The Source Team
We are a family of travel experts, here to make your journey unforgettable.
It takes a special talent to be part of the team that puts together the entire Source Experience for our fellow travelers. A team that has traveled the globe and has experienced both the incredible highs and (sometimes) the unforseen difficulties in adventure travel.
Although from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, the Source Team has a single purpose in mind before, during and after every trip. That is to make certain our guests reap the maximum reward from experiencing one of our journeys.
Craig Smith – Founder | President
Craig Smith founded Source with the dream of creating extraordinary travel experiences for the mind, body & spirit with and for like-minded friends. Over the past 19 years, Source has become a recognized leader in luxury gay travel, producing all-gay cruises and adventures around the world. More so, Craig has created a family of travelers and adventurers who eagerly follow his lead to discover the
Favorite Source Journey: Gorilla Trek in Rwanda
Rafi brings passion, fun, and a love of adventure to Source along with 15 years of experience in management, accounting, and marketing. As Craig’s life partner, Rafi has been part of Source from the beginning and joined the staff on a full-time basis in 2010, where he oversees customer service, event planning, and production. Originally from Venezuela, Rafi became a U.S citizen in 1999.
Favorite Source Journey: Safaris in Africa
Michael has been designing Source websites, graphics, and other materials for the past 20 years. He was onboard the first Windjammer cruise out of St. Lucia, and has hosted and provided memorable photography on many trips since then. He’s traveled the globe working for Pan American World Airways and has visited hundreds of cities on 6 continents. He currently lives in Rochester, New York and in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Favorite Source Journey: Venice and the Croatian Coast
Jesse’s first experience with Source was traversing the Panama Canal in February of 2013 aboard the MSY Wind Star. Not long after he joined the team as a host and wellness therapist offering guests rejuvenation & relaxation with his signature massage style. He traveled twice to Northern Thailand studying “lazy man’s yoga”, a to complement his advanced rehabilitation and medical massage training. An hour with Jesse and you’ll feel like a new human.
Favorite Source Journey: Exploring the Mysteries of Machu Picchu
Loren Brown spent his career in the corporate world. After spending a year traveling around the world by himself with nothing more than a backpack, he transitioned to this career. Loren wrote about his adventures in his book Storm in my Soul. Loren recently became a licensed massage therapist and is enjoying alleviating muscle tension and fatigue through therapeutic touch. As he learned through his travels, a relaxed body means a relaxed mind.
Favorite Source Journey: Sailing the Islands of Tahiti
Ashley began her career as a corporate and mergers & acquisitions attorney at the international firm of Norton Rose Fulbright. After nearly 10 years honing her skills, she departed for a journey as an entrepreneur. Her experience is broad ranging from consumer products, spa and wellness services, real estate development to hospitality and finance and she has extensive experience in strategic growth and raising capital.
Favorite Source Journey: Sailing the Greek Islands
Chris Verdugo has spent most of his career in the entertainment industry. From his early beginnings on cruise ships where he created nightly spectaculars to producing high-profile events for LGBTQ+ organizations. He spent the last decade in executive management as CEO of two of the largest LGBTQ arts organizations positioning them as national leaders, raising millions in funding. Chris is fueled by his passion for travel, music, and the arts.
Favorite Source Journey: Galapagos cruise