Tony is a combination of humour, inspiration and great business messages.
Tony opened a travel agency against everyone’s advice, including the Bank Manager’s. Against all odds, this business has become one of the largest travel companies in New Zealand. His presentation “How the Hell did that Happen?”, describes a no-nonsense, common-sense, roller-coaster ride of adventure, controversy, intrigue and some great business ideas.
Tony was born & raised in Bluff, the son of a fisherman, and enjoyed a “true red & white Bluffie upbringing”. He describes his schooling as simply eating his lunch until he was old enough for someone to decide if he was bright enough to steer the boat or just work the deck.
Just seven years ago, Tony and wife Tracey decided to open their own Travel Agency in Invercargill. Every travel industry expert (not to mention the Bank Manager) warned it was a terrible idea and proceeded to list a host of very good reasons why.
Against all odds, Laker House of Travel has quickly become one of the largest Travel Companies in New Zealand with a staff of twenty and an annual turnover in excess of $19 million. Compare that to the average sized New Zealand Travel Agency of 3 staff and 2.9 million.
Join Tony for his talk he has entitled “How the Hell did that Happen”? which he describes as a no-nonsense, common-sense, good fun, 45 minute roller-coaster ride of adventure, controversy, intrigue, some good ideas, and if time permits – a little bit of travel.
Find out the secrets to the Laker House of Travel success and how anyone can apply these very same simplistic principals to their business and life.