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2019 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 10, 2018 until January 11, 2019. VOTE NOW!

 

Cameron AnnasGranite Insurance

 Brief Work History:

 I am the Vice President at Granite Insurance. I have spent the last 5 years developing   and leading national risk management and insurance programs for the zip line, ropes   course, adventure park and various other adventure sport industries

 ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

 • North Carolina Aerial Adventure Association, Board of Directors, Finance Chair
 • Association of Challenge Course Technologies, Risk Management and Insurance Committee
• Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, iLead Committee
• Make-a-Wish Foundation, Trailblaze Challenge

Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

During my career at Granite Insurance, my primary passion has been to assure the success of operators, builders and manufacturers in the adventure sport industry across the United States.  

Cameron states, “It’s amazing how much we can accomplish if we choose to focus on the success of others.  I look forward to being considered to attribute my passion for adventure and the success of others to ACCT Board of Directors!"

Position Statement:

There are many issues that we could focus on at the ACCT BOD level.  However, the biggest topics that I see importance in focusing on are:

1. Financial stability.  Without stable finances, the association becomes handcuffed

2. Standards enforcement at the inspector level. Not just ACCT standards, but also manufacturer guidelines and specifications.

3. Accreditation Program. Ensuring the success of this program roll out.  This not only includes financially and systematically, but also from a risk management perspective.  This program could have positive and negative risk management effects that need to be considered and administered.

4. Member Benefits.  There may be some other areas in which the ACCT can bring value to you, the members.  I have experience with other associations and seeing the value added benefits other associations have been able to bring to its members.


 

Brandon Bland, BRIDGES USA

 Brief Work History:

 I have been in the field of adventure education for over 15 years. I have facilitated over  15,000 people through our indoor and outdoor high ropes course and rock wall.  I   currently hold CCM, PCL I and II, WFR, and AMGA SPI certifications, as well as a   Master's in Adventure Education making me a well-rounded and valuable resource to our   field.

 ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

 I have been an organizational member of ACCT with our non-profit for the last 4 years,   and attended the International Conference each of those years.

 

 Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

Technical skills and knowledge of course design, as well as staying up with the ever changing laws would make me a strong asset to the board.

Position Statement:

I have a passion for universal course design; and making this field more accessible and inclusive to all people regardless of their ability.


Sandra Browand,  Whistling Sky LLC

 Brief Work History:

 I began facilitating at summer camp over 20 years ago.  Since then, I've been a facilitator, a trainer, and an occasional construction assistant.  I've worked in both     educational and commercial settings.  To stay current with all that I love, I work for several organizations, in various capacities.  

 Currently, I am a trainer for Adventure Development Team (commercial ziplines) and The   Adventure Guild (traditional ropes courses, mainly summer camps and   schools).  I   facilitate regularly at two local camps - Black Rock Retreat and Gretna Glen Camp and   Retreat Center (for day groups and outdoor education).  I also have my own company -   Whistling Sky LLC - through which I offer teambuilding and contract for other teambuilding companies.

 ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

 • ACCT Practitioner Certification Task Force - Secretary
 • Locally, I coordinate an annual gathering of challenge course practitioners.  We meet to network and share together.

 Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

 I am a certified trainer of The Process Communication Model (PCM).  This has helped me improve my communication with clients, trainees, and groups, as well as in my personal life.  It is a skill that would be beneficial in communicating with the members of the Board and organization.

Position Statement:

In my career, I have had the opportunity to share adventure in both educational and commercial settings.  I have seen the benefit of both of these aspects of the industry.  As an ACCT Board member, one of my goals is working to insure that our industry stays connected with its heart of adventure while also progressing in areas such as risk management and best practices.

Being an individual member of ACCT has provided me with many benefits – learning and presenting at conferences, staying up-to-date on current industry happenings, and more.  As a board member, I would strive to make connections with individual members to engage their brilliance and experience in this industry so that we all benefit together.

 


  

Bruce Brown, Royal Gorge/Castle Rock Zip Line Tours 

 

 Brief Work History:

 2 years as a zipline guide, 2 years as a Course Manager, 3 years Director of Operations   & Training. 7 years in the industry all with Royal Gorge/Castle Rock Zip Line Tours.

 ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

 5 presentations at ACCT Conferences, presentations to Colorado Department of Oil and   Public Safety at their request, Royal Air Force Museum volunteer (July 2017-July 2018,   London, England)

 Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

  30+ years designing curriculum for high school/college/adult education and training.  Comfortable in public speaking opportunities. 

Position Statement:

1)  Offering relevant industry information/educational opportunities that are not overly time consuming and available online to our members.

2)  Clarity with regards to application of Standards, Industry practices, Industry recommendations and how they should be implemented by our stakeholders to improve their commercial operations.

3) Provide an avenue for regulatory agencies to better understand our industry and become involved in their decision making processes.

4)  Utilize the curricular flexibility of regional Community Colleges to provide a school to work path for training guides for seasonal work.


 

 

George Howard, Shallotte River Swamp Park

 Brief Work History:

 The outdoor adventure industry has been a major role in my life for the majority of my life.   This started in my young life as an Eagle Scout with the BSA, where I was able to gain   experience building a challenge course and facilitating the COPE program.  As I got older   I worked as a project builder, designer and trainer with STEPS inc, I was also a builder   with Challenge Design Innovations building Adventure Parks and Zip Line tours.  With the   culmination of this experience and much business knowledge I went on to Manage   Zipquest in Fayetteville NC as the Operations Manager, I then moved to my current   position as the General Manager for the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle NC.

