Steve Barker, wild places
Steve and his wife, Nona founded Eagle Creek in 1975. In 2010 Steve sold Eagle Creek and founded Wild Places, a consulting practice focused on entrepreneur mentoring, strategic planning and saving wild places. With over 40 years in the outdoor industry, Steve is active on many boards and committees including the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the Alaska Wilderness League and the Recreation Advisory Committee for the Outdoor Industry Association.
Cynthia Dunbar, REI adventures
Cynthia Dunbar is the general manager of REI Adventures. In her current capacity, she oversees a nearly 40-person division, with teams dedicated to trip design and trip operations, program management, customer service and sales, marketing, business systems and digital. In Cynthia's 23 years with the co-op, she’s held management roles with increasing responsibility and was instrumental in growing the active travel business ten-fold in the past 20 years. She’s scouted many of REI’s classic itineraries that continue to be proven winners year after year and is credited for introducing REI Adventures annual Sustainable Tourism and REI (STAR) Grant.
Richard Edwards, Uncruise adventures
A college exchange program took Richard to the midst of ecotourism and sustainable development in Costa Rica in its early years in the 80's. Living there in several stints ever since, he's been immersed in the crossroads of adventure and sustainability. A wide-ranging career in the adventure industry through the 90's has Richard in various leadership roles with a number of luminary adventure organizations including: Trusted Adventures consortium, Tartan Group, GreenSpot.Travel and G Adventures. He is currently VP of a small ship leader UnCruise Adventures in Seattle.
Praveen Moman, volcanoes safaris
Praveen founded Volcanoes Safaris in 1997, which has been at the forefront of reviving tourism in Uganda and Rwanda. Under Praveen's guiding vision, Volcanoes has designed and built four unique lodges near the great ape parks. In 2000, Volcanoes Safaris became the first international safari company to take clients to Rwanda and in 2004 built the now renowned Virunga Lodge. It helped kick-start gorilla tourism after the genocide through the Volcanoes BLCF Partnership Project.
Josie norris, conservation alliance
Josie spent ten years working for environmentally responsible brands in the Outdoor Industry. She left Patagonia in 2006 and moved to Portland to help launch Nau, a sustainable outdoor apparel company. She transitioned to The Conservation Alliance in 2014 where she currently works with 200 outdoor industry companies committed to protecting wild places. She manages communications and a $1.6M annual grant program, and helps member-companies engage in conservation policy and advocacy. People often call her a “connector” because she is passionate about bringing people together- whether it’s to rally them around a cause or to create connections within a community.
Roger Spatz, eagle creek
Roger M. Spatz, is President of Eagle Creek, an adventure travel gear and accessories company that is part of VF Corporation’s (NYSE:VFC) group of brands. For over 12 years, he has held various senior leadership roles within VF as President of Eagle Creek, and as CFO of Reef and VF Outlet. Prior to joining VF, Mr. Spatz spent 10 years with Cambridge-Lee Industries, a multi-national manufacturer and distributor of copper products, and last served as Executive Vice President and C.O.O. His community service currently includes Outdoor Outreach, and SDSI (San Diego Sports Initiative), and has served as chairman of The Children’s Home of Reading and Berks TalkLine, with additional service on the boards of United Way and the Manufacturer’s Association.
Shannon stowell, ATTA
Shannon Stowell is president of the ATTA, the largest professional organization for adventure travel companies, destinations and organizations worldwide with over 1000 members from 90+ countries. He spent 8 years with an environmental testing firm, performing projects around the pacific rim. He co-founded Altrec, an outdoor gear retailer, directing business development, affiliate marketing and nonprofit relations for six years. In 2004, Shannon re-started the ATTA which has held 12 Adventure Travel World Summits in Europe, Africa and the Americas and is a global hub for adventure travel professionals. Shannon served on the board of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council for 3 years.
brian Thompson, exofficio
Brian Thompson has been building brands and consumer engagement for over 20 years in the outdoor, golf, retail, collegiate and corporate apparel industries. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and a graduate of the University of Washington, Brian is passionate about the outdoors and world travel. He’s combined his professional and personal interests throughout his career with brand like ExOfficio, Toad & Co and Cutter & Buck. Brian is an empathetic leader that believes in the potential of people to do great work when they are trusted and empowered to do so.
enrique umbert, mountain lodges of peru
Enrique is the General Manager from Mountain Lodges of Peru. Living in Cusco has allowed him to witness and value concepts such as local entrepreneurship, cultural heritage worth, social perspectives, as well as an enterprises' adaptation to new environments. He has a special interest in entrepreneurial innovation in tourism and hospitality, as well as corporate responsibility. He created Yanapana Peru, a nonprofit civil association dedicated to improving the quality of life through sustainable community development in the Andean Highlands. When not exploring the Scared Valley and growing his company, Enrique mountain bikes and snowboards around the globe.
chunnie wright, law office of chun T. Wright
Chunnie is the owner of the Law Office of Chun T. Wright, a DC-based law firm. Chunnie serves the legal needs of adventure travel companies to help them build, grow, sustain and protect their businesses. Chunnie’s clients include award-winning tour operators, travel agents, outdoor recreation companies, travel-related publishers, and companies that provide technological solutions for the travel and outdoor recreation industry. Chunnie advises her adventure travel clients on a wide-range of legal issues, including contracts, risk management, international business, corporate formation, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, worldwide intellectual property protection, Internet and e-commerce, and more. Chunnie is a frequent speaker on important legal issues that affect adventure travel companies. A lifelong traveler, Chunnie spent over six years of her childhood in Asia and Italy and has visited over 50 countries.