When and why did you join the industry?
I founded Take Me Out in May 2012; my goal was to help single travellers find friends for nightlife activities and show them more of New York City’s local, secret bar and unique cocktail scene.
What do you like most about your job?
The chance to meet new people from all over the world from different backgrounds each night.
What’s one of the biggest achievements of your career so far?
Our TripAdvisor ratings, which recently saw us receive the Certificate of Excellency for 2014 as well as being ranked number one in TripAdvisor’s New York City Nightlife category, achieved by our high service standards.
What’s the best advice ever given to you and who gave it?
Start small, practice and perfect. My friend Marco’s critical advice when I was thinking to open a hostel but started a nightlife tour business instead.
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the travel and tourism industry?
I learned much of what I know about the industry from fellow tour operators; however I am more inspired by well made business leaders. I draw inspiration from Steve Jobs’ work at Apple.
What makes Take Me Out different and what are some of the tour’s best features?
Take Me Out is a branded nightlife tour, an entity that evolves with experience. We focus on each client while keeping groups small and experiences as personal as possible with each guest. The best feature about the tour are the venues and tour guides. While other tours focus on the mass and well known attractions, our guest’s experience is tailored to replicate the local’s in NYC.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list?
Nepal, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and Palau.
What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?
Trekking in Northern Peru’s Cordillera Blanca and challenging my body to the end.
What are three things you always take with you when travelling?
A journal, book and music.
Name someone famous you’d like to travel with and a destination you’d like to go with them.
I would love to travel with Jim Carrey to a Buddhist shrine somewhere in Nepal.
What direction do you see the tour industry heading towards in the near future?
Tours will be smaller sized, more dynamic and niched towards the customer’s desires in the options each destination offers.