What inspired our name, "Jerne"?
FOUNDED 1 MARCH 2021
Dr. Niles Kaj Jerne
We love innovators! Dr. Jerne was a 1984 Nobel prize-winning immunologist whose most significant theory, his “network theory”, changed the world's understanding of how antibodies trigger ever-greater numbers of antibodies. Essentially, influence within the human body to effect positive change.
Journey is movement and our community is all about influencing positive movement, whether physical or emotional, inspiring change based on shared experiences and the sharing of experiences. (Besides, who doesn't love a good pun?!)
We follow Danish design principles, not just in our belief in simplicity, functionality, and elegance – an overall “less is more” approach – but in our support of sustainability. Jerne, the Danish town, is part of a waterside region whose ports are crucial to the movement of sustainable energy products.
Behind the Scenes
We've brought together some of the world's leading minds in travel and hospitality marketing, distribution, and technology.
Tim has invested and worked in travel and technology for over 18 years. He co-founded The 1000, a US$3B club for the world's most influential travel advisors. He was the Executive for Canada & EMEA at Virtuoso, a $32B global luxury network of 22,000 travel advisors and 2,000 partners. He also volunteers weekly at Toronto Daily Bread.
Ryan has founded and scaled SaaS travel marketing technologies for over 18 years. A strategic advisor and early-stage investor, Ryan has also founded leading travel technology companies, including Travel Agency Tribes, a provider of B2B2C travel marketing technologies used by thousands of travel companies and consumers globally.
Erik has spent over 12 years focused on leading travel partnerships, including as VP at Tropic Ocean Airways and Collette Vacations. Erik understands the importance of community and what it means for creating successful brands.
Jeremy Sikkema, Technical Advisor
Co-Founder, NUI Verification Services
Based in Canada, Jeremy has been developing technology platforms for 20+ years for the loss control, risk assessment, insurance, and wellness industries.
Amy Barker, Technical Advisor
CEO & Founder, Stayker
Based in the USA, Amy has 35 years of travel and tourism industry experience combined with leading travel technology development.
Megan van der Baars, Strategic Advisor
Founder, VDB Communications
Based in Canada, Megan spent 10 years at Fairmont/Accor where she developed a keen eye and industry-leading reputation for influential creator success through strategic marketing and PR initiatives.
Filip Boyen, Strategic Advisor
Ambassador, Forbes Travel Guide
Based in the UK, Filip was previously CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and EVP & COO of Belmond (formerly Orient-Express).
Mary Gostelow, Ambassador
President, Gostelow Report
Based in the UK, Mary is owner-editor of the unique and universally-revered bible of the hotel industry, the monthly Gostelow Report market intelligence. She also produces the daily Girlahead travelogue and has received many of the industry's most prestigious awards.
John Schaap, Technical Advisor
Senior Software Engineer
Based in Canada, John has extensive application development and lead programming experience working with a variety of medium to largescale start-ups and corporations.
Directly overseeing marketing and revenue management across many of the world's leading experience providers.
Revenue Management Optimization Expert
Based in the USA, Jill has nearly 30 years of experience in revenue management at Starwood including currently as a VP at Marriott International.
Regional Vice President, Accor Central Canada, and General Manager, Fairmont Royal York
Based in Canada, Edwin has worked in hotel sales, marketing, and operations for over 30 years, for companies such as Disney, Westin, and Hilton.
Vice President, Sales, The Set Collection
Based in the Netherlands, Ruurd has been working in hotel sales and marketing for over 17 years, with companies such as Hilton and Leading Hotels of the World.
Senior Vice President, Partner Services, EMEA & APAC, Forbes Travel Guide
Based in the UK, Chris has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience with companies such as the Financial Times, British Telecommunications, and Preferred Hotel Group.
Founder & President, Luxe Social Media
Based in the USA, Tiffany has been a globally recognized luxury travel influencer and strategist for 20 years, working with such organizations as USA Today, Forbes, and The Times UK.
Influential creators across travel and lifestyle. Over 2,000,000 engaged followers.
Previous Partnerships: Alaska Airlines, Fairmont, The Betsy Hotel, Kayak Hotels, Wendy’s, Bubly, Absolut, Balfour Hotel, and more.
Claudia Nieroda & Kaan Blofield
Previous Partnerships: Fairmont, Four Seasons, Sheraton, The Autograph Collection, Discover Greece, Aldo, and more.
Previous Partnerships: Tropic Airways, Kerzner International, W Hotels, Fit4Travel, Muscletech, Firmabs, and more.
Previous Partnerships: Four Seasons, Fairmont, Tahiti Tourisme, Travel Link Morocco, Pipalas Tours, Azaria Travels, and more.
Previous Partnerships: Lindblad Expeditions, Wheels Up, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, GoDaddy, and more.