All About Pleasurebent Tours
Pleasurebent Tours is based in sunny and friendly Tucson, Arizona and we are enjoying our 41st year in business!
We love taking our customers on sightseeing tours. We started out small. At first just eight or nine people would board vans for guided trips to local ghost towns. In time, we really got to know our groups and the people in them. We listened to what you had to say and what you wanted in the way of future travels, attractions, vacations, and getaways. Gradually, we began expanding the scope of Pleasurebent Tours and the number and kinds of trips and tours we offer. Besides the United States, our travel itinerary now includes destinations around the world.
Most of our business comes from repeat customers. We value the relationships we make on our tours as much as we enjoy the incredible scenery and terrific room and board. Like you, we work hard and demand the best for our tours – innovative itineraries to interesting places, comfortable travel, and great cuisine. It is no accident that for Pleasurebent Tours, the customer is #1. Let’s face it: You have worked hard at your jobs and raising your families and now it is time to see the world around you. And like us, you love to travel!
Pleasurebent Tours’ most valuable asset is our Team. Our tour directors are very experienced – well researched, engaged and proactive. They take pride in making your travel enjoyable and stress-free. Our tour planners are creative, attentive and meticulous. They take pride in giving our customers new, reliable and varied travel options. Our office staff are extremely helpful and friendly. They take pride in quickly answering the most complex questions about a tour.
We have not advertised much, preferring to build our customer list by word-of-mouth referrals. Nice people telling other nice people about their fun experiences traveling with Pleasurebent Tours. It may sound a little old-fashioned, but it’s true.
Meet the Team
Owner and General Manager. A native of the Midwest, Eric has traveled extensively around the world over the past 30 years and enjoys a hands-on approach to operating the business. Besides exploring new places, on his free time Eric enjoys hiking, tennis, gardening and jazz music. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two teenage daughters, Leah and Sophia. Eric is a graduate of Northwestern University. Favorite travel destinations: Scotland, Turkey, Paris, London, Mendocino and Sonoran Desert.
Senior Tour Director. Bill is an Air Force brat who started college in Texas and then began to work and live in the western states. A poet, golfer and rock hound, he came to Pleasurebent Tours after getting a late Creative Writing degree from the U of A. He met his wife, Becky in Tucson and they have raised two soccer-playing, rock-climbing sons, Evan and Blair. Favorite travel destinations: Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Canadian Rockies and New Orleans.
Senior Director of Tour Operations. Brooke is an Arizona native with a true love for travel and for Tucson. A graduate of the University of Arizona and fluent in French, she started her career as a high school French teacher. She transitioned to travel and tourism in 2009 and never looked back. When not traveling, Brooke enjoys playing with her dogs, the Tucson food scene, ballet classes, movies, and attending live events. Brooke has one son named Sawyer. Favorite Travel Destinations: Switzerland, Mexico, Bordeaux, New York City and California.
Office Manager. Martha is a California gal who spent time in Texas and attended the University of Texas at El Paso. She has lived across the country and settled in Tucson in 1982. She and her husband, Todd, have two sons, Joshua and Todd III. Favorite travel destinations: Northern California and Nevada.
Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations. As the son of a park manager, Doug was lucky to grow up in state parks all over Wisconsin. He and his wife Kris saw much of Asia during his time in Tokyo as Director International Communications for Northwest Airlines. Most recently, Doug headed international tourism for Mall of America before joining our team. Doug and Kris love travel, camping, hiking, hot springs, their dogs and spending time with their two adult sons whenever possible. Favorite travel destinations: Thailand, Italy, Iceland, Arizona, Colorado and their little rustic cabin in northern Wisconsin.
Tour Director. Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kirk served 4 years in the US. Army in Heidelberg, Germany as a photographic specialist for NATO headquarters. After his service, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a degree in Film Studies. He then worked as a staff photographer for many publications in the print journalism industry. In 2010 he met his lovely wife and best friend, the artist Jill Fives Speer. He switched careers into tourism and hospitality in 2011 and has since specialized in leading tours in the West, with a passion for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Favorite travel destinations: Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Parks, Germany, New Zealand and Tanzania.
Tour Director. Five generation of Fees have lived in Tucson since 1922. Bill attended the University of Arizona, and after a career as an Urban Biologist returned to the university for a graduate degree and served as an administrator for 25 years. He and his wife Brenda have two adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys building things like houses, airplanes, cars, boats and motorcycles. He enjoys international and local travel, often on two wheels. Favorite travel destinations: Australia, the UK and Ireland, and anywhere else he can explore new places, meet new people and experience diverse cultures.