Industry Leaders and Experts

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Director of Client Services - Tempest

Jenny Rose

With more than 10 years of experience in the digital marketing industry, Jenny brings her previous career background in journalism and public relations to identify successful marketing strategies for her clients. 


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Client Services Manager - Tempest iDSS Division

Caron Bell

Part of the iDSS team for more than 5 years, Caron Bell, Client Services Manager, provides strategic CRM training, and DMS support services to over 115 clients across the U.S. and internationally. Caron gives clients the technical…


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President & Chief Creative Officer - Tempest

Gregory Shapiro

Gregg is the President and Chief Creative Officer for Tempest and will be responsible for driving the creative strategy and directing the creative team on the project from concept to completion, including UI and UX strategy and…


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CEO and Chief Strategy Officer - Tempest

Alex Heimann

Alex is the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer for Tempest and is responsible for leading innovation, strategy, and execution for Tempest. Alex is a true leader in the digital marketing landscape. He has created award-winning strategy…


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Client Success Manager - Tempest iDSS Division

Megon Ungar

Megon brings more than seven years of experience working in tourism and hospitality in Philadelphia, New York City, and Tel Aviv to her role as Client Success Manager with Tempest. Megon has worked at high-profile, luxury hotels…


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Managing Principal Attorney - Zhang Law PC

Dafan Zhang, JD MPA

Dafan is an attorney with a passion for law, technology, business, and policy. Prior to founding his own law firm, he practiced at one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, representing elite global financial institutions…


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Director of Business Development - Tempest

Derek Mogar

As Director of Business Development with Tempest, I am able to spread my passion for travel, technology and digital marketing by bringing in new business to a first-class, collaborative and creative culture. At Tempest, we strive…


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Client Success Manager - Tempest - iDSS Division

Shaneka Holliday Dawsonia

As a Client Success Manager, Shaneka provides support and training for iDSS users. She works with iDSS users at dozens of destinations throughout the United States to make sure their training and support needs are taken care of and…


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Director of Services & Development - Tempest iDSS Division

Shelly Hervey

As Director of Services & Development for iDSS, Shelly has more than ten years of experience working with travel and tourism professionals to help them realize their CRM, sales, and partnership goals. Shelly works with iDSS users,…


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Director of Web Operations - Tempest

Adam Hooper

With a decade of experience in the digital Travel Tourism industry, Adam is an expert resource for website best practices and the most practical ways to maximize efficiency between your CRM and CMS…


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Chief Business Development Officer - Tempest

Mark Lynch

As Tempest's Chief Business Development Officer, Mark has more than 20 years of experience working in destination marketing and events both on the meetings/event side and the DMO side. His background experience and constant…


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Director of Digital Strategy - Tempest

Britt Brouse

Britt brings more than ten years of experience in journalism and online marketing to her position as Digital Strategy Director with Tempest Interactive.  She has expertise leveraging content marketing, SEO, social media campaigns,…


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Chief Technology Officer - Tempest

James Spibey

James is the Chief Technology Officer for Tempest and will be responsible for leading the development team in implementing the back-end content management system for the website. James is a technology leader with many years of…


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CEO & Founder - BizBash

David Adler

David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BizBash is a veteran media and event entrepreneur. He founded BizBash as an idea and resource marketplace for event organizers of all types from corporate and association to high-end personal and…


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Principal - Pattern

Troy Thompson

Troy is an artist and designer. He makes art and illustrations, including spot illustrations, pattern design and prints. He speaks often about empathy and creativity. His agency -- Pattern -- helps companies with digital design and…


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Writer & Speaker - Tourism Currents

Sheila Scarborough

Sheila Scarborough is a writer and speaker specializing in tourism, travel, and social media. She’s written for many blogs and print publications and is also a certified Navy Master Training Specialist, with years of experience as…


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President/CEO - Visit Ogden

Sara Toliver, CDME

Sarah is President/CEO of Visit Ogden. Sara received her BS and MBA degrees from Utah State University before opening three retail stores on Historic 25th Street. The ensuing redevelopment of this historic district led to Sara’s…


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Director of Digital Communications - Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Loren Simpson

Loren oversees digital strategy for the Visit Long Beach consumer market, including content marketing, social media and eCommunications. She also assists with public relations efforts to promote Long Beach, California as the Urban…


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Founder & Chief Creative Officer - FourthIdea

Thomas Mooney

Thomas is Founder and Chief Creative Officer for FourthIdea, a branding + advertising practice focused on travel, tourism and hospitality marketing. With extensive experience in marketing strategy, branding and design, Tom leads…


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Senior Director of Strategy & Education - TwoSix Digital

Brian Matson

Brian has been a part of the travel and tourism industry since 2003 and was the long-time Marketing Director at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau where he pioneered several digital and social media promotional…


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President & CEO - Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Steve Goodling

Steve Goodling is President & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (LBCVB), an organization that makes up a vital part of Long Beach’s economic health. Overnight visitors to Long Beach generate more than $300 million…


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Senior Account Executive - CrowdRiff

Lucas Luxton

Lucas Luxton is a Senior Account Executive at CrowdRiff. Lucas enjoys collaborating with digital marketing leaders at destinations of all sizes, around the world.  Lucas’ passions include photography, traveling and all-things…


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Senior Account Executive - CrowdRiff

Courtney Ristow

Courtney Ristow is a Senior Account Executive at CrowdRiff. She enjoys working with destination marketers across the globe to reach and engage travelers through visual marketing. Courtney loves to travel, of course! Her favourite…


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Vice President of Marketing - Visit Saint Paul

Adam Johnson

For a decade, Adam has pimped the virtues of Minnesota’s capital city through social media strategy, digital marketing and capitalizing on events to drive website and social traffic.  In his creative pursuits, he’s been know to…