Raised and educated in the Washington D.C. area, Tan moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1999. Prior to moving to the Eastern Shore, Tan worked in network administration, consumer electronics sales and installation. Once relocated, he took a position with a local IT company as an IT consultant where he designed, deployed, and maintained networks for local businesses. In 2005, he accepted a position with Avrio Group in Salisbury as a Senior IT Consultant. He became partner at Avrio Group in 2008, and in 2010, Tan purchased Avrio Group from its founder, Darrin Lipscomb.

Tan began his college career at the age of 15, and qualified for his first degree at the age of 18. His studies included electrical engineering, computer science, and architecture. His college career was funded by several private art scholarships and grants from various organizations. During his professional career, Tan has also achieved certifications from hardware and software manufacturers.

In his spare time, Tan enjoys furthering his computer skills, wood working, drawing, audio design, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also has interests in classic cars, photography, and traveling.