Meet the Team

Our Business Development Managers

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Tom Tobiason

MARKETS: LEISURE, RELIGIOUS, STUDENT

TERRITORY: CT, DC, DE, IN, MA, ME, MI, MD, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX, VA, VT, WV

PHONE: 630.794.0696 ext. 509

SKYPE:

EMAIL: tom@ptmgroups.com

Theresa O'Rourke

MARKETS: LEISURE, RELIGIOUS, STUDENT

TERRITORY: AZ, CO, IA, ID, IL, KS, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, UT, WI

PHONE: 630.794.0696 ext. 510

SKYPE: theresa.orourke1

EMAIL: theresa@ptmgroups.com

CHERYL

Cheryl Rash

MARKETS: LEISURE, RELIGIOUS, STUDENT

TERRITORY: AK, AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OR, SC, TN, WA

PHONE: 630.794.0696 ext. 512

SKYPE: cherylptm

EMAIL: cheryl@ptmgroups.com

ERIC

Eric Moore

MARKETS: SPORTS, REUNIONS

TERRITORY: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, NJ, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV, AR, LA, TX, UT

PHONE: 630.794.0696 ext. 511

SKYPE: eric.mooreptm

EMAIL: eric@ptmgroups.com

DAN

Dan Maloney

MARKETS: SPORTS, REUNIONS

TERRITORY: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, RI, SD, VT, WA, WI, WY

PHONE: 630.794.0696 ext. 508

SKYPE: dan_18090

EMAIL: dan@ptmgroups.com

Our Leadership Team

jeffJeff Gayduk, Publisher

After spending a decade in the travel industry (stints include a cruise line, travel agency consortia, international tour operator and an inbound tour business), Jeff started PTM in 1999 after noticing a lack of publishers that could serve the immense amount of changes happening in the group travel industry. Today, Jeff still drives the team to set a higher standard for engaging content that serves the group travel market.

Favorite Places Traveled
“My next? Domestically, it’s impossible to beat Alaska for scenery. For a big city, I have to go with my hometown of Chicago. Internationally, I have to say, Amsterdam. It’s such a cornucopia of cultures, new and modern meets with historical engineering feats.”


lanceLance Harrell, Chief of Content & Technology

Holding a Masters in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oklahoma State University with further Doctoral Studies in Genetics at the University of Utah Medical School, Lance Harrell has always been interested in technology and began moonlighting in web design work during school. This part-time hobby exploded into a full-time position after graduation where he expanded his expertise to include SEO/SEM, Content Marketing, Information Systems Management and Design, and Project Management.

Favorite Places Traveled
"I'm a naturalist, adventurist and world citizen at heart, so when I travel I seek cultural experiences where I can wander in the wilderness of the destination, away from traditional tourist spots and crowds. Some of my favorite experiences were camping in the Tanzanian Serengeti with Masai, sea-kayaking in the fords of Patagonia, Chile and hiking through the Peruvian Amazon rain-forest. My ultimate travel ambition however is to make it into space one day."


theresaTheresa O’Rourke, Vice President of Sales

Theresa started her 20-year career as a travel agent and quickly learned that group travel is where she wanted to be. There is nothing better than sending a group of people to a destination and knowing that you helped them to fulfill their travel dreams. Theresa spent a good portion of her career planning and operating group tours, learning the secret ingredients to making a good trip spectacular and ensuring each person on that motorcoach felt the tour was customized just for them.

Favorite Places Traveled
“Schoolhouse Beach on Washington Island in Door County Wisconsin. While not the typical “idyllic” white sand beach, the beach is made up entirely of smooth rock. I enjoy a beach cookout, starting with taking the ferry across the peninsula, and spending the entire day with family and friends cooking, eating laughing, swimming in Lake Michigan waters.


Dave Bodle, Associate Publisher

Dave brings more than 25-years experience in group travel. He is the former owner & publisher of “The Carolina Explorer” and “The Virginia Explorer” magazines for tour & travel professionals. With PTM since 2010, he has been a regular destination feature contributor and marketing column author.
Bodle is a speaker and seminar facilitator. His programs “The Bus Stops Here” and “Packaged, Wrapped and Ready to Go” have been presented to both large and small destination marketing organizations and their partners.

Favorite Places Traveled
“A Southerner by choice for almost 40 years any place in the South with a coastal shoreline ranks high on my list. I’ve certainly been to more exotic destinations, but I genuinely appreciate the beauty of the ocean, bayous, inlets and marshes of the Southeast United States.”


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Lisa Hede, Director of Design & Production

Lisa Hede is a seasoned graphic designer with a passion for trade publication and children’s book design. Joining the Premier Travel Media team in February 2019, she brings over 15 years of expertise for visual storytelling to the group travel industry, engaging travel planners with information concerning destinations, resources and strategies.

