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Capital Region Business Beat: Yankee Trails is a True "Family" Company

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. -- Rensselaer-based Yankee Trails had a modest beginning in 1957.

"We had two buses. Now, we have 45 coaches and we have about 100 employees," Yankee Trails President and CEO Stephen Tobin said.

Started as a bus company 57 years ago, Yankee Trails has become much more over the years. It had just several routes through Upstate New York and Vermont. In 1999 it changed its name to Yankee Trails World Travel and became a full service travel agency and tour bus company.

Yankee Trails is a Capital Region business, but they've been all over the country and even the world. It estimated their buses travel more than 2 million miles a year.

"Lets face it, we're in the travel industry and the travel industry on a non-corporate level is a lot of fun. People like to take vacations and we love being a part of that planning process," said Yankee Trails Director of Marketing Jeff Adams.

However, what makes Yankee Trails most unique, is how it's truly a family business. It was started by Tobins, and still is owned and operated by the Tobins, and now extended family. Six Tobin siblings work for Yankee Trails full time, and another son is the company's attorney.

"There's never a cut between family and business, it's always we work together, we vacation together," Tobin said. "We spend a lot of time together thinking about how to grow the family and grow the business."

In January of 2014, Yankee Trails reached the culmination of all their hard work.
They were named Vacation.com's 2014 CruisePRO Member of the Year, and beat out 5,000 other companies nationwide.

"For us to be recognized nationally kind of showed us that we have a good thing here," Adams said. "We're doing a good thing and maybe it's time start telling people outside of upstate New York what we're doing."

Expanding outside of Upstate New York is exactly what they're doing. Yankee Trails recently moved into the Florida to grow their business. It is focusing on the cruise industry.

"Don't think for one second that it's perfect everyday and that we get along every day, because it's not. But, in the end, we all have the same goal in mind and that's to grow this business and offer the same services that we do to the people in this community and now in Florida," Adams said.

To learn more about Yankee Trails go to www.yankeetrails.com.

If you have a business you'd like to see featured on the Capital Region Business Beat, you can submit an email to Jon.Dougherty@twcnews.com or on Twitter @JonDTWCNews.

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