The Zicasso team

Our Team

With spectacular service and innovative technology, we at Zicasso work together to connect our family of travelers to the best travel specialists in the world. We're a diverse bunch from many parts of the country and the globe, speak many languages, and have traveled the far corners of the planet, from Atacama to Zanzibar.

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Brian Tan

Founder & CEO

Brian Tan

Founder & CEO

Lucky me! My job allows me to explore my big passions: travel, food, photography, and wildlife. I love the adventure of discovery when I travel. For food, my favorite destinations are Italy and Malaysia, where I grew up. Most of all, I love African safaris--the wildlife and scenery create a photographer’s paradise!

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Yuchun Ku

Founder & COO

Yuchun Ku

Founder & COO

Having traveled to over 60 countries, I treasure the moments that I am immersed in the wonder of nature, cute wildlife included. I love forming a genuine connection with local people and life, whether it be following a leopard and her cubs in Botswana to discovering a Tibetan monk’s life journey.

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Alli Faulkner

Senior Traveler Care Specialist

Alli Faulkner

Senior Traveler Care Specialist

My passion for travel sparked when I was on a family trip to Sicily to visit the land of my tomato-farming ancestors. I instantly fell in love with exploring a new culture and way of life. When I’m not dreaming about private cooking lessons with a chef in Paris or wine-tasting with a vigneron in Tuscany, I’m probably making pasta and watching Harry Potter.

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Andrew Kern

Traveler Care Specialist

Andrew Kern

Traveler Care Specialist

Originally from Ohio, I've spent the past seven years in sunny Colorado, filling my time with skiing, camping, & exploring different breweries. Having been to 25 countries, I've learned that travel is one of the best ways to bring people together, and I'm excited to work in an industry that does just that!

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Benjamin Snoha

Software Engineer

Benjamin Snoha

Software Engineer

Also known as the Snoha Constrictor, I am a Developer known for often programming with a Rubik’s cube in hand. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, I moved to Denver in 2014 to pursue a degree in Computer Science from the University of Denver. After graduation, I began working at Zicasso and have never looked back!

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Brandon Evans

Marketing Team Lead

Brandon Evans

Marketing Team Lead

Born and raised in Northern California, my family always encouraged travel as I grew up. Once I studied abroad in Bolzano, Italy, and backpacked through Europe, I became addicted. I love to surf, spearfish, kayak, and relax on the beach. My passion for the ocean and traveling eventually influenced me to spend eight months living and working in Australia.

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Brennen Bull

Software Developer

Brennen Bull

Software Developer

I grew up in the Southeast and spent most of my time climbing in the mountains of North Carolina. I've traveled all over the U.S. for climbing, had plenty of adventures, and made many awesome friends along the way. Now I have my roots in Colorado, where I can get into the mountains almost every weekend.

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Chris Brewer

Vice President of Engineering

Chris Brewer

Vice President of Engineering

Growing up in Northern California, my earliest memories are of hiking through the redwoods and giant sequoias. After graduating from California State University Sacramento, I embarked on a career in technology that has allowed me to travel around the United States and abroad and do the thing I love the most: building amazing technology for amazing people.

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David Prinzing

Chief Technology Officer

David Prinzing

Chief Technology Officer

I grew up in a forest in Oregon and learned to love nature. When I was 18, I lived with a family in Germany, and the experience opened the world to me! Exposure to other cultures is truly life-impacting. I’ve since visited many different countries, but much of the world awaits! Travel and technology… two of my favorite things!

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Denise Chambers

Photo Editor

Denise Chambers

Photo Editor

As a travel photographer, I've been fortunate to explore most of America's top cities as well as several international destinations. When I'm not traveling, I can be found hiking around Pikes Peak with my family or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends. Perpetually in search of new experiences, I am most at home somewhere I've never been.

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Doug Weissman

Lead Travel Writer

Doug Weissman

Lead Travel Writer

I took a year abroad in college to Florence, Italy, without ever having been out of the country before. I craved adventure, excitement, people, and above all else, food. I found it all, and I have been to 45 countries since. As someone with an overactive sense of fantasy, I always love when the world surpasses my imagination.

