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Our Mission

“TripShock connects tourists with the best local businesses to create a wealth of unforgettable, family-friendly travel experiences. Our personable team of innovators and local experts combine to deliver an incredible user-experience, creating lasting impressions that facilitate continued success for our destinations and tour operators.”

Our Vision

“TripShock strives to promote the Southeast U.S. as the premier destination for traveling families through education and opportunity in order to drive business to our partners and tour operators.”

A Marketplace For Activities & Tours

TripShock is an online marketplace that allows activity and tour providers to sell their products and services to travelers across several different advertising mediums. Based in Florida, TripShock operates in 12 Southeast destinations including New Orleans, Destin, Myrtle Beach, and Key West. 

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Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher

Founder & CEO

Since 2009, Greg has worked to transform TripShock into a travel industry giant. Proactive and personable, Mr. Fisher first developed a passion for tourism while studying hospitality at the University of Central Florida. Since then, he has grown TripShock by cultivating strong relationships with partners and employees alike. In his free time, Greg enjoys reading biographies, watching college football, and relaxing with friends and family.

 

Keone McHugh

Keone McHugh

VP of Operations

Keone draws upon her experiences growing up in the watersport industry and her 12+ years in hotel management to help connect happy customers with quality activity providers. Ms. McHugh enjoys building up her team and working on new challenges, including workflows and process engineering. Outside of work, Keone loves spending time with her family and traveling.

Alex Benko

Alex Benko

Chief Technical Officer

With 11+ years of experience in webhosting and business development, Alex is a bilingual enterpreneur with a massive drive for success. At work, Mr. Benko enjoys taking on new challenges and technical problems. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, mountain hiking, and Brazillian jiu-jitsu.

Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner

VP of Product

Cofounder of Glad to Have You and then Senior Product Manager at HomeAway, Ryan brings a wealth of travel and hospitality software experience to TripShock.  A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Turner also owns an Austin based tour company called YourBikerGang.com – helping him better understand the needs of TripShock partners and operators.

Rachel Dickey

Rachel Dickey

VP of Supply

Before joining TripShock, Rachel was an attorney and business consultant in Louisville, Kentucky. She has lived and worked in NY, LA, Cleveland, Cincinnati… And is now moving down to Ft Lauderdale, FL! Rachel has an incredible professional resume having worked for startups, non profits, court of appeals, etc. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her partner, Doberman named Walter and cat named Mavis.

 

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon

Director of Sales

Sarah has the “Gulf Life” in her blood, growing up a Gulf Coast resident in the fishing and watersport industries. Twice named “Agent of the Year,” Sarah earned the title of Director of Sales by overcoming obstacles, educating employees, and buliding rapport with stakeholders. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys crafting with her family, deep sea fishing, and traveling to see live music.

Eric Bruaw

Eric Bruaw

Partner Support Department Manager

Florida native, Eric grew up on the Space Coast and enjoyed surfing and fishing from a young age. Eric has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. His work life began in retail and moved on to office administration and later in building and maintaining websites and for the past 7+years, Eric has worked solely in a virtual office. In his free time Eric enjoys helping others and learning from others who have a passion for doing anything. He is passionate about fishing and conservation and loves to play disc golf.

Mercedes Matthews

Mercedes Matthews

Partner Support Department Assistant Manager

Mercedes was born and raised in the state of Florida but does love to travel and see new things and meet new people. She has always worked in the customer service industry since the start of her career search. With a background in the watersports industry and 2+ years at tripshock, she’s always eager to learn and grow more as a person every day! Mercedes enjoys spending time with her family and friends any chance she gets.

Michael Fisher

Michael Fisher

Content Manager

Hired by TripShock part-time while working towards an IT degree from Florida State University, Fisher was promoted to full time in the summer of 2015. As Content Manager, Mike has his hands in every aspect of operations, from web development to brand awareness. In his free time, Mike loves spending time with his wife, daughter, and all-too energetic pup. A Detroit native and Austin, TX transplant, Mike is an avid musician the performs regularly across the city.

