TTC was founded by a collection of individuals who share a belief that designing travel experiences with more intentionality, mindfulness, and creativity will present travelers with increased opportunities to explore the world, transform their lives (and their communities), and foster global communication, understanding, and collaboration.
Michael Bennett, Ed.D. | Co-Founder Muddy Shoe Adventures
Michael is a world traveler, coach, educator, recovering organizational consultant, and accidental entrepreneur who founded Muddy Shoe Adventures to help others use travel experiences to bring more purpose, passion, and meaning to their lives. His doctoral dissertation explored transformational learning through adventure travel experiences.
Don Mankin, Ph.D. | Co-Founder Adventure Transformations
Don is an intrepid explorer and author of the critically acclaimed book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean. Don’s award-winning travel writing, appearing regularly in the Huffington Post and his Adventure Geezer blog, explores his travels to the far corners of the earth. Don earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.
Jake Haupert | Co-Founder
Jake is the founder of award-winning adventure travel company Evergreen Escapes. Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 'Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in 2014,' Jake is known throughout the industry as an innovator and disruptor with tenacious ambition, an unquenchable entrepreneurial spirit, and genuine personality.
Birgit Bekker | Marketing & PR
Birgit joined Ultimate Safaris in 2014 as Sales & Marketing Director. A 4th generation Namibian, she knows first-hand the incredible power that travel has on travelers and the communities they visit. Birgit's infectious enthusiasm and commitment to the preservation of the environment are just part of what make her so special.
Kurt Kutay | Co-Founder
Founder, President & CEO of Wildland Adventures, Kurt is a recognized travel industry pioneer. He has served on many professional boards and conservation organizations including The International Ecotourism Society and the ATTA. Kurt wrote a chapter on adventure travel for Fodor's guide books and has written numerous articles on ecotourism.
Eric Rupp | Business Operations
The Director of Tour Operations at Evergreen Escapes, Eric’s wanderlust, thirst for knowledge, penchant for insight, and deep love of design have resulted in a delightfully abstract resume that includes Directorship of a Bolivian University, missile propulsion design for the Department of Defense, and bartending in Greece.
Norie Quintos | PR & Media Consulting
National Geographic Traveler
Norie is a communications consultant who helps destinations and travel companies find and tell their authentic stories. She is an Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Travel Media, the former executive editor of NatGeo Traveler, and an AdventureEDU educator. She 'grams and tweets @noriecicerone. www.noriequintos.com
With a strong background in media and destination marketing, Katherine joined Tourism Australia (TA) in 2005 to manage its domestic marketing before heading to Germany in 2008 as TA's Regional GM for Continental Europe. She recently returned to Australia, where she is now the General Manager of Global Partnership Development.
Sean Petersmark | Special Projects
Olympic Peninsula Aramark
Born and raised in the Midwest, Sean's worldview blew up on a cross country road trip that ignited a passion in him to explore the world, as well as a commitment to protect it. Now, Sean is the Environmental Coordinator for the Olympic Peninsula, responsible for minimizing travelers' and operational impacts on the National Park.