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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.
Alex SchechterAssistant Editor
Alex Schechter previously worked as Assistant Editor at HotelChatter, a Conde Nast-owned site covering hotel news, hotel reviews and hotel-related gossip. His work has also appeared in New York magazine, Time Out New York, Jaunted, Monocle, Smart Meetings, and LOGO TV. He lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn and his recent travels have taken him to Panama, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Rome, Amman and Tel Aviv.
Karen DionFreelance Editor
Karen comes from a small town in Scotland and, before moving to New York City, lived in Japan, Chile, Australia, the Czech Republic and Iceland. Her writing has appeared at The Hairpin, Honolulu Weekly, The Rumpus, Viator, (614) Magazine and Matador Network.
Laura MottaDirector of 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 macarons, got sunburned on many French and Italian beaches, and became obsessed with traveling 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.
Danielle LongAssistant Deals Producer
Born in small-town Northern New York, Danielle Long discovered her love for travel during a semester abroad in Rome -- where weekend journeys through the Italian countryside and to the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, and France showed her how much there was to see in the world. After graduating from Ithaca College, Danielle now lives in Brooklyn, New York and enjoys taking small trips to near and far destinations like Montreal and the Caribbean.
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.