D. Scott Carruthers

D. Scott Carruthers is a specialist in capturing visually inspiring objects, from exotic to the most mundane. The Anaheim, California native displayed the talent for painting and drawing at a young age. To sharpen his studious interest, Scott’s parents supported his education and art pursuits. Scott’s initial interest in photography revolved around landscape and portrait photography. His mother bought him a camera that proved very useful in projects. Many of his captivating photos featured in the high school yearbook. Scott pushed his sights beyond the confines of the classroom. He soon turned to fashion photography, in a feat that saw him grace various fashion shows in Anaheim.

Hi works became a common feature on local magazines and newspapers thanks to the modeling agencies, music bands and designers. After graduating from high school, Scott travelled to the West Coast to expand his interest in photography. This time, he concentrated his efforts to capturing photos of hot fashion designers and bands in the area. He immediately expanded his offerings to include wedding and event photography. With celebrity status beckoning, Scott established his own photography studio at age 20. He signed up with an agency to promote his work and this quickly led to call ups to shoot athletes, entertainers and movie stars.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Travel photography is fun, you get to experience different climates, meet different people and enjoy fun adventures. I especially like the fact that I am able to realize most of my wishes in the course of work. I have a short list of wishes and I am always pleasantly surprised when I come across something, compelling and completely unexpected.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I think it is a bit of both. It is a hobby because it endears the photographer to reach out to the photographic community and helps develop a personal style. The opportunity to travel in different places is a lifestyle in itself. Here, you get the opportunity to capture a variety of architectures, wildlife, landscapes, and people. Since photography takes a while to master, I developed interest while in high school.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

My assignments sometimes force me to travel far and wide, and I always make it a point to document my travels. Part of the reason I do this is to give justice to the many wonderful places I have been to. My upcoming October travel itinerary will include Mexico, where I have several wedding assignments lined up in Cancun and Acapulco.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Any professional photographers willing to work hard and diversify their skills stand a big chance of excelling in travel photography. I would encourage any inexperienced photographers to start by building a portfolio. The next step is licensing your travel photography with an agency for promotion purposes.

Where would you like to go?

Some of the places I plan on visiting outside the US include Piazza San Marco in Venice and Mount Fuji in Tokyo.

Where would you like to revisit?

One of my most memorable photo shoots is in regard to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. I have seen the demand for postcards bearing these images grow exponentially. Along with the Canyon, I look forward to revisiting the Petrified Forest National Park.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I have done this several times. Since I am always connected through the gadgets, traveling alone seems pretty normal to me.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

The places that quickly come to my radar are the Faroe Islands, Grand Canyon and the Amazon.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I get this question a lot during my travels. I would like to point out that packing largely depend on the demands of the assignment. For some light duties, I only carry two lenses, my prime and zoom lens along with a Kindle containing all my favorite reads and images. To avoid losing or misplacing my luggage, I always tag my carry-on bag along.

Rusty Tweed

In his role as the president and owner of Tweed Financial Services, Rusty Tweed has spent the past quarter-century dedicated to providing clients with access to a comprehensive, full-service firm specializing in both financial and estate planning. Mr. Tweed, a fixture of the Greater Los Angeles Area who has devoted his career to sharing his professional insight and expertise in any way possible, is also the publisher of Tweed Economics, a digital publication updated on a daily basis featuring news and information pertaining to the current economic climate.

Mr. Tweed, a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a third-generation financial services professional, has recently expanded his entrepreneurial efforts to include Mold Zero and TFS

Properties, Inc. In his newest endeavor as the owner of Mold Zero, Mr. Tweed is responsible for the oversight of a company offering mold elimination services featuring both non-toxic and non-demolition processes. As the president and CEO of TFS Properties, Inc., Mr. Tweed has found yet another way to leverage his unique combination of professional experience and expertise by focusing on identifying and brokering off-market properties, all of which feature above-average cash flow and cap rates.

An award-winning estate planner and frequently published financial services expert, Mr. Tweed’s professional experience also includes lobbying before Congress and earning recognition from the National Association of Financial and Estate Planners (NAFEP) as Estate Planner of the Year. Although the highly accomplished and frequently sought-after financial services and estate planning expert is indeed proud of the many awards and accolades he has earned over the course of his more than 25-year career as a wealth management professional, Mr. Tweed is most grateful for the opportunity to work closely with clients to develop an individualized financial plan or retirement plan designed to achieve the specific short- and long-term goals outlined by the client.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Traveling is one of the great educational tools we have at our disposal; over the years I’ve learned so much about botany, zoology, and geology just by traveling to different places all over the world.

