MEET THE TEAM

"Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much."

- Helen Keller -

KIMBERLEY ESLIZA

CEO & Director Of Development

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Either climbing or camping. It's really fascinating to climb natural rock formations, and noticing specific nooks and crannies of a boulder. As far as camping, I love getting away from the city even for a weekend!

 

Favorite Quote

"If there's a will there's a way."

 

Favorite Dessert

Talenti Gelato: Caramel Cookie Crunch. You're welcome. Or deep fried ice cream....

 

Favorite Movie

Mad Max : Fury Road

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

I went on a canyoneering trip in Utah with a couple of my friends. I've never been canyoneering at the time and wasn't in the best shape to participate but I still did it. It was a 10 hour trek through the canyon, mild hypothermia kicked in and lost the car keys somewhere in the water! I wasn't in the best mindset or mood since I felt like my body was failing me, but we made it out alive. I still feel so proud of myself for pushing through and now have some bragging rights! But more so thankful for my friends who were incredibly patient and encouraging the whole trip through!

Wayne Borromeo

President & CMO

Favorites Outdoor Spot

It's gotta be Yosemite. I know it's cliche, but some of my fondest memories have been relaxing in that valley going on bike rides with my pup and closest friends.

 

Favorite Quote

"We can always be better."

 

Favorite Dessert

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream specifically from Baskin Robbins (BR sponsor me)

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

Canyoneering for the very first time. I was with some really great friends and they quite honestly made the experience. I couldn't believe that all of what I was doing was here in Southern California - the scenery, the waterfalls, the cliff jumping... It was an experience that turned into a memory that will last a lifetime.

Jordan Jessup

Director of Sales

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Anywhere with a beach really - I just love water sports!

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Swimming and surfing.

 

Favorite Quote

"Be bold and daring."

 

Favorite Season

Fall because I love watching the colors change, cuddling up with my cat and watching scary movies.

 

Favorite Dessert

Creme Brulee

Trevor Meek

COO

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Priest Lake, Idaho. Every summer I'd go out with my family to our cabin and go jet skiing and boating on the lake. Didn't realize until I was older just how lucky I was.

 

Favorite Season

Summer. It's huckleberry season.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Easy. Picking huckleberries.

 

Favorite Dessert

This is a hard one. I'm in between a huckleberry pie and Tilamook's Mountain Huckleberry Ice Cream. So the main factor you have to consider here is whether you want warm or cold dessert. Once figure that out, you'll want to question yourself again, and ask, "why not both?" In many instances I will combine both. A stomach ache can happen but you shouldn't let that stop you.

Connie To

Director of Operations

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Lake Camusee in Switzerland

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory 

Hiking with friends in New Zealand in Huka Falls and finding a hot spring!

 

Favorite Quote

"It's not the load that weighs you down, it's the way you carry it." -C.S. Lewis

 

Favorite Season

Winter is my favorite season because of the weather, clothing, and the holiday season :)

Dan Castro

Director of Marketing

Favorite Outdoor Spot

My favorite outdoor spot is "Cascada del Trueno" or Thunder Waterfall, an absolute dream of a waterfall.

 

Favorite Quote

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

 

Favorite Season

My favorite season is Spring. My mom was born at the beginning of spring and every time I see the flowers bloom it reminds me of how warm and beautiful she is! I really really really love my mom if you couldn't tell.

 

Favorite Song

When it Lands by Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Talea Rendon

Marketing Analyst Associate

 

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Henry Cowell State Park, I love the diversity of this park. A variety of sites ranging from old growth redwoods, grasslands, peaceful swimming holes, and old railroad tracks make for an exciting trip!

 
Favorite Outdoor Activity
Surfing. This is one of the few activities I've been a part of that is both tranquil and exciting. Being out in the water, feeling the tide underneath me is so therapeutic. But then each time I catch a wave, the adrenaline rush hits me.
 
Favorite Quote
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” Paulo Coelho
 
 
Favorite Outdoor Memory
I was surfing at County Line beach in Malibu when a seal began swimming underneath my board. I've seen plenty of dolphins in the water but this was my first time being so close to a wild seal.

Cheyenne Chavez

Philanthropic Associate

Favorite Outdoor Activity

I love to swim! I have been impulsively jumping into bodies of water since I was three years old and didn't know how (P.S. thank you to anyone who has ever saved my butt from drowning).

