Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher
Carly started with Global Traveler in 2010 and, after a hiatus to join the private jet industry, returned to GT in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Marketing from San Francisco State University. During her time at university, she got the bug for sales and marketing while working for BMW Group North America, which led nicely into her career at Global Traveler.
She has traveled to Asia twice annually to visit partners from Seoul to Singapore since 2010, and annually to Mexico City, Seattle and Denver. Her leisure travels have taken her to the beaches of Hawai’i and Tahiti, along with exploring the wineries of Napa Valley and crabbing in Galveston, Texas.
Allen enjoys spending time with her sisters (she is a triplet — all girls!) and family in Los Angeles, reading as many books as possible and attending spin class to help her clear her mind.
Tracey Cullen came to work as the art director of Global Traveler magazine in 2007. A graduate of Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa., in 1995, she began her career at the York Daily Record. She was a graphic designer responsible for layout, illustrations, maps and infographics for the newspaper.
In 2005, in a new role as creative and design editor, she helped launch Smart and Spaces magazines, which were new publications by the York Daily Record. She realized that her passion was more for magazine design than newspaper, which led her to the job at Global Traveler magazine.
She stepped into the shoes of art director and continued using the familiar design of Global Traveler magazine — with a few slight design tweaks of her own. Then, in 2011 and 2017, Cullen debuted complete redesigns of the print magazine.
As art director, Tracey enjoys reading the articles and choosing interesting, engaging photos to accompany them for every issue of Global Traveler magazine. She prides herself in showing the readers the best of every location, and inviting them to visit far-off places through the use of photos.
Tracey and her husband, Jim, reside in York, Pa., and have a daughter, Alli.
She loves spending time in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where she has a vacation home. She enjoys wine tasting, boating, hiking and exploring new places with her family.
In her free time, she has done design work for a number of charities, including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Chesapeake Support Our Heroes.
Senior Vice President
Dick Evans has been involved in newspaper and magazine advertising for 30-plus years with a focus on international newspapers, one of which was based in London and another in Paris. Because of the international nature of his experience, Evans has worked extensively with advertising executives around the world.
He comes from a family with newspaper/magazine roots, so media is in his DNA. One of his grandfathers was a political cartoonist whose career started at the Kansas City Star, covering Teddy Roosevelt’s cross-country campaign tour. His great grandfather was a newspaper publisher and editor in the Midwest.
Evans firmly believes that democracy is dependent on a free press and a well-informed electorate, two things needed as much today as when the country first started.
Francis X. Gallagher decided to pursue his lifelong dream in 2004 when he launched Global Traveler magazine. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, Pa., he began his career at Knight Ridder Newspapers, followed by a brief tenure with Cresmer, Woodward, O’Mara & Ormsbee (represented more than 150 daily U.S. newspapers across the country).
He launched Business Traveler and served as the publisher for 17 years (a British-owned, monthly publication), growing the circulation and revenue year after year and taking it from a British rewrite to a true American voice for travelers.
In February 2004, he settled into his true calling – owning and running Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited monthly magazine for the business and luxury traveler. Yardley, Pa., nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, is home to Global Traveler’s world headquarters. Since its inception in 2004, FXExpress Publications Inc.’s growth has included globaltravelerusa.com, digital newsletters, a jump to 16 annual issues, respected annual surveys and awards, and two sister web publications, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com.
Francis and his wife, Michele, also reside in Yardley and have two children, Nate and Laura.
Francis is involved with a number of charities, including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which he serves on the Board of Trustees, and The Mentor Foundation. Over the years, he has been actively involved with youth athletics and coaching. He is a long-standing patron of Villa Joseph Marie High School, a private girl’s school in suburban Philadelphia.
He is an avid golfer, playing rounds wherever he touches down worldwide and shares these experiences in Global Traveler’s monthly golf column, often teeing up with key global clients. He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia.
Gallagher frequently travels around the world — from China to Los Angeles and from India to Europe. He often settles in the Outer Banks, N.C., where he has a second home. He enjoys traveling, playing golf, gardening and spending time with his family.
A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Jan discovered a passion for reading and writing at an early age. She studied English and theater at Southern Connecticut State University and earned a master’s degree in liberal studies/writing at Wesleyan University.
Joining Global Traveler as senior editor in 2008, Hecht enjoys “traveling” the world every day and learning about other countries and cultures through the articles submitted by GT’s team of inspired writers. She brings a wealth of teaching, writing and editing experience to her current role: teaching college English composition; tutoring students with learning disabilities in writing; directing an adaptive technology lab for university students with disabilities; writing software documentation; freelance writing and editing for business startups; and — a lifelong dream — owning and operating an independent bookstore.
Hecht and her husband, Stuart, live outside of New Haven, Conn., where they raised their two sons and now spend time with their grandchildren. Their location provides easy access to New York and Boston, but they also enjoy exploring New England’s beaches, cities and countryside. When at home, Hecht finds time for creative interests — gardening, quilting, writing fiction and reading.