 

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s mostly a hobby for me since I’m so dedicated to my work with Tweed Financial Services and my other companies. It was actually because of my work that I began traveling more often and ultimately became more interested in exploring more of the world through travel.

 

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

The two locations I’ve been fortunate enough to call home will always be the most beautiful in my eyes: Ontario, Canada, and Los Angeles, California.

 

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I still travel to DC as well as Ontario often, but I don’t yet have any future plans set outside of that.

 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I’ve found that the best travel experiences are the result of a concerted effort to really get to know the locals of the area, so wherever you go, take the time to get to know the people and learn as much as possible about the local culture.

 

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to go to Scandinavia and travel through Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

 

Where would you like to revisit?

The Hawaiian Islands are always worth revisiting.

 

Do you travel alone? Why?

Sometimes, but it’s mostly a matter of the situation or circumstance.

 

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Ontario, Maui, and Los Angeles.

 

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I do enough advance planning that I am always able to travel as light as possible.

Krishen Iyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krishen Iyer is the founder of Managed Benefits Services, an entrepreneurial endeavor that draws on its founder’s extensive experience and expertise in digital marketing, technical development, and client relations. Mr. Iyer’s most recent endeavor actually began as Quick Link Marketing, but the dynamic digital marketing expert felt it was appropriate to rename the company in order to reflect a retooled strategic approach as well as the newly developed multi-layer marketing platform’s ability to handle greater volume.

A longtime resident of California who currently lives and works in the Fresno area, Mr. Iyer attended San Diego State University as well as Grossmont College as an undergraduate. With a naturally inquisitive mind and a healthy degree of intellectual curiosity, Mr. Iyer enrolled in a wide range of undergraduate courses spanning the full spectrum of academic disciplines during his time at San Diego State, essentially laying the groundwork for his future professional endeavors requiring a varied skill set featuring elements of entrepreneurship, marketing, and technical development, among other things.

In 2004, Mr. Iyer graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in public administration and urban development. Following his graduation from SDSU, Mr. Iyer developed an interest in the insurance industry, an interest that ultimately inspired him to pursue and secure his certification as an insurance agent. It was during this time that Mr. Iyer recognized an opportunity to leverage his unique professional skill set for the purpose of founding an entrepreneurial endeavor: Quick Link Marketing.

Even though the endeavor was an unqualified success, Mr. Iyer was relentless in his desire to improve the company in any way possible. Mr. Iyer’s new platform — a multi-layer marketing platform plugged into AWS that contains a wealth of advanced features designed to improve client outcomes — holds a great deal of promise in this regard, so much so that the expert entrepreneur and digital marketer decided to christen the enterprise anew with the name Managed Benefits Services.

 

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

I love the feeling of freedom that accompanies traveling, even if it’s only a short distance or a brief period of time.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s become more of a lifestyle in recent years, and I intend to travel even more frequently as my company continues to grow and becomes more established in the marketplace. I got serious about traveling right around the time I realized how easy it is to work remotely from just about any location in the world.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes are two of my favorite destinations, and I am so grateful that they are both within easy driving distance of Fresno.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

No, but I’m sure I’ll think of something in the near future; I actually prefer a little spontaneity when it comes to traveling.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I’ve traveled all over the world, but there are still so many beautiful places right here in California that I’ve yet to experience. My advice is to focus on those local areas that so many of us overlook before venturing too far from home.

6. Where would you like to go?

I’ve always wanted to visit Portugal and Spain. Maybe that’s where I’ll go next time I travel.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I’d like to revisit Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes, hopefully before the summer ends.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

Sometimes, but I do enjoy taking trips and sharing experiences with family and friends.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Barcelona, Yosemite National Park, and Mammoth Lakes.

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

Again, it really depends on the destination. I like to travel light when heading to a national park, but I’m just as likely to pack up much more than I could ever need when traveling to an unfamiliar location, especially if I’m planning on staying for an extended period of time.

