Chip Conley, Founder + Editor-In-Chief
Part world traveler, cultural anthropologist, and armchair psychologist, the founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality has created more boutique hotels than anyone on the planet. With a simple yet profound mission to CREATE JOY, San Francisco's Most Innovative CEO turned a seedy "no tell motel" into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. The New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Equations and Peak, Chip has shared his message on the main stage at TED and few better understand the desire for transformation and meaning at work…and in life. Traveling to Bali a dozen times rekindled his childhood love of festivals, and experiencing collective effervescence on Burning Man's desolate playa (he’s now a board member) solidified his vision. Experiencing the transformative power of cultural travel through festivals inspired his mission to now create joy on a global scale with Fest300, believing that, "Being culturally curious creates a more robust and resilient life, which creates a safer and saner world." Chip is also the Head of Global Hospitality for Airbnb where he is sharing his proven methods with hosts in over 200 countires. Check out Chip's travels on his blog.
Art Gimbel, Co-founder + Editor-at-Large
From a career in biology researching the mechanics of heart disease – by harnessing the natural bioluminescence of fireflies and deepsea jellyfish, to chasing the otherworldly glow of The Northern Lights – while creating the top digital travel guide to Iceland, Art’s love for the connection between humanity and the environment has led him on a path to over 75 countries. His imagery has been featured by National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and Sports Illustrated. Art's experience curating Fest300 comes after attending hundreds of festivals and creating a guide to the best celebrations around the globe in The World Festival Guide. He has a passion for far-flung cultural festivals where the lines between visitor and local are blurred. After recently battling 10,000 Japanese men for holy sticks at the obscure Hadaka Matsuri, the nomadic competitions of Mongolia’s Naadam are high on his festival dream list.
Jennye Garibaldi, Executive Editor
Jennye has over a decade of experience in print and digital publishing including the creation of best-selling travel guides for Lonely Planet, where she was the Commissioning Editor for the Eastern US and Canada for seven years. She is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in magazines such as AFAR and periodicals across the country. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival sparked her love of festivals, "What's not to love when music, culture, art and food come together in the spirit of serious partying?" Jennye's festival bucket list is extensive, but spiritual gatherings deeply rooted in tradition, such as Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca and Peru's Inti Raymi are what she's most looking forward to attending.
Eamon Armstrong, Community Manager + FestEvangelist
San Francisco’s Minister of Purpleganda, Eamon is a social media strategist specializing in festivals, street fairs, big art and other lofty endeavors. Previously a performer, event producer and promoter, he brings a passion for human connection to Fest300 and to festivals, both online and off. His galvanizing festival experience was Burning Man, but he is most intrigued by feats of human strength and hopes to attend the 2014 Tarragona Human Tower Competition in Spain. Eamon believes that every festival is someone's favorite day and if we can learn to immerse ourselves in another’s special experience, we can learn to better understand each other as the human race.
David Hazan, Marketing Consultant
Throughout his extensive marketing career, David Hazan has consistently conceived and executed breakthrough entertainment marketing campaigns for tech, event and entertainment clients such as Mobile Backstage, theBizmo, the Classic Rock Society of America, LiveMusicStage, and GigsWiz. In addition to this, David has held senior positions at The Orchard, MTV Networks/VH1, Universal Music Group, Warner Music and Putumayo World Music. David originally began his career as a musician before starting his own Toronto-based entertainment marketing agency, Music Matters. He lives in Nyack, NY with his wife and two sons.