Albers School of Business and Economics
Mentor Program

Robert Brennan

Founder
Brennan Vacations (Retired)

Company Description

Robert Brennan founded Brennan Vacations in 1978 with a clear vision of his goal: a deluxe, escorted motor coach tour company specializing in destinations and providing the best in quality, value and personalized service. For over 30 years, he has attained this goal by building his company into a highly successful tour wholesaler known for its Canadian Rockies programs.

Employment History

A 40-year veteran of the travel industry, Robert became interested in tour operations while working as national sales manager of Westin Hotels. He joined Princess Tours as director of operations, later becoming vice president of Sales and Marketing for Johansen Royal Tours. When Johansen was acquired by Princess Tours, he decided to launch his own company and began offering deluxe escorted motor coach tours of the Canadian Rockies. He added tours to Eastern Canada, the Western U.S., Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Ireland, Scotland, and England.

Robert joined the National Tour Association (NTA) in 1986. He was convention chairman for the 1992 Seattle conference and served on the Board of Directors from 1992-2000 and as president in 1999. He is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), ASTA TOPS, Travel Industry Association of America, and the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Board of Directors). In 2004 Brennan Vacations was sold to GVI and he heads the transition team for the move to Littleton, Colorado, GVI’s North American headquarters.

In 2007, GVI sold Brennan Vacations, Canada a la Carte to EGS, LLC. He assisted with the transition and remained on as a Consultant in charge of the Canada a la Carte Brand. He retired in January 2013 and continues to pursue opportunities to serve Seattle University.