Meet the team
Since starting Matador in 2006, Ross Borden has worked with dozens of brands and destinations on custom content and viral marketing campaigns. He is an expert at destination/tourism marketing and in 2012 will be speaking at travel/tourism conferences in Berlin, Mexico, Switzerland, Colorado, London, New York, Zimbabwe, and Jordan. He has lived in Spain, Kenya, and Argentina, and currently splits time between New York and his native San Francisco.
Ben Polansky is one of the founding members of Matador. He has lived in Spain, traveled in Asia and Africa, taught in Central America, and trekked and surfed his way through South America. He lives in San Francisco, where he manages a youth leadership program and travels vicariously through the Matador community.
Preston Clarke is the COO of Matador and our resident MBA… but we forgive him. He is also a world traveler. Preston has lived and worked in London and the Caribbean; and went to university in Spain before finishing in Massachusetts (and then Arizona for graduate school). When he is not analyzing everything Matador does, he enjoys playing tennis.
Network Design & Development
Stefan Klopp is the CTO of Matador and all around tech ninja. He keeps the Matador turtles at bay, all the while developing the latest features for the site. Stefan is a craftsman at heart with a passion for travel, and a photographic eye. He has been known to bake a mean cake, and brew a tasty beer.
Scott is a professional photographer, graphic designer, and filmmaker who found his passion for travel documentation while living in China. Scott’s most recent project, “Ixim”, is a documentary short about indigenous Guatemalans. When Scott is not on the road you can find him in the ocean near his home in Laguna Beach.
Originally from Seattle, Josh currently calls Los Angeles headquarters. Nonetheless, he will always enjoy a good rain shower, will never tire of being outdoors and relishes the cozy funk of a dive bar. Josh has been writing, photographing and filming his life travels for 10 years. You will find him on his mountain bike navigating the streets of LA laptop in tow, searching for strong coffee and a quiet place to write.
Eric Warren is a writer, photographer, and enterprising filmmaker with an unhealthy love for all types of transportation. His work appears in a variety of publications, including many in the cycling world. Currently based in Portland, Maine, he is currently developing a TV show about building a brewery and road-tripping around the country in search of techniques developed by the best brewers.
David Miller is senior editor of Matador (winner of 2010, 2011 Lowell Thomas awards). After living with his wife and two young children in Patagonia, Argentina for the last two years, he’s recently settled back in Asheville, North Carolina.
Carlo lives in Nelson, BC where he ponders big life questions, tends to his garden, and enjoys fresh mountain air. His work has appeared on CNN Travel and in Asian Traveler and Creative Culture magazines. He is a co-founder of Confronting Love and blogs at Vagabonderz.
Hal Amen is experimenting in root growing in Austin, Texas. He feels a little weird living only 80 miles from where he was born, and so has decided to keep traveling as often as possible. Editing Matador Trips is another great excuse to spend copious amounts of time on the road. His personal blog is at WayWorded.
Cody Forest Doucette was born in the heartland of Wisconsin, raised in the mountains of Idaho and educated on the beaches of California at UCSB. Working with his twin brother, writer Kitt Doucette, he has spent the past six years circling the globe in pursuit of images and experiences which capture both the beauty of the natural world and the complexity of the human condition in the 21st century. You can find more of his work on his website, www.codyforestdoucette.com.
Candice Walsh is a Contributing Editor at Matador and the Lead Writing Faculty at MatadorU. With a degree in English and Professional Writing, Candice is a regular contributor to Where.ca, Vacay.ca, and AOL Canada. Her writing has also been featured in various East Coast Canadian publications like SOAR, ahoy!, Marine Atlantic Onboard Magazine, and the Newfoundland Quarterly. Check her blog, Candice Does The World.
C. Noah Pelletier is a claims adjuster turned writer drawn to the offbeat side of travel and culture. He is working on a book about growing up in the American South, marrying an expat, and becoming one himself. Noah lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he keeps The Flying Pork Knuckle, drinks beer, and leads his wife on wild goose chases. Check out his adventures at www.flyingknuckle.com.
Josh is a writer from Los Angeles. He has lived in Mexico City, New York, and Berlin with extensive jaunts to Latin America and Europe.
Paul Sullivan is a freelance writer, author and photographer covering music, travel and culture. His work has been published in The Guardian, The Independent, Intelligent Life, National Geographic Music and more, and he has written/photographed several guidebooks for Time Out, HG2, Cool Camping and others. He currently lives in Berlin, where he runs the Slow Travel Berlin website, flirts with history and fiction, and continuously tells jokes no one gets.
A 5-language speaking multicultural guy, Daniel Nahabedian left behind his cubicle in 2009 to start a long journey and follow his true passion: Photography. After a year of travel, he is currently settled in Chiang Mai, north of Thailand to work on his travel photo website Canvas of Light, become a full time freelance travel photographer and spend his days planning his next meal.
Richard Stupart lives and works in South Africa, exploring as often as possible the strange and unknown places that his continent is so rich in. What stories of far flung places and mischief he is able to trap and bring home are stuffed and mounted on his blog at www.wheretheroadgoes.com.
Community and Social Media Coordinator
Juliane Huang writes, edits, formats, coordinates, updates, researches, registers, calls, and schedules for Matador. Armed with a strong cup of coffee and a clear wi-fi connection, Juliane gets the things done that need to get done for Mother Matador. Her personal blog is here.
Morgan deBoer is a writer spending two years in Japan. She is a staff writer for Matador and blogs at Hello Morgan. Follow her @morgandeboer.
Tereza studies math and trees and is trying to figure out the comparative merits of function and form. Send her your thoughts on any of this at tjarnik (at) gmail (dot) com.
Sarah Park is currently spending her quarter-life crisis shuffling between the endless sunshine of San Diego and the incredibly long winters of the Eastern Sierra. She lives and works in Mammoth Lakes, against the beautiful backdrop of trees, mountains, and grungy snowboarders who smell. When not out snowboarding, Sarah occupies her time hiking with her boyfriend and their dog, making disastrous mistakes in the kitchen, and trying to decide where they should live next. Read about her latest exploits on her blog, which she occasionally remembers to update.