MEET OUR TEAM
Tracy E. BeardExecutive Editor/Marketing Director/Freelance Writer + Photographer
As the Executive Editor and Marketing Director, Tracy assists the publisher in managing production—which encompasses editorial, design, advertising sales, vetting, and working with freelance writers. As a freelance writer/photographer, Tracy produces content and photos for Upscale Living Magazine’s print and digital issues and the website. Her stories focus on luxury and adventure travel, spas, fine dining, and wine. Her work has been published in over 20 print and online magazines, including Upscale Living Magazine, LuxeGetaways, Wander With Wonder, Northwest Travel & Life, and Luxe Beat Magazine.
Fran E. MillerLuxury Lifestyle Journalist + Editor
Fran Endicott Miller is a luxury-focused freelance feature writer and editor for a variety of lifestyle, travel, and wine publications and websites, and serves as the California wine country authority for luxury travel concierge Essentialist. Prior to her journalism career, she held positions in the fields of politics, television, and professional sports, and is proud to have established the Golden State Warriors’ first community relations department and programs. Principled and genuine, she’s known for thoughtful and thorough coverage. When not traveling or writing she can be found walking her neighborhood with her beloved Golden Retriever Nate.
Michael CullenFreelance Writer
Thailand-based Australian Michael Cullen has called South East Asia home since 2015. Michael takes every opportunity to travel, explore the region’s wonders, and delve into its rich cultural diversity. Luxury travel and lifestyle are his niches. He writes insightfully about hotels with strong design aesthetics, wining and dining, spa and wellness, and sustainable and eco-friendly travel. Find Michael online at www.instagram.com/travellingaussiesinasia/
James WongFreelance Travel Writer
A freelance traver writer originally from London, now based in US. James spent two years writing hotel reviews for airline publications, before covering local events for Tokyo Weekender Magazine in Japan. He freelances for the travel section for a variety of publications overseas including Vogue, Vogue Man, GQ and Esquire.
Leslie E. RoyalFreelance Lifestyle Writer
Leslie E. Royal is an international travel writer, author, micro-influencer, and veteran multi-media journalist. She loves to travel with her wonderful husband Tony, grandbaby Kedei Savanna, children Antasha and Jay, and son-in-love Jules! When she's not traveling, she's writing and working on other exciting projects. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Chicago Tribune, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Upscale Living, Medium, The Ashro Blog, AAA Midwest Traveler, Upscale, and AAA Southern Traveler. She is an Ashro Brand Ambassador and the host of their popular video series called Onward and Upward with Leslie E. Royal. The creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog, she has two books: Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One-Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) and How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps ($9.95). Follow Leslie on Instagram @LesliesLane and see her Amazon Author Page.
Tim CotroneoFreelance Travel Writer
Tim Cotroneo is a travel writer specializing in island hotels, villas, and golf. My passion for writing was sparked by an article covering the Turks and Caicos Islands. A series of golf articles blossomed into travel destination pieces and business profiles. Nothing gets me jazzed like the anticipation of a trip to a destination I’ve never visited before. At each new stop, I find fascinating people with a story to tell.
Anthony DeMarcoFreelance Writer
A freelance writer and editor who travels the world covering the jewelry and watch industry. Anthony currently work as a lifestyle correspondent and “resident jewelry expert” for Forbes.com, and covers the U.S. jewelry market for JewelryNetAsia, a Hong Kong-based Web portal. Anthony also contributes to the Financial Times Watches & Jewellery special reports. In addition, he owns and operate the Jewelry News Network blog, which serves as a window into the international jewelry and watch industry. Prior to working in the jewelry industry, I was a senior editor for an interior design and architecture magazine; and began his career as an award-winning newspaper reporter where he broke stories involving government corruption, racial bias and the abusive practices of judges and other officials.
Rebecca UnderwoodTravel Journalist
A Travel Journalist, based in London. Rebecca's love of travel goes back to her prior career as a croupier on board luxury cruise liners and her journalism experiences began in 2004 when she joined Mayfair and St James' Life as the resident travel writer. Today, Rebecca lives and travels with her mother and the list of destinations that they are keen to explore continues to grow!
Brittney BlondinoMarketing Manager + Freelance Writer
Brittney Blondino is the marketing manager and a freelance writer. She assists in the development and organization of advertising campaigns, ad proposals, ad sales, social media, and client management. Her freelance writing is diverse but focuses on women’s fashion and jewelry. She loves to travel, eat delicious food, drink unique libations, and spend time with her family.
PRISCILLA PILONDigital Editor
Priscilla Pilon is a print and digital photo journalist with 30+ years of writing experience. Her focus is on food, wine, boutique hotels, and unique adventures. She is an accomplished social media expert, brand ambassador, and author. She is an admitted Paris addict and is the Publisher/Editor of The Weekend in Paris.
Damon M. BanksGolf + Real Estate Editor
As an award-winning journalist and accomplished media professional with 20+ years of experience, I have worked with a dynamic portfolio of projects over the years. This includes editorial assignments around the world; brand marketing collaborations; ongoing copywriting and copyediting contracts; representing travel, lifestyle and luxury brands as an ambassador; and executing management roles.
Somnath ChatterjeeAutomobile Editor
For me the biggest luxury is the freedom to go anywhere at any-time and that is something which the humble automobile gives us. Been in love with cars for as long as can remember and have been writing about them for nearly a decade now. Specialize in reporting about luxury and performance automobiles while having driven everything from a Ferrari to a Beetle!
Heléne RamackersLifestyle & Travel Editor/Africa
A freelance journalist who enjoys interviewing local and international celebrities but thinks she has found her calling amongst the travel writing fraternity. When she is not fantasizing about her next leopard sighting, Heléne thrives on taking photos of her family and love ones capturing the beauty of sunrises, sunsets, rainbows and the magnificence of the full moon. She is born and bred in Cape Town.
Jarone AshkenaziFreelance Lifestyle Writer
Native to Los Angeles, Jarone Ashkenzai writes about luxury hotels, VIP experiences and upscale restaurants. He spends his free time traveling, playing sports and going on outdoor adventures. You can connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh or at jaroneashkenazi.com
ADAM JACOT DE BOINODLuxury Travel Journalist
Adam Jacot de Boinod worked in London on the first series of the BBC programme QI for Stephen Fry. As a researcher, looking for anything ‘quite interesting’ beginning with the letter A, he discovered that there are 27 ways of describing both moustaches and eyebrows in Albanian. He then read all the world’s dictionaries to write 3 books for Penguin Press on all the most interesting words in the world’s languages. The Meaning of Tingo is a best seller, translated into 13 languages. He is now a luxury travel journalist and has visited over 40 countries in the last few years.
Angela Sara WestFreelance Journalist
A very experienced BBC-trained Freelance Journalist covering Luxury Travel & Lifestyle, property and interiors and arts & crafts. Angela specialize in celebrity interviews, and have worked with everyone from Michael Douglas, Ivana Trump and Sir Richard Branson, to Suzi Quatro, Peter Andre and Sir Cliff Richard.