 

Favorite Quote

"How you gonna win when you ain't right within?" from "Doo Wop (That Thing)" - Lauryn Hill

 

Favorite Season

I honestly love all seasons, but late Autumn/early Winter tends to be my personal favorite time of the year because the weather is perfect, in California at least.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

My favorite outdoor memory is when I visited Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape of Good Hope and the top of Table Mountain remain some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen.

Marley Reinig

Social Media Coordinator

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park. Here, it feels like you are completely detached from reality. The island is almost untouched by humans, there is no cell service, unlimited hiking trails with breathtaking views and beach front camping. You may even see dolphins and whales on the boat ride there!

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Hiking, snowboarding and swimming in the ocean. I love these activities because they are all so rewarding and I am able to do each of them at least 2 seasons out of the year!

 

Favorite Quote

“Your future is not the answer to your present.”

 

Favorite Movie

Crazy Rich Asians

Luna Trejo

Production Associate

Favorite Outdoor Activity

I love to swim and be in the water! I can just float for hours and be at peace.

 

Favorite Quote

"It could always be worse." - Luna

 

Favorite Season

Hands down, fall. The colors, the outfits, the rain, and the energy it brings are so wonderful.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

After our night class, my friends and I drove to the beach at 10 pm. We wanted to just sit on the shore together and just contemplate the universe. We felt so safe with each other and felt super connected. Then it began to rain. We didn't run away, instead, we stood up and danced in the rain. It was the hardest I've ever laughed.

Sarah Bierhorst

Production Associate

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Yosemite because it’s beautiful anywhere you go.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Hiking, preferably in Yosemite!

 

Favorite Quote

“To pray “Thy will be done”, I must be willing, if the answer requires it, my will be undone.” - Elisabeth Elliot.

Dessert: Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

Exploring Wuzhen, China.

Dorian Aguilar

Production Associate

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Dirt Bike Riding (especially after a rainy day)

 

Favorite Quote

It's a tie between “What is meant for you will find its way” or “Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything.”

 

Favorite Season

I love fall and winter; the sound of the crunchy leaves, the dripping rain, and the cold white snow. And of course, overall, sweater weather. I live in hoodies!!!

 

Favorite Dessert

White chocolate covered strawberries

Kat Ruttke

PR & Ambassador Coordinator

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Tamarack Resort in Idaho! This is where I grew up skiing and I've made millions of memories with friends and family there.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

Island hopping in the British Virgin Islands! My family would stay on a boat for two weeks and go from island to island adventuring!

 

Favorite Quote

"You might not be able to control your circumstances but you can control your responses to your circumstances" -Condoleeza Rice

 

Favorite Song

Maneater by Nelly Furtado

Luca Borromeo

Director of Barketing

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Anywhere with mom or dad!

 

Favorite Quote

Feed a dog a treat, she eats for a day. Teach a dog to make her own treats sounds complicated so please just feed me.

 

Favorite Song

I Fall Apart by Post Malone. No other song makes me howl but this song specifically speaks to me.

 

Favorite Season

Summer! Joking I'm a husky it's definitely Winter.

Gabby Pascual-Mead

PR Intern

Favorite Outdoor Spot

I love Tahoe! I have a soft spot for it as my family makes trips up there in the Winter and Summer. I love to ski and there are so many different trails and mountains to explore!

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Skiing! But also hiking with my doggo, Benji.

 

Favorite Movie

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

My favorite outdoor memory would have to be rowing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catherines, Ontario in high school. I was able to row one last time before moving on to college with my team and had the best time in the most beautiful location.

Kelley Nghe

Graphic Design Intern

Favorites Outdoor Spot

The beach, specifically Manhattan Beach California. I’ve built so many memories with different people in my life at this beach. Every time I need a place to relax, I always turn to Manhattan Beach.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Kayaking at beaches and lakes

 

Favorite Quote

“You are allowed to hope for what’s to come, while making the most of where you already are” -MHN

 

Favorite Season

My favorite season is spring. Spring brings rain and sunshine which are good for all of my plants!

Renee Kao

Graphic Design Intern

Favorites Outdoor Spot

Big Sur is my favorite because everytime I go there, I find a new place to explore and it's a beautiful drive.

 

Favorite Quote

岁岁平安, it's a chinese quote that means "Peace year after year"

 

Favorite Movie

Tampopo, it's a Japanese Western movie (super weird but so fun)

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

At Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree my friends and I were stargazing and we just had the most amazing time laughing and singing.

 

KIMBERLEY ESLIZA

CEO & Director Of Development

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Either climbing or camping. It's really fascinating to climb natural rock formations, and noticing specific nooks and crannies of a boulder. As far as camping, I love getting away from the city even for a weekend!

