Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

2018 November Featured Journalist of the Month: Lynn Gagnon
Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:31 PM

Lynn Gagnon:

Joie de Vivre with an Accent on Camaraderie

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” - Mark Twain

Focusing on life’s pleasures didn’t come naturally to me.  A graduate of Wellesley College, I was raised to strive for achievement.  But when Denis first took me to Quebec the spring of my senior year, I experienced a delightful taste of “joie de vivre” and my outlook on life changed forever.  We married and moved to France where new friends taught me French along with the art of finding great pleasure in daily life … Joie de Vivre. 

2018 November Featured Journalist of the Month: Denis Gagnon
Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:15 PM

Denis Gagnon:

Originally from Quebec City, Canada, Denis has traveled the world extensively for the past 45 years and spent twelve years living overseas in France, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Fluent in several languages and conversant in several more, he has become a passionate travel writer and, together with his wife Lynn, shares his wealth of travel and cross-cultural expertise through social media and their blog, His travel writings are focused on "luxury escapes and city breaks for discerning business and leisure travelers". Denis is also a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the National Press Club (NPC).

2018 October Featured Destination of the Month: Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Monday, October 01, 2018 07:21 PM

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau:

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues, and job opportunities.

More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB's membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world's first convention and visitors bureau.

2018 October Featured Journalist of the Month: Melissa Adams
Monday, October 01, 2018 07:07 PM

Melissa Adams:

Melissa Adams is an award-winning American travel writer and photojournalist who traded sunny Southern California for the soggy patch in Europe that captured her heart in 2007. Now based in Amsterdam, she's co-author of 48 Hours/Amsterdam, published by National Geographic, as well as the AFAR Amsterdam Travel Guide and Where to Stay in Amsterdam: A Guide to the Best Neighborhoods on the acclaimed PlanetD website.

Melissa's travel and lifestyle features have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Perceptive Travel, Sonderers, GoNomad, Matador, TravelWorld International, Here Comes the Guide and OC Metro. On her blog, UnClogged in Amsterdam: An American Expat Plumbs Holland, she explores the hidden gems, sexy secrets and colorful culture of the Dutch capital. 

2018 October Featured Journalist of the Month: Arnold Wayne Jones
Monday, October 01, 2018 06:21 PM

Arnold Wayne Jones

Arnold Wayne Jones has been involved in journalism since college, and his made it his living for nearly 25 years. In that time, he has been a film critic, theater critic, restaurant critic, music critic, travel writer, entertainment reporter, celebrity interviewer, editor and photographer for publications including Dallas Voice (where he has been since 2001), as well as Dallas Observer, Fox4, Backstage Magazine, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is the recipient of a Katie Award (Press Club of Dallas), 6 Lone Star Awards (Houston Press Club) and a finalist for the NATJA Award.

2018 September Featured Destination of the Month - Visit El Paso
Thursday, September 06, 2018 03:46 PM

Visit El Paso

Located in the western tip of Texas, El Paso is the largest international border community in the world, where two countries and three states meet.  Known for friendliness and hospitality, El Paso is also the only Texas city that can boast a mountain in the middle of town with over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails. Our multi-cultural city offers over 400 years of history that is well documented in public exhibits, performances and seasonal attractions. Guest can journey along the 9-mile mission trail, witness the craftsmanship of Western bootmakers, or enjoy the city’s collection of 13th-18th centuries Western European masterworks. You can also spend an evening enjoying Triple-A baseball, the Downtown Arts District, or experience the magic of the historic Plaza Theatre with a performance of a top Broadway touring show. It’s for seekers or adventurers as much as it is for those who just want to relax, enjoy the sun and experience El Paso’s one-of-a-kind charm!

Start planning your adventure today and contact Maegan Hruby, [email protected] for an unforgettable experience. We can assist with securing accommodations, planning a day of shopping or taking in all the historic and cultural attractions and activities. Check us out at or 915-534-0600.

2018 September Featured Journalist of the Month - Mike Fisher
Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:00 AM

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher is a Calgary-based travel writer who specializes in stories about musical journeys. He has won eight travel awards/honors this year including three from NATJA. In the past year he has written about the music scenes in Memphis, Nashville, Austin, Washington, D.C. and more.

Loves dogs, leaps before looking. Writer, photographer, musician, Calgary-based. Always finds a bird in the hand startling.

2018 September Featured Journalist of the Month: Avery Stonich
Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:00 AM

Avery Stonich

Avery Stonich is an award-winning freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado, who has traveled to more than 50 countries in search of adventure. Focusing on outdoor, adventure, and travel, her work has been published by National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Travel, Outside, Elevation Outdoors, Women's Adventure, RootsRated, Bicycle Times, and more. When not playing with prose, she likes to ski, hike, kiteboard, bike, camp, SUP, travel, SCUBA dive, and climb mountains. 

2018 August Featured Journalist of the Month: Melanie Votaw
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 12:00 AM

 Melanie Votaw:

Melanie Votaw is a travel journalist and blogger who runs the Trip Out on Travel blog. She has visited 50 countries on six continents and has published stories and photos in such magazines and newspapers as Executive Travel, Business Insider, Just Luxe, South China Morning Post, Woman’s Day, Parks & Travel Magazine, Travel Savvy, Travel Mindset, Luxury Web Magazine, and others. She has also written 32 books on a variety of subjects – ten under her own name (most published by Perseus Books) and 22 ghostwritten for such publishers as Macmillan, Hyperion, and Hay House.

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