Born and bred into the outdoor life in California, Dan ignited his passion for adventure travel in 1976 as partner of a rafting company in the Pacific Northwest. His travels soon took him to Alaska where he helped tame the frontier as an owner of a construction management company.
Looking for new and exciting challenges and having experienced small group adventure travel as a tour participant, Dan and a partnership group bought Backcountry Tours of Bozeman, Montana in 1994. Established a decade earlier, Backcountry Tours was a well-recognized purveyor of small group, multisport tours throughout the western United States. Now the foundation was laid.
Dan’s involvement in Backcountry Tours turned out to be the catalyst for things to come. In 2000 Dan partnered up with retired industrialist and financier Paul Lehman, acquired full ownership of Backcountry Tours and changed the name to Austin-Lehman Adventures.
As fulltime Director, Dan was responsible for growing the brand and developing Austin-Lehman Adventures into a respected and recognized player in the international travel marketplace.
2008 saw significant expansion at ALA with the purchase of Euro-Bike and Walking Tours, who in 1974 became the first U.S. bike tour company to establish operations in Europe. The acquisition successfully added 34 years of bike tour expertise and legacy to the Austin-Lehman brand.
In 2009 Dan’s life passion and hard work was richly rewarded when his company was named one of the “Best Tour Operators in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine readers, a feat matched every year since.
In 2013, Dan sold Austin-Lehman Adventures to Xanterra Parks and Resorts and the name was changed to Austin Adventures.