Favorite Places Traveled
“While destinations such as Sanibel Island and Mexico’s Riviera Maya rank high, my favorite travel experience is driving the backroads with their landscapes and rural towns–looking for pieces of history such as vintage vehicles, antique storefront signage or weathered brickads. And of course, stopping to eat at homestyle, mom-and-pop diners instead of commercialized chains.


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Randy Mink, Senior Editor

Randy Mink, managing editor, has written travel articles for newspapers, magazines and websites for more than 40 years. He is a longtime member of the Society of American Travel Writers and Midwest Travel Writers Association. His travel industry experience includes working in the offices of student travel companies—doing everything from selling European train passes to writing itineraries. Randy also has been a tour director for senior and student groups. He has been to more than 70 countries and taken 34 cruises.

Favorite Places Traveled
“Europe has always been at the top of my list. I especially like London and could spend weeks there without getting bored (just as I could in New York, my favorite U.S. city).”


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Jason Paha, Managing Editor

After 20 years of working in the newspaper industry, Jason joined the Premier Travel Media team in April of 2017. From the moment Jason first set foot on the exotic soil of Wisconsin Dells during his seventh year of existence, he has dedicated his life to visiting as many far-flung locales as possible. Working for PTM not only affords him the chance to satiate his traveling aspirations, it provides him with a forum to craft stories about the grandeur of globe-trotting.

Favorite Places Traveled

“Barcelona is a majestic city that has few rivals, be it culturally, architecturally and even on the soccer field. On the domestic front, San Francisco, with its magnificent bridges and striking gradients, is the city that captivates my spirit more than any other U.S. metropolis.”


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Miles Dobis, Associate Editor

Miles joined the PTM team in 2016 and has since overseen editorial for the company’s specialty publications, including Student Travel Planning Guide, Inbound Insider and numerous state guides. Since specializing in magazine journalism at the University of Missouri, Miles has since traveled to Colorado, Florida and Ohio researching and reporting on trends in the group travel market, and he’s thrilled to cover a topic as diverse and rewarding as the travel industry. From theme parks in Orlando to craft beers in Denver, he’s always finding new travel adventures to promote.

Favorite Places Traveled

“I had the immense privilege to live and study in Florence, Italy for six weeks, and never before or since have I been to a city so dense in history, art and cuisine. The ability to walk everywhere with the compact layout and stumble into a hidden-away café or priceless piece of art is a something I’ve never replicated, and I’m always yearning to return.”


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Derek Wolff, Associate Editor

Following career stops in coaching, journalism and sports data science and analytics, Derek joined the Premier Travel Media team in February of 2019, where he took on the mantles of Sports Planning Guide and Reunions Workbook. Working for PTM has afforded him the opportunity to fuse his two first loves, sport and travel, time-honed passions developed after years on the road playing baseball while growing up. A love for craft breweries and lake life in the Midwest has only been matched by the exotic locales of the West Coast.

Favorite Places Traveled

“Last summer I trekked from jungle to beach and everywhere in between in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, where the old and new worlds collide. From the ruins of Mayan civilization in places like Chichén Itzá to the modern luxury offered along the coast of Quintana Roo, there’s something for everyone. The wonders found snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean are matched only by the cenotes and underground rivers native to the region. Domestically, nothing beats coastal California, from the food to the culture to the sailing and the sights. Every time I leave I’m merely counting down the days until I return."


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Danielle Golab, Audience Development Coordinator

Danielle started out as an intern for Premier Travel Media her senior year of college back in 2015. After graduating later that year, she was offered the job for the editorial coordinator position. After demonstrating her love for animals by working at a veterinary office since she was 16-years-old, she felt it was time to work towards her other passions, traveling and writing.

Favorite Places Traveled

“One of my favorite travel experiences was taking a two-week road trip that started off in Denver, where I fell in love with the mountains. Then I traveled to Utah, where I fell in love with the desert and national parks. I camped along the Colorado River and in Zion National Park. Although I have camped before, this was REAL camping. My friends and I had to travel into town to pay for a shower. Our last stop was Vegas—ending the trip in a beautiful hotel suite. It was the best of both worlds. I also have a very strong attraction and love for water (I am a Pisces). I spent New Year’s Eve in Nicaragua—my first international trip and fell in love with the ocean. I fall in love a lot when I travel.”


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Annie Gavin, Production & Marketing Coordinator

What started out as a marketing internship in January 2015 soon landed Annie a full-time position as Premier Travel Media’s go-to brand expert. In addition to producing marketing collateral and campaigns, she manages the production of content marketing for all markets and engages with clients to ensure satisfaction for all aspects of their campaigns. She enjoys thinking outside the box and brings creativity to the office daily.

Favorite Places Traveled
“My heart will always be rooted in the Northwoods. Ontario’s Sunset Country has been a home away from home to my extended family for three generations and counting. Nothing compares to cooling off in a freshwater lake after boating, fishing and exploring nature. And of course, there’s something enchanting about the haunting calls of loons and northern lights flickering in the sky.”