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Austin Overtures Story

Since 2003 Austin Overtures has been providing visitors with sightseeing tours of Austin and the surrounding area. In 2009, we extended our business to offer full destination management services. Whether guests are looking to “wind down” or “rev-up, Austin Overtures will guide them through a memorable stay in the Capital City of Texas.

Our Team

Mary Davidson – President
Austin Overtures Corporation


Mary was born in the Republic of India and lived in Hawaii for many years so it is no wonder she enjoys meeting people from all over the world. She has extensive cross-cultural experience having worked with internationals in business and volunteer settings for many years. From 2002 to 2007 she served as the volunteer coordinator for the University of Texas at Austin International Office.

Dow Davidson – Chief of Operations
Austin Overtures Corporation


Dow is a 4th generation Texan and Texas history buff whose great-great grandfather moved to Texas in 1841 and founded the town of Leakey.  Dow selected over 40 cultural and historical points of interest on the 30 mile tour, providing guests with interesting and fun facts about the places and people that made Austin.

Debbie Hilliard – CMP, Director of Destination Services
Austin Overtures Destination Management Services

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Debbie is a veteran meeting and event planner with over 25 years experience in creating and producing conferences, meetings and special events. Her event experience comes from both sides of the industry – her resume includes association and corporate meeting planning, and she has also worked on the supplier side as both an Event Operations Manager and a Sales Manager in Austin destination management. Debbie has lived in Austin for 30 years, knows the city well and enjoys sharing all of its unique qualities with visitors.

Maggie Olmstead- Tour Guide
Austin Overtures Sightseeing LLC

Maggie Olmstead has been expressing her passion for Austin, Texas with Austin Overtures since 2005. She has made a study of the local stories and fascinating historical figures who have called Austin home. Maggie takes pride in bringing the past to life! Nothing pleases her more than to have people tell her that they never knew Austin was such an interesting place!

While not a native Texan, Maggie has been in the area for nearly twenty years, so her insights combine an outsider’s fresh perspective with the experienced eye of a long time resident.

Chris Gibson – Tour Guide
Austin Overtures Sightseeing LLC

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Chris Gibson has been an Austin Overtures Tour Guide since 2006. In addition to presenting our popular tour “Austin + Hill Country in 90 Minutes”- Chris is also an award winning Step On Guide (Texas Travel Counselors Oct. 2008.)

Chris is an actor and tour guide by trade. Graduate,  American Musical and Dramatic Academy (1990). Producer of the Orlando International Fringe Festival (2001-2004). Co-producer and performer,  La Putain avec les Fleurs”. Production Manager at Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre (2005) . Actor for Mad Cow and The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Actor for The Austin Playhouse, Zach Scott Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, and The Da! Theatre Collective. Assistant Production Manager for the “Dionysium”.

Rocky Hopson – Tour Guide
Austin Overtures Sightseeing LLC


Rocky wasn’t born in Austin but moved here as fast as he could. He has lived in Austin since 2005. He enjoys showing off this beautiful city. Originally from Cheyenne Wyoming, he has also lived in Montana and Florida. Receiving his A.A. in English and BFA in Theatre, Rocky has been involved with many theatre productions in Austin, as playwright and director, and help start the theatre company, RoHo Theatre Co. Besides the theatre, Rocky is also a musician playing the Upright Bass in the clown band Bric-a-Bra