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Bio: Mike Wreyford, AKA Mike the “Wine Guy” is a Food, Wine,Travel & Lifestyle Expert. This Writer, Blogger, Foodie/Wine Enthusiast, and Spontaneous Traveler, is the Host & Producer of “The Good LIfe” Show, a popular Weekly Radio Talk Show. Mike combines his lifetime of Travel, 30+ years in the Restaurant / Bar business, an “Ongoing Appreciation of Wine”, along with his marketing and entrepreneurial expertise, to share his passion for Food, Wine, Travel and Lifestyle with friends, fans, and businesses around the world.
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May 6, 2018

Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of the Experience Rosé Today. Experience Rosé brand, which aims to celebrate all things rosé. The new brand will host an array of events in 2018, all honoring the lauded “pink drink,” with the Experience Rosé: The 2018 Competition kicking things off in the Spring. Focusing exclusively on domestic and international rosé wines and directed by globally-renowned wine expert and educator Debra Del Fiorentino, the competition will take place on Wednesday, April 18 at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg. The Experience Rosé brand will offer a collection of curated consumer events beyond the competition as well, including The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer, to be held on Saturday, June 16, at The CIA at Copia in Napa, and The Great Rosé Pairing for Thanksgiving, which will take place Friday, October 19, at Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery in Hopland.

Experience Rosé is all about providing extraordinary experiences for everyone who revels in our passion for Rosé and its infinite possibilities all year-long. Foodie to newbie. Wine maker to chef. Sponsor to volunteer. Because every day pairs better with Rosé. Fill your glass with us. We promise you a fulfilling experience that will be personal, passionate and perfect.

Celebrating a wide range of rosé winemaking styles and taking place on Wed, Apr 18 at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, Experience Rose: The 2018 Competition will showcase the best of the best from both domestic and international producers in dry, sparkling and sweet categories.

“We’re excited to introduce these new elements around the Wine Competition,” states Del Fiorentino. “Our goal is to create an event that is beneficial to both our wine competition entrants and the attendees to the two consumer events, as we want everyone to have the best experience possible.”

The Brand will introduce two new wine events to the general public. On Saturday, June 16, 2018, Experience Rosé will debut The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer, to be held at The CIA at Copia in Napa. Event-goers will have the opportunity to sip winning wines paired with gourmet bites inspired by cuisine from the four major rosé producing regions (France, Italy, Spain and the United States/California). The bites will be prepared by teams of CIA students directed by Lars Kronmark, Professor of Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. This curated event will also include special arts programming and Experience Rosé Talks – an educational series featuring presentations, panel discussions and pairings.

May 6, 2018

Gabrielle and Anthony Poston are avid wine lovers and wine country explorers.

Their passion for wine, and knowledge of winery locations and attributes, caused friends and family to frequently ask for recommendations on “which wineries” to visit.

They began to realize that they, like so many others, were recommending and visiting the same wineries repeatedly. One serendipitous moment in France, with a map in hand, unable to find the champagne house that they wanted to visit, they realized there needs to be a better way.

Gabrielle proposed the idea of creating a website that shared their travel experiences and included a searchable tool that allowed friends, family and ultimately users to make more informed decisions on finding wineries that fit their preferences.

WhichWinery.com now boasts over 20K+ wineries across 47 countries and is the world’s first winery based, travel site that connects each winery’s unique qualities with user preferences, allowing users to find wineries, plan and share trips utilizing the trip planner tool, track their visits and continue to learn about the world of wine.

They’ve launched a VIP service to accommodate clientele who want an elevated experience of allowing us to plan their winery trip - whether that means winery visits, transportation, lunch, accommodations or all of the above.

May 6, 2018

Claudia Vecchio has assumed the position of CEO of Sonoma County Tourism.

Vecchio has many years of experience in the industry, including multiple leadership roles in tourism organisations, serving as the State Tourism director at the Ohio Department of Development, Division of Travel and Tourism, and senior vice president overseeing the tourism group at Edelman PR in Chicago.

In her new role, Vecchio will try to drive Sonoma County Tourism into record-breaking years, with out-of-the-box ideas and by sharing the message that wine country is open for business and ready to deliver the world-class experience that is expected.

