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Meet Our Experts
The editors and deal experts at ShermansTravel.com are passionate about delivering amazing travel deals and providing the practical, money-saving advice you need to realize your perfect vacation. We screen hundreds of travel deals a week, publishing the best in our Top 25 Newsletter. Planning travel can be complicated. We’re here to help make it simpler, smarter, and more affordable. If you have photos, recommendations, or travel tips of your own, please share them with us.
Jim ShermanFounder and Chairman
Jim Sherman launched ShermansTravel Media in 2002 to help fellow travelers find the best travel deals and provide them with practical travel advice. Prior, he served as the General Manager/VP for the online business of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, managing the development of the company’s successful publishing and e-commerce business. Outside of work, Jim enjoys the theater, running, and, of course, traveling – you can read about his latest adventures on his blog. He also does a mean Scott Joplin jazz number on the piano.
Amanda BlackAssociate Editor
Originally from a small town in Maine, Amanda's first solo trip was when she was just 14. Being thrown into the rain-sodden, muddy cloud forests of Costa Rica (for Outward Bound) gave her a hankering for travel (oddly enough). Since then, she's explored the south of France, the north and south islands in New Zealand, and seven European countries. On her travel wish list right now: the Southeast Pacific, anywhere in Asia, and South America. Her writing has appeared in The Knot Magazine, TheKnot.com, RealSimple.com, and BostonGlobe.com. She's been consulted as an expert on The Insider and Inside Edition as well as national and regional magazines, newspapers, and radio stations.
Laura MottaDirector, Deals Publishing
Laura Motta had lived in NYC for five years when she quit her life and moved to Paris. While she was in Europe, she cultivated a taste for macaroons, got sunburned on many French and Italian beaches, and became obsessed with travelling artfully – and frugally. Before coming to ShermansTravel, she worked as an editor at Everyday Health and iVillage. She hails from Massachusetts.
Zach CusterDeals Producer and Network Strategist
Zach Custer grew up in Colorado Springs, with the glory of the Rocky Mountains' Pikes Peak in his own backyard. Stunning as the setting was, however, Zach found the winds blowing him south to Loyola University New Orleans, where he made an unbreakable bond with the people and culture of the Crescent City. After graduation, Zach fled to Buenos Aires, where he experienced nine glorious months immersed in Argentine culture while working, living, pinching pesos, and of course, traveling.
Mandy BermanAssistant Deals Producer
Rockland County, New York native Mandy Berman grew up in a travel-loving family helmed by a mother who could smell a deal from miles away – allowing the clan to go white-water rafting in Idaho, skiing in Austria, and sight-seeing in London. A vacation to Paris when Mandy was 12 cemented her love for France and inspired her to return for a high school exchange program, a college semester abroad, and most recently, a year teaching English. She also spent the spring of 2010 in Malawi, Africa, teaching English and math to middle-school students.
Lisa HubnerAssociate Deals Producer
Lisa Hubner grew up in Germany and spent her childhood exploring Europe by bike, bus, and train. Her wanderlust fueled, she moved to Australia after high school, spent eight months traveling around the continent, and moved back to Germany to study Tourism Management. After a year, small-town Deutschland gave way to big city life in London, where Lisa finished her degree and cemented her travel pro status by selling customized trips to far-off lands like Bhutan.
Jaymie DeGaetanoAssociate Deals Producer
Jaymie DeGaetano, a native to the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, began his overseas travels in high school. While studying in Paris for a year during college, Jaymie ventured to different regions of France, and to many European nations such as Ireland, Italy, and Norway. His most recent adventures include a cross-country road trip from New York to Seattle, cliff diving in the Hudson Bay in Ontario, Canada, and cruising through the Western Caribbean. Prior to ShermansTravel, Jaymie spent two years working in public relations. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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