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Kelly McCoy
Founder & Principal, G.E.A.R. Shop Collective
Member for 9 Years
Joined June 2015
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About me

Ever since I can remember I have had an affinity for maps, a sense of wanderlust, a curiosity to understand diverse cultures, a decisive process that takes on and resolve challenges for a positive impact, and a wanting to give back.

I have a unique background:

Seasoned retail executive with experience in a consumer centric, multi-channel, “best in class” Fortune 100 Company. Altruistic non-profit volunteer with extensive international travel and non-profit volunteerism experience where I have had positive sustainable impacts in the global community and developed cultural sensitivity.

G.E.A.R. Shop Collective is a niche consultancy whose mission is to be a conduit for cause and commerce. Using business as a means to build bridges of awareness while inspiring people to Grow through exposure and Engagement, Appreciate from connecting, and Reciprocate through compassion. Collaborating with non-profit and for profit organizations in a manner that transforms and improves the lives of the people and the communities that they serve through experiences, services, and goods.

Common good starts with us

G row through exposure
E ngage with new people & places
A ppreciate from connecting with new cultures
R eciprocate through compassion

Let's do some good together

Why did you join the community?

Connecting with other like-minded travel industry professionals to collaborate on projects in sustainable travel. And to meet other Black travel professionals in the industry.

What is your favorite travel destination?

Africa , France, Jordan and New Zealand

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Patagonia, Namibia, and Ethiopia

What was your first travel job?

Becoming a travel consumer and organizing group trips with friends that live across the country.

What do you want to learn more about?

Tour Operator and Product Development

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Conncect - engage- transform