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AFRICA: Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia. SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island. ANTARCTICA, INDIA, AUSTRALIA, and numerous countries in EUROPE, ASIA and POLYNESIA
BS Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy ‘94
MS Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Tech ‘96
US Navy, Submarine Officer, 1994-2005
Travel Beyond, Owner, 2005-present
Professional Awards & Accomplishments
- Travel+Leisure A-list Travel Agent 2011-present
- Safari Professionals – Co-Founder, Chairman
- American Society of Travel Agents, ASTA, Upper Midwest Treasurer 2006-2009
- PURE – member, 2010-Present
Why I’m a Travel Consultant
I have been to Africa more than 40 times, so it should suffice to say I am mildly obsessed with the place! I “saw the World in the Navy” and grew up in the safari business I now own (I bought Travel Beyond from my mom and brother), so it is quite difficult for me to sit still. I have never really had a desk job. I love the landscapes in South America and being on the open ocean. Not just working in travel, but owning a company is rewarding to me. I love to see our own staff develop professionally and personally. The quality people I work with every day at Travel Beyond challenge me to be not only the best consultant and trip designer I can be but also the best leader. It truly is a pleasure to show up at the office or get in a Land Rover or Zodiac every morning!
Most Memorable Travel Experience
My most vivid memories are my first safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana in June 1984. I remember equally well our first game drive as a family in 2008 when our kids were old enough to go on safari. In summary, being a kid on safari or seeing a kid on safari for the first time is something that etches itself into your mind forever. I don’t think I will ever forget the view from the Four Seasons on Bora Bora, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Masai Mara, or Torres del Paines National Park in Chile.
Recommended Right Now
The Great Migration in August and September, seen from both the northern Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Mombo Camp, Botswana
I find myself going back to Mombo Camp in Botswana quite a bit where I feel like family. I feel like I could drive myself on the concession at this point in my career.
MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa
I love a safari lodge like Mala Mala in South Africa where I am ALMOST willing to guarantee in writing that my clients will see the big five on a three day stay.
Lewa Wilderness Camp, Kenya
Lewa Wilderness stands out as the best run of the family run/owner operatred safari lodges that are prolific in Kenya.
CHADA, KATAVI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Chada is remarkable for the opportunity to see vast numbers of hippos and crocodiles out of the water in September and October.
Four Seasons, Bora Bora
It’s not in Africa, but I know I have not made my last anniversary visit to Four Seasons Bora Bora!
My Most Recent Trip
In November 2017, I spent two weeks in South Africa and Botswana visiting the Saxon, Kambaku River Sands in South Africa, and Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia, along with every Ker & Downey and every Desert & Delta safari lodge in Botswana.
In March 2018, I will return to Botswana and visit every Great Plains safari lodge in the country along with Wilderness Safaris’ new Mombo Camp, new Qorokwe Camp and Duma Tau. In May 2018, I will embark on a Lindblad National Geographic sea voyage expedition from Tahiti to Fiji. In September 2018, I will be visiting every upscale safari lodge in Ruaha and Selous National Parks in Tanzania.