From Retail Travel through Corporate Travel to Online, Oliver has an encompassing history over the last 30+ years in the Travel Industry. He was a start up member of UTAG Travel, which grew into Travelscene American Express. He owned and operated 4 travel offices, becoming the largest independent travel agency in southern NSW. Oliver helped establish STA from AUS (Australian Union Of Students) at his Wollongong University office, which became the largest privately owned STA office in Australia.
He taught Travel and Tourism at TAFE for 10 years and helped guide curriculum changes for courses to become industry based, while also teaching the first Joint Secondary Schools HSC Tourism Course.
He was involved in the start up TMC, Destination Travel Group, which grew from $3M to over $45M turnover in just four years, with a who's who of clientele, including Deutsche Bank, Vodafone, Corporate Express, AHL, Manildra, ABI Group. He returned to Travelscene to help merge the American Express retail offices into Travelscene American Express and build the Travelscene American Express corporate arm into the biggest independent TMC group in Australia.
Joining Jetset Travelworld Group, for the merger of Jetset, Qantas Business Travel and Qantas Holidays, he became General manager of the Business Select brand, a TMC model that included 60 offices nationally and 52 within New Zealand.
With Amadeus he headed up the Corporate Solutions concept, taking it from green fields and building a corporate direct marketing model, while working with TMCs for online development and innovation, based on in-house and third party initiatives. He helped develop an end2end solution for the FIFO market, working with third party technology affiliations fully integrated within Amadeus. The FIFO market continues to hold his interest and his consulting work with O business finds him working with innovative companies looking for solutions for the aviation industry.
In between his travel ventures, Oliver built, owned and cooked in his own restaurant (Whole’ Mole’) in Manly. He attended the Santa Fe cooking school in the USA to bring back the concept of New Mexican Cuisine at a stage (1998) when there were only two other, true Santa Fe style restaurants in Sydney. He is an avid blogger (http://bit.ly/Obusiness) on the industry and business in general, and still lives on the Northern Beaches.