Team

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 & Strategy for Airbnb where he is sharing his proven methods with hosts in over 200 countries. Photo credit: www.garrybowden.com.

Art Gimbel, Co-founder + Creative Director

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 IllustratedArt'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. 

Eamon Armstrong, Community + Social Media Manager

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 appreciates fancy dress and would love to attend the Secret Garden Party one day. Eamon believes that every festival is someone's favorite day of the year and that the best way to understand each other is to immerse ourselves in another’s special experience.

Laura Mason, Managing Editor

Laura spent her childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii obsessing over San Francisco's wild 1950s beatnik literary scene, illegally downloading every song and album from Napster, and daydreaming about becoming either a curmudgeonly drunk poet like Charles Bukowski or a raging, megalomanical rock star like Axl Rose. Instead of achieving either of those goals, she became a journalist in San Francisco (and honed her writing skills at the SF Bay Guardian, 7x7, The Bold Italic, the San Francisco Chronicle and TimeOut SF) and a music snob (she blames this on San Francisco's world-class music scene, and dating way too many musicians). From fighting through a crowd of 100,000 people to be front-row for Metallica when they played their hometown's premiere festival, Outside Lands, to chilling with Kurt Vile and Fucked Up on the shores of the lake outside Kutsher's Country Club in upstate New York during All Tomorrow's Parties, to fantasizing about going to every single heavy metal festival in existence, Laura's epic festival experiences past and future are the kind she'll tell her grandkids. As the managing editor, she works to enlighten, enrich and ignite Fest300.com's passionate community through stories, interviews, photos and videos covering the people, places and forces that create the festivals that change our lives.

Tanner Wyer, Head of Strategic Partnerships + Business Development

With over a decade of live music promotion and business development experience, Tanner comes to Fest300 with a true passion for chasing energy - most often found at festivals all over the world. His expertise includes event management, operations and promotions, brand development, artist management, ticketing and fan and community building. Before joining Fest300, Tanner built a majority of the festival portfolio at Eventbrite as the most successful strategic executive in the history of the company. Prior to that he worked his way from intern to Director of Music Sales at JamBase during the initial festival explosion of the mid 2000s. His favorite festivals of all time are: High Sierra Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo and Burning Man. When he isn't at a festival, he's most likely talking about My Morning Jacket and hanging out with his dog, David Bowie.

Jim Walsh, Press

With over 20 years of media relations experience Jim Walsh has strong relationships with insiders and those who matter in media. Jim began his career in the music industry and has directed publicity campaigns for Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Bobby McFerrin, Regina Carter, Ani DiFranco, moe., Warren Haynes, and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Jim has collaborated effectively as part of a greater publicity team for music events such as Bonnaroo Music & Arts, and has spearheaded campaigns for Patagonia, Sony ATV’s Extreme Music, VJam with Hans Zimmer, and the human rights organization Amnesty International for their Toast To Freedom, Electric Burma, Václav Havel Foundation, Ambassador of Conscience Award and Bring Human Rights Home projects. Jim's recent work focuses exclusively on the following best-in-class startups: Dysonics (vr audio), Fest300 (festival discovery) ReverbNation (artist tools), TourGigs (live streaming) and WholeWorldBand (music & video collaboration).