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Gary Ramey

Gary joined the Celebrity Tours Team just after Christmas 2016. Gary stopped by the Villagefest Booth in downtown Palm Springs one Thursday night to say hello. With his magnetic personality and so much enthusiasm it was just a matter of where to make that perfect fit. He wanted to be a part of what Celebrity Tours was doing and felt he could be an addition to our growing company. And that he has been.

Growing up in Indiana, he became what a lot of young boys thought about on a long Sunday drive. Gary chose farming, specifically Dairy Farming with some 80 head of Holsteins. His work ethics show as he is a man who can’t sit still. Gary has a tremendous story of will power and determination in his successful effort to lose weight. Today along with everything else he does, Gary teaches water aerobics at three different Palm Springs locations through his “Splash Gary” business.

Willing to do whatever it takes to simply get the job done, you will find him Thursday nights at Villagefest, at the office, under the bus, or in the driver seat. From A-Z Gary does it all and we are all glad he is with us at Celebrity Tours.

Tim & Celia Bannister

Tim married Celia De Almeida May 7 2016, who he met in 2010 at their local churches “Vacation Bible School” of all places. Their honeymoon (pictures on left) was a 12,484 mile trek on Tim’s 1999 Honda Valkyrie (known as “The Dragon”) motorcycle. From Ontario, CA to Washington DC with “Run For The Wall” veterans run, then on to Dominion, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. From there to West Virginia, Niagara Falls, through Michigan’s U.P. to Washington State and back. “I have been blessed to have visited 49 states, and 4 Canadian provinces. I love to hear from our visitors, where they are from, and the experiences they share about their hometown.

Update 2017 – Traveled for a second year with “Run For The Wall” before heading south to Key West, around the Gulf of Mexico, through Texas, and back to Palm Springs. This year though Celia rode her own bike, a 2011 Can Am Spyder RT a total of just under 8,500 miles.

Jeff Swanson

Multiple Award Winner “Tour Guide of the Year”.

Jeff, Born at Venice Beach in Santa Monica, California, his parents celebrated their honeymoon in Palm Springs and as a child was introduced to the desert in 1958. Mom and Dad were avid fans of Gene Autry’s California Angels and even before they were a major league team the family use to spend every available day in Palm Springs where the Angels held spring training. He tells wonderful stories of how Palm Springs use to be – in his words, “a celebration of the California desert.”

Jeff left to go to college and spent a number of years away from the desert working in the publishing business for such companies as The Wall Street Journal. You would have to know Jeff to know that he would eventually own his own business. . . . often hearing him say “The worse day of being self-employed is better than the best day of working for someone else.” After selling his business in Michigan he came back to his roots here in Palm Springs. Jeff’s mix of old and new Palm Springs along with his quick smile and desire for you to have fun makes his tours a blast and frequently requested. His tours are fun and his stories are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Jeff also does Mid-Century Modern architecture tours, which are very much in demand, and a great way to see all there is to see of Mid-Century Modern Palm Springs.

During the summer, when it heats up here in the valley, Jeff takes to the road, heading to the Great Lakes where he enjoys his time at “The Cottage”. “Life is so wonderful there, on the lake.” Two wonderful grown sons and their families as well as the recent addition of his first Grandchild keep him busy. . . . . and that is a good thing.

You will enjoy his energy! We are happy to have him here at Celebrity Tours and you will be too!

Anne Hall

Two time  “Tour Guide of the Year” award. . From the upstate Rochester New York area where she chooses to spend her summers, Annie, is simply a legend in the valley. She loves to play golf, and is competitive every year in the resort league she plays in.

 Appearing on television and radio, Annie has been sharing her love of the silverscreen for 22 years. Annie carries you beyond the walls and gates where her stories make you feel as if every star sits at her dinner table. They are her family, her friends and you will think she was with them last night. By the end she is your friend and just maybe hanging out with her would be your way to see a star.