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Jena Gardner

Jena Gardner is President and CEO of the Global Group by JG. Entrepreneur, marketing expert and travel industry veteran, Jena Gardner turned a lifelong passion for travel into a thriving enterprise. Her company, Global Group by JG, is a world-leader with the travel and travel lifestyle industries. Its portfolio of distinctive brands is active across three different sectors: sales and marketing, public relations and retail. Her innovative approach to business has made Ms. Gardner a sought-after industry consultant and speaker. Named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing by HSMAI, Ms. Gardner has been invited to speak at such prestigious events as the Global Women’s Forum, the Global Eco Conference, the Fortune Luxury Summit, the Luxury Marketing Council and the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT. She is also a contributing writer for Enterprising Women magazine. Ms. Gardner founded JG Black Book of Travel in 2002 and has since built it into a highly successful consulting firm that provides expert sales, marketing and distribution services to the world’s finest travel experiences. The firm has been named by Inc. magazine as one of the country’s fastest growing privately-held companies for the past three years. Ms. Gardner is also President and CEO of JG Group PR, a New York-based public relations agency and in 2009 she launched The Traveler’s Collection, a retail website showcasing exclusive and unique home décor, apparel and accessory items from artisans around the globe. Knowing the depth and scale of the travel industry’s influence, Ms. Gardner continues to work to promote philanthropy, economic development and environmental sustainability through tourism. She is co-founder and president of The Bodhi Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing travelers and the tourism industry to promote environmental and humanitarian efforts across the globe. Ms. Gardner also serves on the Judging Committee for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which recognizes and promotes best practices in sustainable tourism. A proud Montana native, Ms. Gardner graduated with honors from the University of Montana’s School of Business Administration.