Editor in Chief
Kimberly Krol joined Global Traveler in 2006 as circulation and public relations executive. She attended Syracuse University, with a bachelors of science in magazine journalism, and is a die-hard Orange fan. Krol received her Masters degree in Writing Studies from St. Joseph’s University in 2012.
After deciding her true passion was on the editorial side of the publishing industry, Krol moved into the role of managing editor in 2011. In 2016, Krol became editor in chief, and today serves as editor in chief of Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com.
A 2005 study abroad semester in London sparked Krol’s love of travel, and since then, she’s enjoyed the good fortune to travel to some of the best places in the world. Favorite experiences include hiking the Liwa Desert at sunrise in Abu Dhabi; a waterfall helicopter landing in Kaua’i; watching the Philadelphia Phillies win the 2008 World Series; floating in the Dead Sea in Israel; and watching the bulls run in Pamplona.
Krol is heavily involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Krol resides in Bucks County, Pa. Krol is interested in reading, cooking, visiting new restaurants, attending Philadelphia sporting events, entertainment and pop culture and exploring the city.
Stephanie Makowski is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a double major in philosophy and studio art with a concentration in photography. She also studied at the International Center of Photography and enjoyed building her portfolio with shots from her travels.
After working in corporate sales in the hotel industry and four years with a multimedia newspaper company, she joined the Global Traveler team in 2018. She values the process and the clients she works with. She loves to learn more about the history of their businesses and plans for their future.
In her spare time, Makowski is heavily involved with the Lungevity Foundation, which raises funds for lung cancer research and awareness. You can usually find her in a boat fishing in her free time. She frequents Los Angeles and Boston to visit friends and loves to relax at her family’s lake home near the Poconos. Traveling is a source for inspiration for her and she is happy to have a new destination to visit whenever possible.
Production & Advertising Coordinator
Yasser Ogando was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has lived in New York City for seven years. She held managerial positions in her jobs in the Big Apple and developed a natural skill to deploy, organize and conduct operations with the goal of increasing profit. Working at one of the city’s busiest transportation hubs—Pennsylvania “Penn” Station—and more recently in the Upper West Side where tourists are the main customer base led her to an interest in culture and travel.
Ogando is currently enrolled in Bronx Community College studying Liberal Arts with a focus in Psychology. With experience studying business management as well, Ogando joined Global Traveler as a sales planner in May 2018 and hopes to bring those two strengths to the table.
During her free time, Ogando enjoys cooking, hosting family dinner parties, spending time with her little brother and exploring New York with her friends.
As a recent Temple University graduate with a major in communication studies, Angelique Platas joined the Global Traveler team in 2015 as the assistant advertising and marketing coordinator.
Her interests in art, history and music set her on the path to travel early in life, first with quick trips to museums, then music festivals that developed into a passion for travel and exploring new places and things.
She was born and raised in New Jersey and outside of work continues to enjoy live music as well as reading, running and hiking with her dog, Vixey.
Chris Sager graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a major in economics.
After graduating, Sager worked for two years in the staffing industry and joined the FX Express Publications, Inc., team in October 2018. He was first introduced to international travel in college, when he spent four months studying and working in Rome, Italy.
Sager’s favorite world destination is Lagos, Portugal, where he spent time surfing, kayaking and enjoying the scenic beaches.
He grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and now resides in Philadelphia where his free time is spent on the golf course, at the gym and at 76ers games.
Vice President/Digital Director
Katie Skrzek joined the Global Traveler team in 2011. She grew up in Bucks County, Pa., before venturing to Manhattan to attend Fordham University. During her time at Fordham, she was heavily involved with the university’s Global Outreach service program. Over her four years, Skrzek participated in service projects to Washington, D.C.; Waynesburg, Pa.; Immokalee, Fla.; and New Orleans. She also served on the student board for two years, including as co-president during her senior year.
While at Global Traveler, she had the good fortune to travel to destinations including Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Aruba.
Outside of work, Skrzek is interested in exploring new places, trying new food, attending seasonal festivals and spending time with family and friends.
She currently resides in Haddon Township, N.J. with her husband, Anthony.
Associate Editor/Copy Editor
Born and raised in Portland, Ore., Patty majored in Language Arts and Drama at Oregon College of Education (Western Oregon University) before pursuing graduate work in Theatre at Ohio State University. Marrying and returning to the Pacific Northwest, she spent the next 20-plus years teaching and raising two daughters.
She parlayed a lifelong love of the written word and her time as a high school English teacher into a second career as a freelance copy editor and proofreader. Over the past 15 years Vanikiotis has worked with a small publishing house and several clients in the travel industry, including Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises. Since joining the staff of Global Traveler in 2008, she has taken on the occasional writing assignment in addition to her copy editing duties and blogging weekly on the GT website.
When not reading about exotic locales and cultures, Vanikiotis enjoys traveling with her husband, Harry, and indulging in great wine and food around the world. Now residing in Southern Oregon, she finds satisfaction in tending her own private paradise — her garden — and spoiling her grandson.