President & Co-Founder
As a youngster growing up in Ohio, I was lucky to be surrounded by those who embodied the give'r mentality. From hunting and fishing, to academics and friendships, there was always an opportunity to try something new and challenge my limits. I pursued an education in civil engineering before heading west to big, beautiful Wyoming in 2004. Living in Jackson, I jump at any opportunity to learn from others and strive to make the most of whatever comes my way. I believe that more powerful than hooking the biggest fish, is the experience of encouraging another to take a chance and cast a rod... celebrating the experience, not just the catch. I aspire to appreciate all aspects of life and remain grateful for the opportunities that I am met with each day. So, when life asks you to dance, I urge you to give'r.
Although I didn’t know it yet, the roots of my Give’r lifestyle first took hold in a small seminar classroom seated at an old burly wooden table, in Gambier Ohio. As a student of Existentialism, Ontology, Epistemology, and Metaphysics, I developed an insatiable thirst for a life spent feeding my soul, not my ego. Through philosophy, I slid into this endless pursuit of passion, adventure, intensity, challenge, and intellectual curiosity, a sense of humor, a healthy glow, authentic connection, and valuing being honest rather than impressive. I believe that my existence precedes my essence and truly living necessitates the road less traveled. I hope to be a source of energy for all I come into contact with, motivating and inspiring them to be the architect of their future, of their tomorrow; to actively choose vision over condition and inquiry over advocacy. Sometimes you just gotta send it, and trust you will stick the landing. This is what makes my heart sing. This is how I Give’r.
Born and raised in the great state of Michigan, wooded hikes, bass fishing, and building forts were common occurrences. Taught from an early age that adventure can be found all around in various forms, I took solace in the company of my siblings to create a world full of imagination, feigned danger, and great fun. A curvy path landed me in Jackson Hole in the summer of 2004. With new experiences abounding and like-minded friends and companions, Jackson Hole provided me a wonderful home for over ten years. In the short days and long dark evenings of the 2012 winter, our brand started as a pipe dream. Imagined in the mountains, on the river, and in the comfort of a cozy cabin, our team came together and decided to Give’r.
With Jackson solidly holding a place in my heart, my adventure has taken me down a new path – south to Salt Lake City. Here I continue to connect with the mountains, find daily opportunities to try new things, and rely heavily on the creed “Give’r” to help me explore my new home.
My pursuit of the dream began in my New Hampshire high school where I acquired a taste of outdoor activities. Instead of traditional school sports, my interests led me towards trail maintenance in the fall, snowboarding during the winter, and rock climbing in the White Mountains. At St. Lawrence University, I studied environmental science and fine arts in the midst of the Adirondacks. The beauty and magnitude of the Rocky Mountains drew me west, where I spent an unforgettable semester with NOLS. This set the stage for moving to Jackson, Wyoming in the fall of 2009; a mecca for outdoor sports. Here I reside, ultimately living the dream and helping others Give'r any chance I get.
Maestro of Radness
Growing up in Denver, I was blessed with countless opportunities to Give’r in the beautiful Colorado wilderness. Whether skiing the Rocky Mountains, fishing on the Platte, rafting the Colorado, or climbing one of the fifty-three 14,000 foot peaks, it wasn’t hard for me to seek and find adventure in the purest of forms.
That said, I am constantly reminded that choosing to Give’r doesn’t solely pertain to outdoor adventure. This choice reflects a lifestyle where the words “why not” and “because I love it” are spoken often, and the “I wish…” phrase is left behind. To Give’r is to experience the wonders life has to offer and never regret a missed opportunity. One of my favorite quotes: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Don’t be an “I wish” person, get out there, live inspired and GIVE’R.