Our Alaskan Experts


Tour Operations

Travis Taylor, Director Tour OperationsTravis Taylor joined our year round staff in 2006. His role at Premier includes managing our tour operations in Alaska and the Yukon. Travis has a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and was a Premier Tour Director from 2003-2006. Born in Sitka, Alaska, Travis started his visitor industry career in high school with the Alaska Railroad Tour Guide Program.

Julie Jokinen, Tour Director ManagerJulie Jokinen started her Alaskan adventure in a Denali dinner theater show called, “Cabin Nite” in 1993. Since then, Julie has shared her love for Alaska with folks at the Alaska SeaLife Center, Royal Celebrity Tours and now Premier. She has camped on the Ruth Glacier in the shadow of Denali, jumped into Resurrection Bay in January, and reeled in her own 93 pound halibut. As the Tour Director Manager, she shares her experiences with our talented team of guides.

Brian Shea, Tour Operations ManagerBrian Shea grew up on the East Coast, went to college in the Mid-West, and then migrated north. Brian spent a couple of years after school as a commercial fisherman off of Kodiak Island and then effortlessly made the switch to the Visitor Industry. He has been with Premier Alaska Tours ever since. He loves traveling, but says his favorite part of the journey is always coming home to Alaska.

Christina Colvin, Tour Operations, ManagerChristina Colvin was born and raised in Kasilof, Alaska and lived in the same house for the first 18 years of her life! Christina loves Alaska for many reasons, but the root of all those reasons is because it is the most unique place on the planet with every day and every experience never being the same. We keep her summers busy as a Tour Operations Manager. When she’s not at Premier, you’ll find her outdoors - Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, camping.


Motorcoach Operations

Jacob Lyon, Director of Motorcoach Operations

Cory Smith, Safety and Compliance Manager

Kevin Johnson, Operations Manager

Brian Huling, Operations Manager

Jordan Howes, Airport Operations Manager

Fairbanks Operations

Buzzy Chiu, Director Interior Operations

Patrick Gillin, Division Manager

Mark Anderson , Shop Foreman

Premier Highway Services

Bill Pierson, General Manager

Rocky Almon, Shop Supervisor

Wilderness Express Railcars

Scott Oberlitner, General Manager

Kori Goertz, Director of Operations

Janel Grimmett, Rail Operations Manager

Chad Koker, Food and Beverage Manager

Alex Makar, Rail Support Manager


Laura Welsh, Director of Sales

Anthony Giliam, Sales Manager

Brian Shea, Sales Manager


Karlyn Wilkie, Director of Communications


Linda Cushman, Accounting Manager

James Chavez, Controller