Small Business, Community, and Responsible Tourism Thrive on The Arts, Nature & History. Welcome to our Big Blend Network, a new professional community created by Lisa D. Smith and Nancy J. Reid, editors of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, hosts of Big Blend Radio, and full-time travelers on the Love Your Parks Tour.
Showcasing and uniting the people and destinations we have met on our travels and through our radio shows and magazines, this network is created to connect communities and destinations, entrepreneurs and small businesses, industry experts, authors and creative independents, festival and special event specialists, and the Individuals who support them.
This new and exclusive Big Blend Network meets online through our Big Blend Radio shows, monthly Big Blend Marketeer e-Newsletter, and interactive map below. If you want to be part of our Big Blend Network please contact us, and be sure to join our Big Blend Community Facebook Group, and follow our Big Blend news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Formed in 1981 in Southern California, the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a premiere global network of food, wine and travel journalists and the people who promote them. Select IFWTWA members frequent Big Blend Radio and contribute articles to Big Blend Magazines. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/ifwtwa/
Glynn is a family history expert and owner of Norfolk Tours in England, where he takes visitors on bespoke and special interest tours, and also assists in family history research. He is a longtime contributor for Big Blend Radio and Big Blend Magazines. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/glynn-burrows/
Travel writer Linda Kissam is a longtime contributor for Big Blend Radio and Big Blend Magazines, sharing stories about her food, wine and travel adventures across the country and around the world. A seasoned writer with a background in publicity and tourism management, Linda is also the President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/linda-kissam/
Travel writer Debbie Stone is a regular contributor for Big Blend Radio and Big Blend Magazines, who crosses the globe in search of unique destinations and experiences to share with her readers and listeners. She’s an avid explorer who welcomes new opportunities to increase awareness and enthusiasm for places, culture, food, history, nature, outdoor adventure, wellness and more. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/deborah-stone-travel-destinations/
San Diego employment attorney Ward Heinrichs is an expert Big Blend Magazines contributor and Big Blend Radio guest. Ward litigates in both state and federal courts, and he has represented many lead plaintiffs in class action litigation when an employer’s conduct has harmed many employees. He also files suit for deserving employees who only have their own legitimate employment claims. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/s-ward-heinrichs-esq/
Bobbi DePorter is the co-founder of SuperCamp and president of Quantum Learning Network which offers training to youth, educators and businesses around the world. Her learning, life skills and character education programs have impacted more than twenty million young people worldwide. Bobbi is the creator of the 8 Keys of Excellence character education program, and longtime education expert in Big Blend Magazines and on Big Blend Radio. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/bobbi-deporter/
A family history and genealogy expert, Holly T. Hansen is the founder of Family History Expos, Inc. and has been instrumental in helping thousands understand the principles, strategies, and sources they can use to trace their roots in today’s ever-changing technological environment. She is an author, presenter, and contributor in Big Blend Magazines and on Big Blend Radio. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/holly-t-hansen-family-history-genealogy/
Ralph Masengill Jr. is the author of “Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read Fun Book on the Serious Subject of Change.” professional career has been defined by great success in both the private and public sectors. His agency, Masengill Marketing Associates, has won over 850 national and regional advertising and marketing awards. He is one of the original change agents in the United States, and a Big Blend expert. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/ralph-masengill-jr/
As Executive Director of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce in California’s Sequoia Country, Sandy Blankenship has been a Big Blend Radio guest for a number of years, providing seasonal updates on the region’s events and activities. A gateway destination of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Sequoia National Forest, Exeter is a quaint art and agricultural community. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/sandy-blankenship/
A Big Blend expert contributor on communication, Sarah H. Elliston is the author of “Lessons from a Difficult Person – How to Deal With People Like Us,” and is a faculty member of the Glasser Institute for Choice Theory, and is a workshop leader and trainer who is certified in Values Realization and Parent Effectiveness Training. More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/sarah-elliston-communication/
A Big Blend expert contributor, Steve Piacente is the founder of Next Phase Life Coaching, and is a professional life coach who specializes in working with authors, journalists and others in the communications industry. He is also the award-winning author of the novels “Bella,” “Bootlicker” and “Pretender,” and his latest book is “Your New Fighting Stance.” More: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/steve-piacente-life-coach/