International Travel Experience
24+ years of international travel for works and pleasure; I’ve been around the wold numerous times… Remote LOCs to urban jungles, -40/+40 degrees and then some…
Mr. Zanjan Fromer or
” Shaanshook’ “
is OFFICIALLY National Geographic Society Washington D.C. HQ Certified
Geotourism Ambassador since 2010
Founder of GERtoGER.org Mongolia, Alaskan Routes , Responsible.Tours – Global Networks and LastLifeline.org
The Alaskan/ The International Field Specialist/ Ministerial Gold Star of Leadership
Zanjan Fromer’s Tlingit Alaskan name ” Shaanshook’ ” was given to him by the Tlingit Tribal Elders exactly at the time of his birth after his great grandfather who was the Tribe’s Chief Shaanshook’ or “The First Origin” (Oldest Elder Chief).
In the Spirit of Shaanshook’ I have been rebuilding, strengthening, advancing overseas countries via transitional social economic development/stabilization works for over 24+ years. From the early days, I was part of the First United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Transitional/ Country Stabilization Teams in Mongolia, and much more!
THE REAL DEAL
MINISTRY MEDAL OF HONOR
Mr. Zanjan Fromer, Alaskan Native/Native American from the famed Tlingit Tribe, is the ONLY INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIST who arrived in 1994 into Mongolia, and around the world, who studied at the National University of Mongolia (1995-97 received official certification in language, culture, history, etc., and again continued studies from 1997 till 2000 within the National University) and today has accumulated 25+ years of internationally recognized and honored social economic development initiatives (100s of projects across Mongolia’s entire territory) to assist in Mongolia’s social economic post-soviet transition and stabilization. Mr. Fromer isn’t just another foreigner to the Mongols that is seen as a “taker”, like so many other foreigners operating in Mongolia, but rather is respected and honored International Specialist (Mongolian Ministry’s Medal of Honor) for his continuous contributions towards the advancement of Mongolia’s social economic development; cashmere, meat, tourism, film and tv, etc., industries across Mongolia and abroad.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL – EXTREME
-60 IN THE WINTERS / +40 IN THE SUMMERS
WE ARE A GO!
200,000+ overseas hours of Post-Soviet International
Social Economic Development/Transitional Stabilization (UN MDGs/SDGs); -60 to +40 eXtreme weather, terrains AND SITUATIONS
If a captain (pilot) of an airliner must obtain 1,500 to 2,000 flight hours for certification – Mr. Zanjan Fromer is reaching 200,000+ overseas hours…
of non-stop, ‘out in the field’/overseas, transitional social economic development (production manager, producer and expedition leader for documentary films and Reality TV productions (-60 to +40 extreme weather, terrains, situations, etc.), tourism destination development, international travel fairs (ITB, WTM, KOTFA, SITM, etc.), community based tourism, social enterprises, humanitarian initiatives, human rights initiatives (map/counter extremists, etc.), social economic development projects (supply chains, cross-industries, public-private sectors, SMEs, etc.), risk assessments/mitigation efforts, etc.). When comparing Mr. Fromer’s overseas hours with a FAA Certification for Pilot License – a Captain or First Officer of a commercial airliner requires 1,500 hours of total flight time as well as other requirements for certification – Mr. Fromer, has sufficiently met those basic LEADERSHIP requirements with his approaching 200,000+ hours of continuous overseas social economic development works and much more.
HIGH PERFORMANCE EXPERTISE
Short List of Mr. Fromer’s Skills/Experience: Producer | Production Manager | Scout | Fixer – Country/Rural Areas | Filmmaker – Video (cameraman)/Drone | Travel Photography | Sound Recordist | Post Production Editor | Logistics | Project Manager | Tourism Specialist | Destination Developer | Geographic Information Systems and Navigation | Online & Offline Global Marketing Specialist – Web/Internet Strategies to International Business Fairs, etc. | Travel Photography | Expedition Leader & Driver | Supply Chain Mapping and Assessments | Risk Assessment & Mitigation | Transitional Developer | Stabilization Specialist | Applied International Relations/UN MDGs/SDGs Advancement via Cross Sector/Multi-Industry Fostering of PPPs | Humanitarian | Expert Trainer | Small Medium Enterprise Development | Business Intelligence & Strategies | Rural to Global Outreach Program Advancement | Community Mobilization and Development | Community Based Tourism Specialist | Multi-Industry Social Economic Developer | National/Country Level Social Economic Development | International Competitiveness | Etc.
