Julie Burton-Ray started in the tour business in 1983 after taking a class at the University of Utah in Tour Guide Development. She worked as a local tour guide in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. She went on to work as a tour director for a large domestic tour company from 1986-1989. From 1990-1997, Julie worked for a Salt Lake City based Destination Management Company working with conventions, meetings and incentive groups. After a few years away from the industry, she returned to the tour business in 2003 as the Director of Operations for a Receptive Tour Operator.
With close to 30 years of tour related experience, Julie has joined Southwest Adventure Tours as Operations Manager. She continues to enjoy traveling, Pilates, spending time with family & friends.