Jessica RuNyoN

Travel Coordinator
 

Learn how our team works together behind the scenes to provide exceptional travel experiences.

Meet Jessica

Concert band, jazz band, marching band, drum corps and orchestra – that’s just a glimpse of the performance experience that Jessica brings to her role here at BRT. But she’s more than an experienced performer; she’s a veteran music educator with a keen eye for detail and a deep love of spreadsheets. She loves the entire planning process, from finding incredible experiences for students on tour to making lists and checking them twice. With a lifetime of performance travel memories of her own, she’s thrilled to help create them for a new generation of student performers.

Jessica Runyon

Jessica Runyon

Travel Coordinator

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My favorite travel memory

My favorite travel memory would have to be a cruise to the Yucatán and Cozumel with my family. In Yucatán, we got to explore the Dzibilchaltun Ruins, one of the many Mayan Ruins. It was so cool to walk on them and be fully immersed in such a fascinating part of history. When we stopped in Cozumel, I got to swim with a dolphin, which has been at the very top of my bucket list since I was a little girl. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to swim with dolphins again!

My hobbies and pastimes

When I’m not at work, you can usually find me teaching trumpet lessons, giving my dog Willie belly rubs, at the gym, or out for a run. I’m guilty of the occasional Netflix binge session, too. I love shoes, and am incredibly sad that I can no longer spend my paychecks at Payless. I also enjoy mowing the lawn and pulling weeds, if the weather cooperates. My favorite ways to relieve stress are coloring, reading, and playing the piano.

My favorite travel destination

My favorite travel destination in the United States is North Carolina, because that is the only state I have been to for a personal vacation (the life of a band kid!).

 

The personal touches that BRT provides. Your company gets to know the people they work with. I have never felt like a "number" with BRT.

Leslie Schmidt
Class Trip, 2018 DC tour
Columbia Central Junior High School

 

I appreciated the flexibility Bob Rogers showed us with the billing and various payments we had to make. We thought we were adding more and ended up not but you were great about giving us extra time to work out what we needed to on our end.

Loraine Wistrom
Band, 2017 Chicago tour
Plum Grove Junior High School

 

BRT is always on top of all details. Even when something has slipped through the cracks, changed, or something unexpected comes up, BRT is flexible enough to make the changes needed to make everything right. We have always been so well taken care of and the personal attention is what makes your company special.

Dameon Place
Band, ’18-19 Orlando tour
Pella Community High School

 

This was my 5th trip with Bob Rogers, and I appreciate the professionalism and also the willingness to work with me and my students to make each trip the very best it can be.

Trey Jacobs
Choir, ’18- 19 Atlanta &Tuscaloosa Tour
Nashville School of the Arts

 

You make the process so easy - step-by-step of what needs to be done, guidance along the way, available (and quick) to respond to questions and making me feel like me and my students are your priority.

Beth Vaughn
Choir, ’17-18 New York City tour
Bowling Green High School

 

The quality of service that you provided us with was second to none. The organization and communication were exceptional and we always felt we were in “the loop” on things both before and during the trip.

Bob Mecozzi
Band, ‘17-18 Orlando Tour
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School

 

BRT hands down has been the absolute best travel company I have worked with in my 18 years in education. My interactions with BRT have always been so much more than just traveling from one destination to another...the focus has always been on people and providing them with experiences of a lifetime.

Barry Houser
Band, ’17-18, Ireland tour
University of Illinois

 

From the scheduling, to planning, to overseeing, to leading, to customer service, everyone involved was courteous, prompt, and hospitable. Everyone did their jobs well and turned the trip experience into something better than we had anticipated.

David Dvorak
Band, ’17-18 Nashville Tour
Lakewood Middle School

 

Very Organized - even when problems develop. We've gone on enough trips with Bob Rogers to know how BRT operates - always first class, always prepared.

Joe Carl
Band, ’17 Los Angeles Tour
Sumner High School

 

The whole BRT team was extremely attentive, accommodating and reliable. Every detail was attended to and my stress level the entire trip was at an all-time low.

Joel Vanderheyden
Band, ’17-18 New Orleans Tour
Jefferson College

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