2018 Recipients

Tina Segota

Tina Segota

University of Greenwich, UK

Dr. Tina Šegota is a lecturer at the Department of Marketing, Events and Tourism at the University of Greenwich. She holds a PhD in Marketing Communications from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, and she is also a PhD candidate in Tourism at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. Her research interest is on seasonality and sustainable tourism development, with a passionate focus on local residents. She is also interested in destination image, self-congruity and destination advertising. Tina's academic citizenship has been recognized and awarded, and she has published her work in books and leading journals.

Seth Kirby

Seth Kirby

Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Seth is a Doctoral Researcher and Associate Lecturer based at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University. His research interests are broad and include topics such as events, festivals, legacy, regeneration, leveraging and sustainability. Seth has taught at undergraduate level on the Tourism Management and Events Management programmes since October 2016. He previously worked for a number of organisations in various marketing and communications roles. More recently, his roles included an events and engagement position for a UK and Ireland sustainability association, managing the organisation’s regional events programme for higher and further education institutions of over 200 members.

Tatitana David-Negre

Tatitana David-Negre

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Tatiana David-Negre, is a PhD student at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and she is part of the researcher staff at the Institute of Tourism Studies and Economic and Sustainable Development (Tides) since 2014. Her research focuses on Tourism Marketing, Destination Marketing and Management, Tourism Image, Tourist’s Behavior, Customer Experience and Social Network Analysis.

Arminda Almeida Santana

Arminda Almeida Santana

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Arminda Almeida Santana is part of the research staff at Institute of Tourism Studies and Economic and Sustainable Development (Tides) at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 2013. Her dissertation was rated with the highest mark “Cum Laude” and obtained the “International PhD Mention”. Moreover, it has been finalist for the Tribuna FITUR Jorge Vila Fradera 2018 Award.

Arminda research interests focus on Loyalty, Branding, Brand Management, Consumer Behavior, Hospitality Marketing, Destination Marketing and Management, Customer Experience and Satisfaction, Social Media and Digital Destinations. She has published international papers (Tourism Management, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, Island Studies Journal…)

Jen Velarde-Menary

Jen Velarde-Menary

University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, USA

Jen recently earned her Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. For her research thesis at the University of the Pacific she proposed "Small-scale Sport Event Tourism and Sustainability: A Case Study in Torres del Paine National Park", which was approved and later funded by the University. Jen received thePacific Fund from the University to travel to Torres del Paine National Park to gather fieldwork notes and ethnographic data. This thesis was a merger of academic interests for Jen. Her undergraduate degree is in Hospitality Management and Tourism from the University of Kentucky. During her time at Kentucky, Jen worked on a junior thesis in Panama focusing on economic, sustainable, and agricultural elements of tourism throughout the country led by well-known tourism researcher and academic, Jason Swanson, PhD.

Professionally, Jen's background is grounded in marketing. She is currently the Assistant Director of Marketing at the University of Denver Athletics and Recreation where she works cross-departmentally to engage with students, faculty, staff and the surrounding public. Prior to Denver, Jen worked on the Grand Opening of the Mashouf Wellness Recreation Center at San Francisco State University. In this emergency hire role, she took charge of laying the groundwork for marketing strategies, initiatives and staffing for the department. At the University of the Pacific Jen served a two year term as the Graduate Assistant of Marketing for the recreation department.

Although her professional and academic interests may seem different, Jen is professionally and intellectually stimulated by both. She looks forward to continuing her career in marketing and staying relevant in the academic sphere of tourism and leisure studies. She is a hopeful PhD candidate in the coming year!

Theresa Goldbach

Theresa Goldbach

University of California at Riverside, USA

Theresa Goldbach is a PhD candidate in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Goldbach is originally from San Antonio, Texas where she studied ballet, Mexican folklorico, flamenco, and Spanish classical dance. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in film production in 1999. She studied flamenco at the Amor de Dios studio in Madrid, Spain and graduated from the University of New Mexico's Master's program in Dance History in 2014. Her research interests include flamenco, tourism, urban planning, bars, and live music venues.

Daura Vera Déniz

Daura Vera Déniz

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Daura Vera is currently a student of the Master in Integral Development of Tourist Destinations at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She graduated from the School of Tourism in Lanzarote and also has work experience within this area in Austria, Germany and the UK. Her research interests are within Marketing and Sustainability.

Eric Zvangia

Eric Zvangia

University of British Columbia, Canada

Eric Zvaniga is currently a full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Management at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, as well as the acting lead for UBC’s Vancouver, Vantage One Management stream at the Okanagan campus. Previously he was employed as the Global Data Strategy Manager, Data Governance & Strategy, Cisco Systems Inc. Eric’s professional experience across different industries and entrepreneurial engagements provides a unique insight into strategic approaches impacting corporate transformation (UBC, Cisco Systems Inc., Idea People, and IBM). Innovation, collaboration, and global holistic considerations are fundamental to Eric’s experience, education, and early career achievements.

Eric is pursuing a lifelong learning dream, as he works towards a Doctorate of Business Admiration (DBA) at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. He aspires to be a Doctoral Candidate by May 2018 and complete his degree in early 2019. His research is investigating “Tourists’ Destination Choice: Examining the Role of Involvement in Place Attachment”.

Residing in Kelowna, BC, Canada; Eric supports his community volunteering and providing social responsibility insights for We Day, Food Banks, and with membership in the (44 years) Royal Canadian Legion Branch 272 Cambridge, Ontario.

Pedro Calero

Pedro Calero

Lanzarote University, Spain

Pedro Calero is a lecturer at the Lanzarote University School of Tourism, of which he was director for five years. He is doing the PhD program in Tourism, Economics and Management at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His research interest is on knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable tourism development. He is member of the Economic Group of Lanzarote Biosphere Reserve Observatory. Most recently, he was Managing Director of the public company of the Canary Islands Government School Hotels HECANSA, promoting a innovative dual training model in the hotel and catering sector.

In Their Words

My favorite part of this conference experience was the talking circle. It was interesting to hear the backgrounds and fields of the researchers and professionals present because they gave some some ideas for my own career"

Viktoria Konyves, 2017 Awardee

This was my first time chairing sessions, and I think I learned a lot from this. There are a lot of personalities and preferences to navigate and it was good to have experience doing so."

Bethany Rigles, 2016 Awardee