Karin Risko - Owner / Guide
Karin has been showing off Detroit and SE Michigan for the past six years. Hearing people – especially those who’ve been in the area for many years – say “I never knew that” is what makes Karin tick. She also derives great pleasure when out-of-state/country visitors remark about how wonderful Detroit really is.
Karin has always marveled at Detroit’s history. In fact, when she first graduated from Central Michigan University many moons ago, she thought it would be great to start a tour company. Now, many years later, that’s exactly what she’s doing! While many of her peers are enjoying retirement, Karin is building a company that shows off the many different facets of Detroit’s fabulous and quirky history. For Karin, every day is a new adventure where she gets to meet wonderful people from all over the world, fuel her passion for history, and discover fun new developments underway today.
Assistant Manager / Guide
Born and raised in Pontiac, Jody embodies the spirit of Detroit. With roots deep in Detroit’s heritage and mosaic history, Jody infuses our team with the passion and vision that drives the motor city. A dynamic leader, trainer and collaborator, Jody has spent the last 14 years in IT Management. He spent eight years working for the Detroit Zoo’s IT department, working behind the scenes to ensure visitors had the most engaging experience. Currently, you can find him working as the Director of IT for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career, giving back has always been important. Whether it be serving on panels for conferences across the country, to hosting networking events for Metro Detroit IT professionals, to volunteering in Detroit for organizations such as Blight Busters and Detroit’s own Redford Theatre, he has always volunteered to help the growth of those around him.
In his free time, Jody is an avid Detroit sports enthusiast, foodie, daredevil and adventurer. When he is not jumping out of planes, or comedy club hopping, Jody loves to introduce visitors and residents alike to the wonderment of our city. His charismatic personality and dedication to the resurgence of Detroit plays well to his role with City Tour Detroit.
Operations Manager / R & D
Idea girl and connoisseur of all things organized, Emily is an urban wannabe and lover of Detroit. Emily, combines her geeky, research-type personality with enthusiasm, a little wit and a curious nature in order for her to zero in on the most fascinating details of your tour.
Emily is a Michigan-based creative arts manager, music educator and musician. Her business talents started at young age and flourished as a Leadership Advancement Scholar at Central Michigan University. After completing her undergraduate degree in Horn Performance and Music Education, wanderlust led her to pursue a Master of Arts Management degree at Columbia College Chicago. After finishing her degree, Emily left the Windy City and returned to Detroit, to work for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s education and outreach department. It was through this time in Detroit that she was able to explore and find her home in the city.
She can currently be found coordinating youth and adult outreach programs for University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, exploring new places and meeting new people, enjoying yet another community project with her volunteer work or inspiring young minds with music lessons
Recruiting Director / Guide
Pat is a self-proclaimed expert on history - well, mostly Ford history, both Henry and his company. The former docent and historical presenter learned all the secrets during her long stint at Fair Lane Estate, home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford for over 30 years, and Greenfield Village, Henry Ford’s 80-acre time capsule.
“I can enthusiastically and knowledgeably dazzle you with history,” says Pat. The native Detroiter, revered retired school secretary, and proficient human resources specialist enjoys spending her free time traveling and volunteering. A true believer in the revitalization of Detroit, Pat jumped in with both feet at the opportunity to be part of City Tour Detroit. Married to Ed and the mother to four adult children, Pat’s excited about the blossoming City Tour Detroit and sampling all the new restaurants.
Guide / Tour Development
Margo, an artist and educator who grew up in Detroit and earned her undergraduate degree from University of Detroit – Mercy, is happy to be home! She’s excited to not only be part of Detroit’s vibrant art scene but for the opportunity to show off her hometown again, something she did as a group tour coordinator for the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau prior to moving out-of-state.
After earning a master’s degree in education, Margo was employed as an artist instructor in non-traditional settings as well as public and private schools for nearly two decades in California, Missouri, and West Texas. “I had the honor of working with people of various races, ethnicities, and cultures,” says Margo of these experiences. She also found time to pursue her own artistic endeavors and specializes in creating mixed-medium, two-dimensional pieces.
A welcome addition to the City Tour Detroit team, Margo looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of the visual arts, Metro-Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan.
Tour Development / Guide
Many years ago, Nancy moved from a small town in Western Pennsylvania to the Detroit area. She married her best friend and together they raised three boys with whom they loved sharing wonderful adventures. Detroit family adventures included exploring Trapper’s Alley, the museums, Belle Isle and attending symphony performances, sporting events and the annual Thanksgiving Day parade – a longtime Detroit tradition.
Nancy works downtown, so she’s able to experience first-hand the growth and excitement of the city’s resurgence. She and her husband love to explore the magnificent old buildings and savor the flavors of the many new bars and restaurants. Want to know about the latest restaurant or bar opening? Ask Nancy! She makes it her mission to check out every new place that opens. In fact, she'll be tapping into her "foodie" passion by designing some fab future food and cocktail tours. Stay tuned! She looks forward to this new opportunity to share the city with others.