Specialties

Southern Africa Safaris
East Africa Safaris
Gorilla treks

Destinations Visited

AFRICA: Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia. Antarctica. SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island. INDIA, AUSTRALIA, and numerous countries in EUROPE, ASIA and POLYNESIA

Education

BS Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy ‘94
MS Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Tech ‘96

Career History

US Navy, Submarine Officer, 1994-2005
Travel Beyond, Owner, 2005-present

Professional Awards & Accomplishments

  • Travel+Leisure A-list Travel Agent 2011-present
  • Safari Professionals, Founder, Board Member
  • 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 35 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 business I now own, 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

Kenya is the best value in luxury, experiential travel in the world right now.

Favorite Properties

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

Not in Africa but I know I have not made my last anniversary visit to Four Seasons Bora Bora!

My Most Recent Trip

In 2016 I spend 18 days in Australia, 24 days in Tanzania and 19 days in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. I checked off many new species of land and marine animals and enjoyed some of the world’s greatest landscapes in the Flinders Range, Tasmania, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Antarctic Peninsula.