Steph Dale, Chief Tuk’n® Officer
After decades of working in corporate America, Stephanie (Steph) Dale knew it was time to do something different with her life. And she sure as tuk did.
A native of Orlando, who made Jacksonville her home 30 years ago, Steph spent most of her career in organizational development and executive training for companies including Amelia Island Plantation (now known as Omni Amelia Island), World Center Marriott (and all Marriott brands) and Florida Blue/Guidewell. Her extensive experience in the hospitality industry and love of travel eventually spilled over into starting a personal vacation planning company, Carte Blanche Vacations. That, combined with her lifelong passion for travel, eventually inspired her and husband Steven Dix to create Go Tuk’n®.
Steph first fell in love with tuk-tuks when traveling in Costa Rica (Tuk-tuks, for those not in the know, are three-wheeled, open vehicles, similar to rickshaws but motorized). The size and distinctive look of the vehicles were especially appealing to Steph who began a painstaking, six-year journey to build the perfect eco-friendly tuk-tuk (and tours) for Jacksonville. Having taken more tours than she can count, Steph learned what makes one experience “amazing” another “just OK,” and she set out to make Go Tuk’n® tours a unique and unforgettable excursion for residents and visitors alike.
“Jacksonville has so much great history and architecture … and the art scene,” Steph said. “I wanted to show other people how I see Jacksonville … sometimes you need to be a tourist in your own city.” When she’s not coming up with new ways to integrate tuk-tuks into the city or researching and writing tour scripts, Steph enjoys spending time with friends and family (which includes Tuk’r, a golden doodle —who’s also the company mascot — and Panda, the cat), enjoying a glass of pinot noir and, of course, traveling. She is a member of BNI Profit Builders, Jacksonville Chamber, Women Business Owners of Northeast Florida, San Marco Merchant Association and Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP). In 2021, Go Tuk’n® was named RAP’s Business Partner of the Year.
Steven Dix, Chief Financial Officer
(our not so silent, silent, CFO). Steven is a full-time electrical engineer by day. But always helping us keep our tuk tuks rolling and the financials. Steven also was a bartender for years while he put himself through engineering school.
Toni Piper, Operations Manager
Toni is our amazing operations manager. Toni manages all the tour guides, helps to create our various routes, training scripts and so much more. Toni is an award winning tour guide herself and our guests simply just love her!