Peter Jacoves – CEO of Nationwide Debt Direct

Peter Jacoves has countless entrepreneurial successes under his belt, beginning with the dramatic transformation he oversaw while taking his restaurant, Simply Fondue Restaurant, from a single restaurant to a chain that was ultimately acquired by a national competitor — all within the span of three short years. To underscore Peter’s accomplishments as the founder, owner, and manager of Simply Fondue Restaurant, his restaurants experienced a combined revenue increase from $500,000 to $4 million in a matter of 36 months under his leadership.

Although such immense early career success might provoke a sense of complacency in some entrepreneurs, Peter was energized by the idea of taking on a new challenge. After shifting his focus to endeavors involving marketing concepts, Peter created, developed, and launched the Fuel Rewards Program, which ultimately expanded into the wildly popular and instantly recognizable Fuel Rewards Network. Peter holds several patents stemming from the revolutionary marketing program he created, developed, and launched.

With two once-in-a-lifetime entrepreneurial achievements to his credit, Peter set out to again build a business capable of achieving significant growth over a short period of time. To this end, Peter founded Richmond Title Services, which he quickly grew into a 50-state title-insuring solution that would ultimately go on to be acquired by ISGN after topping $18 million in annual sales. Peter achieved this remarkable level of growth within an 18-month span of time.

After so many successes as a strategic entrepreneur, Peter now serves at the helm of Nationwide Debt Direct, a debt settlement company that utilizes an innovative front-to-back-end solution for consumers in need of assistance reducing or eradicating any outstanding debt obligations. As CEO, Peter has overseen Nationwide Debt Direct’s rapid rise within a highly competitive industry that expects to undergo a sustained period of growth for the foreseeable future.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

I enjoy learning about different cultures.  I will often hire a driver to take me through an area so I am not trapped into tourist venues.  I want to experience a county as the locals.

 

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s a lifestyle for me, and it started shortly after I achieved my first success as an entrepreneur.

 

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

The Tuscany region of Italy will always be my favorite place to visit.  It has the most beautiful landscapes.

 

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

We like to take trips throughout the summer with our children.  We will be in Martha’s Vineyards with the whole gang for a week.  However, the trip I am looking forward to is a private house in Punta Mina, Mexico with just my wife.

 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I recommend that people hire a private tour guide who will steer them away from tourist traps and allow you to really see a county.

 

Where would you like to go?

I would like to visit the Orient, but do not have any plans to do so just yet.

 

Where would you like to revisit?

I would definitely like to go back to Italy but with all the kids and my parents to experience the beauty together.

 

Do you travel alone? Why?

I do a great deal of traveling for business, so I am comfortable traveling solo.  The alone time gives me the opportunity to reflect on the course of business and even any life changes I would like to make.  I enjoy the solitude.

 

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Italy, South of France and Portugal.

 

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I definitely pack light.  I finely tune and streamline my business operations and that mentality carries over when I pack for travel.

Charles Lubbat

Over the past decade, Charles Lubbat has worked with exceptional diligence to earn a reputation as one of the most talented business consultants available to startup entrepreneurs. Prior to earning his place of prominence as a leading expert in front-end development and digital marketing, Mr. Lubbat posed a critical question that would dramatically alter the career path upon which he had previously embarked. It was a question that few recent law school graduates would even think to ask, but Mr. Lubbat is a professional known for possessing a multitude of unique qualities that set him apart from his industry peers.

After earning acceptance to and graduating from law school, Mr. Lubbat reflected on his future career and questioned whether he was truly passionate about the legal field. Although Mr. Lubbat was indeed enthusiastic about the opportunities available to him with his law degree now in hand, he ultimately made the decision to change course in order to pursue a career as a business consultant. Mr. Lubbat felt he possessed both the talent and the expertise to excel as a business consultant, and, most importantly, also recognized how energized he became when working side-by-side with startup entrepreneurs in need of assistance overcoming the challenges encountered during the early stages of building a business.

It was this bold decision that allowed Mr. Lubbat to launch Lubbat Consulting. Based out of Houston, Texas, Lubbat Consulting specializes in assisting early-stage startups with an uncommon level of expertise in front-end development, digital marketing, branding, web design, and graphic design. In the more than 10 years since launching his consulting firm, Mr. Lubbat has helped an array of startup companies in the development of critical forecasting models along with a number of other vital metrics. The highly regarded business consultant is also a devoted husband who relishes every opportunity to spend time in the company of his wife and their three daughters.

