In Good Company

Bespoke Experiences prides itself on our attention to detail, our connections within our vibrant cities, and the expertise of our outstanding personnel. From our operations team researching the hottest happenings for custom itineraries, to our multilingual experience architects accompanying our friends on their private, luxurious excursions, we are all fully engaged, and committed to your needs.

For your convenience we offer localized licensed private tour services in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, and Japanese with other language services possible with enough notice. If you would like to join our team, click here.

Founders

Travis Simpson

Co-Founder

A number-crunching, visionary perfectionist with a flair for the creative when it comes to treating people right in the hospitality and entertainment realm. A man’s man, a family man, a gentleman who enjoys life, food, and the people he shares them with.

Operations

Amber Baker

Experience Manager

Raised in the New Orleans area, Amber received a B.A. in New Media Communications from Centenary College of Louisiana, and was educated by French Master Chefs in Chicago at The French Pastry School. She spends her time listening to live local music, is an avid reader, and enjoys taste testing new restaurants, or sneaking off to the beach for a weekend whenever she’s not exploring New Orleans’ best kept secrets.

GRACE GERMANO

Experience Manager

Now based in New Orleans by way of San Francisco this Southern California native specializes in marketing, PR and special events with customer service, operations and project management prowess. Grace is keen to be seen on the scene and in the know of all that is new in the world when she's not out exploring it with her tent in tow.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide

Hannah Hoover

Experience Coordinator

Originally from Nashville, Hannah has called New Orleans home for the past three years while attending Tulane University. She studies Anthropology and Classical Studies and is inspired by the rich history and vibrant culture of southern Louisiana. Hannah enjoys unwinding with a good book in Audubon Park, studying in coffee shops, and exploring the neighborhoods of New Orleans one restaurant at a time.

David Bragg

Travel Designer

David considers himself a Nashville native, having lived in Music City (with no musical ability) since graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2002. After spending 12 years traveling throughout North America, he left his career as an engineer to pursue his passion by starting David Bragg Travel. As an affiliate of SmartFlyer, a full-service Virtuoso agency, David works with clients to curate unique experiences.

Licensed Travel Agent

Catalin GHEORGHE

Technical Engineer

The man behind the scenes, Catalin is a Strasbourg, France adopted computer science major from Romania. With a passion for sports, mixed martial arts and traveling throughout Europe, he enjoys applying the problem solving skills he learns on the playing field to the technical challenges he faces and conquers on the computer screen.
Fluently multilingual: English, French, Romanian and several computer languages.

New Orleans

REBECCA ROBINSON

Experience Architect

This world travelling San Francisco native chose New Orleans because of its phenomenal music scene and enigmatic food culture. As a previous elementary school teacher Rebecca now enjoys local real estate and renovation adventures, international travel writing, festivals and exploring within and beyond her eclectic Faubourg Marigny, Bywater neighborhoods.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide,
Licensed Chauffeur

Gisele Goldberg

Experience Architect

Born in France, Gisele found her home in many global naval ports, yet this worldly educator, administrator, photographer and celebrated local artisan arrived in New Orleans with her daughters just in time for Hurricane Katrina. Her vast tour guide experience stems from her passion for history which she delivers with panache.
Fluently bilingual: English and French.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide,
Licensed Chauffeur

Nijme Rinaldi Nun

Experience Architect

Born and raised in Puerto Rico of European-Lebanese ancestry, Nijme has spent over 30 years in New Orleans earning her MFA and several post-graduate certificates while achieving acclaim as a fashion photographer, artist and interpreter. With a passion for architecture, history, culture, cuisine and languages, she loves connecting the cultural dots.
Fluently bilingual: English and Spanish.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide,
Licensed Chauffeur

ALEC QUIG

Experience Architect

Growing up in the frozen north, Alec was mystified by Chicago at an early age. He bee-lined here the first chance he got to study Brazilian music on a master’s fellowship at Tulane. His work as a photographer has brought him through south Louisiana’s deepest nooks and crannies, and he can take you as far off the beaten path as your heart desires.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide
Licensed Chauffeur

TRISH DAUGHERTY

Experience Architect

Trish has lived in Santa Fe, Los Angeles & New York but grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She recently returned to her favorite of them all, New Orleans, where she enjoys a new experience every day: from the vast array of great dining options, nights on the town with the great musical offerings, the unique architecture of the Crescent City, and exploring the fascinating Cities of the Dead.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide
Licensed Chauffeur

