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Gino Fina BIO

TripTrustees was founded in 2017 by Gino Fina. Originally from Columbus, OH, he joined the US Navy in 1990 at age 22 after graduating from Ohio State University to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy pilot. After serving in the USN for 11 years, he used his GI Bill to become a registered nurse. In 2009, he attended nursing school at Keiser University in Tallahassee. He now works at Tallahassee Memorial specializing in psychiatric nursing while also still pursuing his dream as a pilot working for American Airlines. Working in healthcare and as a pilot, Gino recognized the need for senior assisted travel, which is when he created TripTrustees.

Where did the idea for TripTrustees come from?

Back in 2012, one of Gino’s private plane partners was too busy to take time off work, so he asked Gino to fly his father and his son to visit the US Naval Academy. That round-trip grandfather and grandson journey is what inspired the idea for TripTrustees. Once news got out after the first trip, Gino was asked to facilitate several more trips with other seniors who were friends of friends. As their driver or flying companion, he assisted seniors for the entirety of their trip, doorstep to doorstep. He was driving seniors to all sorts of different occasions in all sorts of cities—from weddings, to family reunions, to cruise ships—and that is the part he enjoyed, that each trip was personalized and different, yet made a difference in someone’s life. 

TripTrustees was founded in 2017 by Gino Fina. Originally from Columbus, OH, he joined the US Navy in 1990 at age 22 after graduating from Ohio State University to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy pilot. After serving in the USN for 11 years, he used his GI Bill to become a registered nurse. In 2009, he attended nursing school at Keiser University in Tallahassee. He now works at Tallahassee Memorial specializing in psychiatric nursing while also still pursuing his dream as a pilot working for American Airlines. Working in healthcare and as a pilot, Gino recognized the need for senior assisted travel, which is when he created TripTrustees.

Where did the idea for TripTrustees come from?

Back in 2012, one of Gino’s private plane partners was too busy to take time off work, so he asked Gino to fly his father and his son to visit the US Naval Academy. That round-trip grandfather and grandson journey is what inspired the idea for TripTrustees. Once news got out after the first trip, Gino was asked to facilitate several more trips with other seniors who were friends of friends. As their driver or flying companion, he assisted seniors for the entirety of their trip, doorstep to doorstep. He was driving seniors to all sorts of different occasions in all sorts of cities—from weddings, to family reunions, to cruise ships—and that is the part he enjoyed, that each trip was personalized and different, yet made a difference in someone’s life. 

Ryan Gray Bio

Ryan Gray serves as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and oversees marketing and product development for TripTrustees. Since 2004, Ryan has built people-centered marketing and product development practices for organizations spanning industries, such as, travel and tourism, destination marketing organizations (DMOs),Fortune 500s, software, governments, associations, Christian ministries, and many other organizations across the globe.


WHO IS TRIP TRUSTEES?

American seniors aspire to travel.

Trip Trustees provides older Americans a connection to local Travel Assistants who display trust and reliability, from their careers in civic duty service and leadership in their own community.

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