Magellan Awards Judges
Bangs is the executive producer and host of the PBS program "Richard Bangs' Quests."
He served as executive producer and host of the Emmy-winning PBS series "Richard Bangs' Adventures With Purpose," and his companion book, "Adventures With Purpose," was named best book by the North American Travel Journalists Association in 2007. He was part of the executive team of Expedia.com and served as its editor at large.
Baumgarten is the past president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, an international organization of travel industry executives that promotes tourism worldwide. Prior to that, he held various executive positions at Air France during a nearly 30-year career, including executive vice president of corporate, international and industry affairs.
Today he is chairman and CEO of Crewe Associates, a management consultancy.
Beckham is a consultant specializing in travel industry marketing, tour operations, travel industry philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He is a founder of and the executive director emeritus of Tourism Cares, a nonprofit, philanthropic organization.
He is the former owner of a family-operated travel agency and tour company, a past president of the National Tour Association and a past chairman of the National Tourism Foundation.
A travel industry veteran whose career spans four decades, Garfield served as president of the Walt Disney Travel Co. and executive vice president of worldwide sales and travel operations for Disney Destinations until his retirement in April 2014. During his tenure, he oversaw the opening of five theme parks and 27 resort hotels as well as the launches of Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.
Before joining Disney, Garfield served as chief marketing officer for Universal Studios Florida.
Greenberg is travel editor for CBS News and host of the nationally syndicated "Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio" show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world.
He is co-author of Michelin's "Like a Local" guides and also serves as editor at large of Global Business Travel magazine.
Greenberg produces and co-hosts PBS' "The Royal Tour," which features one-on-one journeys through various countries with their heads of state.
John E. DiScala, aka Johnny Jet, travels more than 150,000 miles and visits 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have frequently been featured on major network TV and in national publications. He appears every Saturday on Leo Laporte's syndicated radio show, "The Tech Guy," talking about travel and technology.
Budget Travel magazine named JohnnyJet.com one of the top money-saving websites for travel.
Colleen Kelly is the host, co-creator and co-executive producer of the series "Family Travel With Colleen Kelly" airing on PBS stations. Kelly has been a featured speaker at travel industry events such as the Travel and Adventure Show and has appeared in numerous radio and TV broadcasts presenting travel tips, products and hotel/vacation deals for travelers of all types.
Kwortnik is an associate professor of services marketing at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. His research focuses on consumer behavior in service contexts, with special attention to service experience management.
His work has been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Service Research and the International Journal of Research in Marketing.
Lampl, a consultant and freelance travel writer, spent four decades with British Airways, serving as vice president of corporate communications for the Americas before retiring in 2011.
During his tenure he managed the carrier's launch of services from numerous U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Mancini is a travel industry speaker, educator and consultant who has authored or produced 12 books, 32 videos, 27 online courses and over 300 articles.
His firm helped design programs such as Marriott's Hotel Excellence, Holland America Line's HAL Academy and Norwegian Cruise Line's NCL University. While with CLIA, he was the creative force behind nearly 100 seminars, videos and online courses.
Maxa is host of "Rudy Maxa's World," a nationally syndicated travel/talk radio show. He also hosts a series of "Rudy Maxa's World" TV programs that are broadcast on PBS stations throughout North America.
The former Washington Post investigative reporter began covering the travel industry in 1990 as a contributor to the public radio business program "Marketplace."
A 40-year industry veteran, Misunas is a principal of Essential Ideas, a consultancy specializing in travel and tourism, technology and consumer e-retailing.
Previously she was president and CEO of the Sabre Group and senior vice president/chief information officer of AMR Corp., formerly the parent company of American Airlines.
Schultz, a Travel Weekly Masters Series contributing editor, is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-seller "1,000 Places to See Before You Die." She also served as executive producer of the Travel Channel's TV show based on the book.
Aviation consultant John E. "Ned" Walker served as senior vice president and chief communications officer of Delta Air Lines from October 2008 until his retirement in June 2014.
Walker joined Delta from Continental Airlines, where he was senior vice president of worldwide corporate communications.
Prior to joining the airline industry, Walker was a broadcast journalist in Colorado.