Natalie Ducote

Experience Architect

Born and raised in the Cajun Crossroads of Louisiana, Natalie's lifelong passion for history brought her to New Orleans. With a background in public relations, she recently earned her M.A. in public history. In her spare time she enjoys all of the weird and beautiful experiences New Orleans has to offer, from classical concerts to pop-up comedy shows and everything in between.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide
Licensed Chauffeur

Swenja Heinemann

Experience Architect

Although this professional keeps a busy schedule as a full time optician and mom, she enjoys sharing her passion for New Orleans with visitors via tour guiding, particularly those who visit from her homeland, Germany. This mother of three enjoys exploring local family friendly activities and attractions, and exploring the contributions of early German settlers.
Fluently bilingual: English and German

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide
Licensed Chauffeur

San Diego

TERESA LAMPERT

Experience Architect

From Peru to San Diego via Oregon Teresa has spent over 24 years in the travel and tourism industry. Her fascination with history, geography and ardent admiration of the wonders of the world led her to a lifelong career leading tours throughout the US, Latin America and Asia. Teresa’s caring and positive attitude ensures she easily relates to people of different backgrounds and walks of life.
Fluently bilingual: English and Spanish.

International Tour Management Institute Certified Tour Director
San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association, Certified Tour Guide

Patricia Foley

Experience Architect

Patti’s continued interest in history and travel, combined with her enjoyment of being with people, provided the catalyst for becoming a tour guide. Even though she has lived in Southern California for most of her life, she is still amazed at how every event, newly travel backroad or venue can still quench her thirst for learning something new. She is further energized when she can share these insights with guests who visit San Diego.

International Tour Management Institute Certified Tour Director
San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association, Certified Tour Guide
Licensed Washington DC and New York City Tour Guide

Brian O'Brien

Experience Architect

Brian has spent the last 50 years honing his craft as a professional Southern California guide, winning awards, earning commendations and serving on various professional boards and committees. An active traveler and a SAG actor on the big screen in productions such as Titanic and Mad Men, San Diego always draws him home to his grandchildren. Plus, as he says, where else can you surf the waves and snow ski in the same 24 hours?

San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association, Certified Tour Guide

CAROLE NOSKA

Subject Matter Expert

Carole has over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing, event planning, business development and management. Her personal passion for sailing was soon turned into a business venture as she started a successful corporate and leisure charter company in San Diego. Today, she is our partner for sailing, whale watching, and kayaking, catamaran, and yacht charter experiences. If its water related, Carole is our go-to-gal for the best on the blue.

ANTHONY DAVI

Subject Matter Expert

Anthony is a Sicilian American from New York, with a background in hospitality and public relations, while working as a newspaper columnist and TV documentary producer. His 20 years in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood developing relationships within the enclave has earned him a well-respected role as the foremost expert connecting old-world Italian history and cuisine with local culinary interpretations and exciting cultural events.
Fluently bilingual: English and Italian

San Francisco

HEATHER MERIAU

Experience Architect

This California girl splits her time between two world-class cities, San Francisco and Paris, France. With a background in higher education, she has been leading memorable guest experiences for over 10 years. Heather’s warmth, resourcefulness and natural enthusiasm serve her well as a guide and cruise director. She currently escorts visitors throughout Californian and French wine regions, National Parks and urban neighborhoods. When home, Heather enjoys cooking classes with her husband and hiking with their dogs.
Fluently bilingual: English and French

International Tour Management Institute Certified Tour Director

MARK KASULEN

Experience Architect

Japanese interpreter, published author, and educator, Mark and his wife invest their lives in the pursuit of quality experiences for family and guests. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, Mark lived in Japan, and ultimately settled in Sonoma, California. As a three time Olympic interpreter and host, he knows service at that level and delivers it, daily. Mark specializes in wine country travel, music tours, and San Francisco Bay area excursions from Napa to Yosemite.
Fluently bilingual: English and Japanese

International Tour Management Institute, Instructor & Certified Tour Director
Certified Tour Guide, San Francisco Tour Guide Guild

AMY BASKERVILLE

Experience Architect

Born in the Midwest, Amy grew up in Japan and spent over 20 years living in Asia. Her years living the life of an expat, including her children born overseas to their Dutch father, brings a broad understanding and appreciation for diversity. Based in the Bay Area with her artist partner, Amy is passionate about collaborating with guests to create their unique idea of the perfectly beautiful day no matter how simple or obscure.
Fluently bilingual: English and Japanese

