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

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

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

Doug Wieand Doug Wieand

Doug Wieand

Senior Product Manager

Travel Bucket List

Antarctica

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Hong Kong

Never Leave Home Without

Dinner plans

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

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

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

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

Natalia Wojcik Natalia Wojcik

Natalia Wojcik

Marketing

Travel Bucket List

Food tours in Argentina, hiking in Norway

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Barbados

Never Leave Home Without

A book

Patrick McGrath Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath

Full-Stack Developer Intern

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.

Laura Stickells Laura Stickells

Laura Stickells

Business Analytics

Travel Bucket List

Exploring Iceland

Most Recent Passport Stamp

UK

Never Leave Home Without

A sweatshirt

Sasanka Uppu Sasanka Uppu

Sasanka Uppu

Full Stack Developer Co-op

Travel Bucket List

Gazing the Northern Lights at Svalbard, Norway

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Germany

Never Leave Home Without

Shades and chewing gum

Zack Alberts Zack Alberts

Zack Alberts

Junior Software Developer

Travel Bucket List

Backpacking across Europe

Most Recent Passport Stamp

Canada

Never Leave Home Without

A cup of coffee!

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.

Invest in our community

Invest in our community

PlacePass is proud to partner with EGBOK, a non-profit organization in Cambodia that trains underserved young adults to become hospitality industry leaders.

For every purchase made on PlacePass, we donate $1 to support students at the EGBOK school and training center in Siem Reap, up to $20,000 annually. To learn more, please click here.