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SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Manley Feinberg, Vertical Lessons

Manley is the founder of Vertical Lessons, Inc. He is an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader and author. Leveraging more than twenty years of business, professional speaking and adventure experience, his insight and energy will inspire and equip you to step up and reach your next summit.  In fact, he wrote a book titled, Reaching Your Next Summit! 9 Vertical Lessons to Lead with More Impact.  On a personal note, Manley likes to sleep on the side of mountains. Even more shocking is that his wife has been putting up with that for more than two decades, and he has two teens that still kiss him on the cheek in front of their friends.

Thom Singer, The Conference Catalyst

Thom has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience. He is an expert in branding, positioning and networking and has trained thousands of professionals in the art of building contacts that lead to increased business. He is an author and entrepreneur who has written eight books and numerous articles for business and marketing publications.

Ingrid Edstrom, Polymath

Ingrid is the Priestess of Profits at the award-winning bookkeeping firm, Polymath LLC, specializing in helping tours & activities businesses reach the next level of success through technology automation and proactive financial strategy, such as cash flow planning for the off-season. Polymath has recently been creating positive change in the tours and activities industry through their Tour App Study, an in-depth research project doing a side-by-side feature comparison of the 150+ booking/reservation software applications for the industry. The resources and education provided through this study make it easy for tours and activities businesses to select the software that is the best fit for their needs. Ingrid has been recognized as one of the accounting profession’s Top 40 Under 40 and Most Powerful Women in Accounting. Ingrid is the creator of the AskABookkeeper.com online education series, a member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer Network, and leader of the Southern Oregon Woodard Group.

Lee McLaughlin, Visit Tucson

Lee is the Senior Director of Marketing for Visit Tucson. As a native Tucsonan, a deep love for his hometown coupled with agency experience in travel and hospitality marketing led him to expand his scope to destination marketing and join the Visit Tucson team in 2013. Since then he has worked to forward Tucson’s brand and raise awareness for the destination both domestically and internationally. Lee’s background as a designer and creative director has uniquely positioned him to identify trends in digital marketing, branding and creative allowing him to oversee the execution of full-scale campaigns and initiatives designed to drive visitation and raise the profile of his destination. Lee is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast with a passion for travel and technology.

Jeff Ment, Ment Law Group

Jeff is the founder of The Ment Law Group. With more than 27 years of experience representing travel companies, he is able to best represent the many facets of the travel industry. Jeff represents tour operators, vendors, DMCs, travel agents, transportation companies and trade associations. He counsels clients on our industry’s best practices, including contract terms, compliance with government regulations, risk assessment, crisis response and employment issues. He also represents travel companies in litigation throughout the country. His background in the travel industry includes working as a travel agent, tour guide and as a sales manager for two airlines.

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