She replaces Ken Fischang, who stepped down in May. Interim Sonoma County Tourism CEO Tim Zahner told the Las Vegas Review Journal that, after the fires, Vecchio will have plenty on her plate when she arrives.

“Claudia is stepping into a situation where the community of Sonoma County and the board and staff of Sonoma County Tourism have come together to not only support one another in our time of need, but also to rally around and get the word out that we are open for business and ready to welcome visitors to the Northern California they love,” Zahner said. 

Vecchio leaves her position as the first director of the state Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, which consists of the Commission on Tourism, Division of Museums and History, Nevada Arts Council and the Nevada Indian Commission.

“In addition to its extraordinary natural beauty, Sonoma County exudes an incredible spirit of independent thinking, creativity and fortitude that truly sets it apart from any other destination,” Vecchio said in a statement. “The truest sense of this spirit has been on full display during the recent fires. It’s a privilege to join a team and represent a countywide tourism industry that can come together through challenging times to not only support one another, but also to rally around and get the word out that we are open for business and ready to welcome visitors to Northern California.”

Vecchio said it should be a fairly easy transition on the marketing side, as Sonoma County has a few things in common with Nevada, like its independent, creative, maverick spirit.

“It’s wineries versus casinos,” she said. “They are important drivers, but I see so much more to talk about.” 

Vecchio long has been a fan of and visitor to Sonoma County, having family in Bodega Bay. Upon moving to Sonoma County, she had planned to rent, but after the destructive fires and the even tighter rental market, she is in the process of buying a home.

Vecchio is a former president of Destination Integration in Dallas and head of Ohio’s tourism office. She began working in Nevada in November 2011.

She also has managed national brand launch campaigns for Taco Bell, Frito-Lay and Norwegian Cruise Lines and was on the promotion team that launched the Fox Broadcasting Network’s television programming. She also was a tour manager for the international education and entertainment organization, Up With People.

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Apr 10, 2018

Dave has worked in travel and tourism for 20 years in many countries around the world. For the past 8 years, Dave has been based back in his home country of New Zealand working in a Senior Management role for Air New Zealand and Les Mills International. After a brief break from the tourism industry, Dave jumped at the opportunity to lead an exciting new start-up business that will show case New Zealand, and enable people to explore the country in the best possible way – cruising in a motorhome.

Mighway is raising the bar on peer-to-peer platforms, offering owners the freedom of being completely hands off during the rental process,” said Dave Simmons, CEO of Mighway—which is owned by TH2, a new joint venture between Tourism Holdings Limited (thl), the world’s largest RV rental and sales operator with 30 years of experience in the industry; and Thor Industries—manufacturers of the renowned Airstream and Jayco RV brands.

“As RV peer-to-peer platforms came on the market, we noticed a huge gap in service and protection options, which was a huge barrier for potential owners and renters,” said Simmons. “We created Mighway to break this barrier, drawing on our extensive experience and partnerships to offer unrivalled premium support, storage and insurance options. As far as we know, no one else is doing this, so it’s a game changer for peer-to-peer platforms in general, not just RVs.”

Although owners can be hands-on if they want, the Mighway Managed option takes away the burden of everything from vetting and dealing with customers to cleaning, vehicle handover, repairs, emergency road service and insurance claims. Owned by the largest commercial rental operator and largest manufacturer, Mighway leverages their relationships with dealers to access to space to store vehicles in professional facilities at a much lower cost than owners can find on their own.

“We recommend RV owners take advantage of our free listings now, so they can be ready for the lucrative spring and summer travel season,” Simmons said. “With Mighway, owners can bank on their RV but hang on to their valuable free time and peace of mind. Our competitors can’t offer this level of service and flexibility.”

Learn more at www.mighway.com.

Apr 8, 2018

Delia Viader was born in Argentina and came to the U.S. as a student. She holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She pursued advanced business degrees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley in the U.S.

Delia’s father helped her financially for the initial seven-year investment in her winery. As she fell in love with California when she was a student at Berkeley and was attracted to the wine industry.

