Beth Harpaz, Editor of SUM, City University of New York

“This guy is the real deal. He is so knowledgeable, so funny, so smart, so on top of the trends. I was travel editor at The Associated Press for many years and met him a few times over the years at industry events, while following his work online. I can’t say enough good things about him. Honestly, there are a lot of folks you meet in the travel industry who are poseurs. Spud is the guy who actually knows what he’s talking about, and he’s got an engaging, fun way about him to boot.”