 

Favorite Quote

"If there's a will there's a way."

 

Favorite Dessert

Talenti Gelato: Caramel Cookie Crunch. You're welcome. Or deep fried ice cream....

 

Favorite Movie

Mad Max : Fury Road

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

I went on a canyoneering trip in Utah with a couple of my friends. I've never been canyoneering at the time and wasn't in the best shape to participate but I still did it. It was a 10 hour trek through the canyon, mild hypothermia kicked in and lost the car keys somewhere in the water! I wasn't in the best mindset or mood since I felt like my body was failing me, but we made it out alive. I still feel so proud of myself for pushing through and now have some bragging rights! But more so thankful for my friends who were incredibly patient and encouraging the whole trip through!

 

WAYNE BORROMEO

President & CMO

 

Favorites Outdoor Spot

It's gotta be Yosemite. I know it's cliche, but some of my fondest memories have been relaxing in that valley going on bike rides with my dog and closest friends.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Definitely canyoneering! You get to go down waterfalls, cliff jump, and water slide if you're lucky! It's such a unique and awesome sport.  

 

Favorite Quote

"We can always be better."

 

Favorite Dessert

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream specifically from Baskin Robbins (BR sponsor me)

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

Canyoneering for the very first time. I was with some really great friends and they quite honestly made the experience. I couldn't believe that all of what I was doing was here in Southern California - the scenery, the waterfalls, the cliff jumping.... just incredible. It was an experience that turned into a memory that will last a lifetime.

 

 

TREVOR MEEK

COO

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Priest Lake, Idaho. Every summer I'd go out with my family to our cabin and go jet skiing and boating on the lake. Didn't realize until I was older just how lucky I was.

 

Favorite Season

Summer. It's huckleberry season.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Easy. Picking huckleberries.

 

Favorite Desert

This is a hard one. I'm in between a huckleberry pie and Tilamook's Mountain Huckleberry Ice Cream. So the main factor you have to consider here is whether you want warm or cold dessert. Once figure that out, you'll want to question yourself again, and ask, "why not both?" In many instances I will combine both. A stomach ache can occasionaly happen but you shouldn't let that stop you.

 

 

JORDAN JESSUP

Director of Sales

 

Favorites Outdoor Spot

Anywhere with a beach really - I just love water sports!

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Swimming and surfing.

 

Favorite Quote

"Be bold and daring."

 

Favorite Season

Fall because I love watching the colors change, cuddling up with my cat and watching scary movies.

 

Favorite Dessert

Creme Brulee

 

CONNIE TO

Director of Operations

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Lake Camusee in Switzerland

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory 

Hiking with friends in New Zealand in Huka Falls and finding a hot spring!

 

Favorite Quote

"It's not the load that weighs you down, it's the way you carry it." -C.S. Lewis

 

Favorite Season

Winter is my favorite season because of the weather, clothing, and the holiday season :)

 

 

DAN CASTRO

Director of Marketing

Favorite Outdoor Spot

My favorite outdoor spot is "Cascada del Trueno" or Thunder Waterfall, an absolute dream of a waterfall.

 

Favorite Quote

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

 

Favorite Season

My favorite season is Spring. My mom was born at the beginning of spring and every time I see the flowers bloom it reminds me of how warm and beautiful she is! I really really really love my mom if you couldn't tell.

 

Favorite Song

When it Lands by Rainbow Kitten Surprise

 

Talea Rendon

Marketing Analyst Associate

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Henry Cowell State Park, I love the diversity of this park. A variety of sites ranging from old growth redwoods, grasslands, peaceful swimming holes, and old railroad tracks make for an exciting trip!

 
Favorite Outdoor Activity
Surfing. This is one of the few activities I've been a part of that is both tranquil and exciting. Being out in the water, feeling the tide underneath me is so therapeutic. But then each time I catch a wave, the adrenaline rush hits me.
 
Favorite Quote
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” Paulo Coelho
 
 
Favorite Outdoor Memory
I was surfing at County Line beach in Malibu when a seal began swimming underneath my board. I've seen plenty of dolphins in the water but this was my first time being so close to a wild seal.

 

Cheyenne Chavez

Philanthropic & Production Associate

Favorite Outdoor Activity

I love to swim! I have been impulsively jumping into bodies of water since I was three years old and didn't know how (P.S. thank you to anyone who has ever saved my butt from drowning).

