Posted July 19th, 2011 by oitravel
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Our Tour Managers





At Occasions, Inc., our passion for luxury travel and personal service is a part of our every endeavor. Our professional tour managers are experienced and enthusiastic travelers, with a knack for finding the unbeaten path and divining the meaning of the moment. Whether you seek an all-out adventure or a cultural immersion, our tour managers bring depth and substance to every trip, helping you to create memories for a lifetime.

Tim Ball
Tim Ball, CMP, has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally, both personally and in managing client programs. With more than 20 years experience in the travel and meeting planning industry, Tim excels at managing programs for associations, private industry and government clients. A natural leader, Tim has worked with and led groups ranging from 10 to 10,000 people, traveling through Europe, Asia, North America and South America. An adept communicator, he is particularly talented at bringing history and cultures alive.

Gini Roberts Germany
Gini Roberts Germany is a professional travel director, overseeing U.S. and foreign travel programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies. As an executive tour manager and certified travel consultant, Gini has escorted and managed exclusive tours to New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, Japan, South Korea and China. A seasoned tour manager with a zest for adventure, she has worked for over-land and cruise operations, and helping to illuminate luxury tours and cruises around the globe.

Michelle Harrison
A respected travel and meeting planning professional, Michelle Harrison has helped manage programs large (1996 Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta) and small (family trips). In 1998, she became an independent corporate event operations manager. Since then Michelle has overseen programs for Fortune 500 companies and other corporate clients in more than 28 states and 20 foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Monaco, Italy, Germany, Fiji, New Zealand and Turkey. Her willingness to tackle any adventure makes her programs an unforgettable experience for all.

Janine Morris
A consummate adventurer, Janine Morris has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, with stays in Sweden, Greece, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France and Italy. Her passion for the outdoors prompted her to select Utah State University for college and to major in Wildlife Sciences. While there, she became an avid skier, biker and hiker. A mechanical engineer, Janine works as a key leader with the Food and Drug Administration, yet her wanderlust continues. Whether it’s a 400-mile bike ride through the Finger Lakes, a backpacking trip to New Zealand, hiking in Ireland or exploring ancient ruins in Turkey, Janine brings her passion for travel to every tour programs she leads.

Lisa Pickel
Lisa Pickel’s passion for travel started early, with a summer job at Glacier National Park and a stint on king crab boats in Alaska. She soon was leading camping adventure tours for Trek America around the United States and Mexico. After working as the public affairs officer for the Australian Embassy, she returned to full-time tour management with Travco, serving as a tour director for more than six years in the western United States and specializing in National Parks. More recently she’s expanded her travel management repertoire to include historic and adventure tours on the East Coast. Lisa brings her extensive travel experience and passion to leading luxury journeys for the Occasions, Inc. Travel Collection.

Artur T. Taryan
A citizen-soldier, Artur has lived and traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Most recently, he served in Tajikistan as an advisor to the Tajikistan military. As a civilian, he manages Pentagon acquisitions projects, after having served in Paktika Province in Afghanistan with the Virginia Army National Guard. Along with English, Artur speaks Russian and Arabic. His passion for travel and adventure has led him to become an independent adventure tour manager for the Occasions, Inc. Adventure Collection. Artur ‘s outdoor activities include trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking and any activity that gives him a challenge. An expert in survival training and team management, Artur brings his thirst for adventure to every Occasions, Inc. Journey, ensuring a memorable and fulfilling experience.