TITAN is a family of like minded, passionate and positive people who strive to be the best they can be. It's really that simple. Our passion is our business, and our business is people. Every day we strive to deliver the best possible service, advice, products and experience to you... our valued customers, clients, friends and family and fellow athletes and lifestyle lovers.
Here's a snap shot of some of our team:
Wade Burns, Co-founder and Owner
With extensive experience in emergency, operational and strategic management, Wade combined his personal and professional passions of triathlon and business to forge the path for what is now TITAN Performance Group.
Wade has served as a Police Officer for over 20 years, being awarded the South Australia Police Service Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Medal, Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal and Canterbury Earthquake Citation for services rendered in the disaster zone of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake.
As an avid endurance sports enthusiast, Wade has completed multiple marathons (sub-3 hours), multiple IRONMAN events (PB of 9:32:22), is a 3 x IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Qualifier and has cycled from Adelaide to Melbourne, collectively raising more than $130,000 for CanTeen to help young Australians battling cancer.
In 2017 he cycled more than 3000 km's in 15 days along the coast from Adelaide to Port Macquarie to the start line of IRONMAN Australia - not the 'normal' taper! In 2012 Wade was awarded the Australian Institute of Management Prize for highest subject mark internationally (98%) for Business Management and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and is undertaking the remaining subjects of his Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Wade is a Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and former finalist for the Pride of Australia Medal.
In 2019 Wade was elected as Independent Commissioner for the Basketball South Australia Commission (Board).
Wade is married to Jade (yes, true story!), has two young boys, Kyte and Jax, and enjoys family time, training, watching movies and exploring the world.
Travis How, Co-owner and Director
Travis has extensive business management experience having owned and operated several businesses for over 15 years. These include an environmental consultancy business and a commercial landscaping company. Combined with a passion for all things sport, Travis is committed to developing and growing TITAN Performance Group over the long-term.
A highly qualified ecologist, Travis completed a PhD in environmental science before commencing his business career.
Never quite fitting the academic mould, Travis spent time with the State Government before starting his environmental consultancy business. He has grown this particular business from one staff member to now employing more than 25 people.
Travis is drawn to the challenge of endurance sport completing his first (and only straight marathon) in 2011 and his first ironman in 2012. Having now completed nine full IRONMAN events, including the Hawaiian IRONMAN World Championships in 2017, a range of half IRONMAN events and an ultra marathon, Travis is well and truly hooked on testing the body and the mind. In 2017 Travis was also part of The Ride 2K17 team that cycled more than 3000 km's in 15 days along the coast from Adelaide to Port Macquarie to the start line of IRONMAN Australia (Travis did take the short cut and start in Melbourne), consequently qualifying for Kona….who does that!
Travis is married to Kristy, has three kids, plenty of animals and enjoys spending time with the family, being outside and exploring the natural beauty of the world around us!
Darren Buckby, General Manager
Bringing a diverse set of qualities and attributes honed across careers in both the fabric industry, Fire & Rescue Service and more recently retail, Darren has the experience to support, nurture and develop the Titan customer base.
As a textile technology graduate, Darren has worked in several overseas roles developing strong relationships with a range of key supply chain businesses with an emphasis on delivering the highest quality garments in terms of both performance and value.
A move to the Fire & Rescue Service (UK) gave Darren the opportunity to develop his leadership and management skills at both operational and strategic levels, underpinned with a post graduate management degree.
Following a family move to Adelaide in 2013, Darren has been able to combine his life long passion for cycling, taking up roles within the cycle retail industry with a specific focus on road and triathlon as well as being a qualified bike fitter.
Darren is also the owner of a thriving personal training business with an occasional spin class being taught when time permits!!!
Cycling is still a very prominent aspect of Darren’s life, having raced from the age of 8 and still competing in road, criterium and cyclocross disciplines; a one time Ironman finisher and a couple of marathons have also been added across the years.....
