Experience Co (ASX:EXP) is an adventure tourism company founded in 1999 with the vision of becoming the largest and most respected adventure tourism company in the world.
The company listed on the ASX in 2015 and has since made a number of acquisitions that have diversified its offering.
Experience Co offer high quality and memorable adventure tourism experiences including tandem skydiving, hot air ballooning, white water rafting, canyoning, sea kayaking, and tours to the Great Barrier Reef.
There are a number of brands under the Experience Co umbrella including Great Barrier Reef Helicopters, Reef Magic Cruises, Big Cat and Tropical Journeys, Byron Bay Ballooning, Raging Thunder Adventures, Dreamtime Dive and boasts 18 skydive locations throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Board and Management
Anthony Boucaut has over 20 years’ experience in the skydiving industry and over 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry.
The Skydive the Beach concept and vision was the result of Anthony’s passion for skydiving and love of sharing extreme adventures with others.
During his final year of university, Anthony formed a business known as Adrenalin Sports Skydiving, which became Skydive the Beach, now known as Experience Co. The first tandem skydives over North Wollongong beach were conducted in July 1999.
Bob East has more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry, most recently serving as the CEO of the Mantra Group for 12 years where he led the company to a successful ASX listing in June 2014 and the $1.3 billion acquisition by Accor Hotels in 2018.
Bob is Chair of Tourism Australia and a Non-Executive Director of GCFC Limited (Gold Coast Football Club). His extensive experience includes serving on the boards of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Tourism Accommodation Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Tourism and Transport Forum.
He holds an MBA and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John Diddams has over 30 years’ of financial and management experience as CFO, CEO and director of both private and public listed companies.
John is the principal of a CPA firm that provides corporate advisory services to small and mid-cap companies, including management of the process to raise equity capital, the due diligence process and listing on the ASX.
Col Hughes has more than 40 years’ tourism experience across leading international brands, including several airline and tourism organisations.
Col is currently Chairman of Business Events Sydney, an Executive Director of Airline Representation Group, Aviation Online and a Board member for Best Western Hotels Australia.
He also serves as a Member on the Board of Trustees for the Travel Compensation Fund.
Chief Financial Officer
Owen Kemp is an experienced CFO for ASX listed companies and has 18 years’ experience in the accounting and finance sector.
Prior to joining Experience Co, Owen was CFO of Gateway Lifestyle Ltd, (ASX: GTY), an ASX200 listed company and was responsible for finance, investor relations and IT functions. This role included a transformation of the finance function, and improving disclosure and transparency in investor communications.
For over a decade Owen worked in Ernst & Young’s transaction advisory businesses in Sydney and London advising private equity and corporate clients.
Owen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from University of Canberra and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
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