After founding VIADER in 1986, Delia studied Enology and Viticulture at the University of California, Davis to learn the practical theory behind making fine wine Her first vintage was 1989, when she produced 1,200 cases of wine. Today, Delia has a production total of 7,500 cases under the Viader labels.

Delia found that she was decidedly more attracted to Old World wines. She was particularly impressed by the wines of Chateau Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion, from which she based the idea for her first blend, the 1989 VIADER comprising 40 percent Cabernet Franc and 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, a combination that is now her signature wine.

Always “daring to be different,” Delia decided to bring the Bordeaux style of winemaking and vineyard cultivation to the California hillside by planting the vines in rows going up and down the mountain, following the path of the afternoon sun down the steep slopes of Howell Mountain. At the time, she met strong opposition and criticism for planting her vines in this way, simply because it had never been done before. However, soon after successfully releasing her first vintage, it was clear that her efforts to develop the vineyard were worthwhile. With optimal sun exposure, and unique soil that allows for natural drainage, the vines struggle to survive in the rocky terroir and produce fruit of exceptional quality.

In 2002, her son Alan came on board, first to manage the vineyards and later to be the Director of Operations, joining Delia on the winemaking and production team. Her daughter Janet is Director of Marketing and Sales. Delia’s family (she has four children) and fascination with fine wines have been her primary motivations for starting her beautiful winery overlooking the Napa Valley.

Apr 6, 2018

Bryan Doreian is the President and founder of Wysebridge Patent Bar Review, an inventive startup designed to help individuals pass the Patent Bar Exam efficiently. This is achieved by providing online resources and materials in a way that anyone can understand, and the means to quickly and efficiently develop the skills to pass.

Bryan Doreian has a background in many areas of research including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biophysics. He has not only developed analytical skills allowing him to process and summarize information and data, but also how to quickly and efficiently find solutions to problems.

Bryan Doreian's experience in multiple sectors is diverse, providing him with a unique perspective into the field of patents and intellectual property. He has been involved in drug development, process design and control for a major manufacturer, biomedical academic research, and is working on quantitative reforms for the healthcare industry.

Mar 11, 2018
100% sustainable, recyclable and renewable

Cork stoppers are the most famous product of the cork industry. It is the most produced and most exported. More than 12 billion bottles of wine are closed every year with cork, keeping all the qualities of this drink intact for centuries. The cork stopper has been the closure par excellence of wine for many years, chosen by more than 70% of producers. Cork’s relationship with wine began in ancient Egypt as a closure for amphorae. 

 According to Executive Director Peter Weber of the Cork Quality Council, consumers still need help understanding and appreciating the environmental and social benefits of natural cork over plastic stoppers and screwcaps.

“The fact is that cork is a 100 percent renewable and sustainable natural resource, harvested every nine years without damaging the tree. It not only provides important CO2retention, a crucial tool to fight climate change, it also provides one of the world’s 36 most important biodiversity hotspots. In the era of climate change, education about natural cork’s environmental and social benefits is becoming more and more of a focus, and we still have work to do to fully engage the public on this topic,” 

In addition to cork being seen as an indicator of wine quality by the majority of wine consumers, surveys showed that natural cork is the closure of choice for wine purchased at a restaurant, wine purchased as a gift, and wine purchased to bring to a dinner party.

Some of the reasons people stated for preferring cork were led by the idea that natural cork evokes an important sense of heritage, while the enjoyment of opening wine sealed with a cork, the “pop” and the “ritual” creating a unique distinctiveness at the moment of consumption were also cited. 

Also importantly, wine lovers found cork to be conducive to wine aging, a marker to check the quality of the brand before purchasing, and an indicator of overall quality.

Mar 2, 2018

Gabrielle and Anthony Poston are avid wine lovers and wine country explorers.

Their passion for wine, and knowledge of winery locations and attributes, caused friends and family to frequently ask for recommendations on “which wineries” to visit.

They began to realize that they, like so many others, were recommending and visiting the same wineries repeatedly. One serendipitous moment in France, with a map in hand, unable to find the champagne house that they wanted to visit, they realized there needs to be a better way.

Gabrielle proposed the idea of creating a website that shared their travel experiences and included a searchable tool that allowed friends, family and ultimately users to make more informed decisions on finding wineries that fit their preferences.

