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Aimee Smith, Media Consultant
Aimee Smith, Media Consultant

Hello, I’m Aimee Smith!

Aimee Smith, Media Consultant

I represent the group tour friendly states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. I look forward to getting to know you and partnering with you in developing the perfect multi-media marketing package for your company.

Aimee Smith
Media Consultant 
Cell: (717) 668-2720 
Fax: (616) 393-0085 
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Contact Alan Lininger

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Alan Lininger, Media Consultant
Alan Lininger, Media Consultant

Hello, I’m Alan Lininger

Alan Lininger, Media Consultant

I represent the group tour friendly states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

I have been involved in this wonderful Group Travel Industry for 13 years. I have been with Group Tour Media for 6.5 years. A former Director of Group Sales for two hotels in Gettysburg PA. I had the privilege of working with hundreds of Groups that visited our hotels and worked closely with Tour Operators and Group Leaders in helping to develop itineraries as they visited Historic Gettysburg.

This experience has helped me to forge many new relationships through Group Tour Media as I am able to use this knowledge in consulting with clients for their advertising needs, putting together advertising campaigns through print, digital and social media that help drive more Groups to their Destinations, Attractions, Dining and Lodging options.

I look forward to working with all within my territory to provide thrilling customer service, and to create new and lasting relationships.

Alan Lininger
Media Consultant 
2225 Quail Hollow Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Cell: (717) 778-8056 
Fax: (616) 393-0085 
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Contact Greg Jones

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Greg Jones, Media Consultant
Greg Jones, Media Consultant

Hello, I’m Greg Jones

Greg Jones, Media Consultant

I joined the Group Tour Media team in 2003, and have been in consultative sales since 1996.

As the sales representative for the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions I represent some of the most popular and diverse group travel destinations in the United States. Since every issue contains an editorial section for these states I also have a role in recommending suppliers and events that our editorial staff considers for coverage both in print and online.

I have a lot of family connection to the northeast; my parents originate from upstate New York and I was born in Oswego, near Syracuse. I have family currently living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and northern New York. While living in the south has instilled a deep-rooted aversion to snow and cold weather, I have always loved the landscape (when not snow covered!) and people (covered in snow or not!) that you encounter when traveling this part of the country.

Growing up in Lexington and having attended the University of Kentucky, I consumed the blue Kool-Aid on being a UK basketball fan. I’m also an avid tennis player and a football fan (go Packers!). I’m the world’s worst at keeping up with today’s pop culture but I can talk music for days and quote just about every slapstick comedy ever made. I think the era of craft beer we are currently living through is probably the single greatest advancement in man-kinds history. I’m a slow reader but enjoy doing it – mainly non-fiction – which means I’m a self-admitted nerd. I sold high-end audio and video electronics for many years (no calls about why you’re Netflix isn’t working please!) before moving into the world of travel media. 

I have two boys, William (born in 2008) and Richard (born in 2010), and when not talking to you about how Group Tour Media can help attract busloads of groups to your business I’m probably trying to keep them from burning the house down with whatever new “science” experiment their devious minds have concocted.

Greg Jones
Media Consultant
Lexington, KY

Cell: (859) 327-6417
Fax: (616) 393-0085
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Representing the states of: 
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C.

Contact Jim Holthaus

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Jim Holthaus, Media Consultant
Jim Holthaus, Media Consultant

Hello, I’m Jim Holthaus

Jim Holthaus, Media Consultant

In addition to the great state of Tennessee, I represent the beautiful region surrounding the Great Lakes, including Ontario, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. I come to you with many years of experience and hope to share some of this with you. My Career Highlights Include: Professional:

  • More than 32 years of management-level experience in the hospitality industry, which includes time spent in riverboat excursions, restaurants, CVBs and publishing-advertising sales.
  • 14 years in the riverboat industry, including the positions of captain, sales and marketing director and start-up general manager for BB Riverboats based out of the greater Cincinnati area. My time there included a full year spent at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. and other various projects. I still go back to work as a pilot at tall stacks every two to four years when the festival takes place.
  • Executive Director and CEO of the Southern West Virginia CVB. The Beckley-New River Gorge, W. Va. area encompassed a nine-county regional destination-marketing organization. During my tenure, I was awarded the State of West Virginia’s Tourism Person of the Year. I hold a CEO accreditation from the International Association of CVBs.
  • Current position is Media Consultant for Group Tour Media, publisher of Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour magazine and Spotlight e-magazine. My efforts have made me top sales executive for six straight years.
  • Helped secure and develop state group-tour planner publications for Ohio and Michigan, with hopefully more to come!

Personal:

  • Father to Helen and Henry.  I live in Lexington, Ky.
  • Attended Roger Bacon Catholic High School in Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati.
  • Third Degree Knight of Columbus. Recognized as Knight of the Year for my council in 2008-09.
  • Coach both Little League baseball and youth basketball.
  • Love to follow my UC Bearcats football and basketball teams, and am a Cincinatti fan of the Reds and Bengals!
  • Most enjoyable thing for me is to watch my two children perform, on the field, in the gym, and with their music as well as just watching them grow up!

Quirky Special Items About Me You Probably Didn’t Know:

  • In 1983, I saved two elderly women in a second-floor house fire! Both survived!
  • Only guy you’ll probably ever meet that cooked dinner for Mr. Frank Sinatra, TWICE!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Jim Holthaus
Media Consultant
3847 Dylan Place
Lexington, KY 40514
Cell: (616) 283-1816
Fax: (616) 393-0085
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Representing the states and provinces of:
Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario, Tennessee, Wisconsin