About Us

Hello and thanks for stopping by! We’re Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, Big Blend’s mother-daughter travel, radio and publishing team. Nancy, “Madam Geek” is the Mom, and Lisa, “Social Secretary” is the Daughter. We’ve been sailing the Big Blend media ship since 1997, and together have over 50 years of combined experience in tourism and hospitality, sales and marketing, publishing and media, writing and photography.

Through our Big Blend Radio podcasts and videos, and digital
Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, we co-create and share content that educates, entertains and inspires an audience of over 3 million. Our marketing partners are communities and destinations, festival organizers and event promoters, small businesses and entrepreneurs, membership organizations and non-profits, and creative professionals.

Big Blend is a company based on the belief that education is the most formidable weapon that can be waged against fear, ignorance and prejudice. It is our belief that education starts at home and branches outward. Education leads to travel, and travel leads to understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of cultures and customs different to our own, and ultimately to world peace. Our company is further based on the principle that networking, communication, and helping others to promote and market themselves leads to financial stability; thus paving the way to better education, travel, and the spirit of giving back to the community.

Along with creating podcasts, videos, web and magazine editorials, we travel full-time on the
Love Your Parks Tour, our quest to visit and document all of America’s parks and public lands, and showcasing their local community stories and treasures. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our pink sock monkey travel mascot Priscilla, she’s known as the “Queen of the Road.”

We are also proud ambassadors of the “8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program” that embraces the challenge of bringing excellence to 50 million children and young adults. This free program builds excellence in communities by guiding young people and families toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles.

“We are inspired by the admirable commitment of Lisa and Nancy to our parks and thrilled the 8 Keys of Excellence are traveling with them to each park! The 8 Keys are principles to live by that have impacted over sixteen million kids and people of all ages. We are excited to have Big Blend as our champion partner in our campaign to bring the 8 Keys of Excellence to 50 million people – creating a nation of excellence, a world of excellence!” Bobbi DePorter, president of Quantum Learning Network.

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