WhichWinery.com now boasts over 20K+ wineries across 47 countries and is the world’s first winery based, travel site that connects each winery’s unique qualities with user preferences, allowing users to find wineries, plan and share trips utilizing the trip planner tool, track their visits and continue to learn about the world of wine.

They’ve launched a VIP service to accommodate clientele who want an elevated experience of allowing us to plan their winery trip - whether that means winery visits, transportation, lunch, accommodations or all of the above.

Mar 1, 2018

Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored 96 countries. Niver has established a following through her written and video content, garnering over one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv and Roku.

Niver is the founder of a top 100 travel blog, We Said Go Travel, that reaches more than 200,000 annually and is in the top 1/8 of the top 1% of all sites in the United States. In her tri-annual international travel writing competitions, she has published nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries.

She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans for a project with American Express and Starwood Hotels. Her recent stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and scuba diving in the Solomon Islands for Smithsonian.

She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and is verified on Twitter. Niver was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize.

Nov 25, 2017

Rempfer Cellars was formed in 2014 with their first release of four wines in 2016 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Tetrahedron). Jeff has been a firefighter for 25 years. He started his wine passion many years ago, opening multiple wine bars and traveling the world tasting wines from some of the most prestigious regions. He uses that experience and knowledge in producing his wines. Jeff met his wife Allison, who is a Registered Nurse, while working at the Fire Department. They married in 2014. Jeff and Allison have two sons, Levi and Luke, along with the family dog Chloe. They hope to pass the art of wine making on to their sons.

Nov 25, 2017

Claudia Vecchio has assumed the position of CEO of Sonoma County Tourism.

Vecchio has many years of experience in the industry, including multiple leadership roles in tourism organisations, serving as the State Tourism director at the Ohio Department of Development, Division of Travel and Tourism, and senior vice president overseeing the tourism group at Edelman PR in Chicago.

In her new role, Vecchio will try to drive Sonoma County Tourism into record-breaking years, with out-of-the-box ideas and by sharing the message that wine country is open for business and ready to deliver the world-class experience that is expected.

She replaces Ken Fischang, who stepped down in May. Interim Sonoma County Tourism CEO Tim Zahner told the Las Vegas Review Journal that, after the fires, Vecchio will have plenty on her plate when she arrives.

“Claudia is stepping into a situation where the community of Sonoma County and the board and staff of Sonoma County Tourism have come together to not only support one another in our time of need, but also to rally around and get the word out that we are open for business and ready to welcome visitors to the Northern California they love,” Zahner said. 

Vecchio leaves her position as the first director of the state Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, which consists of the Commission on Tourism, Division of Museums and History, Nevada Arts Council and the Nevada Indian Commission.

“In addition to its extraordinary natural beauty, Sonoma County exudes an incredible spirit of independent thinking, creativity and fortitude that truly sets it apart from any other destination,” Vecchio said in a statement. “The truest sense of this spirit has been on full display during the recent fires. It’s a privilege to join a team and represent a countywide tourism industry that can come together through challenging times to not only support one another, but also to rally around and get the word out that we are open for business and ready to welcome visitors to Northern California.”

Vecchio said it should be a fairly easy transition on the marketing side, as Sonoma County has a few things in common with Nevada, like its independent, creative, maverick spirit.

“It’s wineries versus casinos,” she said. “They are important drivers, but I see so much more to talk about.” 

Vecchio long has been a fan of and visitor to Sonoma County, having family in Bodega Bay. Upon moving to Sonoma County, she had planned to rent, but after the destructive fires and the even tighter rental market, she is in the process of buying a home.

Vecchio is a former president of Destination Integration in Dallas and head of Ohio’s tourism office. She began working in Nevada in November 2011.

She also has managed national brand launch campaigns for Taco Bell, Frito-Lay and Norwegian Cruise Lines and was on the promotion team that launched the Fox Broadcasting Network’s television programming. She also was a tour manager for the international education and entertainment organization, Up With People.

Nov 25, 2017

BRIDGE COFFEE CO. is an artisan, craft coffee roaster. We source premium, specialty-grade coffee from around the world. These carefully selected green coffees are profiled, cupped, and roasted in small batches.

