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2018 Election for the Board of Directors of the ACCT


 

 

 

 

 

 


Candidates elected by the Individual and B2C/B2B members


 

Voting procedures for position elected by the Individual and B2B/B2C Members

Voting for this position will be conducted online prior to the ACCT Annual Conference.  Current ACCT individual and organizational members may cast ONE vote.  Voting will be available from December 12, 2017 until January 12, 2018. VOTE NOW!

 

Michael R. Smith, AdventuresSmith, Inc./ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, LLC 

Brief Work History:

23 years of challenge course facilitation, training, program management

ACCT Committee Involvement:

ACCT BOD (2014-2017); former Chair of the Marketing Committee

Nomination Statement:

It was my pleasure to serve the Association as a board member previously. The
experience was extremely challenging and immensely rewarding. I am very proud of the
work that the Association completed and progress made during my previous tenure. I am
excited to continue that effort as ACCT rolls out Program Accreditation, enhanced member benefits and continues to define its role as the leading advocate and educator for the challenge course and aerial adventure course markets.

Position Statement:

I am an advocate for effective programming, the value of wild places, and the power that well-crafted adventure programs can have on individuals, small groups, and communities. I am outspoken, hard-working, and committed to seeing ACCT Program Accreditation, ACCT University, and new support programs rolled out over the next three years. My background includes 23 years of experience in adventure education with most of my time focused on programming and operations. I am the managing partner of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures. 


 

Ivaylo Sotirov, Walltopia 

Brief Work History:

As a CFO/COO, In my previous position and as a CEO in my current position of a leading amusement manufacturing companies. I am responsible for the strategic development of the organization - corporate and business strategies This includes strong financial and operational input into new product development ( including zip lines, and other outdoor adventure products). 

Nomination Statement:

 My experience for over 13 years has provided me with deep insights of what drives the industry forward and how we can create more sustainable and solid growth by making it more robust to many internal and external risks.I am enthusiastic to be one of the drivers for positive change and have a more influential role on the overall progress of the industry. With dedication to participants’ safety as a first priority, I am committed to improving the processes used in manufacturing, operations and customer experience.

Position Statement:

 I believe it is our responsibility, the experts, to push the industry forward by constant innovation and continue to embrace development of new and safe experiences to the end user. We can make Active Lifestyle more appealing and popular than ever before to both children and adults. Stepping on our experience from the Climbing industry where we managed to popularize the sport worldwide so that it made it’s way to the Olympics, I am eager to use  the same tools, know-how and enthusiasm to take the Adventure Industry to the next level.


  

Paul Cummings, Strategic Adventures 

Brief Work History:

Since 2005 I have been consulting with challenge courses, university programs, team builders, zip line operators, and aerial adventure parks on how to serve more clients and make more profits.

ACCT Committee Involvement:

Marketing/PR committee as special advisor, Nominations committee, and the Conference committee for AEE.

Nomination Statement:

 I'm running for the Board of ACCT because I believe that my skill set would be beneficial for the growth of the association and its membership. Not being tied to a single organization or methodology (pay to play or experiential education) allows me to understand the complexity of the member's businesses and programs and help their needs get met by the association.

Position Statement:

In my work with our clients, one of the most pressing needs that I see is the need for qualified managers. We need more general managers, course managers, and office managers in the industry. I believe that ACCT should be the driving force in the creation and delivery of management curriculum for this growing industry.

Also along the same lines, ACCT should endeavor to increase the quality of workshops and educational opportunities at the annual conference. It would also be beneficial for all attendees to bring in some qualified presenters from other industries that have similar issues that we are experiencing in Aerial Adventure businesses and programs.

 


 

Victor Gallo, Adventure Playground 

Brief Work History:

Rigger and Builder since 2003.  Certified Inspector since 2012. Over 28 parks built in Latinamerica and the Caribbean.

