Meet Our Team
Founder + CEO
Jack has traveled frequently since he was a child, which sparked a passion for adventure, history, and cultural exchange. It was from this love of culture and adventure that brought Jack to the U.K. to study for his Masters in Ancient Greek and Roman Archaeology. He traveled solo around Europe often, and it was here that the idea for Guidester was born. Like most travelers, he found himself overwhelmed and frustrated with the countless hours spent researching each destination.
Co-Founder + Production
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Beth’s relocations and travels nurtured a love for discovering new and exciting places. After earning her M.S. in Geosciences in 2008, Beth spent the next few years in academia and growing her family. In 2014, she decided to take the plunge and join her brother to develop a solution for travelers with the same woes she experienced first hand.
Co-Owner + Development
Jessie left her accounting job in 2015 to travel around Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA. Upon returning, she joined Jack & Beth in their endeavor to change the way the world travels. With a BSBA and MA, she has a keen understanding of the acumen necessary to run a business at large. She’s also a US-Italian dual citizen, a seasoned traveler, and has an innate thirst for knowledge.
Lead Travel Consultant
Sarah Gallo, owner of the Five Foot Traveler, will be joining our team as Guidester’s dedicated personal travel planner. Sarah has traveled to all 7 continents and 81 countries. For the past several years she has been working as a freelance writer and getting sponsored to travel the world. Sarah is a seasoned traveler and will bring an experienced eye to our new planning services.