Contact Information and Committees

Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
25 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10004
General inquiries: info@ganyc.org
Phone: 855-57-GANYC


Committee Chairs and Emails:
Awards, Adrienne Cooper awards@ganyc.org
Certification, Doug Fox Certification@GANYC.org
Education, Nina Mende Education@ganyc.org
Ethics and Oversight, Susan Birnbaum Ethics@GANYC.org
Government Relations, Judy Richheimer GovernmentRelations@ganyc.org
Industry Relations, Michael Morgenthal IndustryRelations@ganyc.org
Insurance, Tommy Wilkinson insurance@ganyc.org
IT/Web, Emma Guest-Consales IT@ganyc.org
Membership, Amada Anderson membership@ganyc.org
Multilingual Guides, Kristin Singleton-Ferrari MultilingualGuides@ganyc.org
Newsletter, Dave Gardner Newsletter@ganyc.org
Public Relations, Jeremy Wilcox PublicRelations@ganyc.org

Awards Committee: The GANYC Apple Awards are held once a year in March. While we have many volunteers who help out only on the day of the event, being a member of the committee does require some participation--attending meetings, and contributing to the event as a whole. Adrienne Cooper is Chair Matthew Baker is Co-Chair.


Certification Committee: Tour Guide Enhancement course in the process of development. Doug Fox, Chair.


Education Committee: As global ambassadors of our great metropolis, we, as members of the Guides Association of New York City, strive to maintain a high level of excellence and professionalism in tour guiding. The goal of every tour guide should be to expand one’s knowledge of NYC history, and to constantly hone and perfect one’s guiding skills. No matter how long you have been a tour guide, there is always something more to learn -- and this is what makes our profession so enjoyable!

In consultation with Executive Board, the mission of the Education Committee is to create and maintain a Continuing Education Program for GANYC members that will advance Guides knowledge of NYC and its environs, and enhance Tour Guides Professional Development. We achieve this by forming relationships with organizations and individuals: museums, cultural institutions, landmarks, iconic venues and attractions and experts in their fields.

Our curriculum includes FAM Familiarization tours, Guest Lecturers, and a Professional Development Program of Workshops and Seminars. Familiarization (FAM) Tours: These exploratory group outings/visits to significant NYC venues and neighborhoods help us become well informed tour guides, as well as strengthen our relationships with each other. In addition, these FAM tours help to promote and raise awareness of the areas/organizations visited, as tour guides will suggest these venues to the guests on their tours.

Professional Development Program (PDP): In conjunction with the Executive Board and participating GANYC Committees, the Education Committee creates and administers Professional Development Workshops/Seminars that meet the needs of our members.

Guest Speakers/Lecturers: In consultation with the Executive Board and with Membership, the Education Committee suggestions maintains a Guest Speakers program for our monthly Membership meetings and Professional Development Program.


Ethics Committee is a standing committee that is called upon as needed. In the past it has established a Code of Ethical Standards for members, for Tour Operators who are Industry Partners  and for Industry Partners in General.  It meets as needed to review individual member issues concerning possible breaches of the Code of Ethical Standards and determine if further action is required. Susan Birnbaum is Chair.


Government Relations Committee: Judy Richheimer is Chair.


Industry Relations Committee: Michael Morgenthal, is Chair. Bob Gelber is co-chair. 


Insurance Committee: Tommy Wilkinson, Chair.


IT/Web Committee maintains the official GANYC website www.ganyc.org.  Members have access to private sections of the website including the Members-only calendar, discussion forum, announcements, and job boards (both English and multi-lingual).  All members are encouraged to make a profile page including lists of tours and services offered, as well as contact information for prospective clients.  Authorized users are able to post job announcements and requests for guides and services.  The IT/Web Committee also works closely with Public Relations, Education, Industry Partners, and others to enhance GANYC's online presence, both on the website and through social media. Emma Guest-Consales & Marc Landman, Chairs


Membership Committee: Amada Anderson is Chair.


Multilingual Committee: Ibrahima Diallo is Chair. 


Newsletter Committee: Newsletter Committee publishes a quarterly periodical of material submitted by GANYC members. Typical contributions include tour reviews, website reviews, personal updates, book reviews, any hard news, and generally anything that concerns tour guides here in New York City. We distribute this voice-of-tour-guides as a paper copy for those who wish to receive one - and we post a PDF on our private website for those who only wish to view it. We call it GuideLines. Dave Gardner is Chair.


Public Relations Committee: Public Relations Committee is to advance the stature and public face of the organization, so as to raise the profile of the NYC professional tourist guide and their role as ambassadors and educators for visitors to the city. To accomplish this the PR Committee will: Issue regular press releases of note and newsworthy information though a database of press contacts maintained by the Committee so that the broadest possible audience is reached. Produce and post regular GANYC message​s​ and image​s​ with official GANYC press and social media outlets including: website, Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, and all other current and future platforms. Set guidelines for all GANYC Public Relations including publication copyrights, ethics and consistent representation to the public of GANYC. Please contact publicrelations@ganyc.org with any questions Jeremy Wilcox, Chair.

 

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GANYC is an association of independent tour guides. Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC provides a listing of all member guides to the public.GANYC is not liable, or responsible, for contractual obligations made between clients and tour guides. GANYC stands for Guides Association Of New York City.

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