Dan has over 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, professional adventure guide, and high-level facilitator. He has successfully launched and led two travel companies, filling numerous roles at each. The infusion of naturalist guides with adventure and culinary activities helped his company quickly grow from small start-up to the (U.S.) Pacific Northwest region’s preeminent travel company. He currently is the CEO of the travel-industry consultancy, Pandion.
Dan has participated in every Adventure Travel World Summit since 2008, learning best practices and industry trends from business leaders from around the globe. He is frequently invited to present at conferences and meetings and regularly delivers seminars and workshops.
Dan is respected worldwide by peers and clients. He has extensive experience designing cutting edge itineraries and travel products, and applying innovative techniques to market these products. His expansive operations knowledge, including guide training, permitting, risk-management, staff management, and more, differentiates him from other consultants.
Dan sits on several non-profit boards: he represents the Adventure & Recreation segment on the board of the Washington (State) Tourism Alliance and was a co-chair of the Alliance’s marketing committee; he sits on the board of community-based travel early adopters, Crooked Trails; and is Board President for the youth focused Terra-Forma Education.
He grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and spent a large percentage of his childhood out exploring the wilderness and wild areas around home and afar. In 1996, after graduating from Macalester College, in St. Paul MN, Dan left to spend most of a year in South America – trekking and researching tropical forests in Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.
Dan’s other passion is music. He has played guitar in numerous bands in the Seattle area and currently plays in the band Elias Wonder. (Regionally focused for now, the world tour might be just around the corner!)
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