 

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling — at least when it comes to traveling for recreational purposes — is the opportunity to explore a new and exciting place alongside my family. I do travel quite a bit for business and certainly enjoy doing so, but there is nothing that compares to sharing a memorable experience with my wife and our daughters.

 

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It has elements of both, particularly since there are different reasons why I might have to travel. Either way, I first became interested in traveling as a means to explore more of the world’s natural wonders up close.

 

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Easy: The Amazon Rainforest.

 

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

We don’t have any firm plans in place, but we’ve been discussing the possibility of backpacking through Europe next summer.

 

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Everyone should try to consciously engage each and every one of their senses wherever they happen to be. We miss out on some magnificent experiences when we fail to engage our senses in this way.

 

6. Where would you like to go?

We’ve been talking a lot about Europe lately, but I’d also like to visit Madagascar along with other parts of the Southeast African coast.

 

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I had a wonderful time in South America and would love to revisit the rainforest in Brazil as well as a number of other countries in the region.

 

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

Only for business; otherwise, I prefer to travel with my family.

 

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

In addition to the Brazilian portion of the Amazon Rainforest and Western Europe, I’d include just about anywhere along the coast of Northern California, especially the areas featuring those majestic Redwood forests.

 

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

My love of hiking, camping, and the outdoors in general has instilled in me the virtues of traveling light regardless of the circumstance.

 

Brian Speier Portland Artist

Brian Speier is a professional artist and entrepreneur. He recently started his own Portland company and has been traveling for pleasure and for his design work for over ten years. Here are some of his thoughts on traveling as a self employed business owner.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling would have to be the amazing things I get to see. When I travel I am constantly inspired by the scenery, art and cultures that I experience. It can be compelling for an artist to find themselves in these new situations which entirely new designs.

Is traveling a lifestyle or a hobby for you? How did you get started?

I would have to say that traveling is a lifestyle for me. I can’t see myself without it, and I definitely plan my life, work and travel plans accordingly. It is healthy for me to travel, especially considering my job. New places inspire new art and new design ideas every time I travel. Whether it is to somewhere I have been before, but especially when I travel somewhere new.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

The most beautiful place I have been so far would be Iceland. It was the most magical place i had ever seen, with valley s that were thousands of years old. There were hot springs and deep green valleys, and beautiful ocean side views where there are rock crags out in the distance for miles.

What are some travel tips you’d give to an inexperienced traveler?

Always do your research. It is important to research a new country before going to it so you can be prepared for many thing. Sometimes there are cultural differences to be aware of, or specific guidelines to follow. You may also need certain shots and vaccines. Make sure that you have a plan in place or at least some good safe contact in the area in case you need help.

Where would you like to go?

Someday I would really like to visit China. I have heard there is so much to see there. Of course it is a really big country with a long history. If I did travel to China I would have to take at least a month long trip. There are so many things I would like to see there, like the Great Wall of China, or the famous Terra-Cotta Soldiers. Not to mention the culture there is so much different than America. It is a perfect learning experience and I plan to visit China very soon.

Where would you like to revisit?

I have been to France only once, but that is the place that I would most want to visit again. There is a certain romance in the air that is hard to describe. The people, and the cafes, and the ambiance made it one of the most memorable places I have traveled so far. I would love to go back and stay for a while. Perhaps get a small apartment or rent a room for a few months and really learn more about the culture.
Do you travel alone? Why?

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

The top three places would have to be France, Brazil, and the Greek Isles. These place all have one thing in common, a romantic and ancient beauty. The architecture alone is enough to make each of these worth the visit, but get to know the people and you may never want to leave.

Do you travel light and efficiently or do you pack up the house?

I usually travel light. Depending on where I am going, and for how long. The big difference is in the amount of clothing I bring with me.

Brian Speier has been to over ten countries and he plans to visit more. As a Portland freelance artist he is able to incorporate his travel and work. It was wonderful to speak with him and hear a bit about his personal travel experiences.