We are, "the bridge from the crop to the cup." Timothy Styczynski - owner

As roasters, we feel that we are the bridge between the wonderful coffee producers that spend all year cultivating their wonderful crop to the consumer who enjoys their delicious cup. Our goal is to connect the producers and farmers who spend months at harvest to grow an amazing crop to those that love a truly remarkable cup of coffee. In less than 15 minutes, we are responsible to bring out and highlight all the natural character trapped in the bean for your roasted coffee.

Bridge Coffee Co. sources its green coffee with the assistance of respected and trusted individuals in the coffee industry. We all work together to maintain integrity, responsibility and sustainability.

With over 20 years of roasting experience, the aid of modern technology and utilizing the finest coffee roasting equipment made, you can be sure your coffee is roasted with care and precision, and consistently delicious. Those early days were an interesting start. "I started home roasting back in 1997. Trying to burn a coffee bean anyway I could get my hands on. Oven, stove-top, wok, popcorn poppers, barbecue, I tried so many!", Tim - Owner

Small batch roasting is an artisan craft. It is our joy and honor to provide you with a wonderful cup of coffee.

All coffee is roasted to order and date stamped. We offer free delivery to your home or office in the local Marysville/Yuba City area!

Nov 25, 2017

Diane Lang has dedicated her career to helping people turn their lives around and is now on a mission to help them develop a  sustainable positive attitude that can actually turn one into an optimist, literally. A therapist and educator/coach of Positive Psychology, she has seen that it can provide a strong foundation for finding great happiness and is gratified that it is becoming a mainstream method of treatment.


A parent herself, Lang has taught Positive Parenting to parents and written extensively on the benefits of using it with even the youngest children. She has also spoken or conducted seminars on postpartum depression, striving for balance versus having it all and practical tips on interviewing, networking and dressing for success and is the author of “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career.”


Diane is a Therapist and Life coach in NJ. Her clinical experience includes treating patients with different forms of mental illness, physical and emotional abuse and relationship issues. Lang is also an Adjunct in Psychology at Montclair State University, her college work includes mentoring students for individual career counseling and personal issue advisement.


As an expert in her fields of therapy, Lang has been featured in the Daily Record, Family Circle, Family Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and Cookie Magazine, seen on NJ 12 TV, Good day CT, CBS TV, Style CT, The Veira network and the national television program “Fox & Friends”. She has also participated in a reality based Internet show, ourprisoner.com, hosted Generation X-tinet and appeared in various educational videos including Columbia books.


Lang has an M.A. in Counseling and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the New York Institute of Technology. Diane has her Positive Psychology coaching certificate from Wholebeing Institute. Diane’s latest book is: Creating balance & finding happiness.

Nov 25, 2017

Alyssa Rapp is the founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc., an online resource in the world of wine dedicated to educating and entertaining wine enthusiasts through newsletters, interactive events, social media platforms, and iPhone apps. Bottlenotes is geared towards new to intermediate wine enthusiasts interested in learning about wine, but is useful for more experienced wine consumers as well. The site was developed as an e-commerce site that pairs users' taste preferences with wine selections and allows users to share tasting notes and exchange reviews with other members. It has been featured in a variety of publications including Wine Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, and Success. Rapp is also the author of Bottlenotes Guide to Wine: Around the World in 80 Sips.

BACKSTORY

Rapp came up with the idea for Bottlenotes while getting her MBA at Stanford. She says, “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but thought I’d probably follow in my father’s footsteps in the real estate or health and fitness space. But, I ran a wine club at Stanford Business School for a few hundred people with a classmate of mine. We did two to three events a week. I was struck by how intimidated our relatively well-traveled, well-educated peers were by wine. While I didn’t have all the answers by any stretch of the imagination, I felt empowered to find them and to get experts to come and teach us what they knew.”

