Development Social Media Marketing General Business Topics Education: Master’s degree in Business Administration focus on Technology and Entrepreneurship, Bachelors of Science in Geology, Economic Gardening – Edward Lowe Foundation Certifications: Business Advisor, Profit Mastery, SBA … Continue reading Jim Drever

Michele Joseph

Executive Leadership Coach, Master Connection Associates  Master Connection Associates, (MCA) is a premier international consulting and training organization specializing in service delivery, sales, and leadership performance. An international facilitator, consultant, and key-note speaker, Michele is energetic, informative and motivational! In addition to her speaking and training engagements, Michele is an MCA Executive Leadership Coach, which … Continue reading Michele Joseph

Christine Bekes

Executive Director, Powell Economic Partnership As the PEP Executive Director, Christine oversees the strategies related to economic and community development and the visitor center for the City of Powell and the Powell Valley. Project and organizational management are required skills of the position in conjunction with business development. She holds a certificate as an Economic … Continue reading Christine Bekes

Andria Lure Ryan

Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP  Andria Lure Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and she serves as the chair of the firm’s Hospitality Industry Practice Group. Ms. Ryan joined the law firm in 1988.  Ms. Ryan received her bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1985 and … Continue reading Andria Lure Ryan

Lindsay Linton Buk

Artist and Photographer   Lindsay Linton Buk is a Wyoming artist, photographer and director of the Women in Wyoming series, a documentary portrait photography and podcast interview collective highlighting inspiring and influential Wyoming women who make their mark in the Cowboy state. Lindsay celebrates women for their capacity, strength and intellect through uplighting art and media … Continue reading Lindsay Linton Buk

Ian Jeffries

Senior Vice President, Brand – Seattle, Edelman Bringing more than 15 years of consumer marketing experience for top U.S. brands, Ian helps lead Edelman’s PNW Brand Practice and serves as the U.S. Travel and Tourism Lead, authoring travel industry IP for the firm. He also oversees Edelman’s global remit for Viking Cruises, as well as … Continue reading Ian Jeffries

Jenissa Meredith

Executive Director, Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism   As a Sweetwater County native, Jenissa Meredith has passionately dedicated the past 12 years of her life to promoting visitation to Rock Springs and Green River, Wyoming, as the Executive Director of Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism. This passion has helped to generate almost 630,000 total visitors each … Continue reading Jenissa Meredith

Ashley Hlebinsky

Curator, Buffalo Bill Center of the West   Ashley Hlebinsky is the Robert W. Woodruff Curator in charge of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. As Curator, Hlebinsky oversees 7,000 firearms dating back to the 1200s; she is currently the Project Director on the first full-scale renovation of the museum, … Continue reading Ashley Hlebinsky

Darren Rudloff

CEO, Visit Cheyenne Darren is the CEO of Visit Cheyenne and serves on the Boards for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition, and several other Cheyenne organizations. Rudloff has achieved the Certified Destination Marketing Executive designation from Destinations International, the highest professional accreditation for destination marketing professionals. Prior to moving to … Continue reading Darren Rudloff

Rebekah Burns

Visitor Center Coordinator, Powell Economic Partnership Rebekah Burns is the Visitor Center Coordinator for Powell Economic Partnership in Powell, WY. PEP is one organization with a focus on three functions: economic development, community vibrancy, and tourism. Rebekah has a Film Production degree from Towson University. For over 15 years, she has worked in video production … Continue reading Rebekah Burns

Erica Bell

Director of Community Engagement, Edelman Erica has nearly a decade of experience in social media marketing and community management. She has extensive digital experience, leading teams on some of Edelman’s largest Digital accounts including Microsoft and Symantec. In addition to tech, Erica works on accounts within the tourism and food industries, bringing analytics and data-driven … Continue reading Erica Bell

Kuvy Ax

Founder / Owner, ROOT Marketing  ROOT Marketing & PR’s founder and owner has helped lifestyle companies “with heart” make an impression for almost two decades. Born in Colorado, Kuvy Ax spent her formative years in England, then moved back to Colorado in 1990. After a decade working in radio, newspaper and TV as a writer, … Continue reading Kuvy Ax

Angela Berardino

Chief Strategy Officer, Turner  As the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of national communication shop TURNER, Angela Berardino oversees a travel and tourism division representing the world’s best hotels, resorts, destinations. Angela joined TURNER in 2008, bringing with her a deep-rooted background in travel, technology and lifestyle branding, allowing her to integrate traditional PR with a … Continue reading Angela Berardino

Jamie Cox

Creative Sales Manager, Visit Franklin Jamie Cox joined the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Franklin) in October 2014. She is the Creative Services Manager at Visit Franklin and leads graphic design and branding efforts for the organization. She leads brand strategy and assists with digital marketing efforts. In 2017, Cox was named one … Continue reading Jamie Cox

Ellie Westman Chin

President & CEO, Williamson County CVB Ellie Westman Chin has served as President & CEO of the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau since July 2014. In that time Franklin and the communities of Williamson County, Tennessee have evolved into a year-round destination known for a unique blend of music, history and southern culture. Visitor … Continue reading Ellie Westman Chin