I am an author with decades of tourism experience.
My travel career began in 1986. I started as a front line travel agent and worked my way up to ownership of a thriving commercial agency in the heart of Washington, DC. I’ve escorted tour groups, taught at a travel school and conducted dozens of destination workshops. I was the marketing director of a tour operator specializing in Southeast Asia, represented the China International Travel Service and managed all travel programs, including a full slate of familiarization trips, for ASTA, the world’s largest travel trade association.
After moving to a small town in Ohio in late 2005, I immersed myself in the world of hyper-local tourism. In 2007 I started my own tour company and offered my first program, a ghost walk. The tour was so popular, I got a publishing contract and wrote two books, Haunted Marietta and A Guide to Historic Marietta, both of which are still in print.
In 2014 I launched The History Biz, a consulting service focused on heritage sites, historic towns and neighborhoods, preservation groups, tourism entrepreneurs and destination marketers. I help my clients uncover their unique stories and shape them into high quality tours, programs and events. You'll find more about The History Biz - including dozens of articles and other free resources - here.
The best part of my local tourism adventure was working with various community groups. I collaborated with the Main Street organization, the public library, the downtown merchants’ association, restaurants, a college and several historic attractions.
In addition to the Marietta/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, I worked with the Ohio Historical Society, Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge, the Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Parkersburg/Wood County (WV) Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County.
In 2016 I moved to Albuquerque. I am thrilled to be here and I’m excited to share the amazing things I’m learning about this beautiful state on my new blog Hidden New Mexico.
Join me as I explore our state's history, culture, cuisine and breathtaking scenery. I'll be visiting world class destinations like Santa Fe and Taos of course, but I’m also searching for the special, hidden places known only to local folks. In between the biscochitos, prickly pear margaritas and green chile cheeseburgers, I’m taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.