Our Story

Who we are

Who we are

PlacePass is a team of entrepreneurs, travelers, and tech geeks. We opened our doors in 2016 with the mission of enabling people to easily search, compare, and book great things to do in any destination. In short: we’re in the business of fun.

PlacePass is led by co-founders Ethan Hawkes and Emily Bernard, who were inspired to build a business after decades of traveling and working in the hospitality industry. Their most memorable trips always included activities and excursions with great local guides, but finding those experiences took lots of time and research on multiple websites. There was no single aggregator keeping everything organized. So PlacePass was born.

For executive team bios, click here.

What we're all about

What we're all about

We’re here to help people have a great time. We believe that experiences – not things – are key to a happy existence. We’re proud to help create moments that build lifelong memories, whether our customers are traveling in a far-flung destination or looking for something new to do in the neighborhood. We’re excited to help people get out of their typical routines, discover great activities, and build new connections with friends and family.

Things we love

Things we love

Traveling (duh), Emily’s rescue pup Milo, summers in Maine, Bonneville Triumph motorcycles, meeting our PlacePass customers, Global Entry, foosball tournaments.

Things we don't love

Things we don't love

When your plane is early but the gate isn’t ready (why? WHY?!), no trips on the calendar, couch potatoes.

Meet the Team

Ethan Hawkes Ethan Hawkes

Ethan Hawkes

Co-Founder & CEO

Travel Bucket List

Early morning outing with a Maine lobsterman

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Zambia

Never Leave Home Without

Motorcycle keys in the summer. Snowshoes in the winter.

Emily Bernard Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard

Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer

Travel Bucket List

Night dogsledding in Alaska, below the Northern Lights

Most Recent Passport Stamp

China

Never Leave Home Without

A good book

Jeff Mathew Jeff Mathew

Jeff Mathew

Chief Technology Officer

Travel Bucket List

Great white shark dive

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Canada

Never Leave Home Without

USB stick

Gregg Klein Gregg Klein

Gregg Klein

SVP Operations

Travel Bucket List

Everest Base Camp

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Singapore

Never Leave Home Without

A form of identification

James Drake James Drake

James Drake

Head of Product

Travel Bucket List

Exploring Morocco

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Italy

Never Leave Home Without

Coffee, gum, Spotify

Leah Corgel Leah Corgel

Leah Corgel

VP Brand Strategy

Travel Bucket List

Surf Camp in Costa Rica

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Sweden

Never Leave Home Without

Mascara

Jason DeGeorge Jason DeGeorge

Jason DeGeorge

VP Engineering

Travel Bucket List

Brazil

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Australia

Never Leave Home Without

Headphones, a snack, and a positive attitude

Sovandara Chea Sovandara Chea

Sovandara Chea

VP Services Engineer

Travel Bucket List

Food tours at Siem Reap, Cambodia

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Cambodia

Never Leave Home Without

Headset, Wallet, and Cellphone

Andrew Greiner Andrew Greiner

Andrew Greiner

Director of Software Engineering

Travel Bucket List

Japan (for a couple of years preferably)

Most Recent Passport Stamp

United Kingdom to watch a couple of Premier League matches

Never Leave Home Without

A couple of half-decent ideas

Brad Hemmi Brad Hemmi

Brad Hemmi

Platform Engineer

Travel Bucket List

Driving on the Nurburgring

Most Recent Passport Stamp

UK

Never Leave Home Without

Probably saying "bye" to my dog

Nephi Calvin Bandela Nephi Calvin Bandela

Nephi Calvin Bandela

Developer

Travel Bucket List

Roman Empire Tours

Most Recent Passport Stamp

India

Never Leave Home Without

A charged phone

Duy Vu Duy Vu

Duy Vu

Software Developer

Travel Bucket List

Nüburgring, London, Heaven

Most Recent Passport Stamp

LA

Never Leave Home Without

Phone, credit cards and student ID

Frank LaNasa Frank LaNasa

Frank LaNasa

UI Engineer

Travel Bucket List

Learning Spanish on a long trip through South America

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Germany

Never Leave Home Without

A map or plenty of time to wander

Brian Roth Brian Roth

Brian Roth

Lead UI Engineer

Travel Bucket List

Watching the Northern Lights in a glass igloo

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Greece

Never Leave Home Without

A place to go, and then ending up somewhere else

John Wiley John Wiley

John Wiley

Senior Product Designer

Travel Bucket List

Wander Tangier, anything/everything in Tokyo

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Portugal

Never Leave Home Without

Headphones

Christina Zhou Christina Zhou

Christina Zhou

Senior Product Manager

Travel Bucket List

Ski Hokkaido

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Japan

Never Leave Home Without

Sunscreen

Jeremy Aronson Jeremy Aronson

Jeremy Aronson

Data Science - Product Lead

Travel Bucket List

Bicycle Tour of Eastern Europe

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Netherlands

Never Leave Home Without

Running backpack!

Elliot Kardon Elliot Kardon

Elliot Kardon

Senior Analyst - Analytics

Travel Bucket List

Bora Bora

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Costa Rica

Never Leave Home Without

Squash racket

Paige Dahlman Paige Dahlman

Paige Dahlman

Business Development Manager

Travel Bucket List

Playing with Giant Pandas in Chengdu, China

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Colombia

Never Leave Home Without

Flip-flops

Kim Tower Kim Tower

Kim Tower

Customer Success Analyst

Travel Bucket List

Hiking the Inca Trail

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Costa Rica

Never Leave Home Without

A positive attitude

Patrick McGrath Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath

Full-Stack Developer Co-Op

Travel Bucket List

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and go on a Safari in Tanzania

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Madrid, Spain

Never Leave Home Without

Google Maps. I have a hopeless sense of direction.

Dan Lim Dan Lim

Dan Lim

Growth Marketing Co-Op

Travel Bucket List

Monaco Grand Prix

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Ireland

Never Leave Home Without

A love of dogs

Jack Mastrangelo Jack Mastrangelo

Jack Mastrangelo

Full-Stack Developer Co-Op

Travel Bucket List

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Russia

Never Leave Home Without

A sense of possibility

JoJo Lee JoJo Lee

JoJo Lee

UI/UX Design Co-Op

Travel Bucket List

Cross-country trip from MA to CA

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Hilo, HI

Never Leave Home Without

White sneakers

Milo Milo

Milo

Chief Happiness Officer

Travel Bucket List

Labrador, Canada to explore my roots

Most Recent Passport Stamp

I'm still waiting to get my pawsport. Know anyone in Washington who can help a doggie out?

Never Leave Home Without

Leash (I know, it's so embarrassing)

Our Values

Work with the best

Work with the best

We’re proud to partner with the leading companies in the tour and activity business. PlacePass brings together high-quality experiences from top websites like Urban Adventures, GetYourGuide, Viator, CityPASS, LivingSocial, Groupon, and others. From hop-on hop-off bus tours to private helicopter rides, we offer great choices for every budget and every kind of traveler.

Customers come first

Customers come first

We are dedicated to providing unparalleled service to our customers. Although we are an online travel company, we make it a point to not act like one- which means if you call or email us, you’ll actually hear back from a human. We know your free time is valuable, so we’re happy to answer your question and help you make the most of your travels.