Jason Vander Griendt

Jason Vander Griendt is an entrepreneur, innovator and a seasoned mechanical design engineer with expertise in 3D CAD design, 3D printing, prototyping, manufacturing, animations, virtual tours, visualizations, virtual reality, virtual reality real estate walkthroughs and 3D architectural renderings. His other areas of specialty include aluminum extrusion process, sheet metal work, steel smelting and rolling. His firm, Render 3D Quickly operates on a global scale from its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. The client centered and detail oriented approach espoused by Jason through Render has seen the company endear itself as a leading design entity. Today, the firm serves a broad market as evident in its client portfolio that includes contractors, architectures, designers, real estate VR and real estate entities. The company clients come from the US, Europe, Canada, China and Australia. The rapid expansion is all thanks to a team of highly trained and experienced professionals who are always ready to assist clients.

Jason Vander Griendt also owns J-CAD, Inc a firm that specializes in providing 3D CAD design services along with 3D printing and prototyping. Established in 2005, the firm is highly adept at converting hand written drawings into CAD format of various file types, including Microstation, Inventor, AutoCAD and Solidedge. Jason’s work experience also includes serving as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Hatch from September 2006. His duties here include designing key components of smelting furnace used for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Jason also served as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Gerdau Ameisteel from February 2004 to September 2006. During his tenure, he was tasked with designing, replacing and improving re-heat furnace components. Jason is a graduate of Fanshawe College. The renowned Canadian engineer and entrepreneur is passionate about building successful online businesses and mentoring up and coming entrepreneurs.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?
Travel always enriches my soul because of the various experiences I encounter along the way. Indeed, the experience I get from visiting places I could only previously imagine often enhances my sense of well-being and inspires me to go further.

Is traveling a lifestyle or a hobby for you? How did you get started?
I know people travel for various reasons, chief among them include work assignment, family and holiday. I always liked the feeling of complete freedom and dreamed of it one day. Location free, financially free, complete freedom from anything that restricts what I want to do so I designed my life to achieve this. I always admired people who had lives like that so I learned from them in what they were doing. A key ingredient was that they had online businesses.


What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

There are so many it’s hard to pick! Some excellent memories that come to mind quickly though are Sardinia, Italy, Western Canada in the Rockies is also very gorgeous! The turquoise lakes surrounded by massive mountains is stunning. I’m also very partial to Northern Italy close to the Switzerland border. Very pretty there too!

What are some travel tips you’d give to an inexperienced traveler?
Through traveling, you get the opportunity to enjoy new cuisines, enhance your quality of life and create new job and business prospects. For inexperienced travelers, I say avoid carrying everything you think you need if you want to travel light and efficiently. Pack ½ of what you think you’ll need. Only bring a carry on luggage to really zero in on what you’ll actually need. Realistically you throw on that same t-shirt a few times so you don’t’ need to bring 10. I find it’s helpful to have the mentality that “if I absolutely need it I’ll just buy it when I’m there” really helps to pack light. If you are traveling on a budget, check out discount deals, book special group rates and try to travel off season. Further, find a good credit card that gives you travel points. I have a WestJet card which gives me $500 – $1,000/month in travel dollars so I haven’t paid for a flight for years! Even better is I sell the travel dollars I can’t use to friends at a small discount helping them save money on travel while giving me free cash.

Where would you like to go?
I don’t have any plans currently but I’ll definitely be returning to Northern Italy, Como specifically very soon. Love it there!

Where would you like to revisit?
I just went to 20 countries in 2 months. One place that stood out for me was Serbia. Such a good time there!

Do you travel alone? Why?
I love travelling alone to be honest and prefer it for the most part. I got used to it when I worked for Siemens and was shipped all over the world alone for the company. It’s more efficient, do whatever YOU want all the time and be on your schedule. From time to time I’ll travel with a girlfriend if I have one in my life which is nice but it’s also nice to feel totally free to explore a location I’ve never seen before.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?
Italy, Vegas, Serbia.

Do you travel light and efficiently or do you pack up the house?
I generally travel light, especially by road. With regards to air travel, I always try to travel light because of prevailing luggage restrictions and international security in order to save time and avoid unnecessary delays. To travel light I always ensure I have a small bag or suitcase that can fit all my basic items as a carry on saving time at check-in and having no checked baggage means you just walk off the plane and go!

