Our Alaskan Experts
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.
Tim Worthen, CEOTim Worthen got his start in the travel industry at the Alaska Railroad in the 80s. Maybe that’s where he got his love for trains. He and his business partner, Peter, had the foresight to recognize that by providing unsurpassed service and value to Alaska visitors, they could create a solid tour business. Years later, Premier is one of the fastest growing tourism businesses being recognized locally and nationally. Tim believes in providing an atmosphere for individuals to succeed via a team approach.
Peter Grunwaldt, CEOPeter Grunwaldt started his career in tourism as a tour guide aboard the Alaska Railroad in the mid-eighties. Today at Premier Alaska Tours, Peter handles the operational aspects of the team including the negotiations of preferred supplier contracts, equipment purchasing and new business development.
Josh Howes, President
Sarah Jeffries, Director of Logistics and Administration
Ivy Cerdena, Office Manager
Jennifer McCombs, Inventory Manager
Brian Huling, Inventory Manager
Sara Kuhnley, Inventory Manager
Jacob Lyon, Director of Motorcoach Operations
Cory Smith, Safety and Compliance Manager
Kevin Johnson, Operations Manager
Marissa Hinshaw, Airport Operations Manager
Jenn Borchert, Operations Manager
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
Karlyn Wilkie, Director of Communications
Laura Welsh, Director of Sales
Anthony Giliam, Sales Manager
Amy Nicolet, Sales Manager
Linda Cushman, Accounting Manager
James Chavez, Controller