ATCF Board of Directors Candidates
As a voting member of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund, your company may vote to add two (2) new seats to our Board of Directors, with terms to begin on January 1, 2020. Please review the brief bios below of the following candidates who have been nominated to fill these positions:
Judy Carvalhal, Enchanted Expeditions
Rob Holmes, GLP films
Adria Lacorte, Aniyami
Ted Martens, Natural Habitat Adventures
Chris Noble, World Nomads
Amit Sankhala, Encounters Asia
Gordon Seabury, Toad&Co
Once you have reviewed the information, please complete and submit your ballot by June 21, 2019. Please note that each ATCF member company may submit one one ballot.
The ATCF strives to represent the needs of the adventure travel and outdoor industry as much as possible. We hope that the candidates presented on the ballot and elected to the Board of Directors, will help to represent your priorities as they relate to ATCF’s strategic direction our conservation goals.
Judy carvalhal, enchanted expeditions
Judy Carvalhal is the founder and CEO of Enchanted Expeditions, a company that helped to pioneer the modern tourist industry in the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. With deeply set international roots, Judy brings a unique global perspective to the travel business. She grew up in Guyana and French Guiana, and was educated at Canada’s prestigious Queen’s University before travelling to South America to become one of the first female parks naturalists in Galapagos. Her love for travel and nature is driven by her curiosity about the culture, eco-system and wildlife of the places she visit. This passion fuels Judy as an entrepreneur, conservationist and an expert in her field. She tries to ensure that her guests’ experiences include learning about the importance of conservation and local customs and cultures. Judy believes without tourism, there is no conservation of the land and the people.
Rob holmes, Glp films
Rob Holmes has over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, with a diverse background in multimedia content, sustainable tourism, strategic marketing and global business. Since founding GLP Films, Rob has harnessed the power of the travel industry to create positive impacts across destinations, communities, and stakeholders. Rob has traveled to over 40 countries, directed 200+ films, and spearheaded countless global content campaigns for destinations, media, airlines, brands, operators, hotels, and nonprofit organizations.
adria lacorte, aniyami
While studying tourism and planning in the UK in the mid-1990’s Adria’s belief that sustainable tourism was a way to positively impact travelers and local communities became clear. He completed his degree with a final project in Brazil, where he fell in love with the pace, its cultural and natural environments, the people, their solidarity, hospitality and joy. Along with a great team of people, Adrià has been able to grow and evolve as a great adventure inbound operator, developing and operating creative, high quality and responsible travel experiences throughout Brazil. For the past 15 years, the Aniyami team has created excellent human and professional long-term relationships with clients, employees, partners, suppliers and local communities. With them, they share their principles and work together to achieve their dreams. Aniyami was certified as a B Corporation in 2016 and became a Travelife Partner in 2019. In 2015, they won the only Brazil trip within the 50 Tours of a Lifetime by NatGeo together with one of their clients. Aniyami is also a preferred supplier in Brazil for American Express Travel for expedition incentives and Linblad Expeditions of expedition cruises.
Ted martens, natural habitat adventures
Ted Martens is the Vice President of Marketing & Sustainability at Natural Habitat Adventures, a nature and wildlife tour operator based in Boulder, Colorado. Ted began his career in the tourism industry as a researcher and instructor at Arizona State University’s Tourism Development and Management program, where his work focused on ecotourism development in Central America. Trading the Arizona desert for the mountains of Colorado, Ted became the Director of Outreach and Development for Sustainable Travel International, a non-profit focused on bringing sustainability solutions to the tourism industry. Today, Ted’s focus is on the intersection of conservation and marketing, pushing Nat Hab to further its leadership in sustainable travel while overseeing a broad spectrum of traditional and digital marketing programs. In his free time, Ted can be found playing music or exploring the slopes and trails of Colorado’s backcountry.
Chris noble, world nomads
Chris Noble is the GM of WorldNomads.com. A travel insurance brand that provides cover to residents of over 130 countries around the world. With over 20 years’ experience in strategic marketing, brand building, strategic alliance development, poorly crafted jokes and online community development, Chris is also the co-founder of The Footprints Network. The Footprints Network is an alliance of e-commerce travel companies funding global community development projects through micro-donations. So far they have funded over 217 community projects around the world from over 2 millions donations, harnessing the power of travellers to change lives. If he hadn’t escaped into the unknown in his youth, met people from all corners of the globe, continued to understand the world he lives in and worked hard with members of the adventure travel community to make a positive impact… he’d probably have been a Vegas dancer. We think he made the right call for all of us.
amit Sankhala, encounters asia
Amit Sankhala has pledged to continue the legacy of the Sankhala family by carrying forward the mission of nature conservation and wildlife tourism. As the Managing Director of Encounters Asia., Tiger Resorts Pvt. Ltd and Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Amit has vast knowledge and boundless enthusiasm in the field of tourism which enables him to succeed in his profession. He has had the privilege of experiencing first-hand Rudyard Kipling’s version of the Jungle Book, growing up seeing the National Parks of India as it should be and knowing the importance of its flora and fauna. He has also been involved with various innovative projects, such as Tiger Nation, which has created one of biggest databases of Tigers in India.
gordon seabury, toad&co
As an outdoor industry leader for the last 22 years, Gordon has committed his career to building brands that practice a triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) approach to business. After a four year stint as a management consultant at Deloitte, Gordon purchased Toad&Co (formerly Horny Toad Activewear), a small start-up outdoor apparel brand based in Telluride, CO. Now headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, he remains the CEO and Toad&Co designs responsible outdoor lifestyle clothing that seamlessly transitions from trail to tavern. He also co-founded Planet Access 20 years ago, a social enterprise committed to providing life skills, vocational training and outdoor experiences for people with disabilities. Gordon spent 17 years on the Outdoor Industry Association Board most recently as its Chairman. He formerly served on the Board of the not-for-profit Heal the Bay in Santa Monica and as a Director for RootsRated.com, a tech start-up in the outdoor lifestyle space. He is currently on the Advisory Boards of Alante Capital and Limeloop and sits on the Eco-Entrepreneurship Advisory Council at the Bren School at UCSB. He also serves as a mentor for Telluride Venture Accelerator and several early stage sustainable start-ups.