ONLY REAL RESULTS
“Zanjan’s creativity ensures delivery of high quality, professional media work that stands out. Always willing to take on a new challenge, he thrives on problem solving and new approaches.”
– Alan Saffery – USAID Mongolia – The Competitiveness Initiative -Competitiveness, Economic Development and Private Sector Development Consultant
“Zanjan and his team provided top notch creative and logistic support for an episode of “The Amazing Race” for CBS. His creative problem solving and fast thinking helped us get through some very tough situations and in the end added one of the more memorable episodes to an Emmy and DGA award winning season.” (SEASON 10, EPISODE 2)
– Barry Hennessey (Senior Field Producer at The Amazing Race – 2006)
On September 2015, Mr. Fromer had become the FIRST AND ONLY American in Mongolian History (dating back to the Great Khans of the Mongol Empire) to receive “The Ministerial Gold Star for Leadership”; the country’s second highest medal of honor with its Government Passport Booklet bearing the Minister’s Signature, SEAL and Medal Count/Serial Number from the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism; in dedication to Mr. Fromer’s career.
OVER A DECADE OF GLOBAL RESEARCH AND INITIATIVES HAS FORMED THE “LAST LIFELINE” CAUSE
NOTICE: AS LOCAL/FOREIGN EXTREMISTS IN CERTAIN COUNTRIES ARE OVERLY ACTIVE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT
MR. ZANJAN FROMER IS NOT/NOR HAS EVER BEEN GAY, BISEXUAL, IRANIAN, TURKISH NOR MUSLIM IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE.
ANYTHING CONTRARY TO THE AFOREMENTIONED HAS BEEN FABRICATED BY VERY UNTRUSTWORTHY EXTREMISTS.
MR. ZANJAN FROMER’S
A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS;
Film, Reality TV Productions, Tourism and Development
Over 20 years of experience, skills and expertise associated with Mass Media, Filmmaking, Photography, Producing, Fixing, Scouting, Destination Development, Community Based Tourism Development, Expedition Leading, Expedition Driving, GIS Mapping, Supply Chain Analysis/Social Economic Development and Mapping, Product Developing, Global Marketing, Web Developing, Social Economic Development and more!
Extreme PRO Productions, Mass Media & Projects; when you definitively need ‘that guy’ with a long history of mad-skills on the team… -50 to +40 degrees, remote terrains (desert, mountain ranges) etc., hardship conditions – some of us thrive to succeed in adversity.
Mr. Fromer has over 15 years of successful due diligences, projects, audits & endorsements, international honors, recognitions, achievements and partnerships……
In the last 15 years alone, Mr. Fromer has launched numerous initiatives for for film and TV productions, digital media, marketing, tourism destination development, community based tourism, humanitarian works, social economic development initiatives and more. Mr. Fromer has successfully 1) passed all due diligences 2) managed all projects 3) passed all audits by some of the WORLD’S TOP organizations, agencies and firms i.e. World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mercy Corps International, USAID/J.E. Austin Assoc., USAID/CHF (Global Communities), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), The Asian Foundation, CBS’s The Amazing Race, Syfy’s Destination Truth, National Geography Society, UNESCAP, even The Mongolian Government (First American ever to be awarded the country’s second highest Medal of Honor – “The Ministerial Gold Star for Leadership” in recognition of two decades of humanitarian/social economic development works) and more. Mr. Fromer has a long-standing history of “ethics” and “getting the job done” when it comes to planning, implementing and managing (finances, grants, sponsorships, donations and more).
MULTI-INDUSTRY, COUNTRY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VIA
Supply Chain Mapping | Risk Assessment and Mitigation | Transitional Development Strategies | Stabilization Strengthening | Applied International Relations/UN MDGs/SDGs Advancement via Cross Sector/Multi-Industry Fostering of PPPs and more via:
Transitional Development via USAID and other International Development Agencies/Organizations, NGO, Associations and Private Sector Initiatives
/Social Economic Stabilization – Mass Media/Competitiveness Specialist;
Owner of Adventure Studio
/film, tv, reality, documentary, travel, media productions and international marketing company. Professional Local Producers, Production Fixers and Assistants, 4×4 Expedition Drivers, Nationwide Human Resource Networks, Location and Talent Scouts, etc.
