Neal Beidleman is an avid climber, skier, and trail runner. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Neal worked in the aerospace industry for 16 years as a satellite designer. More recently, Neal was a designer of Black Diamond Equipment's Avalung, an under-snow breathing device used to keep victims of avalanches alive for more than an hour after burial, which won 1999 Innovative Product of the Year at both the Outdoor Retailer and the Ski Industry Association shows. He has partcipated in mountaineering expeditions to several of the world's highest mountains including Makalu, K2, and Everest, which he summitted in 1996. Neal currently owns an engineering and product design business, Big Air Designs, located in Aspen.
Kitty Boone is a marketing consultant based in Aspen. She held the position of Vice President, Marketing at Aspen Skiing Company where she was responsible for all sales, public relations, and marketing activities. Development of the company's Internet presence and e-commerce capabilities was one of her teams' foremost accomplishments. She has worked in Washington, D.C as a lobbyist for the National Wildlife Federation and as an environmental consultant. She also worked for the Corporate Responsibility department at Cummins Engine Company. Kitty has a Stanford undergraduate degree and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Organization and Management.
Jesse Boyce is President and CEO of Internet Outfitting, Inc., a business committed to improving public access to the Internet and increasing its functionality to the user through educational services. He has been teaching and consulting on Internet issues since 1992. Prior to this he was Director of Educational Programs for the Aspen Global Change Institute, where he developed and oversaw a national environmental education program. He also acts as an independent ecological & educational consultant for various organizations. Jesse has a B.Sc. from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Susan Kaye is an award-winning travel journalist whose articles have been published in over 80 newspapers across North America and 70 magazines, including Travel & Leisure, Outside, Reader's Digest and Sunset. She is also the author of two guidebooks to Colorado. Her work has received international recognition with the Pluma de Plata (the Mexican government's highest award for travel journalism), along with other first-place awards from the French Polynesian government, the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Colorado Ski Country and the Society of American Travel Writers.
Armen J. Malikian is President and CEO of Redfeather Design, Inc., a leading manufacturer of snowshoes in Denver, Colorado. He is also President of Redwood Capital Corporation, a diversified management holding company. For the past twenty-five years, he has owned and managed several manufacturing and distribution companies, among them Kingson International, Deltarex Corp., PRS, Moffat Manufacturing and Franklin Products. Armen has a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Ellen Meyers is an executive coach and President of Performance Coaching based in Crested Butte, Colorado. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with Fortune 500 executives on issues of leadership, management, and communication effectiveness. Formerly an advisor to Olympic athletes and a lecturer at Loyola University, she is an internationally recognized speaker and author. She has an M.A. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Sociology from Loyola University.
Bill Nolan has practiced law in Arkansas for over thirty years, concentrating in the areas of corporate and business law. He is president and majority owner of Noalmark Broadcast Corporation, a group owner of radio broadcasting stations in the southwest United States. An avid fisherman and veteran of over 80 marathons, Bill serves on the board of directors of Murphy Oil Corporation and First Financial Bank.
Warren H. Ohlrich is the owner of WHO Press in Basalt, Colorado. He has written and published over 20 outdoor books for the Aspen and Central Colorado area, where he has been a resident since 1985. Warren is also a board member of the Aspen Wilderness Workshop. Warren also worked for the Defense Department for over a decade and owned an athletic footwear store. Warren explores the trails of Colorado on a daily basis.
Terry Thompson founded and developed Peakware.com, which he operated until its acquisition by Interactive Outdoors in December, 1999. Terry
is a Technology Specialist with the National Center for Accessible
Information Technology in Education, a federal grant-funded project
housed at the University of Washington. He lives in the foothills of
Mount Baker, and spends as much time as possible hiking and climbing in
the Cascades. An avid outdoorsman, Terry has trekked and climbed in the U.S., Europe, North Africa, and Central America.