Born in Tinamba, Damien worked on the family dairy farm after leaving school. His first hospitality venture was a Café in Sale called Beakys Burgers, established in the late 1980’s.
20 years later Damien opened Neilsons Restaurant in Traralgon in 2001, which he went on to sell in 2008. He then purchased Tinamba Hotel in 2009, and has gone on to open Mister Raymond 2012.
Currently a board member of East Gippsland Food Cluster and Destination Gippsland.