 

Daniel Woods

Daniel Woods

E-Commerce Director

Dan serves TripShock as an ad coordinator, product consultant, and content strategist. Before joining the company, Mr. Woods served California’s Environmental Protection Agency as a process engineer and policy analyst. Born and raised in Michigan, Dan loves to watch Detroit-based sports teams, play disc golf, and explore the Great Outdoors.

Stephanie McIntosh

Stephanie McIntosh

Digital Marketing Manager

Stephanie thought she and her husband had hit the jackpot with a four-year Air Force assignment in Las Vegas until they were relocated to Florida’s Emerald Coast. When the Mitten State native and Western Michigan grad is not immersed in TripShock’s email marketing, social media and affiliate programs, you’ll find her chasing gourmet goals in the kitchen, in her forever happy place on the golf course, or on the beach enjoying the good life.

Peggy Benoit

Peggy Benoit

Senior Market Manager, Gulf Coast

An alumnus of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College, Peggy has been active in the tourism industry for nearly 30 years. As Senior Market Manager for New Orleans & the Mississippi Gulf Coast, she works tirelessly to attract partners, build the TripShock brand, and drive business. When she isn’t working, Peggy loves traveling to Disney World, partaking in Mardi Gras, and hosting parties for friends and family.

Kimberley Sabens

Kimberley Sabens

Product Listing Manager

Kimberley earned a double Master’s degree in English and Political Science but decided to forego law school at William and Mary for motherhood. She has a decade’s worth of experience in marketing as a coordinator and director. She is also a local lifestyle and food writer for various publications. Kimberley grew up near Birmingham, Alabama but happily made the move to 30A in 2015. She enjoys beach and boat days, time with her family, gardening, her pupper, and lots of coffee.

 

Luke Schulze

Luke Schulze

Product Manager

Luke comes to TripShock with 4+ years of experience managing a web development business. Drawing on his communication skills he is working with our Partners and development team to create additional value opportunities. Currently residing in New Hampshire Luke is an avid snowboarder and enjoys hiking, traveling, and working on classic cars/trucks.

Kim Pall

Kim Pall

Financial Administrator

Kim is a real asset to TripShock, bringing with her 30+ years of accounting and business experience. She is also a successful entrepreneur, developing companies that supported her passion in both art and design. But what Kim considers her biggest accomplishment is raising two amazing and successful daughters. Living on the Emerald Coast, she spends her free time creating artwork and enjoying quality time with family and friends.

Sandra Dove-McLain

Sandra Dove-McLain

Executive Assistant

Sandra was raised in Paradise, California and moved to Florida in 1992. She spent 10 years in the United States Air Force as a Munitions Systems Specialist, and during that time traveled to 19 different countries. She also acquired 3 college degrees, to include Munitions Systems Technology, Computer Engineering and Nursing. After 10 years of working at a private medical practice, she decided to abandon her scrubs and join the TripShock team. In her spare time, she studies astrology and is always looking for new ways to help others.

Suzanne Bratton

Suzanne Bratton

Content Coordinator

Suzanne was born and raised in Destin, FL and graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation, she spent two years as a news reporter, then moved back home to Destin as an Event Coordinator for Henderson Beach State Park. Her love for events, media, and communication led her to TripShock, where she got to utilize all three in groups sales and reservations, before being promoted to Content Coordinator.

 

Martin Owen

Martin Owen

Director of Partnerships, Destinations & Accomodations

Martin has been in the tourism industry for all his career, working with travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, travel technology companies, hotels and vacation rental companies in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Far East and Australasia and well as here in the USA. He is passionate about tourism and hospitality and loves traveling and photography.

