Melissa K. Montes

Melissa K. Montes

Publisher & Portfolio Director

Melissa Montes is the publisher and portfolio director for Airport Experience News, in addition to her responsibilities as diversity and inclusion business partner/lead for AXN parent company Clarion Events. Montes joined Airport Experience News in 2013 as director of business development and marketing. She became portfolio director in 2019 and was named publisher the following year. Montes is responsible for the overall strategic vision of Airport Experience News, the Airport Experience Conference and other company-hosted events. She leads the AX team in hosting an unparalleled networking and education opportunity for airport and concessions executives, supported by the AX News magazine and other media. She is also host of the informative AXiNsights webinar series.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:561-257-1022

Barb McCarter

Barb McCarter

Portfolio Coordinator

Barb McCarter started with AXN at its inception, when it was still Airport Retail News. She was the conference director for many years and is now the portfolio coordinator, responsible for supporting the entire AXN portfolio of products, including the AX Conference, AXN media products and the AX Fact Book. Barb is a natural organizer with strong attention to detail and has an enthusiastic attitude to provide exceptional customer service. She is a proud mother of two and enjoys relaxing by the ocean with her friends and family.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:561-257-1024

Jean-Claude Chaouloff

Jean-Claude Chaouloff

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Jean-Claude Chaouloff is an ad sales professional with extensive experience in print and digital media. Prior to joining the AXN team, he worked selling exhibitor space and sponsorships for BizBash. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts in political science from McGill University in Montreal, Québec, CA. He also holds a Masters in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University). Jean-Claude is bilingual with French and English, as well as proficient in Spanish. He lives in Florida with his wife where they’re both enjoying the sunny days and warm weather.

Carol Ward

Carol Ward

Editor-in-Chief

Carol Ward is the Editor-in-Chief of Airport Experience News. She has been writing about the airport industry for more than 20 years, chronicling the evolution of airport concessions and services and their impact on the traveler experience. Ward holds overall responsibility for the editorial content produced and distributed by Airport Experience News, including the Airport Experience News magazine, video interviews, podcasts and other media. She also is responsible for planning and delivering the sessions and educational events for the annual Airport Experience Conference and other company events. Ward previously was a senior editor for a national wine and spirits trade magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:619-750-7736

Andrew Tellijohn

Andrew Tellijohn

Senior Reporter

Andy Tellijohn is the senior reporter at Airport Experience News. He writes for the company’s magazine and website, assists in planning educational sessions for its conference and hosts the wildly popular and successful AXiNsider podcast. Andy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, with a B.S. in marketing. He stumbled onto journalism by accident when his first few career choices didn’t pan out. Andy is a fantasy football mercenary and if you could get educational credits for tasting bourbon he’d never have left school.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:612-827-5290

Shafer Ross

Shafer Ross

Copy Editor, Writer

Shafer Ross is an editor and writer for Airport Experience News, for which she writes and edits stories for AXN Magazine, manages all social media accounts and hosts the live interview series on AXN’s Instagram account, AXiNfo Live. Shafer is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University’s School of Communication, with a B.A. in multimedia journalism. She has a cat named Soy Sauce and is always on the lookout for a good cup of coffee.