Matthew David Parker

Matthew David Parker always had an eye for the arts. From painting to sculpting at a young age, he knew he had a drive to express himself artistically. It was not until he started taking photos with his family’s camera that he found the true outlet for his artistry. Not long after finding his new love, he took on a job during his early teens to save up for his own camera. It was as his work as a paperboy in New York City where he began to train his eye for the scenes he wanted to capture in his surroundings. The early photographs he took along his route laid crucial foundation for him.

After gaining experience over the years, Matthew David Parker found himself an opportunity to take promotional photos for his friend’s bakery shop. His honed skills allowed him to take mouthwatering photos of the baked goods that were to be used in store and online. His friend then went on to recommend him to others who required promotional photos. It did not take long for Matthew David Parker’s name to extend beyond family and friends and make its mark in the professional photography world.

Utilizing his knowledge of New York City, Matthew David Parker has gone on to capture the most iconic landmarks under a captivating, fresh perspective. The style in his photos have been described as demonstrating a contrast between the perfectionism of man’s architecture and the imperfection of mother nature. From portrait photography to photojournalism, his work has exhibited that this rising talent is no one hit wonder in the photography world. He has done professional work not only for locals in New York but for clients across the United States. His presence has even hit a global scale as he has contributed to clients based in Europe and Asia.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

1. I think most people would assume photographers love traveling because of all the new moments we can capture. That is certainly the case, but I believe it is much more than that. There is the opportunity to experience a different culture that is a big appeal. It is interesting to meet different people and taste new food. The allure of traveling is having an immersive new experience.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

2. I consider traveling somewhere between a hobby and a lifestyle. My job allows me to travel quite often, which I am grateful for. However, I rarely travel outside of work related reasons.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

3. It is hard to choose one place as there are so many beautiful places I have been to. One of the top ones is definitely Tagaytay, which is located in the Philippines. There is an area called the Picnic Grove filled with individual benches with small roofs. It is a perfect place to have a snack and enjoy the magnificent view as it overlooks the surroundings.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

4. I do have a trip to Japan scheduled soon for business reasons. I am quite excited as I have always been interested in traveling to Japan. In my spare time there, I hope to attend one of the summer festivals that occur.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

5. I would advise to not procrastinate on planning out the trip. Double and triple check you have all your necessities packed. Keep a budget for the trip as it is quite easy to overshoot it since buying everything is tempting. Also be sure to leave enough money aside in case of any emergencies.

Where would you like to go?

6. Since I can soon cross Japan off my list, I would like to visit Victoria, BC sometime. I have seen pictures, and it is really a sight to behold.

Where would you like to revisit?

7. It would be nice to revisit the Philippines again. The climate may not be forgiving as it does get humid. However, the people there are all so friendly. The sights and the food are amazing.

Do you travel alone? Why?

8. I do travel alone. As it is business related, sometimes the trips come up on short notice. It is difficult to ask a buddy to suddenly drop what they’re doing and expect them to join me.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

9. Top 3 places would be the Philippines, England, and Italy.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

10. I think I am somewhere in between. It depends on how long I am staying.

Keith Bansemer of My Patriot Supply

Keith Bansemer, a talented and experienced digital strategist and eCommerce marketing expert, has recently helped lead My Patriot Supply in the development and implementation of diverse marketing strategies aimed at promoting the company’s varied brands across more than two-dozen individual websites. Keith, who joined My Patriot Supply as the VP of marketing in early 2016, is responsible for leading a uniquely skilled team of marketing professionals specializing in website UX and conversion optimization as well as a host of other essential tasks in the creation of a full-service marketing experience.

After living in Chicago for many years while working in the broadcasting industry, Keith now resides in the Idaho panhandle while working on highly effective marketing campaigns for My Patriot Supply’s many unique brands, including Alexapure, Colonial Concepts, Patriot Pantry, and Patriot Seeds. As My Patriot Supply’s vice president of marketing, Keith maintains a busy professional schedule yet still finds time to travel to some of the most idyllic natural settings in the United States and beyond.

Prior to assuming his marketing leadership role with My Patriot Supply, Keith focused on instilling operational excellence in brand-building for Gannett’s USA Today Network, One-Click Ventures, and Shindigz, just to name a few. Recognized throughout the industry for the unique breadth of knowledge he has accumulated over more than 30 years as a marketing team leader, Keith actually began his professional career in broadcasting, an experience that included serving as a Chicagoland-area radio talk show host.

