Chris Chesak & Sally Grimes

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The Chesak-Grimes family

Chris Chesak and Sally Grimes are outdoor industry veterans and adventure experts based in Cincinnati. They will accompany the July 2014 departure of Costa Rica Rainforest Adventure for Families along with their two daughters, Lillian (9) and Sylvia (7).

Chris 'Chez' Chesak

Chris is the Executive Director - North America/Oceania for the Adventure Travel Trade Association and has nearly 20 years experience forging corporate partnerships and in organizational development. He joined the ATTA team in 2006, after being deployed to Iraq for a year with the Army National Guard. He also worked previously with the American Hiking Society, The American Alpine Club, and Winter Wildlands Alliance.

Chris grew up in Ayer, Mass. and graduated with a B.A. in English and International Politics from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.), where he also played varsity football. He is an avid climber, skier, backpacker, and writer. 

Sally Grimes

Sally joined Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters as President in late 2013. She has nearly 20 years of experience leading the growth of corporations in the outdoor industry. Her most notable previous role was as the Executive Director of Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC). After serving as a Board Member, Sally was hired as the first employee of OIWC. During her 10-year tenure she worked with industry executives to build a successful and impactful advocacy, leadership and education organization dedicated to workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion by expanding opportunities for women in the outdoor, snow, bike, and run Industries. Sally filled the same role at Winter Wildlands Alliance, serving as the organization’s first Executive Director and building an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands. Prior to joining Benchmark, Sally spent one year at REI, overseeing marketing and outreach during the opening of the new Cincinnati store.


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