Amber Dudley

Amber Dudley

WaveRez Account Executive

Amber joined WaveRez as the Account Executive in 2018 upon relocation to the Destin area. Prior to that, she was the Business Manager for Alabama Extreme Watersports in Orange Beach, AL. Amber has a strong background in customer service and the water sport industry. In her free time, she enjoys anything water related including spending time at the beach, photography, camping, and traveling.

Samantha Kirschten

Samantha Kirschten

Team Leader

Samantha worked in telemarketing and sales with Mediacom for 5 years before coming to work for TripShock. Her talent shines so brightly she was Top Agent for Sales in 2018. Samantha is a genuine Florida gal! She is currently attending classes at Northwest Florida State College and would love to open her own animal shelter one day! In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, going to the beach, playing with her Boston Terrier, and traveling.

Stephanie McCown

Stephanie McCown

Team Leader

Hailing from Fort Walton Beach, FL, Stephanie has worked in the tourism industry most of her life. After completing her associates in business administration, Ms. McCown took a position with TripShock where she helps customers and their families plan dream vacations. Recipient of Employee of the Quarter in Fall 2017, Stephanie loves spending time with her children.

Kalie Walters-Storer

Kalie Walters-Storer

Team Leader

Kalie resides in Biloxi, MS with her husband and daughter. She is originally from Fort Walton Beach, FL and has her Master’s in Human Services. She started working at TripShock in Spring 2019 in the Reservations Department as a booking agent. Kalie loves helping people plan out activities they want to do on vacation. Kalie’s ability to make customers happy earned her the title of Employee of the Quarter for Q2 in 2019, followed by a promotion to the Team Leader position in 2020. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, coffee joints, and spending time with her little family.

Luci Kounlavoung

Luci Kounlavoung

Senior Booking Agent

Luci lived in New Orleans and attended college at the University of New Orleans before moving to Fort Walton Beach, FL and raising her family there. Recently, Luci’s husband accepted a position in New Orleans, and they moved back and settled into an 1896 shotgun style cottage in the city. Luci’s background is Accounting but living in tourist towns all her life, her passion has always been assisting the public with suggestions from her firsthand experiences, so she joined the TripShock Reservations Department team in March of 2019. When not working, Luci loves kayaking and spending time with her family.

Erin Poole

Erin Poole

Partner Support Agent

Erin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of West Florida in 2018 and is continuing her pursuit of higher education by studying for a Master of Business Administration degree. Erin also has over 5 years of experience in the customer service and tourism industry. She is currently a Partner Support Agent for TripShock. Born in Memphis, Tennessee and moving to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida shortly afterwards, Erin has a passion for the well being of animals and cooking. She loves spending time with her family and her kitties, spending time at the beach swimming and fishing, and trying new recipes.

Denis

Denis

Technical Scripter/Tester

Denis develops and supports test automations for the TripShock. Along with automations, Denis also runs application testing at different stages of development. He lives in Belarus and received his higher education there. Denis spends his free time with family and friends and sometimes goes out into nature.

Kirill

Kirill

Lead Back-End Engineer

Kirill started his career as a research scientist and class instructor at Donetsk’s State University of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence, where he received his PHD in AI technologies. He has been with the company for 6 years and has worn many hats. Kirill’s hobbies include computer games, cycling, taking trips with his family, reading sci-fi and classics, and writing poems.

Andrei

Andrei

Systems Integrations/Lambda Specialist

Andrei was born in Belarus but moved to Russia when he was 15. He got his degree in computer science from Moscow State University. Before working in travel, Andrei ran a retail business from 1994-2017. He’s been writing code professionally since 2011 and currently enjoys DIY projects as a hobby.

Ivan M

Ivan M

Back-End Web Developer

Born in a little village in Ukraine, Ivan always liked adventure. In fact, one extreme adventure almost took his life! Luckily, he survived, but it impacted his life and dictated his career. With a degree in systems engineering, Ivan learned programming on his own. He is very passionate about tourism and therefore his past projects were related to that field. Ivan’s hobbies include nature photography, astronomy, camping, and traveling to new places.

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