Founder of GER to GER Agency and Foundation (www.GERtoGER.org)
/humanitarian-style community based ecotourism with nomadic tribes & Development NGO;
I’M A PATIENT GOOD GUY, HOWEVER,
I TRAIN AS IF MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT…
I have “3” sides
“The quite and sweet side, The fun and crazy side and
THE SIDE YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE”
“Just a Sample” of my QCTs – go ahead and try to count the number strikes per second within 29 seconds; a good portion is faster than the film – it’s blurred.
I added a nice soundtrack so I wouldn’t freak out those who are less experienced – respect.
FIRST USAID TEAMS to MONGOLIA
POST-SOVIET REBUILDING, STABILIZING, STRENGTHENING, ADVANCING
“Zanjan Fromer’s creativity ensures delivery of high quality, professional media work that stands out. Always willing to take on a new challenge, he thrives on problem solving and new approaches.”
Professional Synopsis about Mr. Fromer
From 1999, Mr. Fromer was contracted part of The First USAID Contractor Teams to Mongolia who were responsible/contracted to establish Mongolia’s new foundation to advance its social economic development and conservation aspirations post 1989 transition into an Open Market Economy & Democracy. Historically, this is the first time in human history for Mongolia where USA Teams have every been politically allowed to assist with the entire country’s “Transitional Development/Stabilization of Mongolia’s Advancement” via strengthening its cross/multi-industry social economic supply chains (rural, regional, national and international); since Mr. Fromer’s arrival to Mongolia in 1994 till present day – Mr. Fromer has continuously assisted Mongolia for 25+ years across Mongolia and internationally around the world via 1000s of initiatives. From early 1999/2000s, Mr. Fromer was contracted by Stephen D. Vance to work on the USAID Funded Initiatives (USAID-Gobi Initiative) that focused on the Gobi Desert’s watersheds monitoring program (Geographic Information Systems) towards greater social economic development initiatives with Mongolia’s nomadic populations. From 2000-2003, Mr. Fromer was officially invited to join the USAID Funded “The Competitiveness Initiative” (USAID-TCI Team One) by the Chief of Party, Ms. Morgan; a first of its kind Development Initiative that successfully established Mongolia’s International Social Economic Foundation via 100s of training/export marketing initiatives for the country’s three main GDPs (meat, tourism and cashmere industries) to compete both responsibly and ethically throughout global markets that were historically closed to Mongolia; post Chingis Khan and the Soviet Union – these works were being carried out and implemented for the first time in Mongolia’s history by hand-picked/selected Teams of the United States of America by ‘the best global field experts’.
The USAID Funded Competitiveness Initiative’s aim was to assist in advancement transitional countries like Mongolia and it’s traditional GDPs (meat, tourism and cashmere – companies, associations and industries) into the Global Market via training workshops, product development/branding, international marketing, destination development, international exhibitions, business linkage development, etc. It was from these foundation-building works that Mongolia’s struggling industries and their respective companies were strengthen via countless workshops, product development, international business linkage development, international marketing, and more; of which after the The Competitiveness Initiative (USAID-TCI Team One) implementation works – regardless of TCI Team Two and other nationwide matters – Mongolia’s Social Economic Foundation is still strong today greatly owing to USAID-TCI Team One’s Professionalism… testimony of USAID-TCI TEAM ONE’s professional-excellence still exists today as Mr. Fromer (USAID-TCI Team One) has independently continued with USAID-TCI Team One’s Mission for the past decades via GER to GER and other works across Mongolia and around the world. Professional Note: for over 25+ years now – before GER to GER, during and afterwards, Mr. Fromer has been continuously engaged in such rural-to-international works – of which Mr. Fromer has had the honor to be contracted, mentored and worked side-by-side with a long-list of the world’s renown ‘social economic development experts/field experts’ for decades; Soros Foundation, Mongolian Association for Nature Conservation and Environment (Snow Leopard/Gobi Bear), USAID, World Bank, Swiss Agency for International Development and Cooperation, Rubin Art Museum, National Geographic Society, EMMY/DGA Awarded CBS’s The Amazing Race, etc.
If you desire to learn more about Mr. Fromer and/or review many existing international publications about Mr. Fromer’s works – you can easily access those documents online via www.GERtoGER.org, www.Zanjan-Fromer.com and www.LastLifeline.org websites.
