President and CEO
Entrepreneur and travel industry veteran, Jena Gardner turned a lifelong passion for travel into a thriving enterprise. Her company, JG Worldwide, is a world-leader within the travel and tourism industry. Its portfolio of distinctive brands maintain an unparalleled reputation within the world of hospitality.
Her innovative approach to business has made Jena a sought-after industry consultant and speaker. Named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing by HSMAI, she is an international keynote speaker, having been invited to present at the Global Women’s Forum, the Global Eco Conference, the Fortune Luxury Summit, the Luxury Marketing Council, the BVI Business Outlook Conference and the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT.
Jena co-founded The Bodhi Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting environmental and humanitarian efforts related to travel and tourism sustainability, in 2008. She has also served on the Judging Committee for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which recognizes and promotes best practices in sustainable tourism, and Tourism Cares’ Lifetime Achievement in Travel Philanthropy Award.
A licensed CPA with an extensive background in hotel management, Ms. Gardner spearheaded sales and marketing efforts for Ritz-Carlton and Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch before founding her company in 2002.