 

Favorite Quote

"How you gonna win when you ain't right within?" from "Doo Wop (That Thing)" - Lauryn Hill

 

Favorite Season

I honestly love all seasons, but late Autumn/early Winter tends to be my personal favorite time of the year because the weather is perfect, in California at least.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

My favorite outdoor memory is when I visited Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape of Good Hope and the top of Table Mountain remain some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen.

 

Marley Reinig

Social Media Coordinator

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park. Here, it feels like you are completely detached from reality. The island is almost untouched by humans, there is no cell service, unlimited hiking trails with breathtaking views and beach front camping. You may even see dolphins and whales on the boat ride there!

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Hiking, snowboarding and swimming in the ocean. I love these activities because they are all so rewarding and I am able to do each of them at least 2 seasons out of the year!

 

Favorite Quote

“Your future is not the answer to your present.”

 

Favorite Movie

Crazy Rich Asians

 

Luna Trejo

Production Associate

Favorite Outdoor Activity

I love to swim and be in the water! I can just float for hours and be at peace.

 

Favorite Quote

"It could always be worse." - Luna

 

Favorite Season

Hands down, fall. The colors, the outfits, the rain, and the energy it brings are so wonderful.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

After our night class, my friends and I drove to the beach at 10 pm. We wanted to just sit on the shore together and just contemplate the universe. We felt so safe with each other and felt super connected. Then it began to rain. We didn't run away, instead, we stood up and danced in the rain. It was the hardest I've ever laughed.

 

Sarah Bierhorst

Production Associate

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Yosemite because it’s beautiful anywhere you go.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Hiking, preferably in Yosemite!

 

Favorite Quote

“To pray “Thy will be done”, I must be willing, if the answer requires it, my will be undone.” - Elisabeth Elliot.

Dessert: Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

Exploring Wuzhen, China.

 

Dorian Aguilar

Production Associate

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Dirt Bike Riding (especially after a rainy day)

 

Favorite Quote

It's a tie between “What is meant for you will find its way” or “Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything.”

 

Favorite Season

I love fall and winter; the sound of the crunchy leaves, the dripping rain, and the cold white snow. And of course, overall, sweater weather. I live in hoodies!!!

 

Favorite Dessert

White chocolate covered strawberries

 

Kat Ruttke

PR & Ambassador Coordinator

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Tamarack Resort in Idaho! This is where I grew up skiing and I've made millions of memories with friends and family there.

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

Island hopping in the British Virgin Islands! My family would stay on a boat for two weeks and go from island to island adventuring!

 

Favorite Quote

"You might not be able to control your circumstances but you can control your responses to your circumstances" -Condoleeza Rice

 

Favorite Song

Maneater by Nelly Furtado

 

Luca Borromeo

Director of Barketing

 

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Anywhere with mom or dad!

 

Favorite Quote

Feed a dog a treat, she eats for a day. Teach a dog to make her own treats sounds complicated so please just feed me.

 

Favorite Song

I Fall Apart by Post Malone. No other song makes me howl but this song specifically speaks to me.

 

Favorite Season

Summer! Joking I'm a husky it's definitely Winter.

 

Gabby Pascual-Mead

PR Intern

Favorite Outdoor Spot

I love Tahoe! I have a soft spot for it as my family makes trips up there in the Winter and Summer. I love to ski and there are so many different trails and mountains to explore!

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Skiing! But also hiking with my doggo, Benji.

 

Favorite Movie

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

My favorite outdoor memory would have to be rowing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catherines, Ontario in high school. I was able to row one last time before moving on to college with my team and had the best time in the most beautiful location.

 

Kelley Nghe

Graphic Design Intern

Favorites Outdoor Spot

The beach, specifically Manhattan Beach California. I’ve built so many memories with different people in my life at this beach. Every time I need a place to relax, I always turn to Manhattan Beach.

 

Favorite Outdoor Activity

Kayaking at beaches and lakes

 

Favorite Quote

“You are allowed to hope for what’s to come, while making the most of where you already are” -MHN

 

Favorite Season

My favorite season is spring. Spring brings rain and sunshine which are good for all of my plants!

 

Renee Kao

Graphic Design Intern

Favorite Outdoor Spot

Big Sur is my favorite spot because everytime I go there, I find a new place to explore and it's a beautiful drive.

 

Favorite Quote

岁岁平安, it's a chinese quote that means "Peace year after year"

 

Favorite Movie

Tampopo, it's a Japanese Western movie (super weird but so fun)

 

Favorite Outdoor Memory

At Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree my friends and I were stargazing and we just had the most amazing time laughing and singing.