GOING BEYOND BEING PART OF
THE FIRST USAID TEAMS
Beyond being part of The First USAID Contractor Teams that established the new foundation to advance Mongolia’s social economic development and conservation initiatives post 1989 transition into an Open Market Economy/Democracy; first time in human history for Mongolia (1994-Present, Mr. Fromer has assisted Mongolia; 20+ Years). Mr. Fromer has managed 100s of international projects, initiatives and expeditions (from urban to deep deserts, mountains, steppes – winter/summer, etc.), as a multi-industry/international specialist via his overseas companies and non-profit foundation (NGO). It has been his objective to advance social economic supply chains from remote tribal locations up the cross-industry supply chains (village, provincial, regional, national) to internationally famed business exhibitions (WTM London, ITB Berlin, etc.) via countless ‘brick layering’ initiatives in film, media, tourism, community/destination development, social economic development i.e. ‘competitiveness’, conservation, and more.
FILM AND TV PRODUCTIONS
Filmmaker, Producer, Production Fixer for Pre-Production, Production, Post Production; Logistical Manager of Producers, Production Managers, Fixers, Drivers, Transport, Interpreters, PAs and More!
100s of Films have been filmed and produced in last 15 or so years across Mongolia and beyond!
INTERNATIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
With well over 100 films ranging from small infomercials, travel films, travel logs, small documentaries and even a featured length documentary – I have shot film in about every worse condition conceivable in Mongolia and abroad! From -40 degrees and colder winter locations, to scorching 40+ deserts, being surrounded by hungry bees, stomping through swamps and tundra, hiking mountain ranges, 18+ hour days, and more – pretty much every client has those wishes to capture incredible moments (money shots)… I know the importance as I’m also a tested and tried photographer/videographer – I was contracted by National Geographic Society to make their ‘Centerpiece Film’ for the Washington D.C. Museum; I know all the necessary approaches to setup locations etc., as I’m that guy who has been put to the test countless times and more!
The benefits that I bring to a production with my vast “field experience” coupled with working/technical experience from small crews to incredibly large international products with million dollar+ budgets is a great package deal for any range of film/television companies.
FROM OFFICE ADMIN TO FIELD PRODUCER IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Imagine that one guy on the team who has applied experience ranging from office administration, project and financial management, marketing, etc., to pre-production, filmmaking, production and post production, etc., that works seamlessly on projects across a variety of departments whether within the office and/or abroad in harsh remote locations. One day I arrive at your office and can immediately start to learn and talk, integrate and cooperate with almost every person in your business and assist with their activities knowledgeably with kindness; 20+ years of overseas experience has firsthand taught that tactful approaches are both required and appreciated when dealing with people of different cultures, educational backgrounds and expertise. Nevertheless, not all production locations are ‘all peachy’ and like-wise you need ‘that guy’ who knows how to navigate ‘the rough seas’ to ensure you keep moving the production forward; any experienced filmmaker/production house knows the countless risks that are involved overseas – hence – I’m ‘that guy’.
I’M ALL GOOD – STORYBOARD OR SHOOT ON THE FLY
Depending on the requirements of the film production project, filming duration can differ depending on the clients requests i.e., stylistic footage require longer shooting durations (weather, lighting, locations, etc.). If a crew has the task to shoot more reality approach with minimal stylistics, then this can done on the spot – depending on technical requirements, I prefer shooting with multiple cameras to ensure flexibility during post-production of creative angles, etc. As for standard interviews, on the spot – choose location, provide some light and makeup and we are ready to roll the film… We all know that Post-Production is often done quickest with a storyboard, nonetheless, I have plenty of experience with ‘shooting on the fly’ and pulling together an awesome production with nothing more than basic concepts… sometimes working overseas situations change – that’s when you must “Adapt to Succeed”.
During my professional career in the film industry, I have had the honor of working for some of the world’s most prestigious film and TV agencies and production houses. In the range of providing expert production logistics (fixer, production manager, line producer, producer and filmmaker), I have work with ABC, CBS, NBC, National Geographic Society, etc., often this would require me to provide the following: Pre-production (scouting, planning, casting, budgeting), financials and contracting, film and TV production management, wrap-up, etc. In other situations, I have been contracted by National Geographic Society and Rubin’s Art Museum in New York for museum center pieces and requested to produce short films based on my wealth of stock footage which involves me mainly in the post-production aspects (NLE editing, audio, audio mixing, and mastering).
