about us

Joe Luka
Joe is the Chief Financial Officer and a Tour Leader for Tour Group Planners.  He has 27 years experience in the financial area
​including accounting, auditing, and tax.  

Joe has been leading group trips with Becky
for over 23 years.  He is an experienced rail traveler and has traveled on all Amtrak routes many times and has ridden the rails in Canada and Europe.  As you can guess, his hobby is trains, both model and real-life.

Joe is also active in missions, specifically
working in Haiti; he is very outgoing and
loves meeting new people.

Contact: Joe@TourGroupPlanners.com

meet our team

At Tour Group Planners, LLC we aim to provide an unforgettable trip with memories that will last a lifetime.  We are here for you from the start of your trip planning, throughout your trip and even once you return home. Contact us today for all of your travel agency and tour needs! Sightseeing tours, cruises, rail excursions and much more!


Tour Group Planners... where travel dreams become reality.

Bill Owen
Travel agent since 1972, Bill is the former owner of Franklin Travel. In 2007 Bill began a group travel business after selling the travel agency.  

In 2011 Bill sold his group business to Becky Luka and moved away.  Bill assists in designing tours and produces our fliers.

Judy McElfresh
Judy hails from Norwalk, Connecticut.  At 21 years, she bought a one-way ticket and moved to Hawaii.  Worked for Trade Wind Tours of Hawaii for 11 1/2 years in Honolulu, then in Los Angeles and finally transferred and assisted in opening an office in Chicago to handle the American Medical Association convention to Honolulu.

Marriage brought her family to Decatur where she worked for several travel agencies but mostly with Franklin Travel since 1982. In 2007, she joined TourGroupPro, now Tour Group Planners.

Judy enjoys the outdoors, gardening, her family, travel & animals, and is an avid reader.

Contact: Judy@TourGroupPlanners.com

​​Becky Luka
Becky's travel career began as a hotel front desk clerk in Columbus, OH while attending Travel School.  After graduating, she returned home to Decatur where she began a career specializing in business travel.


Once children came along Becky decided to stay home to raise them. For 13 years Becky worked from home arranging individual and group travel.  Changing from business travel 
to groups was an easy transition for Becky
who began leading group trips in 1993.


With over 27 years of travel experience, Becky enjoys the trip planning process and making client's travel dreams come true!

Contact: Becky@TourGroupPlanners.com