Blue Ridge Tours joins forces with Retired Air Force One Flight Engineer Sgt. Glenn Sparkman!
Blue Ridge Tours is honored to welcome Senior Master Sergeant Glenn Sparkman to our team! Sergeant Sparkman is a Retired Air Force One Flight Engineer Superintendent, who served on the flight crew during the administration of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is currently working as an Air Force JROTC Instructor at James F. Byrnes High School and has joined Blue Ridge Tours as an Educational Specialist and Tour Director. He will be utilizing his extensive experience to help Tour Coordinators and other staff develop and cultivate various educational programs for our school field trips.
After joining the United States Air Force in 1982 and serving only 4 years, Sergeant Sparkman applied for and was selected to become a flight engineer. Throughout his career, he participated in operations Golden Pheasant, Just Cause, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm. In 2001, the Presidential Air Lift Group was established and Sergeant Sparkman became a full-time crew member aboard Air Force One. He soon held the position of Superintendent of the Flight Engineers and the Operational Risk Management Program for the unit. Throughout his career, he accumulated over 7,000 flying hours and received military decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
We are so excited to have Sergeant Sparkman share his knowledge and passion with our student groups and cannot wait to work with him. The insight he has gained throughout his life and career will make him an incredibly valuable asset to the Blue Ridge Tours team!
Blue Ridge Tours owner, Steve Sulligan, becomes City of New York Licensed Sightseeing Guide!
Blue Ridge Tours would also like to congratulate our owner, Steve Sulligan, on passing his City of New York Licensed Sightseeing Guide test this morning, with flying colors! Many of our groups who have been lucky enough to have him as a driver or Tour Director already know how vast his knowledge WAS, but he has worked hard over the past several weeks to expand that knowledge even further.
Not only did he pass the test, but he passed at the highest "expert" guide level possible! We are so proud of his hard work and are honored to have our very own expert Licensed New York City Guide. We have no doubt that between his passion for The Big Apple, his 30+ years of experience, and his love of teaching, he will make a fabulous guide! Congratulations Steve!
Blue Ridge Tours, Inc. is proud to be one of the longest operating tour operators in the upstate of South Carolina. Established in 1988 by Retired South Carolina State Trooper, Steve Sulligan, Blue Ridge Tours has specialized in customized student and group tours to fit all of a group’s travel needs. We will coordinate everything from the moment your group steps on the motor coach, until they arrive safely back home, including the motor coach, hotel accommodations, all activities, and meals. Our services are met with outstanding customer satisfaction and normally rebooked annually. Blue Ridge Tours takes pride in offering a competitive price that will never compromise the quality of our service.
Our office staff is passionate about providing quality customer service and is only a phone call or e-mail away. Please feel free to contact us regarding a quote on a one day or multi day escorted group trip. We can be reached by phone, at 864-834-5604, or by e-mail:
Why travel with Blue Ridge Tours?
Safety- Blue Ridge Tours has a flawless safety record and offers the safest transportation and accommodations possible. Our owner Steve Sulligan, who often drives trips, is a retired State Trooper with over 2 million Safe Driving Miles.
Credibility and reliability- We have been operating in Upstate South Carolina since 1988 and serve dozens of schools throughout the Southeast.
Local office- Our office staff, including our owner, can be reached by e-mail and cell phone, 24 hours a day.
Incentive Programs- We offer teacher referral programs, a Price Match Policy, scholarship opportunities, and a school grant program to help thank both our new and loyal customers.
Customer service- Our staff consists of passionate, detail oriented employees whose main goal is to provide excellent customer service to every customer.
Quality trip packages- We take pride in offering completely customizable trips that are both educational and entertaining, while maintaining economical pricing.
Experienced tour directors- Most of Blue Ridge Tours’ Tour Directors are active or retired teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officers. They are trained to handle any issues that may arise, in order to make the trip as smooth as possible for teachers and staff.