 

ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

•Member - Insurance and risk Management Committee
•Project COPE facilitator for the BSA.

Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

Operator, Builder, Trainer, Designer experience to add value to each aspect of the outdoor adventure industry.

Position Statement:

Staying true to the roots of our industry is very important to me.  Empowering others to seek inspired outdoor experiences through a risk managed means is my everyday goal.

  


 

 Michael R. Smith, AdventuresSmith, Inc.

Brief Work History:

24 years of challenge course facilitation, training, program management with 19 years of vended design, installation, inspection, and business development experience.  Currently operate a zip line canopy tour, aerial adventure parks, and adventure-based training facility, and vend consulting services, inspections, and training.   Previously served on the ACCT Board of Directions from 2014-2017.

 

ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

ACCT Board of Directors (1/2014-1/2017); former Chair of the Marketing Committee

Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

Three years of experience serving on the ACCT Board of Directors, thorough understanding of ACCT membership systems and web management system, passion for program accreditation and ACCT University.  As a current Board Member, I understand the time it takes to learn the systems and get caught up.  Serving a second term will allow me to be a lot more effective from the start of the term and to mentor new members.

Position Statement:

I am an advocate for effective adventure 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 24 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, which operates aerial adventure parks and delivers traditional challenge programming.  I am extremely familiar with the needs of operators and practitioners.  At the same time, I have also worked as a trainer, designer, installer, and inspector and am familiar with the needs and challenges of vendors.    I am excited to continue to serve on the Board and grow ACCT.  I and am seeking your support and vote.  


Melanie Wills, Bradford Woods 

 Brief Work History:

 I have been working in the challenge course industry full-time since 2002 at a total of   three different organizations and have been with Bradford Woods since 2008. I have   experience managing challenge courses including building, maintenance, training, and   now training trainers at my current organization. I currently oversee four unique program   areas including: Environmental Education, Adventure Education, Military & Family, and   Retreats including staff oversight of full-time assistant directors, seasonal staff, as well as   area budgets. I have been an integral part of the management and direction of the Global 
  Bradford Woods organization and have taken an active part in recent strategic plan   revisions.

 

 ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

• Membership Committee
• Universal Design & Access Affinity Group

Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

Working knowledge of Universal Design & Accessibility on Challenge Courses

Position Statement:

I am most interested in making Universal Design & Accessibility a consistent topic of conversation among all our industry stakeholders.


 

  

VOTE NOW For the General Board of Directors seat! 

 

 


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 8, 2019.  Election results will be announced at the conference at the end of the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

 

Niels Damman, Aerial Designs

 Brief Work History:

 I started as a camp counselor in 1998, and have since worked for a meriad of companies,   both PVMs and not, in any of the following roles: Facilitator, Trainer, Inspector &   Manager, and have assisted with a few construction projects. For more detailed   information, please ask for my resume and/or portfolio.

 ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

 • Membership Committee, chair: 2009-2011
•Board of Directors:2011-2017
•Accreditation and Certification Committee: 2017-current

Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

Attention to minute detail, understanding of the ASTM process, and a historical perspective on board decision making.

Position Statement:

Over the last few years, ACCT has been working towards a program accreditation scheme. I believe we are really close now, and with that, should focus more efforts on informing our industry, as well as related industries (tourism, insurance, risk management) and AHJ of the relevancy of ACCT stamps of approval.


Victor Gallo, Adventure Playground 

Brief Work History:

Rope rigger since 1989, Aerial Adventure park builder since 2003, Certified inspector since 2010. Designing, Building and training for  courses in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

Initial CZLT Task Force, CZLT Committee Chair, CZLT Affinity group leader, DPIS Committee, Ops Committee, International Committee, Program Accreditation Task Force. AOA (Asociacion de Operadores de Aventura- Costa Rica) Member since 2003.  Inteco (Costa Rica Norm Agency) Committee member for National Adventure Tourism Norms. 

Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

My experience is mostly with the industry outside the USA.  I have built, inspected, consulted and modified systems to fit into ACCT standards and know current international issues that affect safety and regulation. I have also been in key standards writing committees and task forces with have good knowledge of this process.

Position 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 and the Caribbean  industry which needs better use of standards and safety measures considering it is one of the largest markets in the world.


 

Rohan Shahani, Challenge Works, Inc

 Brief Work History:

 I have been fortunate to spend at least 100+ days a year on challenge courses, zip lines,   or aerial adventure parks since 2010.  I have experience as a facilitator and trainer, and   have worked extensively in educational and corporate settings.  Most recently, I serve as   Director of Training for Challenge Works, a full service Professional Vendor Member of   ACCT.

 

ACCT Committee Involvement and Other Volunteer Experience:

I serve as Registration Coordinator on the Conference Committee.  In the past I have served as a volunteer on the ACCT PR/Marketing committee, and I am on the Program Accreditation Task Force.

Skills or Experience I Bring to the Board:

In addition to an open mind and desire to learn, I believe I am very persistent; with the ability to work on and support projects with varied timelines.  I have extensive experience managing risk in public and privately funded outdoor programs, and a working knowledge of laws, regulations, and liability. I have significant experience growing camp and adventure programs while maintaining program quality.

Position Statement:

It's an exciting time to be a part of the Challenge Course and Aerial Adventure industry! Whether you are facilitating an educational program, operating an aerial park, or guiding guests through the canopy, you are a part of a rapidly changing industry that needs you more than ever.  

As an ACCT board member I will aim to help drive reconciliation of the various sectors with the goal of increasing membership engagement.  I will work to support the continued development of member resources, and work to help every member feel like the valued part of our community they are.  


 

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