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, Portuguese, Polish, 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
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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

Angela Cordoni

Experience Design & Catering
Market(s): California
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With over a decade’s experience as a California native producing leading luxury events for top Fortune 500 brands, Angela lends a wealth of experience and connections to ensure every experience she plans is truly “once in a lifetime” unique. When she’s not staying true to her Italian heritage with family outings as “Auntie Ang” with her puppy alongside, her exceptional regional knowledge throughout the state inspires personal chef in-house dining excursions, pop-up picnics in Golden Gate Park, exquisite tastings in Wine Country, or beachside clam bakes in San Diego.

Lara Berry

EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT
Market(s): The South & Toronto
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 10

Ever the optimist, this small-town girl applied the hospitality strategies she gleaned from her Southern Miss education to her big-city ambitions, landing hotel sales roles in both New Orleans and Atlanta. In due course, her proficiency and leadership led to award-winning senior advancements into a tier one market. When she’s not swinging a tennis racket in the sunshine, she’s fulfilled enjoying a growing roster of outdoor activities with, or cooking for, her husband and their two active sons.

Karla Andrews

Experience Architect
Market(s): California & Chicago
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Karla brings over 20 years of hospitality expertise to the team, having honed her passion for excellence and dedication to delivering exceptional service from tenure at several Fortune 500 companies, including American Airlines, American Express and third-party meeting planning firm, HelmsBriscoe.

Cristin Barr

Experience Designer
Market(s): California & Toronto
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With a passion for travel and learning, Cristin has worked in luxury hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons and other boutique properties from Lake Tahoe to Maui to the Virgin Islands to New Orleans. Years ago she earned her MBA and she recently wrapped up a degree in law, just for fun. She has visited or resided in over 25 countries. When she’s not hanging with family you can find her swimming, surfing, diving or skiing.

Certified Meeting Professional, Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, Certified Travel Associate, Meeting Professionals International Past President

Russel Pike

Experience Designer
Market(s): Charleston, Chicago, Nashville & Toronto

Russ is practically a Florida native with a love for the outdoors and anything travel. Passionate about marketing, he has spent 20 years in the cruise and hospitality industry, working for exciting brands such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Club Med just to name a few. Russ has traveled the globe by land and sea, from skiing in Kitzbuhel, Austria to visiting the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and enjoys discovering new and unique places. Russ has a marketing degree and an MBA, and is a serious History Channel junkie. Russ loves grilling and cooking, as well as spending time with his wife and their two children.

Kristina Fortier

Experience Concierge
Market(s): New Orleans

Kristina is a lifelong native of New Orleans: a metropolis being reborn. Her passion for the city and extensive hospitality connections, combined with a broad background in sales, inspired her to realize her potential in servicing guests by paying attention to the smallest detail, thereby helping them have a world class experience in her hometown. In Kristina's free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, volunteering with local non-profits, and Pilates.

David Bragg

Travel Designer
Market(s) : All

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

Sales : Lara Berry

EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 10

Ever the optimist, this small-town girl applied the hospitality strategies she gleaned from her Southern Miss education to her big-city ambitions, landing hotel sales roles in both New Orleans and Atlanta. In due course, her proficiency and leadership led to award-winning senior advancements into a tier one market. When she’s not swinging a tennis racket in the sunshine, she’s fulfilled enjoying a growing roster of outdoor activities with, or cooking for, her husband and their two active sons.

ALEC QUIG

Experience Ambassador

Growing up in the frozen north, Alec was mystified by New Orleans 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

Gisele Goldberg

Experience Ambassador

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

Janice Scott

Experience Ambassador

As a true multi-generational New Orleanean, Janice is an expert on the influence of food, culture, and history within and surrounding the Crescent City. You may recognize her as a TV contestant on Master Chef Season 8, as her Creole cooking skills helped her get into the Top 40. Janice’s passion for learning is shared as a gift with new visitors through the unique qualities of the city she has called home for her entire life.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide
Licensed Chauffeur

TRISH DAUGHERTY

Experience Ambassador

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 Ambassador

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

John McCusker

Experience Ambassador

As an award winning photojournalist, author and jazz historian, John delves deep into his New Orleans Spanish Colonial roots and city connections to ensure guests are presented both facts and anecdotes based on his authentic lens. He’s able to refine his pioneering perspectives on oft-overlooked jazz-greats, Hurricane Katrina coverage and his collection of rare Victrola phonographs from the gallery of his newly restored shotgun-double on Algier’s Point while photographing the sun setting on the French Quarter across the Mississippi.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide

Bob Spencer

Experience Ambassador

Hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this Southern charmer can equally balance the heft of a garden hoes with the delicacy of a makeup brush, or navigate discussions of the realities of antebellum history with the current perspectives of life in the Big Easy. His diplomacy, borne in the South, refined under the tutelage of Dior and Armani, and honed in New Orleans over the last six years guiding guests through the most interesting culinary and architectural gems he discovers sustains him until he retires on a restored, gracious plantation.