Global, regional and localized research, surveying, geographic information systems IT (GISIT), navigation, analysis (SWOT, Vin and other intellectual mapping of social economic value chains) and reporting, expedition planning and management, general management, product development, destination development and marketing, market analysis, branding, business linkage development, networking, public-private partnerships, monitor and evaluation (Level of Effort, Return on Investment), feedback analysis and reporting, program analysis, business and geographic expansion, communications/logistics, crises/emergency management, customer relations and trainings.
COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
FROM NOMADS/BUSH PEOPLE TO RURAL VILLAGE, REGIONAL, NATIONWIDE AND GLOBAL VIA WWW.RESPONSIBLE.TOURS
I was born in a small fishing village called Petersburg, Alaska that roughly has a population of a few thousand people and then later grew up in Juneau the capital city of Alaska (74% Government, 25% Tourism and 1% Private Sector) that has a local population of 30,000 that jumps up in massively for several months out the year. Imagine having a small city with numerous international cruise ships anchored (Princess Cruise, etc.), private and public yachts, Alaskan Marine Highway Ferries, domestic airline carriers, etc., all bring in thousands upon thousands of international travelers per day to your small city. Its a common practice for non-local businesses to be established hand-in-hand with local operators, it is also common for both to have positive and negative influences on the local culture, environment, businesses, etc., and in addition to the tourism industry, other industries also make use of the short lived summer season that also have impacts i.e. mining, fishing, hunting, and so on.
When working in the tourism industry, regardless if its at the community, regional and national level, the certain applicable nodes along frameworks and methodologies have to remain constant i.e. cultural, historical and environmental. As miners would say, “core sampling” is necessary to better understand the ‘earth’ beneath – such an approach can be applied towards better understanding a region and its vast resources; human, culture, nature, etc. Today, it’s vitally important to develop custom methods to advance the social economic supply and value chains beyond point-to-point cost management approach but rather utilizing such ‘maps’ towards enhancing all aspects of given destinations.
For over a decade, I have been testing and refining these social economic supply and value chain approaches that advances traditional methodology towards community based tourism development but more importantly allows for other industries to systematically engaged in regions more sustainably once multi-industry relations are properly developed and fostered for the betterment of the region, its people, its wildlife, its environment, its culture, etc.
Goal – foster a “win, win” environment…
For over 15 years I have been working on different levels of “Competitiveness” for sustainable social economic development; meat, tourism, cashmere, etc. From the “grassroots” along associated industry supply chains to national product development and global competitiveness, I have assisted producers, companies, associations, countries, international exhibitions and international donors (United States Agency for International Development funded The Competitiveness Initiative, World Bank’s Competitiveness Study, etc.).
FAMED INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXHIBITIONS, MARKETING MATERIALS, LOGISTICS, ETC.
For over a decade I have visited, supported and/or directly participated in international fairs ranging from World Travel Market London (WTM), ITB Berlin Germany, Adventure Travel Show London, COTTM Beijing, Hong Kong, BIT Milan Italy, Adventure Travel Show D.C., etc.
These works have been done at different times and mainly supported by GER to GER Agency and USAID (BIT Milan).
RESEARCH, STRATEGIC PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, STRENGTHENING AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
For over two decades, I have been involved with international, national and local projects, programs and initiatives both in the public and private sectors to assist transitional process of Mongolia from a command economy into an open market economy. From macro to micro and micro to macro, it’s been my responsibility to work along a variety of supply chains to advance the potential of a variety of social economic nodes (locals, businesses, associations, national parks, provinces, regions, national/international, etc.).
I have carried out these works on a macro-level successfully for international donors agencies (USAID, World Bank, SDC, etc.) and their targeted GDP industries, associations and companies all the way down to the micro-level for nomadic families eagerly trying to link their remote products/services to the international market.
VALUE ADDED TEAM MEMBER & LEADER
This Alaskan has PERSONALLY LED 100s of EXPEDITIONS across Mongolia and beyond…
100%/100% – ALL CLIENT EXPEDITIONS, PRODUCTIONS AND PROJECT GOALS ACHIEVED.
(film, photography, tourism, development, business, etc.)
Mr. Zanjan Fromer has a long professional history with top world clients when it comes to EXTREME EXPEDITIONS/PRODUCTIONS both small and large (local/international). Weather has never been an issue Zanjan Fromer has successfully led in -50 DEGREE WINTERS through heavy snow and COLDEST weather conditions to the farthest border locations in Mongolia or across lush mountain valleys and vast open steppes and deserts in prime travel conditions. Mr. Fromer’s success rate is still 100%/100% on all EXTREME EXPEDITIONS/PRODUCTIONS for over 20+ years; budgeting, planning, client health and safety, etc.