OF NOTE

While Bottlenotes was successful from the start, Rapp realized she had to make some changes to keep her company growing. She explains, “This role we were playing - as a wine marketing firm helping wineries and importers market their wines directly to consumers - in many ways was limiting our success. I realized we had the model backward. Where we had looked at the shipping of wine as really the profit center, and the media business as a cost center, what would happen if we reversed the model? What if we thought of ourselves as the Wine Spectator or Wine Enthusiast of the 21st century? What that means for the website, is that it has had to evolve from an e-commerce platform to a media platform. Our vision for Bottlenotes.com is to turn it into a vibrant community platform.” Rapp connects users through newsletters, events, online games and quizzes, videos, and other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Rapp’s newsletter, The Daily Sip, is received each day by over 300,000 wine lovers via email and over 180,000 through Facebook.

PERSONAL

Alyssa earned a B.A. in Political Science and the History of Art from Yale University in 2000 and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2005. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the country’s preeminent contemporary dance company, and on the Executive Board of Spark Program, a non-profit that provides apprenticeships for middle school students. Alyssa and her husband, Hal Morris, welcomed their first child Audrey to the world in September 2012.

Sep 26, 2017


If travel experiences and looking for deals on cool places to stay is in your future, you’ll want to check out this interview with
Nick Winikoff, the co-founder of Vuepeer.

Vuepeer.com is one of the largest search engines for vacation rentals on the web. It’s a new vacation rental search engine that deals exclusively with peer to peer owned properties and experiences. Think of it like Kayak for all the Airbnb type companies.

Nick co-founder of Vuepeer. Traveling is one of my passions and I hope to keep growing my destination list. He thinks P2P travel is the future as the possibilities are endless. He really enjoy meeting new people and find the hosts I’ve stayed with to be fascinating.

At Vuepeer Nick has too have many roles including acquisition, business development and making sure our service has as much user input as possible. He vision for the future of Vuepeer is a tool that is designed to be easy to use and one that focuses on bringing true value to travelers.

They compare over 2,500,000 listings from a multitude online marketplaces, and by combining results from multiple marketplaces, they can save you time and money on travel.

Vuepeer’s mission is to make searching and finding travel rentals easy and fun. By travel rentals, we are referring to peer-to-peer (P2P) lodging, car, boat, experience, bike, etc. rentals. Anything specific, rare or different.

“A while back we noticed that there were hundreds of special, really quite good, websites with P2P rentals on-line. We gathered that people had an interest in using these websites, but had no interest to find, or personally discover each one. This is the seed that grew into Vuepeer. We are on a mission to create a tool you can use to discover great rentals from all over the Internet and the world.”

Aside from their search, (which is awesome) they want to create and curate content that you the consumer and traveler find entertaining and helpful. They talk about P2P travel rentals and try to make it relevant to you. To achieve this goal they include interviews, stories, advice, comparisons, top lists and opinion pieces on their blog. They’re actively searching for new writers, travelers and hosts to contribute in anyway to add to the community. So help yourself out, help others out, give them some honest feedback so they can provide you and the community with valuable content  every day.

Sep 26, 2017

Michelle Khouri is a natural-born storyteller with a keen eye and inquisitive spirit. A lengthy career in communications gifted her with a mind for strategy and project management. Michelle is a PR veteran and magazine editor whose multidisciplinary communications experience includes planning complex, large-scale events, art directing photo shoots, hosting travel videos, leading media outreach campaigns, and creating thousands of pieces of content. A longtime writer, Michelle is passionate about uncovering hidden stories about the arts, culture and society.

She believes in the power of skilled storytelling. Think of her as a Renaissance woman of modern communication.


Michelle serves as the Atlanta editor and Nashville editor for Where. She has been to 22 countries throughout the Western Hemisphere, and says her next goal is to explore the Eastern Hemisphere. "My parents and grandparents are from a total of five different countries, and I credit my mom for making travel the highest priority in our household." Follow her on Twitter as @michellekhouri and on Instagram as @michellekhouri. She also tweets for @whereatlanta and updates Where's Atlanta Facebook page with awesome content.

Michelle's Take on Atlanta: Atlanta is full of juxtaposition—it is at once rich with Civil War history and bubbling with an innovative population of artists and entrepreneurs. Atlanta both embraces its Southern heritage and strives to pave new roads in almost every industry. I’m dazzled by this city every day.

