Blue Ridge Tours had a wonderful Christmas party this year. We celebrated what Christmas is all about by adopting a family in need for the holidays. We were able to provide items such a clothing for the Duncan Family. They are truly deserving of all we could provide. It was an amazing team effort from our employees here at BRT! We can’t thank Bernie Lowry enough for playing the role of Santa! Also we had frosty the snowman and twinkle toes the elf show up! This was truly a memorable experience for all involved. We will definitely be making this a yearly tradition.
Frands has been a long time employee of Blue Ridge Tours. He is a real asset to our company for many reasons. He is also very cultured as he is originally from Denmark. He has a vast knowledge of our tour destinations and would be a great addition to any Student Tour trip. He is allot of fun and has a great personality. You will not be disappointed working with this true gentleman.
Here are a few questions we asked to get to know Frans Better:
1. What is your favorite tour destination?
Washington DC, New York City, Charleston, Barrier Islands SC.
2. What’s the best memory you have working with Blue Ridge Tours?
When I was told James Brown Elementary School requested me back after our first trip together
3. What is your best travel tip?
Leave room for adjustment in your travel plan
4. What’s your favorite movie?
Lord Of The Rings
5.What’s your favorite dessert?
6. What kind of music do you like best?
Blues rock, progressive rock
7. What’s your favorite food?
My wife's cooking
8. What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Coastal wildlife areas
9. How long have you worked at BRT?
10. What’s your favorite hobby?
As you all wake up this morning and carry on with your day, remember....
Remember these times 8:46, 9:03, 9:37 and 10:03
Remember 2977 total, remember 343 were firefighters, remember 60 were police officers, remember 8 were EMTs
Remember all those that rushed up the stairs while everyone else was running down. Remember all those that found the courage to take back a plane. Remember those who volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, Iraq or other hostile lands and never returned. Remember all the families that will never be the same. And remember that real heroes don't have capes or super powers or jerseys.
And remember they may have wounded us, but they will never break our spirit. They may have scared us, but we will not cower in fear. Remember forever and remain united together.
Professional Photographer - Bernie Lowry
So as we all know, we don’t always get to see everything that goes on behind the scenes of companies. However we would like to highlight a few because we have some amazing multi talented people here at Blue Ridge Tours, like Bernie Lowry. He is not only an amazing professional photographer that is also one of our top Tour Directors but he also makes our promotional marketing videos and presentations.
After two years of college in New Jersey, Steve moved to Columbia, South Carolina to finish his degree at University of South Carolina. He graduated from USC in 1980 having already reached his goal of serving as police officer, and he became a South Carolina State Trooper shortly afterwards.
Steve spent 25 years in law enforcement servicing and protecting the citizens of South Carolina. He also served on the protective detail of many national and state dignitaries, and he was selected as part of the FEMA law enforcement response unit to New York City in the days after September 11, 2001.
Steve is still active in law enforcement, and he makes it a point to meet with police officers wherever he travels.
While serving as a state trooper, Steve decided to fulfill his final dream, and he became a trained and licensed commercial bus driver. But he didn't stop there. Because of his love for New York City and traveling, many of his friends started asking him to help them plan trips to experience and learn about new places. Steve so enjoyed planning the trips, working to find new places to explore, and educating the groups about the history of the different destinations; he opened Blue Ridge Tours in 1988.
30 years later, Blue Ridge Tours has grown into one of the largest locally-owned educational tour companies in South Carolina. Steve still drives buses for Blue Ridge Tours' trips and for numerous sports teams in the area. But, Steve still continues to plan itineraries of fun and educational trips, and he guides many groups to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.