Daniel Ellis has lived in New York City for 20 years and has been in the tourism business 14 of those years. Orginally, Daniel came to the city from Richmond, VA to pursue acting and in the process fell in love with NYC. After doing waiting jobs, walking dogs, and everything in between to get by while pursuing acting, Daniel had an opportunity to go to London, England and while there he went on a Jack the Ripper tour led by a guide who was an actress. A light bulb went off in Daniel's mind and he knew that he was supposed to be a guide in NYC.
After getting his license with the city and joining the Guides Association of NYC, Daniel began working on the double decker buses getting his feet wet. He then moved onto working for companies bringing in students to the city. Dissatisfied with the various companies lack of knowledge of the city and lack of care for the people they were supposed to serve, Daniel decided to create his own tour operating company called Show Me Tours providing concierge services along wtih guiding families, student groups, and corporate groups around the city.
Using his charm and skills as an actor; his education from his BA degree in History Education from Longwood University in Farmville, VA; and his passion for people and making them thirlled with NYC; Daniel has been successfully creating customized tours and itineraries for people across the globe for 12 solid years.
He has served the guide community by volunteering his talents in the Guides Association of NYC as being Chair of the Education Committee for 8 years, a board member for 2 terms, and the association's Presdent for one additional term. In that term as President, Daniel led the effort to make GANYC more professional, productive, and have a better face in the tourism community. Daniel is also a member of NYC & Co. which is the official tourism branch of our city government. Daniel also while running his tour company served as a docent for the FDNY as an education facilitator at it's offiial museum at Rockefeller Center.
Daniel is happily married to his wife Gina Vellani and they have three young children Josiah, Liliana, and Evangeline.
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