Member, San Francisco Tour Guide Guild

LANCE STARIN

Experience Architect

Lance’s friends describe him as professionally eclectic, as he has successfully initiated and managed businesses in education (public speaking instructor, training consultant), private investigation, financial services, fitness, and tourism. In 2008, Lance discovered his passion: professional raconteur. Today, his purpose is sharing stories while exploring the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and dog, the home he chose 35 years ago after living abroad for much of his life.
Fluently bilingual: English and Spanish

International Tour Management Institute Certified Tour Director
San Francisco Tour Guide Guild Trustee (emeritus)
Certified Docent, Presidio of San Francisco
Licensed Washington DC Tour Guide

SHARON TRAEGER

Experience Architect

Growing up in New Jersey, Sharon now lives with her husband and dogs in Silicon Valley. She reinvented herself in 2010 as a tour guide building on her interests in books, movies, hiking and cuisine. Along the way she’s added interests in geology, art, and the tech industry to her skill set. She hopes her travelers leave San Francisco with a deeper appreciation for the area and a resolve to return.

International Tour Management Institute Certified Tour Director
Certified Tour Guide, San Francisco Tour Guide Guild

ROBIN BULLARD

Experience Architect

Having lived in San Francisco for 40 years, Robin has witnessed techies become the new bohemians and hoodies dethrone tie-die. He’s hitchhiked across America four times, driven in a demolition derby, worked as a construction worker in Paris and taught English in Japan. Before becoming a local tour guide he established a career as an art director, designing advertising for top brands. Now, with his wife and son, he specializes in urban exploration and fiction writing.
Proficiently bilingual: English and Japanese

Member, San Francisco Tour Guide Guild

Roberto Natalini

Experience Architect

Born in Italy, Roberto enjoys experiencing foreign languages and cross-cultural interaction. His background in liberal arts and community journalism created opportunities to work and play in Mexico, Spain and the US, yet the "The City by the Bay" and its vibrant Italian-American community, eventful history, and open-mindedness has him fully embracing all that is San Francisco.
Fluently trilingual: English, Italian and Spanish

San Francisco Tour Guide Guild Associate Member
Official San Francisco Travel Ambassador

Jason Cohen

Experience Architect

Jason’s passion for hiking, history, architecture and exploration led him through 25 countries, 150 wineries, numerous cities and national parks throughout the west along with marketing writing assignments in South America. He’s been Board Chair for San Francisco City Guides and the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild. Jason’s most unusual custom experience was leading a tour for a European President, in a Secret Service motorcade.

International Tour Management Institute Certified Tour Director
Certified Tour Guide, San Francisco Tour Guide Guild

Jennifer Burley

Experience Architect

Jennifer's background in Art History has cultivated her enthusiasm for visual culture, education, and storytelling. She shares these passions with travelers while leading tours throughout California, the Southwest, and in Washington D.C. Living in San Francisco, Jennifer takes advantage of the region's rich culinary traditions and vibrant art scene, and spends her time exploring the city's diverse and storied neighborhoods, always learning something new.

Proficiently bilingual: English and Spanish
ITMI Certified Tour Director. Licensed Washington DC Tour Guide.

Nashville

Bennjin Lao

Experience Architect

Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Nashville, Tennessee resident since the late '90's, Bennjin aspires to be a true southern gentleman. He has a deep and abiding love of travel, especially for sports, music, food, and adventure - not always in that order. When he's not exploring the incomparable music and culinary scenes of Nashville, his other passions include backwoods camping and the never-ending chase of an errantly hit tennis ball.

Fluently bilingual: English and Fujien Chinese

Driv James

Experience Architect

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Mondrivia started her love affair with Nashville in the late 90’s upon completing her studies in the music industry. From there she toured on behalf of the country music scene for more than 10 years, giving her behind the scenes access and intel. Today, her full time occupation comprises of high-tech in higher education, but her passion lies in adventure and entertaining with a welcoming motto: “glad to know ‘ya; and to know ‘ya is to love ‘ya”.

Stuart Deming

Experience Architect

This upstate New Yorker has lived in the Nashville area for several years showcasing the city as a local tour guide and exploring the landscape as a professional photographer. His background as event coordinator and AV technician exemplified his keen multi-tasking skillset, which now enhances each experience with careful consideration and execution. He’s most keen on exploring the local distinct cultures and complex history of the places that he travels.

Chicago

ALEC QUIG

Experience Architect

A Hoosier born and raised, Alec spent as much time in the big city of Chicago as his Scottish family would tolerate before heading south to New Orleans to study Brazilian music on a master’s fellowship at Tulane. Now, he juggles his time between both cities seeking out the obscure and sublime behind the lens of his camera, or with equally intrigued guests who delve deeper, seek authenticity and ask questions.

Licensed Chauffeur