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Dylan Neumann

Partnerships Manager

Dylan Neumann

Partnerships Manager

I’m just a typical Colorado ski junkie who loves the outdoors and has an unhealthy obsession with sports. I’ve been to over 25 countries with countless experiences that make me who I am today. When I’m not working, you can usually find me on a trip while simultaneously planning my next adventure.

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Jessica Ming

Business Data Analyst

Jessica Ming

Business Data Analyst

I am a Bay Area native who loves all things Disney! My lifelong dream is to visit all Disney parks, and so far, I have visited seven of the twelve around the world. One of my most memorable travel destinations is Tokyo, Japan, as I am fascinated by their diverse culture and food.

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Lisa Turturici

Office Administrator

Lisa Turturici

Office Administrator

I've always said, "I work to travel." To me, there is nothing like exploring a new region. I'm enthusiastic about food, especially Italian food, architecture, and culture. I enjoy hiking, yoga, and spending time with my family and pets.

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Lynsey Powell

Software Engineer

Lynsey Powell

Software Engineer

Growing up on the Puget Sound, I've traveled and lived in many different places before settling in Colorado, where I spent eight years having fun in the mountains before moving to Denver. I love combining creativity and math in programming and designing knitwear, especially if I can do so from abroad.

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Maciel Hernandez

Photo Assistant

Maciel Hernandez

Photo Assistant

I grew up exploring the beautiful mountains and beaches of Chile and now live near the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I love a good adventure, and my favorite experiences come from culture and nature. I love to capture my adventures through video and photos to relive the moments, which motivates me to travel and explore more.

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Marci-Beth Maple

Marketing Manager

Marci-Beth Maple

Marketing Manager

After years spent living abroad with my husband and sons, we are back in the USA with days full of football, soccer, paintball, hockey, and more. With 20 countries explored together, our travel list overflows with plans for our next trip always in motion. With days spent creating content for our Zicasso, time away is spent outside, reading great books and playing with our Icelandic Sheepdog, Tryggur.

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Olena Rudenko

Partnership Coordinator

Olena Rudenko

Partnership Coordinator

To follow my dreams, I embarked on a decade-long journey aboard cruise ships as a professional photographer and traveled to more countries than I ever thought possible. Today, I enjoy living in Ukraine and Serbia, calling both countries my home. And after all these years, travel remains my biggest passion as I chart a course towards new horizons.

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Quincy Murphy

Traveler Care Specialist

Quincy Murphy

Traveler Care Specialist

I’m a small-town Colorado girl with an undeniable passion for adventure, travel, and everything outdoors. I find nothing more invigorating than immersing myself in foreign cultures and exploring unfamiliar lands. Alpine lakes, tikka masala, and waking up to fresh snow on a Saturday morning are a few of my favorite things.

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Riccardo Pasquin

Partnerships Manager

Riccardo Pasquin

Partnerships Manager

Born in a small village near Venice (the Italian one), I started exploring Europe and the rest of the globe as soon as I could. So far, I have learned five languages, but I still find it difficult to speak without moving my hands. I have been kidnapped in Bolivia, blessed by an elephant in India, and on my passport, I have stamps of countries that don't actually exist. I never travel without my Italian style "caffettiera," and cannot wait until my next trip.

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Stacey Sullivan

Director of Partnerships

Stacey Sullivan

Director of Partnerships

Growing up in California, early travels meant backcountry camping and fly fishing trips. These adventures, combined with trips abroad, ignited a search for authentic experiences around the world. After 12 years of working in travel, I still revel in the thrill of arriving for the first time in a completely foreign place!

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Tom Skalka

Director of Client Relations

Tom Skalka

Director of Client Relations

Born and raised in Arizona, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the travel industry from a very young age. Working in luxury hotels for over a decade allowed me the opportunity to travel, meet amazing people, and have unique experiences. I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter, exploring the outdoors, and looking for that next fantastic destination to visit.