For award-winning author & travel journalist, Tera Leigh, travel is the rule, rather than the exception. She says, “I found that when I did not travel, my senseof adventure and passion for life dulled. Travel reminds me to live big, and take the chances that lead to the grand experiences of life.”
She brings her passion and endless spring of enthusiasm for the places she visits to the Tera-on-Travel radio show where she interviews travel industry insiders from some of her favorite destinations around the United States.
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Heather Middleton is the Director of Public Relations for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and has served in that capacity for more than three years. She is responsible for handling media relations for Nashville ’s $3 billion tourism industry. Prior to joining the Nashville CVB, Middleton was an Associate with the Nashville advertising and public relations agency Mercatus Communications. Her primary focus was handling media relations for the firm’s sports and tourism clients. She has also worked in the public relations departments for Warner Bros. Nashville and USA Networks in New York City . Middleton, originally from Indianapolis , moved to Music City from New York more than 9 years ago.Find out more at www.visitmusiccity.com
Ellen Jones Pryor is the Frist Center Director of Communications. Ellen Pryor was involved in the earliest days of the creation of the Frist Center , serving as an advisor to the founders. Since the Frist Center opened in April 2001, she has been associated with the organization in a number of capacities and now serves as director of communications.A resident of Nashville for more than 30 years, in addition to involvement in the arts, her experience includes work in government, tourism, politics, banking, the music industry, music and book publishing, and television and film production. In addition to her involvement in arts-related activities and organizations, she is a trustee of the National Television Academy and serves on the Keyboard of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University .Find out more at www.fristcenter.org
Nancy Hulse is the Vice President of the Bartlesville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Nancy is an Executive Board Member of the Green Country Marketing Association that assists in promoting the Northeast corner of Oklahoma as a Tourism hot spot for visitors. She is also a Board Member of the Oklahoma Tourism Industry Association, which works closely with the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department in promoting Oklahoma as a whole. She is currently working on her Tourism Marketing Professional credentials and expects to obtain this accolade in 2008. And in her spare time she helps to put on a local community event called First Friday’s Cinema in the City to promote community activities in downtown Bartlesville. Find out more at www.bartlesville.com
Bob Fraser spent 20 years as President and CEO of Senior Star Living, one of the nation’s premier senior retirement companies. On October 1, 2006, Bob was named CEO of The Frank Phillips Foundation and Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, a 3700 acre working ranch, built in 1925 by oil pioneer Frank Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum Company. Today Woolaroc is home to a 52,000 square foot Museum of incredible Southwest treasures and the original country lodge of Frank and Jane Phillips’, an 8 bedroom home where they hosted over 200,000 people between 1925 and 1948, still stands in all its majesty. Find out more at www.woolaroc.org/
Jennifer M. Cordero
Jennifer M. Cordero, Director of Marketing and PR for Price Tower Arts Center, has been with the organization for three years and is native to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Since 2004, Jennifer had managed communications, marketing and publicity, assists with development, and oversees the membership department for Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper; the Price Tower. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower has recently been restored to its historic 1956 interior appearance, available by tour. Price Tower also houses a modern and contemporary art, architecture and design museum, Price Tower Arts Center; a high-design hotel, Inn at Price Tower; and an upscale restaurant, Copper Restaurant & Bar. Find out more at www.pricetower.org/
Scott Black is the Interim Executive Director for OK MOZART International Festival. A native of Sand Springs, OK, Black has worked in many aspects of the performing arts industry for the past 10 years as an actor, director and producer. A graduate of The University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts, Scott has worked throughout the country in numerous regional theatres and toured with the National Theatre of Performing Arts. He also worked in theatre management for several Broadway and off-Broadway productions in New York City. Most recently, Scott served for three years as Producing Director for Northern Lights Playhouse, one of the few rotating repertory theatres continually operating in the United States, and The Pinewood Dinner Theatre, both in north-central Wisconsin.Find out more at www.okmozart.com/
Columbus Convention & Visitors BureauPeter has been with the Columbus Georgia Convention & Visitors Bureau since July 1995. Originally hired as the Bureau’s Olympic Coordinator, Peter was re-assigned as Deputy Director shortly after coming to the Bureau where he oversaw numerous marketing and sales activities until he was appointed President-CEO in May 2003. He serves on several boards to include the Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance, Past President of the Presidential Pathways Travel Association, President of the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Tourism Development Alliance of Georgia.Find out more at www.visitcolumbusga.org
Kristen Miller Zohn
Kristen Miller Zohn has been appointed Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia. Ms. Zohn has an MA in art history from Florida State University and a BA in Art History from Salem College. Her previous work was with MESDA, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and Albany Museum of Art in Georgia. For the past five years Ms. Miller Zohn has served as Curator of Education at the Columbus Museum. She was a contributing author for the Museum’s recent publication, American Art in the Columbus Museum: Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts (Marquand and Columbus Museum: Seattle and Columbus, 2005). Ms. Miller Zohn was recently elected as Vice President of the Southeastern Museums Conference; she is the youngest museum professional ever to hold this position.
