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Our Story

The Travel & Leisure Experts

Global Connections, Inc. (GCI) officially opened its doors in 1996 with the goal to give more families the opportunity to take vacations. Over the years, we have fine-tuned our travel and leisure services and products through growth and technology, leading to our industry’s most unique travel club.

Today, we provide comprehensive travel and leisure solutions not only to families in our budget-friendly vacation club but also to other business organizations in the U.S. and abroad through white labeling and partnership opportunities.

Our Expertise

GCI's Robust Portfolio

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Created, services & fulfills 200,000+ members with the industry's most unique travel club

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Resort developer who owns and manages resorts throughout the US

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White Labeling

Generates additional white label travel club products & services for industry and non-industry organizations

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Travel Agency

Offers travel agency services to members and retail clients

Our Team

The Best & Brightest

Global Connections is home to some of the most experienced and brightest minds in the travel and leisure industry. Our executive and management teams average more than 20 years of industry experience and our employees average more than 10 years of employment with Global Connections.

  • Chad Lyons

    Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer

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  • Cathy Wunder

    President, Chief Operating Officer

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  • Richard Washburn

    CPA, Chief Financial Officer

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  • Dave Dawson

    Vice President Resort Acquisitions & Development

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  • Michelle Zimmerman

    Vice President Human Resources

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  • Director of Corporate Sales and Marketing, Steven Grecco
    Steven Grecco

    Director of Corporate Sales & Marketing

  • Director of Inventory Management, Corina Violette
    Corina Violette

    Director of Inventory Management

  • Director of Membership Administration, Eric Stout
    Eric Stout

    Director of Membership Administration

  • Contract Administration Manager, Miranda Calkins
    Miranda Calkins

    Contract Administration Manager

  • Director of Creative and Digital Marketing, Annie Tumlin
    Annie Tumlin

    Director of Creative + Digital Marketing

  • Director of Information Technology, Brian Stearns
    Brian Stearns

    Director of Information Technology

  • Director of Software Engineering, Brian Riedel
    Brian Riedel

    Director of Software Engineering

  • Travel Agency Manager, Lori Smith
    Lori Smith

    Travel Agency Manager

  • Director of Membership Administration, Kelli Brazier
    Kelli Brazier

    Director of Membership Administration

  • Assistant Controller, Carrie Lee
    Carrie Lee

    Assistant Controller

  • Assistant Manager of the Travel Department, Nancy Porter
    Nancy Porter

    Assistant Manager, Travel Department


Industry Approved

Global Connections has longstanding relationships with providers of resort accommodations and travel partners in every facet of the vacation industry.

Industry Accredited

  • Member of ASTA
  • Member of ARCA
  • Member of ARDA
  • Member of CARE
  • Member of CLIA
  • Member of IATA
  • Member of VRMA

Cruise Travel Partnerships

  • Partner of Azamara Club Cruises
  • Partner of Carnival Cruises
  • Partner of Celeberity Cruises
  • Partner of Holland America Line
  • Partner of Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Partner of Princess Cruises
  • Partner of Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Partner of MSC Cruises
  • Partner of Costa Cruises

Guided Tour Partnerships

  • Partner of Collette Tours
  • Partner of Adventures Tours
  • Partner of Globus Tours
  • Partner of Insight Vacations
  • Partner of Kensington Tours
  • Partner of Monograms Tours
  • Partner of Pleasant Holidays
  • Partner of Tauck Tours
  • Partner of Trafalgar Tours