About Us

Meet Sunnyland’s Travel Team

Never visited the Sunnyland office? Want to put a face to that voice on the phone? Here’s your chance to meet our fantastic travel specialists and learn a little bit about them.

Frederick J. Harris, Owner

Fred was born and raised in Michigan, married a southern belle from Alabama, and is now happily settled in between. He and his family returned to the Ozarks in December of 2019 to begin their journey with Sunnyland. New to the travel industry, Fred was happy to join seasoned professionals who have made his transition enjoyable. He loves his country, the patriots who protect it, and the freedom they have provided to enjoy it. “I increasingly enjoy history and travel as I get older and am honored to assist Sunnyland’s loyal guests to enjoy it with me.”
Roi G. Williamson Jr., Travel Coordinator

Roi has rejoined us after a short retirement. He has been in the travel industry for 41 years and has been an international tour director/escort for 16 of those. He truly enjoys traveling and has visited many, many countries. Prior to coming to Springfield, he lived 9 years in Cheyenne WY where he was a district manager for a nationwide travel company. He worked for Pan Am Airlines, based in Miami FL and prior to that with Maupintour for many years. Roi’s favorite countries are Austria, Iceland and New Zealand and some of his favorite cities are Katmandu, Nepal; Zel am Zee, Austria; Reykjavik, Iceland and Lima, Peru. He enjoys cruising and considers the North Baltic Sea as his favorite cruise.
Angela Burgess, Cruise/ International Specialist

Angela was born and raised in Springfield. She and her husband, Johnnie, have one grown daughter and a young grandson. Angela’s love of traveling helped her start her second career after serving citizens in Springfield and surrounding areas for 20 years. She now follows her other passion of being a travel agent and helping people create memories with family and friends. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with my clients and becoming friends through the process.”
Rory Birge, Bus Driver

Rory has been in the Bus Business for over 39 years. He followed his Grandfather and Great Uncles which were Bus Driver’s and Truck Driver’s. He started with Illini Swallow Lines Champaign Illinois. He then drove for Marie’s Charters in West Palm Beach Florida for 12 years. He Married in 1987 and has three children and five grandchildren. After moving to Branson in 1997, he started with Sunnyland Stages/Sunnyland Travel. He owned Happy Trails Charters until 2020. He is still driving, now with Thompson Coaches out of Branson, Missouri. He loves doing all the tours with all the great Sunnyland Travelers.
His all time favorite tour is Nova Scotia, Canada.

Bethany Harris, Administration Specialist

Bethany was born in Alabama and spent much of her childhood right here in Springfield, MO. After returning to the Ozarks with her family in 2020, she immediately began her journey with Sunnyland. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Missouri State University, which she plans to one day use to teach in an Elementary school. She loves people and enjoys helping them make their travel plans, so she feels right at home working here at Sunnyland with her father, Fred (owner).