TESTED AND TRIED FOR DECADES
When faced with EXTREMELY TOUGH environmental/situational considerations – you’ll definitely desire a TESTED, TRIED AND EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL on the team. Don’t just blindly put your life or the lives of your crew into some inexperienced city-studio/travel agent who isn’t an expert nor specialist. They are not properly trained (not mention – they are not a filmmakers, expedition leaders and developers all wrapped into 1 person) – they’ll just pass you to another local who also isn’t properly trained just for quick cash; almost 99% operate this way in Mongolia.
VALUE ADDED TEAM MEMBER; THAT ‘GUY’ YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR…
BE RESPONSIBLE for your crew – ask some intelligent questions and get the facts before entrusting locals and travel companies – do they personally lead or just continuously refer you to others (secretly)…. Do they have all the proper equipments? How many expeditions have they personally led? How extreme have they gone? Are they trained in health and safety (not just band-aids)? What was their toughest experience? What’s the most extreme weather/terrain that they professionally successfully managed a production? What’s the largest crew they have managed? What’s the longest production duration they have managed in remote locations? Do they have a professional history in GIS-ing or just Google-ing to impress? Do they have a TESTED AND TRIED emergency plan, risk assessments, etc.? Have they every successfully managed emergency situations? Do they have any paperworks or professional references to back their claims? etc.
SERIOUSLY, ASK FOR CLARIFICATIONS.
Tested, Tried, PROVEN AND AWARDED
“I NEVER STOP”
ZANJAN FROMER – definition – multi-sector (community/international) program development specialist; film/TV, tourism, business, marketing, social economic development, outreach, etc.
A “SHORT LIST” of Mr. Zanjan Fromer’s (Timeline) of Achievements, Honors and Recognitions:
- A Brief Timeline of Achievements, Honors and Recognitions:
- 2019 Petit Fute Guidebook and Online Marketing – GERtoGER.org
- 2019 Zurich, Switzerland’s International Travel Fair (FESPO) – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2018/19 Trip Advisor – Officially Recognized as a “Recommended Business” – GERtoGER.org
- 2018 Taipai, Taiwan’s International Travel Market – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2018 Korean International Travel Fair (KOTFA) – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2018 Panelist Speaker at the USAID Funded LEAD SUMMIT (Leaders for Democracy)
- 2017 World Travel Market London, UK – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org and Responsible.Tours
- 2017 Seoul International Travel Mart Expo – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org and Responsible.Tours
- 2017 COTTM, Beijing’s International Travel Exhibition – GERtoGER.org TEAM
- 2017 ITB Berlin, Germany International Travel – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2016/17 Mongolia Producer of “Dani’s Way”; first trilateral international production between Beijing, USA and Mongolia – supported by Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- 2016 World Travel Market (WTM) London, England – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2016 ITB Berlin, Germany International Travel Exhibition – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2015 THE MINISTERIAL GOLD STAR – MEDAL OF HONOR FOR LEADERSHIP with PASSPORT BOOK & SEAL
- 2015 WTM London Travel International Travel Exhibition – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2015 ITB Berlin, Germany International Travel Exhibition – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2006-Today Official Partner of Give2Asia (USA501c3)
- 2005-Pres. IMDb Profile and Some Client Listings; The Amazing Race, No Strangers, In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan, etc.
