We are explorers. We are learners. And we possess a deep curiosity about the world around us. We enjoy experiences that are like ourselves – unique and original. And we celebrate new points of view found in faraway places that challenge our mind, shape our body and strengthens our spirit. At Source Events, we are energized by the sense of adventure, and deliver unforgettable experiences that cannot be found in any guidebook. For 15 years, we’ve made dreams come true by taking our clients on journeys to the world’s most exceptional destinations, perfectly curated with only the most unique experiences. We’re relationship builders and connectors in our community, building lifelong bonds between our guests that make them part of the Source Events family. So pack your bag, grab your passport, and join us at a Source Event.

Explore the world.
Discover your Source!

The Team

Craig Smith


Craig Smith left a successful law practice in San Francisco to follow his dream – the dream of creating extraordinary travel experiences for the mind, body & spirit with and for like-minded friends. Through conversations with some of these friends, and a shared vision of crafting unique and inspiring experiences, Source Events was born in 2001. Over the past 15 years, Source Events has become a recognized leader in luxury gay travel, producing all-gay cruises and adventures around the world.

Craig has assembled a team of professionals with expertise in every facet of travel and event production. He brings to Source Events his years of experience as Director of Events for the Winter Party Festival and as an elected public official. Under Craig’s leadership, Source Events has continued to make a difference in the community by supporting LGBT organizations such as the National LGBTQ Task Force, Pridelines, StandUpFoundation, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. In 2014, Craig was honored with the Morgan Stanley Business Person of the Year Award by the Miami Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Rafael Rodriguez (Rafi)

Director of Events

Rafi brings passion, fun, and a love of adventure to Source Events along with 15 years of experience in the field of management, entertainment, accounting and marketing. Rafi has been part of Source Events from the beginning as Craig’s life partner, and joined Source Events staff on a full time basis in 2010, where he has taken the lead in customer service, event planning and production. Originally from Venezuela, Rafi became a U.S. Citizen in 1999.

Michael Philipson

Creative Director

Michael Philipson has over 25 years experience in graphic and web design, communications, and marketing. He founded and built – from the ground up – TWO successful creative firms during that time: Cre8tiv Juice Group in Miami, FL, and The Philipson Group, in Rochester, NY. He is originally from Ionia, New York and has traveled the world. He’s fluent in French and received a certificate of Marine Biology from the University of Rennes in France.  Besides his work in design and sustainability, he is a passionate classical musician (singer) and has performed with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Florida Grand Opera, Rochester Oratorio Society and Eastman Rochester Chorus.