Licensed Professional New Orleans Tour Guide
Licensed Chauffeur

Swenja Heinemann

Experience Ambassador

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

REBECCA ROBINSON

Experience Ambassador

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

San Diego

Sales : Karla Andrews

Experience Architect
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 16

Karla brings over 20 years of hospitality expertise to the team, having honed her passion for excellence and dedication to delivering exceptional service from tenure at several Fortune 500 companies, including American Airlines, American Express and third-party meeting planning firm, HelmsBriscoe. Professionally, her goal is personal attention, and a forward-looking approach that will make every experience a talked-about success. Married with two children, Karla is an active member of her community where she volunteers with several organizations.

Operations : Cristin Barr

Experience Designer
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 13

With a passion for travel and learning, Cristin has worked in luxury hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons and other boutique properties from Lake Tahoe to Maui to the Virgin Islands to New Orleans. Years ago she earned her MBA and she recently wrapped up a degree in law, just for fun. She has visited or resided in over 25 countries. When she’s not hanging with family you can find her swimming, surfing, diving or skiing.

Certified Meeting Professional, Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, Certified Travel Associate, Meeting Professionals International Past President

TERESA LAMPERT

Experience Ambassador

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 Ambassador

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

Victor Knarreborg

Experience Ambassador

Born and raised in San Diego, Victor has shared for years the heart and soul of the city and its people from a local perspective as a tour professional. Both his personal and professional life are an example of the culture he grew up in, enjoying surfing, sailing, kayaking and biking throughout the city as it evolved to the vibrant international metropolis it is today. He is passionate about sharing the unique places and events of San Diego in California’s history with fellow explorers.

San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association, Certified Tour Guide
Natural History Museum Hiking Program, Certified Canyoneer
National Parks NIA Certified

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.

San Francisco

Sales : Karla Andrews

Experience Architect
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 16

Karla brings over 20 years of hospitality expertise to the team, having honed her passion for excellence and dedication to delivering exceptional service from tenure at several Fortune 500 companies, including American Airlines, American Express and third-party meeting planning firm, HelmsBriscoe. Professionally, her goal is personal attention, and a forward-looking approach that will make every experience a talked-about success. Married with two children, Karla is an active member of her community where she volunteers with several organizations.

Operations : Cristin Barr

Experience Designer
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 13

With a passion for travel and learning, Cristin has worked in luxury hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons and other boutique properties from Lake Tahoe to Maui to the Virgin Islands to New Orleans. Years ago she earned her MBA and she recently wrapped up a degree in law, just for fun. She has visited or resided in over 25 countries. When she’s not hanging with family you can find her swimming, surfing, diving or skiing.

Certified Meeting Professional, Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, Certified Travel Associate, Meeting Professionals International Past President

HEATHER MERIAU

Experience Ambassador

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
Certified Tour Guide, San Francisco Tour Guide Guild
Certified Tourism Ambassador, Wine Country

MARK KASULEN

Experience Ambassador

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

LANCE STARIN

Experience Ambassador

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
Certified Docent, Presidio of San Francisco
Licensed Washington DC Tour Guide

SHARON TRAEGER

Experience Ambassador

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 Ambassador

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 Ambassador

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
Certified Tourism Ambassador, Wine Country

Jason Cohen

Experience Ambassador

Jason has a passion for exploration, and has visited 25 countries and about 150 wineries. He has led visitors to cities and national parks throughout the West. Previous work as a marketing writer included extended assignments in South America, and travel industry leadership has included being Board Chair for San Francisco City Guides and the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild. His major interests include California history, architecture, and the natural history of the Western U.S. He also loves hiking and building backyard landscape projects. 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

Barbara Dimas

Experience Ambassador

Inspired by family recipes, self-taught culinary savant, Barbara, seized the opportunity to cook for her family in childhood. Following her degree at UC Berkeley she refined her culinary specialties during life abroad in Germany and Italy, then back in California during her eight years as Resident Chef at Sur La Table she managed events and classes with famous chefs and cookbook authors. Today, she shares her passion via multi-generational cooking classes and neighborhood exploration with an eye on the influence of San Francisco cuisine on its culture.
Fluently trilingual: English, Italian and German

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

Len Holmes

Experience Ambassador

A New England native, Len arrived in San Francisco over 55 years ago following two tours in Vietnam with the US Navy. His strong leadership led him to senior executive corporate roles, entrepreneurialism and in retirement, his role as president of the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild where he mentors members and shares his learned passion for the history of San Francisco’s unique birth in gold rush times, and its social and economic growth to the flourishing era of the Silicon Valley phenomenon with enthralled guests.

