Dylan is co-founder and MD of Tourism Talent, a talent development and talent marketplace specifically for the tourism industry. Dylan has long implored the tourism industry to change how it promotes itself as a career to New Zealanders. It is from a shared passion for change, along with co-founders Jason Hill and Nuwanthie Samarkone that Tourism Talent was born. When leaving high school Dylan’s career options were limited due to his lack of engagement with the school curriculum. He managed to find his way into tourism and in awakening his practical side, has had a highly successful 25 years in the industry he loves. Dylan later returned to study at Otago University obtaining a Bachelor of Tourism, before making his way on to senior operational management roles, and then over to executive sales and marketing roles in Auckland with SKYCITY and Heritage & CityLife Hotels.
Dylan relocated with his family back to Otago in 2018 where he is also the GM of Tourism Central Otago and holds various board positions. He was also a founding board member and former chair of YoungTEC.