Our Team


JJena Gardner – CEO

I may appear to be a New Yorker now, but I’m really a Montana girl. I don’t think I will ever stop loving the great outdoors: Montana’s enormous sky, its horses, and its wide-open spaces engraved themselves on my heart at a young age. When I travel, I find it’s the elements of places that remind me of my childhood that I love the most. Not surprisingly, Africa and Morocco are at the top of my list, and the focus of many of the travel sustainability efforts of the foundation I co-founded – The Bodhi Tree Foundation. I want to make sure that the world’s special destinations are around for my triplet sons to experience someday. I’m so thankful they inherited my love of the outdoors – I don’t think our house would still be standing if not.


JJoel A. Zack – Chief Visionary Dude

I knew I would be an architect by the time I was in fourth grade. How an architect – I am one, actually – ended up in this business is a story way too long for this profile, but for me there is only one way to recharge my batteries: hit the road. Everyone loves to ask me, “where is your favorite place to go?” And the answer is always the most recent place I have been. When I’m not on the road, I love my life in New York: work, rare visits to the gym, less rare visits to the theatre (spectating only, can’t act worth a darn) and summer evenings on my building’s rooftop in Greenwich Village with a glass of Spanish Priorat.


AAngelica Sisson

I graduated from The Catholic University of America with a degree in Classics and a minor in Philosophy so I know my fair share of Latin and Ancient Greek! After college I worked at Madewell, served as a legal Assistant, and as a campus representative for College Year in Athens, Greece. I’ve traveled extensively throughout Europe and am ready to dive right in to planning your next perfect adventure. When I’m not working, you’ll probably find me at the library – I absolutely love reading – or in the kitchen baking bread, which I usually do about once a week.


A Ariel Spodek

I am a native New Yorker and I follow the food, always. Two constant questions on my mind are “what’s my next meal?” and “where am I eating next?”. My curious palate goes hand-in-hand with my never-ending urge to travel and experience the wonders of the world, as cheesy as that may sound. I have an ever-growing travel bucket-list, and an even longer list of must-try restaurants, both in New York and abroad. When I’m not researching all of my future destinations and adventures, you can often find me on a yoga mat or spending quality time with my family on Long Island. And if you still can’t find me, I’ll be with my dog.


CCameron MacMillan

As the son of a developer and interior designer, I began my travels at a very young age while developing a passion for the world’s top properties. I took that passion into my professional career where I found myself planning luxury group trips to Africa, Peru, Bolivia, India, Iceland, and countless more at a boutique travel agency here in New York City. Africa always held a special place in my heart and I yearned to focus my efforts planning incredible private safaris for individual clients. I live here in New York City where I was born and raised, and there isn’t a restaurant, beer garden, or golf course I won’t try at least once.


DDre Moore

I’m a relatively recent transplant to the East Coast, having grown up in Las Vegas. I studied Information System at the University of Nevada, Reno but, through luck and happenstance, fell into the world of luxury travel. I’ve spent the last few years working closely with travel advisors to help promote Heritage Tours and our sister company, Revealed America, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to now build trips of my own to our incredible destinations.


GGinger Hill

I’ve seen quite a bit – from my birthplace in Kentucky to South Africa to New York City. I have taught school in Kentucky, sold safaris in Johannesburg, and spent 20 years biking, hiking, and canoeing all over the continent. After work you can often find me at a Broadway show – certainly any with Hugh Jackman. In my 20 years in South Africa I was a witness to history. I witnessed the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, stood in line six hours to vote in the first free elections, and shed a tear as the Springboks won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, right in Johannesburg – an event which restored South African pride and marked their return to the world stage.


JJamie Maxner

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect: I’m an undefeated dodgeball champ! Aside from the dodgeball glory, I’m also proud to share that I am a Brooklynite and a self-proclaimed cheese monger. When I’m not exploring my own backyard—uncovering new spots, wandering the charming brownstone streets and taste testing my way through a cheese shop—then I’m deepening my love for Israel and Jordan. I spent a year living in Israel during which I made lifelong friends and got to see corners of the country few short-term visitors even know about. After returning to the states, I’ve been fortunate enough to return to Israel at least once a year and can’t wait to introduce others to this region that is rich in culture and beauty.


KKenn Vasquez

I started my travel career at Thomas Cook Travel in Pretoria, South Africa. During the early years, I jumped around a bit to get as much knowledge about the travel business as possible. When KLM Royal Dutch Airlines called offering me a Sales Representative position, I jumped at the chance. Then came a call from AMEX Travel Services which I immediately accepted before returning to Thomas Cook Rennies Travel at their invitation. I started up my own company in 1984 – The Travel Consultant, which specialized in outbound leisure and business travel from South Africa. Ten years later, I relocated to New York City where I opened an extension of my company before joining Heritage Tours. I have a keen eye for luxury, health & wellness and all things ‘fine’. You’ll experience that first hand when you travel with me.


KKim Guth

As an avid reader from a young age, I dreamed of traveling for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, I knew I would have to get creative so I took the only foreign language class in high school that offered a travel abroad opportunity and found myself in Germany, that was it! I moved to New York City following college and worked for a top fashion designer which required working in Hong Kong several weeks a year. I got into the travel industry full time 25 years ago and have planned trips for groups and individuals to Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt and Jordan to name a few. But it was my first trip to Kenya that changed everything. I found my true passion in Africa and now love creating unique experiences to the continent for clients that are just as unique!

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