Entrepreneur, author, speaker, and online media impresario, Mark Murphy is a 20-year travel media industry veteran recognized by his peers as an innovator at the cutting edge of online publishing, social media, advertising and brand marketing. His understanding of both the travel industry and the rapidly changing media landscape, combined with his desire to continuously offer unique and customer-driven solutions, has positioned him as a pioneer in the business. His latest venture, TravelTribe.com promises to shake up the industry once again with an online content driven social network married with travel agent experts.
Mark writes regular columns and produces video segments for the industry leading publications he founded including Vacation Agent magazine, Agent@Home magazine, and TravelPulse, the world's leading online news source for the travel trade. Murphy has hiked, sailed, climbed, kayaked, Segued and rickshawed his way through more than 50 countries around the world, and brings his extraordinary first-hand experiences to the travel veteran and amateur alike. He reports on exotic, off-the-beaten-path locations, travel deals, breaking news related to the industry, and is a passionate advocate on behalf of the agent profession regarding the advantages of working with a travel professional.
Mark is perhaps best known for founding Performance Media, a New Jersey-based marketing services company that combines the high powered pressure of a New York City media business with the fun dynamics of a Silicon Valley dotcom start up. He took a major leap of faith in 2002 when, in the aftermath of September 11, he risked it all to launch an Internet business focused on what was then considered a dying breed ï¿½ the travel agent.
Born in Chicago and raised in Central Jersey, Murphy is a graduate of Lehigh University where he was best known for catching major air on the basketball court. Now he spends most of his time at 32,000 feet. He enjoys his time on the ground writing about his favorite destinations which he'll soon publish in an autobiography about his experiences in the travel business. He resides in Moorestown, New Jersey with his wife, two children and a dog named Beau.
About Performance Media
Recognized by Inc. Magazine 3 straight years from 2008-2010 among the fastest growing media companies in the U.S.
Reaches more than 70,000 agents, and works with the biggest names in the travel industry including Carnival Cruises, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Royal Caribbean, Avis Car Rental, and Puerto Rico to name a few.
Properties include: TravelPulse.com, TravelAgentAcademy.com, VirtualTravelEvents.com, Agent@Home magazine and Vacation Agent magazine. Murphy also owns TravelTribe, LLC, parent company to TravelTribe.com, TravelTube.com and Travel4School.
To learn more about Mark's business ventures, visit www.travalliance.com