About us

Ollie the Trolley has been an Omaha staple since 1985. Deb Skinner and George Davis purchased the business from Jim and Colleen Sarascany. Their story began back in the 1978, when they met in Arizona while working at the Grand Canyon. Jim was the minibus manager and Coleen sold mule rides.  They married and started a family, living in Grand Canyon National Park.  Eventually, they arrived back in Omaha, Colleen’s hometown.

The bus business was in Jim’s blood as he worked for school bus companies and over-the-road coach businesses. His dream was to put his 30 years of experience to use by owning his own business.  That dream came true when he purchased Ollie the Trolley in 2003.  Frank Olsen, the previous owner, had a successful operation of 3 trolleys.  Jim expanded the business to include 8 trolleys.  He retired from the business in September 2014.

Deb Skinner and George Davis are the proud owners and are Omaha’s foremost facilitators of fun! When we contacted a business brokerage company called The Firm to find our dream business, George chose Transportation as the business category, because of his background in Transportation that includes a stint as a Presidential appointee in the George H. Bush Administration at the Federal Department of Transportation. Additionally, George spent six years with the Union Pacific Railroad learning railroading and trucking, and 3 years with Federal Express. George loves transportation!

Deb served as a tourism marketing consultant for the state of Wisconsin for 13 years and has been involved with tourism, marketing and event planning for over 25 years serving Convention & Visitors bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, businesses, at national, state and local levels. Projects and boards she led and served on include:

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  • Marketing  for the 2009 Omaha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival
  • 2003 Omaha Sesquicentennial Committee
  • 2007 – 2014 Midwest Smooth Jazz Society annual fundraisers
  • maha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival Marketing Committee
  • Past President Old Market Business Association Downtown Omaha Inc.
  • Marketing Chair, Douglas County Historical Society
  • President Midwest Smooth Jazz Society
  • PR Chair and Board Member, Downtown Rotary
  • Promoter, Wild West Creations reenactment group

 

Nearly half of our bookings come from brides and grooms celebrating their special day. You can trust us with your wedding day transportation that is seamless and stress free.

You may want to consider us for your bachelor and bachelorette parties, or transporting your bride and bridesmaids to the salon the morning of the wedding.  “We never thought we could own a business that would create fun and memories for all ages, we are truly blessed,” stated Deb!

If you are a meeting planner, event planner or corporation looking for specialty tours, we have offerings that can meet your transportation needs.

For over 20 years, Ollie the Trolley has maintained a veteran team of safe and courteous drivers.  Ollie the Trolley has hand picked the most professional of these to deliver our executive services.  You can count on punctuality, familiarity with the route, and reliable, safe driving on all of our charters.  They all carry a commercial drivers license and are fully insured.