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

Nashville

Sales : Lara Berry

EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 10

Ever the optimist, this small-town girl applied the hospitality strategies she gleaned from her Southern Miss education to her big-city ambitions, landing hotel sales roles in both New Orleans and Atlanta. In due course, her proficiency and leadership led to award-winning senior advancements into a tier one market. When she’s not swinging a tennis racket in the sunshine, she’s fulfilled enjoying a growing roster of outdoor activities with, or cooking for, her husband and their two active sons.

Bennjin Lao

Experience Ambassador

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 Ambassador

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 Ambassador

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.

Robin Richardson

Experience Ambassador

Originally from Indianapolis, Robin has called Nashville home for twenty years and has spent most of her digital media career showcasing country music and those who’ve helped make Nashville “Music City.” When Robin isn't introducing Nashville’s outstanding food, music, architecture and history to her active twins, you’ll find her trying to sneak in a round of golf. But as Robin will tell you, it’s the people of Nashville that make this such a special place to explore and discover.

Michael Waggett

Experience Ambassador

Although he grew up on the coast of North Carolina, the siren call of Music City drew Michael five years ago as an accomplished songwriter, producer and vocalist who has performed on tour with Stevie Wonder. Since, he has immersed himself in the rich Nashville history and nightlife through interviews with Nashville natives in order to share what he’s learned about the “real Nashville” with his guests. Most recently he has written a top 10 European single that surpassed 7 million streams on Spotify.

Nashville Platinum Ambassador

Chicago

Sales : Karla Andrews

Experience Architect
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 16

Karla brings over 20 years of hospitality expertise to the team, having honed her passion for excellence and dedication to delivering exceptional service from tenure at several Fortune 500 companies, including American Airlines, American Express and third-party meeting planning firm, HelmsBriscoe. Professionally, her goal is personal attention, and a forward-looking approach that will make every experience a talked-about success. Married with two children, Karla is an active member of her community where she volunteers with several organizations.

ALEC QUIG

Experience Ambassador

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

Kevin Doerksen

Experience Ambassador

Kevin brings exceptional professionalism and passion that sets him apart in Chicago. Born and raised on Chicago’s north side, his depth of knowledge ranges from stories of his Swedish heritage connectivity to Andersonville, to the long-term impact of the Great Migration on the black community in the south side. From history, to business, to music, faith and socio-economic development, you will leave with a much greater understanding and appreciation for why Chicago sees over 50 million annual visitors.

Certified Tour Guide (CTG), Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association

Cynthia Noble

Subject Matter Expert

Cynthia Noble’s Master’s Degree in Art History may provide the letters behind her credibility; however, it’s her passion and genuine talents while lecturing at the Art Institute of Chicago or Northwestern University as Adjunct Faculty that truly inspire the guests she engages throughout the city’s museums, galleries and creative spaces. She considers Chicago her home base for exploring all things art and architecture and enjoys accompanying travelers in their discovery of the city’s unique design.
Fluently quadrilingual: English, Spanish, Italian, and French.

Certified Tour Guide (CTG), Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association

Marlin Keesler

Experience Ambassador

With twenty years in Chicagoland and seven years as a guide, Marlin earned the ranks as the chairman of the CTPA certification committee, testing all new candidates for their Chicago tour guide certificate. His goal is to ensure everyone visiting Chicago enjoys the same depth of knowledge, and each storytelling experience includes the essential ingredients of being enriching, fulfilling, meaningful and memorable. His mantra is to make friends and have fun while being treated like family.

Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association

Cristina Mazza Piccolo

Experience Ambassador

Born and raised in Italy, Cristina has a degree in conference interpreting and translation from Bologna University. In the tourism industry since 2003, she moved to Chicago in 2009 and has not stopped falling in love with the vibrant, energy-filled city she calls home. Her ability to share her enthusiasm for local art, architecture, society, and the environment crosses cultural barriers, unifying global guests who appreciate an international perspective.
Fluently trilingual: English, Italian and French

Certified Tour Guide (CTG), Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association, ATA - American Translators Assn, MATI - Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters CHICATA - Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters

Liz Garibay

Experience Ambassador

A vibrant part of Chicago’s cultural scene, Liz Garibay got her start as a spry intern at the Field Museum with an interest in anthropology and archeology. With time, her interests created opportunities for positions at almost every museum in the city where she’s curated exhibitions and public programs while regularly giving lectures at cultural institutions and centers of higher education such as Harvard and MIT. As a renowned pub historian she specializes in the history and culture of alcohol, and is the founder of the Chicago Brewseum, America’s first museum dedicated to beer.
Fluently trilingual: English, Spanish and Italian

Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association, American Alliance of Museums, Organization of American Historians.

