Welcome to Zanjan-Fromer.com!
Hello! Yes, my name is Zanjan Fromer a.k.a. “Shawnshook” named after my great, great, great grandfather who is our Wooshkitan Tribe’s Chief by the Elders when I was born (King of the Tribe for those unfamiliar with American Indian terms). I am originally from Southeast Alaska from the Tlingit Eagle Tribe’s Wooshkitan (Shark) House with German and Japanese heritage that originates from the famed Sakamoto Clan.
Its my aim to maximize the potential of various supply/value chains across grass-root, rural, provincial, regional, national and international levels to stimulate public-private sector social economic development and health/human security of a country(-ies) via the diversity of my abilities and works. This includes, but not limited to: research and development, project designing, planning, geographic information systems IT (GISIT) for social economic development (community based tourism, geotourism, ecotourism, and SME Development), business analytics/development, implementation, local/international business linkage and partnership development/mobilization, human resource development/coordination, project management, production management, monitor/evaluation, on/offline marketing, print/web/app development, social media (average 50+ Klout), film/TV media, and international business fairs.
For over 20 years (overseas ‘out in the field’), I have had the honor to work and collaborate with many amazing professionals, domestic and international agencies, organizations and companies that include the United States Agency for International Development, Swiss Agency for International Development, World Bank, CBS’s Emmy and DGA Awarded “The Amazing Race” (WRP), and numerous domestic and international associations and companies pursuing the development of Mongolia’s meat, tourism, cashmere and mining industries. For years, my skills as a consultant, industry specialist, researcher and analyst (supply /value chains, etc.), project manager, marketing specialist, SEO , SEM , web designer/content manager, film maker, film producer, line producer and/or country production manager for international TV Networks, domestic and international film productions, domestic and international development agencies, and private sector companies, have been honed. It was during this time that I authored and founded the GER to GER Geotourism Foundation and Agency. Today GER to GER extends over a geographic spread of 11,000 square kilometers with over 40 community travel routes and community ecotravel products across Mongolia with a global market visibility exceeding 80% of the world’s geography. GER to GER has received accolades from National Geographic Society, Ashoka’s Changemakers, WHL Travel, UNESCAP, Lonely Planet and more. In February 2010, as the Founder and Top Ten Global Finalist, National Geographic Society invited me to attend Global Geotourism Summit and International Geotourism Ambassadorship in Washington D.C. to which GER to GER became an Affiliate of National Geographic Society’s Action Atlas and Explorers Take Action.
Highlights of International Honors
2008-2014 Lonely Planet “…most innovative tourism concept in Mongolia, …top of every traveller’s wish list…” ow.ly/sWcYh
2012 National Geographic’s “World’s Best Travel Experiences” #8 – GERtoGER.org
2010 Recognized by National Geographic as one of World’s Innovative Travel Entrepreneurs http://ow.ly/sWbPw
2009 Top Ten Global Finalist of National Geographic Society and Ashoka Changemakers “Power of Place” GeoTourism Challenge
2009 WHL Travel’s Urban Adventures Award http://ow.ly/uzTJK
2009 Tour Dust’s Scholarship Award
2007 Officially recognized case study by UNESCAP at its Sixty-third session