I have wanted to rule the world for as long as I can remember.
My childhood archetype for world ruling looked something like Indiana Jones whom I emulated in the ponds and pastures of deep East Texas where I was raised. From my earliest memories I was trekking across the sands of Arabia, digging for buried treasure on the shores of the Caribbean, scaling trees and mountains and the occasional cyclopes, (thanks to an early exposure to Homer).
The world was this huge, beautiful place full of mystery and wonder, and I am happy to report that I still see the world that way, but now, the magic castles and foreign lands all have names… More than that, they have faces to the names thanks to my alliance with Protravel International. The secrets of the world have been unlocked!
My life philosophy follows the concept that we only get this single opportunity to make our mark on the world so it is incredibly important to not only strive for our goals with purpose, determination, and resolve, but to practice excellence in every action. I believe in the power of a genuine passion for life!
In August 2014 I became a travel professional for Protravel International, an award-winning, high-end, high-touch agency. As such I facilitated the business development of the billion dollar, 21 branch company providing support for 1000+ advisors across the U.S. and in the U.K., helping manage global vendor relations, and West Coast events & marketing, as well as experience curation for clientele.
Following my first year in the industry, I was asked to Co-Chair the SoCal ASTA Millennials & Mentors program for which I developed their signature “Creative Education” campaign. I was also brought onto the leadership board for Millennials in Travel heading their L.A. chapter for two plus years. Shortly after year two, I was recognized as one of the top 30 Under 30 travel advisors in the country and sat on the Millennial advisory board for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. The same year I received a Travel Weekly Magellan Award for our community outreach programs, participated in the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, and was a featured luxury travel speaker at Travel Industry Exchange in San Diego. In 2017, I was honored as “Millennial of the Year” by SoCal ASTA and won the Trendsetter Award by TravelAge West for “Upward Bound, Rockstar Under 40.” In 2018 I left L.A. to travel abroad for six months in honor of my 30th birthday. I traveled through S.E. Asia, India, Abu Dhabi, and Europe, totaling 23 countries and over 200 Virtuoso products and properties.
Once I returned to the U.S. I opened Protravel’s Austin office, the 23rd, as consulting branch manager. I also spoke at TravelCon on the “Modern Day Travel Agent.” After my initial contract expired I launched my own boutique, luxury travel consultancy called Black Key. In December, I served on the Millennial advisory board for the Antigua & Barbuda Department of Tourism spending a month in the Caribbean. Most recently, I was selected as one of three new travel trade ambassadors for Tourism New Zealand. I was supposed to spend May 2020 in New Zealand, Australia and Bali, but of course those plans were postponed.
Unfortunately, with the impact of COVID-19, my luxury travel business is stalled, but it has given me newfound time to focus on learning and personal development. I look forward to sharing that experience with you! On the subject of you, thank you. I know that there are innumerable resources and personal accounts out there, and I appreciate you "flying" with me! Second, I value the chance to get to know you too. Please leave comments and connect with me on social!
To all of my fellow bookworms, adrenaline junkies, and consummate epicures... If we're not friends yet, we should be!
Wishing you a lifetime of elegance & adventure,