Charleston

Sales : Lara Berry

EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 10

Ever the optimist, this small-town girl applied the hospitality strategies she gleaned from her Southern Miss education to her big-city ambitions, landing hotel sales roles in both New Orleans and Atlanta. In due course, her proficiency and leadership led to award-winning senior advancements into a tier one market. When she’s not swinging a tennis racket in the sunshine, she’s fulfilled enjoying a growing roster of outdoor activities with, or cooking for, her husband and their two active sons.

Paige Canaday Crone

Experience Ambassador

As a Charleston native growing up downtown, Paige has experienced first-hand the lifestyle so many seek to get a glimpse of when they visit the Holy City. A hostess at heart, she’s happy to greet you with a batch of her homemade traditional St. Cecelia Punch, and toast to a great experience together as she shares Charleston traditions, food culture, social protocol and local color through storytelling, with a dash of humor.

Julia Fox

Experience Ambassador

As a Charlestonian, Julia grew up exploring her historic city and surrounding Sea Islands known as “The Lowcountry” by foot. She obtained a History and Education Degree from Furman University and came back home to teach history before spending 37 years living across the U.S. becoming a Manager in IBM’s Global Solution Center.

Certified Tour Guide with the City of Charleston and Member of the Palmetto Guild

Stephen P. Herchak

Experience Ambassador

Stephen’s love for history and Charleston began as a child when he gazed out from The Battery, to Fort Sumter, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Ever since, sharing Charleston’s story has been his passion. He was flattered to be asked to serve as President of Charleston Tour Association where he learned from the best of the best, in order to craft excursions that were uniquely Charleston and uniquely his own.

Certified Tour Guide with the City of Charleston and Member of the Palmetto Guild

Alice Gordon

Experience Ambassador

In the 4th grade she fell in love with history and has since made a career from that passion of sharing all things “Southern” with others: the history, the culture and of course the delicious food. She knew she found home when she first visited Charleston almost 30 years ago, then made the move 11 years ago, simultaneously changing careers from advertising and publishing to tourism and hospitality. Today, there is nothing more that she would rather do than show off this enchanting city to you.

Certified Tour Guide with the City of Charleston and Member of the Palmetto Guild

Ben-Jamin Toy

Subject Matter Expert

With a last name like Toy, how can he ever be expected to grow up? After attending Clemson for engineering, Ben-Jamin quickly realized his life could never be behind a desk. After changing fields from manufacturing to sales and container trucking, he has spent the last decade in adventure tourism. His passion is helping others reconnect with the outdoors and others through unique experiences. He traded in an office with no windows, for one with no walls and looks forward to your office visit.


Fluently bilingual: English and German

SC Coastal Master Naturalist, ACA Level 3 Kayak Assessed and Level 2 SUP Instructor

Toronto

Sales : Lara Berry

EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 10

Ever the optimist, this small-town girl applied the hospitality strategies she gleaned from her Southern Miss education to her big-city ambitions, landing hotel sales roles in both New Orleans and Atlanta. In due course, her proficiency and leadership led to award-winning senior advancements into a tier one market. When she’s not swinging a tennis racket in the sunshine, she’s fulfilled enjoying a growing roster of outdoor activities with, or cooking for, her husband and their two active sons.

Operations : Cristin Barr

Experience Designer
+011 (866) 514-8874 x 13

With a passion for travel and learning, Cristin has worked in luxury hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons and other boutique properties from Lake Tahoe to Maui to the Virgin Islands to New Orleans. Years ago she earned her MBA and she recently wrapped up a degree in law, just for fun. She has visited or resided in over 25 countries. When she’s not hanging with family you can find her swimming, surfing, diving or skiing.

Certified Meeting Professional, Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, Certified Travel Associate, Meeting Professionals International Past President

Jennifer Pilson

Experience Ambassador

Born on the East Coast of Canada, Jennifer has called Toronto home of the last 20 years. Having been bitten with the travel bug at an early age, she spent several years in the skies as a flight attendant before planting her feet as a Corporate Event Planner. She loves introducing visitors to the diverse cultures within Toronto.

Fluent in French and English