Keith, who spent more than a decade in broadcasting after graduating from Northern Illinois University, worked in a variety of roles during this early portion of his professional career, including as operations manager, program director, and promotions guru. Of course, it was the latter role that inspired Keith to leverage his marketing talents into the decades-long success he has gone on to enjoy as a professional.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling is the opportunity to explore the remote places that tend to get overlooked but are every bit as amazing as the more popular or well-known destinations. My favorite was going on safari for a couple of weeks in Kenya.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s probably somewhere between a hobby and a lifestyle. Having worked for Abercrombie & Kent and promoting their luxury private world travel tours, you realize the need to break away from time to time and radically change your scenery.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

There’s an off-the-grid area of Idaho (near Upper Priest Lake) that brings me joy each time I visit. A close second choice would be the boundary waters of Ely, Minnesota.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I’m currently planning either to take a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail or bike the Le P’Tit Train Du Nord Linear Park in Quebec.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Never underestimate the benefits of going off the beaten path when planning a trip. The backroads are full of much more adventure than the interstate.

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to spend an extended period of time exploring the Argentine side of Patagonia. What a diverse countryside!

Where would you like to revisit?

Like I said, I’ll never tire of visiting the Upper Priest Lake area of Idaho.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I travel with my wife frequently; I just find it’s easier to improvise and bounce new ideas off her during our adventures.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

The Andes Mountains/Patagonia (in both Chile and Argentina), the boundary waters of Minnesota, and Costa Rica.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

Since I fit a lot of essential gear and supplies in a relatively small space, it would probably be more accurate to say I pack in the most compact way possible whenever I travel.

Summit Shah

Growing up in Central Ohio and enduring asthma- and allergy-related conditions throughout his youth, Dr. Summit Shah expressed an early interest in pursuing a medical career in which he could improve the treatment options available to those dealing with similar issues. As a resident of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Shah naturally gravitated toward The Ohio State University, and he ultimately went on to earn his degree in medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Shah then made the decision to complete his residency in internal medicine at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. After completing his residency requirements on the East Coast, Dr. Shah reversed course and headed to the West Coast to take advantage of a fellowship offered by the Scripps Clinic and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Shah made the most of this rare opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of asthma, food allergies, and allergic disease through the highly prestigious fellowship program offered by the Scripps Clinic and the University of California, San Diego.

With his fellowship completed, Dr. Shah returned to the home of his youth to found Premier Allergy. As the owner and allergist of the Columbus, Ohio-area practice, Dr. Shah regularly treats patients dealing with the wide range of difficulties commonly associated with asthma and allergies. Due to the exceptional level of care and the efficacy of the treatment made available to patients, Premier Allergy and Dr. Shah have earned a sterling reputation along with countless accolades from patients throughout the Central Ohio region.

As a professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Shah provides his insight and expertise to the next generation of physicians while also contributing to ongoing clinical research relating to allergies and asthma. In addition to running his practice, teaching at The Ohio State University, and performing clinical research, Dr. Summit Shah is also a fellow with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and continues to serve as a medical advisor for the support group known as My Food Allergy.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Traveling always seems to open my eyes to new ways of doing things, but my favorite thing about traveling is the opportunity to completely relax and unwind — at least for a brief period of time.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

Traveling is more of a hobby for me, and it was likely borne out of the many different opportunities I had for completing my residency in internal medicine. I lived in Boston for a stretch before heading out to Southern California, and even though I was incredibly busy, I became enamored with all the opportunities afforded by frequent travel.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Madagascar and Mauritius were both beautiful beyond description.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

My family and I are planning to spend some time in Washington, D.C., during the summertime.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Inexperienced travelers might find it best to begin by taking several short trips that are not too far from home before trying to plan for a longer or more ambitious trip.

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to visit Hawaii or Alaska.

Where would you like to revisit?

Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts, both provide a lot of educational opportunities my family and I would like to explore further.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I usually travel with my family. My professional responsibilities can be quite demanding, so traveling provides a wonderful opportunity for my family and I to spend some time together.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

  1. Athens, Greece
  2. Madagascar/Mauritius
  3. San Diego, California

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

We prefer to be prepared, so we tend to pack up quite a bit of stuff when we travel.