- 2014 Certified Member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
- 2008-2014 Lonely Planet “…most innovative tourism concept in Mongolia, …top of every traveller’s wish list…”
- 2014 ITB Berlin, Germany Travel Exhibition – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2014 Adventure Travel Show London Exhibitor
- 2014 Hong Kong Adventure International Travel Exhibition – Official Exhibitor – GERtoGER.org
- 2013 WTM London Travel Exhibition – Official Exhibitor/Approved by Ministry – GERtoGER.org
- 2013 Rough Guides – Meet the Locals – How to Immerse Yourself on Your Local Travels
- 2012 COTTM Beijing, China International Travel Exhibition – Official Exhibitor – GERtoGER.org
- 2012 National Geographic’s “World’s Best Travel Experiences” #8 – GERtoGER.org
- 2010 National Geographic Society – Geotourism Ambassadorship
- 2010 National Geographic Society – Global Finalist Certificate
- 2010 Honored by National Geographic as one of World’s Innovative Travel Entrepreneurs (press release)
- 2010 National Geographic Geotourism Guide – GERtoGER.org
- 2009 Top Ten Global Finalist of National Geographic Society and Ashoka Changemakers “Power of Place” Geotourism Challenge
- 2009 WHL Travel’s Urban Adventures Award
- 2009 Tour Dust’s Scholarship Award
- 2009 National Geographic Society’s Weekend Broadcast
- 2007 NBC UNIVERSAL STUDIO’S Syfy Channel – “Destination Truth” – Josh Gates
- 2007 United States Agency for International Development Grant Winner
- 2007 Officially recommended by UNESCAP at its 63rd Session – Page 14
- 2006-07 Established the Give2Asia.org – GER to GER Fund with the Assistance of Loreena McKennitt (internationally famed Singer) and The Asian Foundation
- 2006 National Geographic Society Washington D.C. Museum – personally requested Mr. Zanjan Fromer to make and produce the Centerpiece Film for “Mongolia: Rebirth of Traditions”
- 2006 Official Partner/Country Production Fixer for CBS’s The Amazing Race: Season 10 Episode 2 – Won both an Emmy and DGA
- 2005 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Grant Winner
- 2005 World Bank Tender Winner – Cross-Industry Supply Chain and Competitiveness Study and Analysis
- 2005 USAID/CHF’s Ger Initiative (Global Communities) – Tender Winner – Contracted as Project Manager/Filmmaker of over 16 short films about CHF International’s community initiatives across Mongolia
- 2002 BIT Milan, Italy International Travel Exhibition – One of Two Official Mongolian Tourism Association/USAID Organizing Representatives (the other official representative was Michelle Morgan, C.O.P. of the USAID funded The Competitiveness Initiative) – 1st time in Mongolian History that “Mongolia” participated in an International Travel Exhibition and marketed itself as a “Country Destination” since opening its doors to the world as a democracy in 1989.
- 2000-03 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded The Competitiveness Initiative – Honored by Mongolia’s Tourism Association for Contributions made towards the Development of Mongolia’s Tourism Industry.
- 1999 USA Embassy of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Review the Mongolian Labor Law and Report
- 1998-99 SOROS Foundation Mongolia – Annual Report Team and Founded “The First Mongolian Terminology & Semantics Symposium” to introduce my research and to discuss the importance of broadening the semantics of terms, coining new terms and advancing Mongolia’s dictionaries thus to allow greater advancement of intellectual comprehension of foreign/global terms and semantics within the ‘Mongolia’s mother language’, hence, to advance Mongolia’s social economic development without the constraints and limitations of past regime-restrictions; notable attendees are Sh. Bira from the Academy of Sciences, Suh Jargalmaa from UN, Mr. Batereedui from the Mongol Studies Department (NUM), Heads from both the International Studies of the National University of Mongolia and Teachers Institute, Lawyers, and other officials.
- 1996-97 Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment; Snow Leopard and Gobi Bear Initiatives
- 1996-2000 First American to attended courses at the National University of Mongolia (as a Mongol) – Culture, Language, History, and much more.
- 1995-96 UN Convention on The Rights of the Child – Mongolian Development Center
- 1994 Arrived in Mongolia
- 1992-94 Alaskan Sightseeing and Cruise West
- 1992 “Close Up Foundation” Washington D.C. Selectee
Instagrams, Tweets, Films and Blogs
What’s it like to be a Humanitarian, Social Economic Developer, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur… “Jack of All Trades”?
A brief look into the Expedition-Style Humanitarian Works that we engage in throughout Mongolia – filming as I drive while carrying-out rural social economic development works to educate, evaluate and assess rural communities on a variety of matters while interviewing a local that discusses our efforts to offset the ongoing ‘seasonal challenges’ which rural nomadic populations face together as a “Social Enterprise” which include seasonal climatic disasters i.e. desertification, harsh winter storms and more within a short 5 minute short-film; beyond being a wordy sentence – it’s a testament that being a “multi-tasking jack of all trades” is effective towards “transitional development” in foreign countries.
(do note that I do like to have some fun concerning serious matters on my Instagram/Tweeter accounts… nobody enjoys a complete ‘stiff’ with no humor)