President & Founder
Patty Lonsbary created Global Tourism Solutions,
Inc. by analyzing her own strengths, extracting her skills, and
evaluating her resources to develop the services she can best deliver.
Her experiences as a consultant, volunteer manager, writer and fulltime
RVer give her the unique talents to launch this entrepreneur venture.
Patty works concurrently with Private Motor Coach,
to open the world of travel to people wanting to visit Central and South
America in a luxury motorhome/bus conversion. She accompanies travelers
on board “Dolly’s Pride” – a Prevost coach equipped as a “house on
wheels”. Private Motor Coach, Inc. is a company Patty manages with her
husband Ed Lonsbary.
Through the alliance
with Private Motor Coach, Inc., Patty is developing the emerging niche
market of volunteer tourism. Persons booking a trip on “Dolly’s
Pride” will have the option to include a volunteer experience as part of
their trip. Patty identifies benevolent international projects
which match travelers itinerary, energies, and interests; then, she facilitates the volunteer
In serving government tourism ministries and
private travel businesses, Patty will serve as a trusted advisor and
consultant. Research techniques such as interviews, focus groups or
operational audits enable her to test new ideas or evaluate existing
programs. She delivers feasibility studies and comprehensive reports
each offering practical solutions for future tourism development,
suggesting global marketing strategies, and identifying recommendations
for program implementation.
Publishers can also contract through Global Tourism
Solutions, Inc. for Patty to update Europe, Central and South American travel
guidebook information or to prepare destination specific articles for
Patty comes from a 30-year career in the
philanthropic world where for the past seven-years, as a consultant at
Ketchum, she tested the feasibility and planned multi-million-dollar
capital and endowment fund raising campaigns for clients. Most
recently, Patty served as the lead fund raising consultant for the USA
Swimming Foundation, Palmer Trinity School, and Prairie View A&M
University. Nationwide, she has worked on campaigns for Hospice of West
Alabama, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, Richardson Regional
Medical Center and others. She has managed volunteers at these
institutions and from such notable organizations as the American Cancer
Society, the Association for Retarded Citizens, and more.
Before entering the non-profit sector, Patty worked
as a writer and producer for KQV All-News Radio in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. She has earned an International Master of Business
Administration (IMBA) from Point Park University (2000) in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania and a BS in Communications and Psychology from the
University of Pittsburgh (1977). She is a long-time Rotarian and Past
President (1995 - 1996) of the Greensburg Rotary Club.