Michelle's Take on Nashville: Nashville is often pigeonholed as a music city—and in many ways it is. But when you dig deeper into Nashville, you find one of the largest and most collaborative communities of artists in the nation. What I love most about these people is that they aren’t just talented leatherworkers, clothing designers, jewelers or sculptors—they’re brilliant entrepreneurs.

Most memorable travel experience: My mom, sister and I backpacked through Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, and we stopped in Salzburg for a day. I have yet to see a city as small as Salzburg packed so full of history and beauty. After walking through the cobblestone streets and visiting Mozart’s birth home, we sat on the grassy banks of the Salzach river and fell asleep. We napped there for about an hour, bathed in sunshine and enveloped in the city’s floral aroma. It was heavenly!

Last notable trip: London. I created the day’s itinerary each morning, choosing my stops based on the weather and my mood. I also got a tattoo and spent tons of quality time with good friends while I was there. It was heaven!

Place you always return to visit: Colombia. My family is Colombian and I grew up entrenched in the culture. Colombia is a breathtaking, geographically diverse country with some of the kindest and happiest people I’ve ever known.

Sep 26, 2017

Hali, after graduating from The University of MA- Lowell with a degree in Sociology, I became one of the founding members of UnCharted Studios –an amazing art gallery, in Lowell MA. I decided to travel to Italy to study classical painting for a month. Little did I know I would fall in love with Italy (and my husband) and extend my stay- by nearly five years!

My grandfather’s soft spoken words “where there’s a will, there’s a way” define much of what I have achieved in life thus far whether it be co-founding an art studio, traveling to Italy to paint in the hallowed halls of Master painters, or finding a way to stay in Italy! I found work in the travel industry, and went on to work in many well-known and highly rated travel agencies in both Italy and the US including Romaround, KissfromItaly, L&B Italian Tours, Rome Urban Adventures, and Easy Vatican. If you search TripAdvisor or Google using key words “Hali, Italian, Travel” you will see many 5 star reviews of my performance.

She created the Hali's Boutique Italian Travel and craft unique itineraries for my guests traveling to Italy. She work with some of the best wineries, restaurants, guides, and hotels in Italy. She have been in the industry for the past 6 years, spending thousands of hours visiting and researching the very best things Italy has to offer.

Sep 16, 2017

Andy is the owner of CrossFit LA (CFLA), one of the most successful CrossFit training centers in the world. Established in 2004, CFLA was the ninth licensed CrossFit affiliate in the world (out of 10,000+), and the first to be featured in national media. A former professional adventure racer, extreme athlete, and master white-water kayaker and mountaineer, Andy has completed three Eco-Challenges, one Raid Gauloises, and the La Ruta de los Conquistadores (a three-day mountain bike race known as the world’s hardest). A classically-trained trumpet player (Eastman School of Music) and a Marine Gulf War veteran, Andy was the oldest participant, at 43, to qualify for the 2009 CrossFit Games.

Andy has been a CrossFit trainer for over 11 years and hold CrossFit sports-specific certifications in Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, powerlifting, the Pose Method of Running, endurance, and nutrition. Andy is a VIVOBAREFOOT running coach and a CHEK level 2 corrective high-performance exercise kinesiologist and nutrition and lifestyle coach. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica, Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and their son, Dashel.

While the workouts might seem random, there is actually a system to Andy’s method of training general physical preparedness. Andy does not write his workouts for a specialized athlete, but rather for a student looking to get better at a lot of things. “I’ll sit down to write a three week cycle and I’ll try to make that be a complete balanced program in three weeks. I look at the whole picture and think, if this were a complete cycle someone was going through, do they hit as many of the ten fundamental skills and does it give balance in all the metabolic pathways? And then, is it fun, and are the lengths of the workouts variable? I look for balance in that three week cycle.”

Sep 16, 2017

Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS RadioFOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2016.  He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.

Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” Greg recently told a reporter.

When Greg hits the stage he already has perused the company’s Internet site, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Greg says. “I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just don’t give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that.”

Greg’s preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit.

Besides customized material, Greg entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, SmartPhone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company. In addition to his hefty speaking schedule, Greg  writes a weekly humor column nationally distributed by Tribune Media Services. He also is the author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad and The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar:  A Pile of BS (Business Stories) From a Corporate Comedian.

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