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2015 Election for the Board of Directors of the ACCT


The annual election for out Board of Directors is around the corner! Below are the candidates running for the 3 open PVM-Elect Board positions.  In accordance with the current ACCT bylaws, write-in nominations or candidates for positions voted on by PVM's shall be submitted to the Vice Chair no later than forty-eight (48) hours before the scheduled election to be held at the 2015 International ACCT Conference & Expo. The election will be held during the AGM at 4:00 p.m on Thursday, February 5, 2015.


 

Scott Andrews, Northwest Team Building 

Brief Work History:

In 1983 I started teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. I developed the "Passages" at the Universtity of Puget Sound starting in 1984 dedicated to creating the community on the campus to support student learning.  The "Passages" program is a outdoor orientation program for the entire freshman class.  The program will enter its 31 year in 2015.  After graduate school in Experiential Educaton at Mankato State University, I taught back country skiing and worked on a number of challenge courses before joining PCOBS.  I joined Valley General Hospitals youth drug treatment program in 1995 managing the backcountry treatment program and providing low and high challenge course programs two days a week.   In April of 1997 I joined the staff of YMCA Camp Orkila where I managed the 22,000 client/day challenge course and ran the extensive summer wilderness program.  In 2005 I left the YMCA and stared Andrews Consulting, LLC (now Northwest Teambuilding) which is a full service challenge course company. Northwest Teambuilding provides portable, low and high challenge course programs, zip tours, constuction, inspection, and training. From 1987 to 2006, I have facilitated on many course as a contract facilitator.  I have also worked for other ACCT PVM's.  In all of these experiential education possitions I have had at least a segment of my job which was challenge course based.

ACCT Committee Involvement:

Member of Certification Standards Committee 2004 to 2008. Chair Operations and Certificaiton Standards Committee 2009 to present.  Chair Northwest Challenge Course Network Early 1995 to 1997.

Nomination Statement:

I respectfulyl submit myself for nomination to the Board of Directors of ACCT.  The Association is an important part of the challenge course and zip line industry not only here in North America but also through out the world.  At this time of great transition in the industry, it is important that ACCT act decisivly and with care in providing members, clients and requlators surveses supporting the industry. With my extensive experience the development of ACCT standards, I have the experience to work with diverse groups of people.  I feel that my abilty to see what can be in the future and the steps needed to get to that outcome, can be useful in assuring ACCT is possition to lead and not simply respond.  

Position Statement:

ACCT must be more meaningful to our membership.  PVM's and general members must know that their membership is worth more than a discount at the conference and a copy of the standards.  They must be able to find and access the information that will make them more effective practitioners and business owners.  Conferences must be THE place in the world where people learn the new, the exciting and the cutting edge in our industry. The Association must continut to make the PVM membership valueable to those business who have worked so hard to attain that status.  The people using challenge courses and zip lines must have a way of knowing that courses and tours have meet the standards and are appropriate places to spend their money. We must have a program recognition system that allows programs to show the public that they have been inspeccted and have met the operational standards.  We also must have robust certification that validates the skills of individual practitioners.  Many of these ideas have been proposed for ACCT and now is the time to move those ideas forward.


 

Dylan Burt, Navitat Canopy Adventures

Brief Work History:  

My entire professional career has been in this industry.  I began my carrer in 2004 with a guiding position and quickly worked my way into management positions. Since 2009, I have been Chief Operating Officer and part owner of Navitat Canopy Adventures.  All of the details are above.

ACCT Commitee Involvment:

I've served on the Operations/Certification Standards Committee since early 2012.  I've been an ACCT member in some capacity since 2005.  I've attended  the ACCT conference for the last 10 years.  

Nomination Statement:

I've been invovled with ACCT in some capacity for the past ten years.  I have benefitted from ACCT considerably, and I've enjoyed my intereraction with and service on the Operations and Certifications Committee.  I believe that my skills, experience, and the fact that I own a business in the indusrty will all serve ACCT well and allow me to give a different point of view to the board that I believe is very important to the continued success of the organization as a whole. I would be truly honored to be able to give back to the ACCT community by serving on the ACCT Board of Directors.  If elected, I believe that I can offer the perspective and leadership that ACCT needs in order to serve the community that it supports.

