Adam Sawyer is a writer, photographer, published author, guide, and public speaker based in the Pacific Northwest. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Northwest Travel & Life, Canoe & Kayak, and Backpacker Magazines. He has authored several books, including Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon and Unique Eats and Eateries: Portland, Oregon. Adam is also a monthly guest on the Portland television show, Afternoon Live, as an outdoor and travel expert.
Allen Cox serves as co-chair of Northwest Travel Writers Conference. He is Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Travel Magazine, author of two guidebooks on day hiking, and a freelance travel and lifestyle journalist whose work had appeared in dozens of regional and national publications. In addition, he presently serves as VP, board member and Awards Committee Chair for International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.
McKenzie Tobeck jumped into the social media industry while she was getting her Business Administration degree from Western Washington University. While in her third year of college, she founded Summit Social Media Management, which is now a full service Social Media Management business. McKenzie has worked, and continues to work with clients in several different areas, including Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, Amazon Best Selling Authors, Notable Insurance and Real Estate Teams and more. Looking into the future of her business, she is excited to continue her full scale management work and consulting, as well as begin to offer teaching materials for those who need guidance with their social media efforts, but wish to keep things in house. When she isn’t working on creating content and scheduling posts, you are most likely to find her in the barn with her horses, on a plane heading somewhere new, or reading a good book!
Kim Cooper Findling is an editor with Oregon Media and the publisher of Dancing Moon Press. She is the author of Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families, Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. The Sixth Storm, co-written with her daughter Libby Findling, will be released in spring of 2019. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her family. See kimcooperfindling.com and dancingmoonpress.com.
Ron Engeldinger is a longtime Oregon resident and intrepid world traveler. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of the annual Meeting News Northwest Magazine Book of Lists, a sister publication to Northwest Travel & Life Magazine. He writes about the topics and locations for the meeting and events industry in the Northwest and Mountain West. As a freelance writer, he has written travel and business articles for a variety of publications and websites. He has also written and published books on the topics of leadership and success.
As a combat photojournalist in the U.S. Army for five years, Corey Dembeck traveled to four continents to cover a wide variety of events, ranging from celebrity-laden USO shows to tanks crushing vehicles on the street. After his time in the service, Corey worked in portrait and wedding photography until he changed careers to the exciting and adventure-filled field of accounting. Corey is still an active and avid photographer with much to teach those seeking to improve their photography skills.