Meet the Staff

David Davenport: Owner/President – David is the son of Sharon Davenport and has been working in the tour and travel industry for over 20 years. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and finished his studies in Business at VCU. David has more than ten years of experience working for a Fortune 500 Company in South Florida.  This location was an ideal background and a wealth of opportunity for learning and working with active adults and boomers. He is active in National Tour Association, and the local business community.  David looks forward to the opportunity of working with each and every client on a personal basis, delivering a distinctive “Touch of Class” in Quality, Service and Value.

Sharon Davenport: Founder – Sharon Davenport has 45 years of travel industry experience.  Her forte is group motorcoach travel, specializing in destinations throughout the US and Canada.  Years of commitment, experience and expertise have provided tens of thousands of satisfied clients an opportunity to travel to many of the major tourist attractions in this country.  Quality, excellence and value partnered with attention to detail have been her trademark.  Though travel is a hobby, she gets a major sense of accomplishment from the tours she escorts.  She enjoys being with the wonderful clients who she considers friends and family.  Marshall, her husband, accompanies her on many of the extended tours.  She and Marshall have three grown children and seven beautiful grandchildren who all love to spend time with them at their home . . .  You’ll see them together baking, working on puzzles, fishing, decorating the Christmas tree or just hanging out together!

Karolyn Hall: Tour Manager – Karolyn manages the Day Tours, and is a key associate in selling Cruise and Tour Packages in the US and abroad. She has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry and has earned her Certified Tour Professional (CTP), a designation of the National Tour Association.  She is currently studying to get her accreditation as a CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Certified Cruise Specialist.  You’ll occasionally see Karolyn escorting our motorcoach tours and cruises.  On a personal note, Karolyn received her BA in American Studies from the University of Mary Washington and began her career at WRIC 8News, here in Richmond. It was her love of giving “tours” of the TV station that beckoned her to a career in travel.  A “people person”, Karolyn finds great joy and happiness in the smiles on the faces of those traveling with SignaTours.  Karolyn is also a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Linda Johnston: Tour Director – Linda comes to SignaTours via the VCU Music Department where she is Administrative Director and Fiscal Administrator for the VCU Department of Music.  She was the 2007 recipient of the VCU Dorris Douglas Budd Award for exemplary performance by a staff member.  Linda earned her BA in Music Education from VCU and has worked there for close to 30 years! Linda has been directing tours and cruises for SignaTours for over 15 years and loves her time with the guests.  She is a valuable asset and member of our team and we look forward to many more years of service.  When she is not at work or touring, Linda serves as Music Director and Organist for Pine Street Baptist Church. She is an avid photographer and enjoys spending time with her two sons and two grandsons.

Laura Davenport:  Tour Director – Laura comes to SignaTours on more of a personal note as she is married to the founder’s son, David!  Her organizational and communicative skills are derived from her 30 years of teaching experience.  Laura earned her BA in Education from Guilford College and has gone on to earn her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from VCU. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science. This “highly-esteemed” certification is obtained by only a small percentage of educators. Since she is in the classroom most of the year, Laura directs tours on weekends and during her summer breaks.  As Laura puts it . . . “I love sharing the experience of travel with the clients.  Whether it is a new experience or a repeated favorite, I enjoy escorting people to the fantastic places SignaTours takes us.”  If you’ve toured with Laura, you know she loves traveling as much as she loves teaching science. Laura and David are the proud parents of two great kids!

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