Position Statement:

I believe that ACCT's number one focus should be the success of the community that it supports. Ultimately, our member organizations and businesses exist to be profitable and/or successful from an educational standpoint. Active membership in ACCT should have a positive impact on the members' bottom lines and/or missions. With the ultimate goal of profitability and sustaintability for this industry, I believe ACCT should focus on the following pressing issues moving forward:

1. Regulation - ACCT must have a strong plan to educate state governments on existing regulations. Our goal should be to advocate for proactive regulation at the state level across all 50 states rather than settling for reactive regulation following incidents in our industry. Advocating for proactive regulation -- before incidents occur -- will give our organization and industry the opportunity to affect regulation in a positive way as opposed to playing "damage control."

2. Certification - ACCT should become a certifying body for organizational staff in our industry.

3. Member Engagement - ACCT should create even more opportunities for members to actively engage with one another and with ACCT as an organization. I believe that, ultimately, it is ACCT members who should impact the vision and direction of the organization. We must find ways to facilitate an open and active dialogue between the organization and its members. 


 

Donald "Scott" Conant, Signature Research 

Brief Work History:

Director of Training for 6 years at present position. Managed, Facilitated, Inspected, Constructed, and trained at the University level for over 20 years. Presented at regional and International Conferences.

ACCT Committee Involvement:

Board of Directors for the Association for Challenge Course Technology and has been on the executive committee as treasure for the past 2 years. He has also been involved in the experiential learning field by co-convening an Association for Experiential Education Regional Conference, served on the Region’s council committee, and served on the ACCT implementation task force for facilitator certification.

Nomination Statement:

My purpose of running for a second term for the BOD of ACCT is to help the association continue to be the leader in our industry.

Position Statement:

We must have the financial means to support our members as we work with government regulators, continue standards development, develop program endorsement, increase membership, continue to explore and cultivate certification, and improve our global presence.

I have served this Association well and have a passion to continue this service keeping ACCT the leader in our industry.


 

Micah Henderson, Vertical Solutions Consulting, LLC

Brief Work History:

Challenge Course and Zip LIne tour Qualified Trainer/Tester, Quailified CC Builder, Qualified and ACCT Certified Inspector, Director of Training, and Director of Operations for Adventure Experiences, Inc. Currently focusing on design and regulatory requirements for new courses as well as completing operations manuals and other required documentation for new courses. Other focuses include infrastructure development and Revit drafting.

ACCT Committee Involvement:

Currently ACCT Board Chair, formerly the Board Vice Chair and Board Treasurer. Formerly served on the Review Committee and the Certification Standards Committee.

Nomination Statement:

I am running for a second term as a Board Member for the ACCT.  My experience for the past 3 years as the Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chairperson has helped to establish a firm understanding of the current issues, projects and vision for our industry and this association. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve for another 3 years.

Position Statement:

The current issues that are important to me include the continuation of the ACCT's Standards Development plan, including the completion of our ANSI approval and the continued support of the ASTM 2959 Standard. Another project I am passionate about is the current ACCT Strategic plan including the re-strucuring of ACCT's committees to improve volunteerism, leadership development and communication within the industry. I am excited to focus on an Operator Accreditation program for the future and the continued development of the ACCT practicioner certification program.  


Don Stock, The Adventure Guild

 

Brief Work History:

Don has been in the challenge course industry for over 15 years as a facilitator, trainer, builder, and adventure park designer, builder, and operator.

ACCT Committee Involvement:

Since inception, Don has served as the Vice Chair of the Inspector Certification Committee.

Nomination Statement:

As Co-Owner of The Adventure Guild(TAG), Don has unique experiences to bring to a position on the ACCT Board. TAG is a diverse company that serves both the traditional challenge course industry as well as the commercial aerial adventure market.  Don and his wife Kim created and managed a non-profit organization for over ten years. Additionally, from 2005-2009 Don served  on the PRCA Board of Directors, gaining intimate experience with the ANSI accredited standards process and realted challenges. Finally, Don has demonstrated a passion for the work of ACCT, demonstrated by the countless of hours he has spend co-developing and improving the inspector certification program, as well as assisting ACCT in an ANSI appeal.

Position Statement:

Don shares a deep concern for the protection of the traditional challenge course in this mad dash forward in the aerial adventure industry. Additionally, Don is deeply concerned about the danger of ACCT becoming irrelevant as the commercial adventure market expands, and hopes to provide leadership that assists the ACCT in remaining an important force during this exciting time in our industry.

 

 




 



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