With Grand Circle since 2006
99% of travelers rated their experience with Timothy excellent
"I think Timothy was one of the best Program Directors I’ve had. He was always there when we needed him and his knowledge of the history of the area was excellent."
–Mary Laura Stewart, 9-time traveler, Summerfield, Florida
Born in: Elgin, Illinois
Resides in: Phoenix, Arizona
Hobbies & Interests: Bicycling, hiking, cooking, reading, gardening
Get to know Timothy:
I grew up in a midsize town in Illinois. My teachers in elementary and middle school were avid travelers, and they shared their joy of travel with their students. Hearing their stories led to a lifelong curiosity about the world and its cultures. Later, in high school, I joined the marching band, and during the summer we traveled throughout the country to compete. It was during my youth that the desire to travel was instilled in me.
When I was 19 years old, I was living outside of Chicago when I realized I did not like the cold weather. My grandparents, who were like parents to me when I was younger, had moved to Arizona. After visiting them more than 30 years ago, I fell in love with the state and have lived here ever since.
I studied marketing, worked as a loan officer in banking, and owned a children’s entertainment company before I became a guide in 1997. I have had the opportunity to lead tours around the world. But after the 9/11 terror attacks, I wanted to stay close to home. So I began leading tours out West with Grand Circle. It’s not only the beauty of the area—the wide-open spaces, the incredible landscapes—that I find awe-inspiring, but also the friendliness of the people.
One memorable experience was during a recent stop to Star Valley Chocolates, in the small town of Afton, Wyoming. While the store owners were out because of a sudden medical emergency, several local business owners stepped in to open the store just for our group. They served us ice cream, chocolates, and cappuccinos. Many travelers were moved by their sense of hospitality. But then that is the West. If your neighbor needs help, the community will often come to your aid.