Find out more at www.columbusmuseum.com
Springer Opera House
Ron Anderson, Associate Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House, has been a professional actor, stage director and theatre teacher for thirty years. At the Springer, Ron has acted in countless productions and directed many Mainstage, Studio and Children’s Theatre productions. Three of the children’s productions were his own creations, including his stage adaptation of The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer by former President Jimmy Carter. Ron is also the founder and director of the Springer Theatre Academy, the State Theatre’s young-actor training program. The Academy has 700 students ages 5-18 and is committed to “teaching Life skills through Stage skills.”
Find out more at www.springeroperahouse.org
Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Becky Young is the marketing director for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA) since June 2001. She is one of five staff members of the CSO not including 90 musicians. Becky graduated from Georgia Southwestern University with her BBA in Marketing. She has 14 years experience in marketing and public relations. Becky coordinates all advertising for the CSO that includes design and print of publications, website, creating and producing tv and radio ads, ad print design and making regular appearances on local radio and tv stations. In addition, she coordinates the season and single ticket sales campaign.
Find out more at www.csoga.org
Taos, New Mexico
Jami McFerren, Director of Membership and Communications; Taos, New Mexico Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Jami McFerren joined the CVB staff in June 2006, bringing years of media and economic development experience to her job in one of the most beautiful places in the country. The Taos Chamber is the largest business advocacy organization in Taos County and houses the Taos Visitor Center which greets literally thousands of newcomers to Taos each month.
Information on lodging, restaurants, events and businesses throughout Northern New Mexico can be accessed on the Chamber website at www.taoschamber.com.
Gordon Johnston, Owner, Little Tree B & B
Gordon Johnston escaped to Taos after more than 20 years of employment in luxury hotels. He met his wife Maggie when they were both managers at the flagship Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Buckhead- Atlanta, Georgia. During their courtship they discovered a mutual love of the B&B experience. They decided that owning a bed and breakfast was the only way to provide the level of personal attention and hospitality that they wished their guests to experience.
For the last seven years, they have owned The Little Tree B&B, an intimate, four room adobe hacienda with sweeping 360* mountain, mesa and sunset views, in Taos, New Mexico.
Docent, Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Judi Jordan first came to Taos from New York City in 1992 to attend a writing workshop given by Natalie Goldberg, and 12 years later she started working there. The house is a well-known retreat to artists, writers, photographers, and musicians. Mabel dreamed of starting an art colony in Taos, but the people who came as visitors took the solace and inspiration offered, fulfilled their own needs and then returned to the outside world and their own lives.
Marketing Director for The Historic Taos InnAcclaimed by National Geographic Traveler as “One of America’s Great Inns,” and listed on the National and New Mexico Registers of Historic Places, at the Historic Taos Inn, you will experience Southwestern charm and history in this quintessential New Mexico inn located in the heart of Taos’ historic district. When not at work Jamie enjoys playing golf, his drums, cooking and spending time with his wife Tomacita on their 30 acre farm at Taos Pueblo.