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.
Fegley served as InterContinental Hotels Group's vice president of sales, Americas from 2001 until his retirement in 2015.
Prior to joining IHG, Fegley held senior management positions with Holiday Inns Inc., where he began his career in 1976; Renaissance Hotels & Resorts; Wyndham Hotels & Resorts; and Carlson Cos.
He has served on the board of directors for the U.S. Travel Association, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and Tourism Cares.
Gorga until July was the president and CEO of Tourism Holdings. The company was recently acquired by the Mark Travel Corp.
Gorga was CEO and president of Travel Impressions from July 2001 through June 2013. During his tenure, Travel Impressions assumed the management in 2010 of the American Express Vacations wholesaling business based in Europe and Mexico.
Prior to that, Gorga spent 15 years in numerous key leadership roles with Sabre and American Airlines within the AMR Corp.
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.
Hanrahan was president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises from 2007 to 2012 and prior to that was senior vice president of marketing and sales for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He most recently served as president, CEO and director of the Regis Corp., a global leader in beauty salons and cosmetology, from 2012 to 2017.
Since 2012, he has served as a director of Cedar Fair, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment. He also currently serves on Lindblad Expeditions' board of directors.
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.
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.
Before stepping down in 2006, Knodt served as president and CEO of Vacation.com, which he helped found in 1998.
In 1971 Knodt founded Carefree Travel, which would become one of Southern California's leading retail travel organizations.
After serving as president of ASTA's San Diego chapter, he was tapped to serve as executive vice president and COO of ASTA from 1982 to 1984 and again from 1992 to 1998.
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.
Loucks is a longtime travel industry advocate, having served in various capacities as a public relations and communications strategist and practitioner.
Until May, Loucks served as chief communications officer for Travel Leaders Group. Prior to that he served for five years as the director of communications for ASTA. He has since chaired ASTA's public relations committee in a volunteer capacity.
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.
Robb is a travel industry consultant and serves as board chair for the Travel Institute.
He started his travel career in sales and sales management and followed that with roles at Carlson Cos., including global vice president of marketing. More recently, he focused on corporate and product strategies at La Macchia Enterprises.
Schultz is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-seller "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," now in its revised second edition and with over 3 million copies in print and translated into 26 languages. She also served as executive producer of the Travel Channel's TV show based on the book.
A hospitality industry veteran of more than 30 years, Wielgus is founder of the International Advisor Group, a consultancy for the hospitality industry.
Previously, he served as senior vice president of marketing for Celebrity and Azamara Cruises and executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Choice Hotels International.
Before his retirement, Wolff held a number of executive positions with Marriott International, eventually serving as executive vice president of sales and marketing. He is also a past national chairman of the U.S. Travel Association.
Prior to Marriott, Wolff worked in executive positions with New York Air, where he was in charge of sales and customer service; TWA, where he was in charge of global reservations and airline training; and Hickory Travel, where he was president. In 2006 he received ASTA's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wright retired from the Hertz Corp. in January after 32 years. She had been senior vice president, sales and operations, a position she had held since 2009.
Prior to that, she was Hertz's vice president of travel industry sales and marketing.
Before joining Hertz in 1984, she was ASTA's staff vice president of sales and membership services.
(View the 2017 Magellan Award winners.)