Brian and Pam are Georgia natives and UGA alumni. Prior to moving to Daufuskie, they lived in North Carolina for 20 years and worked in the bio pharmaceutical sales and healthcare industries. They spent most of their weekends at the Outer Banks camping with their dogs. Six years ago their lives changed when each lost a parent and they came to Daufuskie to grieve and unplug. The peace of the island captured their souls and they fell in love with this bridgeless island. Months later, they quit their jobs and moved to Daufuskie full time. They started School Grounds Coffee Shop a year later with the promise to be good stewards to the island. No plastic leaves their shop, and all products are biodegradeable. When they found out Tour Daufuskie was ready for new ownership, it fit beautifully with their vision for the island supporting eco-tourism, history and adventures for families.
Jason and Dena Hipskind first crossed over the Calibogue in 1999 and fell in love with the quiet solitude and pristine nature of Daufuskie. Over the years, their 3 children learned to walk, swim and ride bikes on the quiet streets of Melrose. For years Jason and Dena envisioned the creation of an eco-tourism company on the island, and were thrilled when, in 2011, Tour Daufuskie was created. Today, they are proud to be the second owners of this true island gem and look forward to continuing its growth and success well into the future.
Hollie joined Tour Daufuskie in June 2021 as Operations Leader. Hollie and her family relocated back to Daufuskie Island in March 2021 after being away for 4 years. Hollie is a Firefighter/Paramedic and has served local communities as well as Daufuskie Island. She has a love for the outdoors and spends much of her time camping, fishing, kayaking and enjoying all things nature has to offer. With a strong desire to serve this little paradise, she couldn’t think of a better opportunity than working with the Tour Daufuskie team.
Associate Director of Operations – Caroline grew up in Lexington, SC. Her and her family started vacationing on Daufuskie Island in 1993. She deeply enjoys Daufuskie Island and in 2019 made it her full time residence. Caroline started with Tour Daufuskie as an intern in April of 2019, and has moved up to a full time position.
Having been drawn to the island for so long, Caroline has a true love for Daufuskie. She very much enjoys being able to share this love with island visitors!
Logistics Manager – Chances are you’ve passed David while visiting Daufuskie Island! David is Tour Daufuskie’s work horse, shuffling carts all day from one end of the island to the other. He works tirelessly to be sure carts are where they need to be, when they need to be there. He’s a long-time island resident and an avid supporter of the New Jersey Devils.