ACCT Committee Involvement:

Canopy/Zip line tour Task Force member in 2006 in charge of lobbying for CZLT inclusion to ACCT.  CZLT Committee member since its inception. CZLT Committee Chair since 2010 (curently CZLT affinity group Chair). DPI Committee member 2014-2016. Spanish Standards Task Force head.Board  Member of Asociacion de Operadores de Aventura (Costa Rica) since 2004.  

Nomination Statement:

Having been part of the initial task force that brought the Canopy and Zip line Tour industry into ACCT and seeing the Association's growth since then, I believed that there were still more doors to open.  One of them was the push to have the ACCT standards translated into Spanish which happened in record time after lobbying and jumping hurdles for many years. I am all for the interests of the Latin American industry which needs better use of standards and safety measures considering it is one of the largest markets in the world.


Position Statement:

I believe that ACCT still has the ability to expand its standards to some of the most important adventure tourism agencies which in turn will promote and enforce the use of standards in Adventure Parks all over the world.  These include the cruise ship industry, ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) and Insurance Companies.

I also believe there is a need for Adventure Park guide accreditation or certification. We need to find a practical way of making this happen.  Latin American markets are begging for a standardized program and guide training and we have the interested parties that can make this happen.


 

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Candidates elected by the Professional Vendor Members (PVM’s)


 

Voting procedures for positions elected by the Professional Vendor Members (PVM’s)

Elections for these two open seats will be held IN PERSON at the ACCT Annual Conference using a paper ballot during the Annual General Meeting on Friday, February 2, 2018.  Election results will be announced at the conference at the end of the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

 

Scott Andrews, Northwest Teambuilding 

 

Brief Work History:

30 years in all aspects of the industry.

ACCT Committee Involvement:

Certification Standards Committee, Operations and Certification Standards Standards Chair, Board of Directors.

Nomination Statement:

I place my name in nomination for the Association for Challenge Course Technology Board of Directors class of 2018.  I have extensive experience in the challenge course and adventure education industry stretching back to the mid 1980’s.  I have served in University programs, private challenge courses, Outward Bound, YMCA camp programs and currently own a full service PVM in the Pacific Northwest.  I am a practitioner first and strive to understand the impact regulation, standards and evolving practice have on the way learning experiences are delivered to participants.  I have served on and been chair of the Operations and Certification Standards Committee working on the publication of standards from the first Certification standards to the current ANSI standard.  This gives me understanding of not only the standards but the process of writing them.  Since 2015 I have served on the ACCT Board of Directors, the last two as Secretary of the Board.  

Position Statement:

ACCT is at a critical time of change.  The Association must change to meet the increasingly commercial and regulatory nature of our industry.  I see three areas where change must occur which I will support if elected to the Board of Directors.

1)      ACCT must be the voice of the industry.  We must be able to respond to the needs of the industry for information and support.  The publications of the Association must continue to improve and be timely.  The publications must reflect important information not only about facilitation, and building but also new and upcoming efforts to influence regulation.  Effort must be made to assure that manufacturers and vendors know the Association is the best place for product recall information and exciting new developments.  News outlets must know that when then need an opinion or comment, that the Association will provide not only timely comment by the most accurate possible.

2)      Changing the internal work process of the Association to make it more efficient and effective.  There has been a great deal of change in the structure of the Association including committees, staffing and internal processes.  This is unglamorous work and deeply important.  This kind of work establishes the foundation allowing the association to grow, change and adapt.  I would like to see new and younger members on committees; new file handling and storage systems to allow better work flow for all parts of the association; and an updated website.

3)      Broadening of the Accredited Vendor categories.  I would like to see the accreditation system change to include builder, manufactures, trainers, programs and sites.  I would like to see symposia each year at the conference for each type of group where members can share ideas and best practices.  I would like to see certified facilitators and trainers meeting to talk about what is best in the industry and how do we respond to the changes in the industry. 

I seek your support for another three years on the Board of Directors where I can support the ongoing change in the Association to meet the needs of our diverse and exciting industry.

 



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