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Who We Are

Cynthia Jorgenson

Cynthia Jorgenson is Vice President of Purchasing and Finance, and a co-owner of Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors. She joined the company in 1994 and has been in the travel industry since 1984 when she started as a domestic tour planner and escort. Cynthia is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Classical Civilization and M.A. in Latin - she previously taught Latin at the high school and college levels. Her passion for learning and discovery has taken her to over sixty countries. She pours that passion into the programs that she helps design for our travelers.
Kate Peer

Kate Peer is the President and founder of Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors. Through Kate’s leadership, Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors has become nationally renowned for planning life-enriching tours for schools, churches, clubs, families, and other special interest groups to destinations all over the world. Since 1982, Kate's firm values, unwavering drive, and ability to recognize market trends has allowed the company to thrive while other agencies disappeared. Kate is an active member of professional travel industry groups, business owners/executives groups, and is a dedicated community volunteer. Through her business, Kate has had the good fortune of making new friends from every part of the world and she continues to do so while discovering new destinations.
Janet Tollund

Janet Tollund is Vice President of Sales and co-owner of Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors, and has been with the company since 1986. She holds a BA degree in English and French from Luther College and an MA from the University of Minnesota. Prior to entering the tour business, she was a high school French teacher. Janet has served in the international group travel industry for over 30 years, and in addition to her role in Sales, has escorted countless performing ensembles and cultural tours throughout the world.