Part of what makes Tenon so great is our one-on-one mentality and desire to get to know our clients. We thought it was about time to return the favor and let you get to know us! Bryan is the President and Founder of Tenon Tours in 2007. Below he answered some questions about himself and his journey in the travel business!
If you had to choose one of our destinations, which is your favorite?
It’s hard to choose just one, but I really love Wales for its preserved authenticity. Without saying that areas of Ireland have been too modernized over the last decade or so, I feel like Wales is the Ireland you expect to see. Every little town seems to be straight out of a Thomas Kinkade painting with cobblestone streets, arched bridges and thatched-roofed cottages. There’s something very special about Wales, and I’m anxious to explore much more than I have. But next time, it will be on two wheels.
How long have you been working in travel?
I started in the travel business back in 1997 when I was in college. At the time, I was trying to simply earn myself a free trip to Cancun for Spring Break by organizing a small group. Little did I know that it would lead to a 20+ year career in travel, loving every minute.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If I could visit some place new for a week, I would visit the Greek Islands. We’ve organized several trips there, and each time, I’m extremely jealous of the journey. But if I were to follow my passion of riding motorcycles, I would spend a week riding through Norway.
The Irish Ride program was essentially your pet project. What made you decide to add that to Tenon’s specialities?
I started riding motorcycles when I was 13 years old and have since graduated from the dirt to pavement. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in organized rides for business owners and CEO’s called “The CEO Ride“, whereby a handful of riders travel throughout regions of the US. These rides have really opened my eyes to traveling the world on a motorcycle, especially with other like-minded people. Similar to my original inspiration for launching Tenon Tours, I felt the need to provide an opportunity for others to have the same experiences that I’ve been fortunate enough to have. And now that my wife and I have ridden through Ireland ourselves, I believe it should be on the bucket list of every rider! Soon, we’ll be offering motorcycle tours to all of our featured destinations.
An ancestral connections to any of Tenon’s destinations?
My mother’s maiden name was “Gallagher” which traces back to parts of County Donegal and Sligo in Ireland. My father’s side, and the name “Lewis”, is derived from the Welsh name “Llewys.” After some intense research on Ancestry.com, it became evident that I’m pretty much a Celtic Warrior stuck in the body of a highly-mixed breed of an American soul. (Obviously)
What has been the most surprising aspect of owning Tenon Tours?
Honestly? The most surprising aspect of owning a travel company is that I rarely get to travel! But whining aside, I never thought that we would be able to touch so many lives by creating amazing travel experiences for people. It’s one thing to confirm hotels and book an air ticket. It’s completely different when you have a team of truly passionate people crafting the perfect anniversary trip, honeymoon, or family adventure that elicits an emotional connection between both the agent and traveler, as well as the traveler(s) and destination itself. Our team is incredible, and our travelers are the heart of the business.
Learn more about Tenon Tours and how Bryan got things started HERE!