The Utah Tour Guide Association (UTGA) was created when several Utah guides and service providers came together in 2004 with the intention of improving the overall tour experience for visitors of the state of Utah and to promote the visibility, importance and understanding of professional tourist guides. Since it’s creation UTGA has created a system of networking, ongoing education, and tour guide certification that is making a difference in the state tourism industry. UTGA also serves as a point of contact for clients who wish to engage a certified guide for step on or over the road services.
The Utah Tour Guide Association is a nonprofit organization working to raise the quality of guide services offered in Utah through education, a positive exchange of ideas, friendships, and to be a channel for current and updated tourism information. We are a voice to assist those who provide guide services and those who affect the laws. The use of our directory is for clients to find the appropriately qualified guide for a particular job. We desire to improve the health of our industry resulting in more work for everyone while respecting the competitor’s rights of privacy regarding pay, uniqueness of service and contractual agreements between employers and employees.
Connor Maloney—Vice President
Meet the New Officers
I grew up all over the western US, even homesteading in Alaska for a while, living in a log cabin. After graduating from BYU, I spent 25 years working for the Utah DNR, spending most of those years as a Park Ranger/Naturalist for Utah State Parks, with a few years with Wildlife Resources. After retiring, I spent 3 years working for the American Red Cross as a training coordinator over all the CPR and First Aid training. I’ve been an EMT for 12 years, a tour guide for the last 5, and am truly loving sharing the places I love with others.
Having grown up in Salt Lake City, the outdoors has always been a passion of mine. I knew after graduating from Olympus High School that I wanted to study business and recreation to pursue my dream of taking people throughout Utah on amazing lifechanging experiences. After graduating from Utah State with B.S. degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, and Parks & Recreation, I joined a Moab, Utah rafting and climbing company. I was able to transform college students on their summer break into professional commercial guides to expand my mission of taking people throughout Utah on amazing lifechanging experiences. One day, I saw a black Mercedes Sprinter Van pull up. After talking for almost an hour to one of their guides, Steve Bodo, I was instantly hooked on the Utah Luxury Tours business model; take the rough and rugged out of national park touring. From there, I moved back to SLC, where I took my experience of small group tours to join Utah Luxury Tours. Today, I am a proud UTGA as VP to help stay involved in the Utah guiding community.
Drew is an ITMI-certified Tour Director and Guide. This is his second year in the role.
He lives in Sandy with his wife Steffanie and has lived in Utah since 2003. Drew currently works for Ivanti, a software company, as a Technical Writer & Training Developer.
Jennifer Phillips, Treasurer
A little over twenty years ago I received a call from my dad who was working for Le Bus, he called to offer me a job answering phones during a big convention in SLC, little did I know It would turn out to be a great and fulfilling career. I found a passion for tourism and love selling our beautiful state to people who want to come here. I have been so lucky to have wonderful leaders and mentors to help me grow into who I am today. I was raised in Tooele County, on a mule and donkey ranch, where we had people coming a going from our home all the time. I think that’s where I first fell in love with people and being a great hostess. I am so fortunate to still reside with my family in the community where I grew up. My favorite thing in life is being able to spend time with my husband, children, and grandchildren, sharing my love of cooking, camping, riding and traveling to new destinations all over the world.
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