Curtis Dowdell, Lead Mechanic @ Tuned by TITAN
Curtis has been a dedicated and passionate athlete from a young age. As a junior he enjoyed success within surf life saving before channelling his focus into bike racing.
Initial focus in off-road disciplines saw him achieve great results within elite BMX and downhill mountain bike racing. He still regularly gets out on the trails and takes any opportunity to race cross country MTB.
His passion for mountain biking is also shown through trail design and construction, playing a pivotal role in the development of recently constructed O'Halloran Hill mountain bike and shared use trail network and as the designer of the hugely popular Brighton Pump Track.
He has since progressed his focus as an athlete to road and cyclocross where he currently races nationally at the elite level. He will be racing the Australian National Road Series with Van Da'm Racing for the 2020 season, whilst in his final years studying Architectural Design at University.
He has extensive experience within the bicycle industry in both sales and service. He takes pride in his diverse and in-depth knowledge of service, repairs and product technology within all aspects cycling. whilst his experience within triathlon has been curated through watching the development and success of girlfriend, Amber Pate racing at an elite level within the sport.
Kirsty Foster, Support and Service Officer
A former hairdresser of 15 years, Kirsty took her trade overseas specialising in men’s Barbering in the business district of London. With her profession at her fingertips, Kirsty travelled and enjoyed making new friends and embracing new cultures and experiences.
Returning to Australia and looking for a new challenge, Kirsty commenced with Virgin Australia where she loved being part of the guest experience and sharing the joy of travel.
Now a Mum to three very energetic children, a dog , a cat and three turtles, Kirsty has certainly become a logistical expert and leads a full life. Kirsty loves time out in the garden with nature , enjoys weekend kids sports and a nice glass of wine!
She enjoys meeting new people and strives to make the customer experience one to remember.
Sharmen Sultana, IT Specialist & Computer Engineer
Developing an early love for technology, Sonia followed her passion and graduated from the University of Dhaka with a Bachelor of Computer Science. She excelled in all aspects of computer engineering and coding and has found her niche in the creation of web based content across multiple e-platforms. With over a decade of experience, in addition to her coding expertise, Sonia brings a high degree of skill in the areas of development and customisation. She demonstrates attention to detail and innovative ways of achieving goals.
Hailing from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sonia is the epitome of operating efficiently and effectively in a contemporary, global and multi-cultural business and social society. She brings diverse ideas and delivers essential input and contribution to the daily e-activities of TITAN’s operation.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, coding and increasing her experience and knowledge of all things technology based.
Amber Pate, Customer Experience Specialist
Amber is a outgoing and caring person who sets her sights high. She thrives on seeing the progression and development of those around her and prides herself on being someone with outstanding customer service; underpinned and supported by her energetic and hardworking nature.
Originally from a property in the Northern Territory, Amber’s moved to Adelaide to commence university, and is now in her final years of Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Having previously successfully competed at the elite level for triathlon, Amber has recently shifted her focus to cycling, namely road, cyclocross and moving towards track.
Despite a shift in sporting focus, Amber continues to be heavily involved in Triathlon as she is an accredited and practicing Coach.
Sports have taught her the values of commitment and compassion towards others; something she carries and personifies into all aspects of life.
Mark Endacott, Customer Experience Specialist
Mark has a strong background in business management and customer service. Mark spent almost 15 years working across Australia for the Commonwealth Government in the area of fraud prevention and detection.
Mark left the government to pursue his interest in technology, working across private and NGO organisations before starting his own IT consultancy in 2015.
Mark has always been active, having played basketball as a junior and spending many hours on the bike as an adult, but only discovered triathlon late in life.
After completing his first Enticer triathlon in March 2016, Mark set a goal to complete a 70.3 Ironman later that year, completing Ironman 70.3 Ballarat in a touch under 6 hours. Mark then completed his first Marathon in Phuket in July 2017, and is now aiming to complete his first Ironman distance race in New Zealand in March 2020.
Mark is the proud father of two young children, enjoys travelling, and is currently furthering his studies in the Information Technology sector, focussing on game design and development.