Your Personal Travel Experts
At Austin Adventures, our staff members are your personal travel consultants, the people who eat, sleep and breathe travel so that they can get you going on a trip of a lifetime. Selected for their enthusiasm about travel, their travel expertise, and their love for sharing travel, our adventure consultants will do everything in their power to help make planning your next adventure as easy and fun as possible. Have no idea where you want to go? Want to build a custom adventure? Last minute trip? Tough group dynamics? No Problem! Give our travel consultants a call and they will work with you to make the trip of your dreams become a reality.
Meet our staff
Born in California, Dan first ignited his passion for adventure travel in the 1970’s as partner of a rafting company in the Pacific Northwest. His lust for travel soon took him to Alaska, where he saw opportunity as the owner of a construction company developing projects from remote Alaskan villages to military bases in Hawaii and The Azores. In 1994, seeking a new challenge, Dan and a partnership group bought Backcountry Tours of Bozeman, Montana. The purchase turned out to be the catalyst for things to come. In 2000, Dan partnered with retired industrialist and financier Paul Lehman and Austin-Lehman Adventures was born. In 2013, Dan chose to sell Austin Adventures to Xanterra Parks and Resorts, renaming the company Austin Adventures to bring the focus back on those who built the brand. Along the path to founding one of the world’s most recognized active travel brands, Dan founded the non-profit Wheels of Change organization dedicated to empowering rural Africans through mobility via donated bicycles.
Ron Van Dijk
European Operations Manager
Born in Holland Ron van Dijk has been leading and developing bike tours in Europe since 1974. Ron’s love and passion for cycling is unmatched in the adventure travel industry. Currently Ron is Austin Adventures’ European Operations Director and you can still find him guiding the occasional trip. Ron is an encyclopedia on Europe and speaks 5 languages fluently. Ron got his MA in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, CA. But Ron wishes he would have studied History instead, because that is his real passion, which he now lives out through our trips in the ‘Old World’.
Guest Service Administrator
Carol Austin, born and raised in Montana. Grew up exploring the Rocky Mountains and Canada. Even after all of these years, Yellowstone is her favorite place on earth! She didn’t actually branch out into traveling the world until she was much older. Through Austin Adventures she’s had the chance to visit many wonderful places, but her bucket list is still very long, and of course it grows every year. Working along with her husband Dan, the summer of 2013 was her 15th season with Austin Adventures. When asked the favorite things about her job, it would have to be working with both guests and operators from around the world. From that one can learn something new every day.
Christy was born in Montana and, growing up with Glacier National Park as her backyard, learned to appreciate nature and the outdoors at an early age. Christy has traveled through most of the United States, Canada and Costa Rica. She has made a career in the travel and hospitality industry. Prior to joining Austin Adventures, Christy worked in the airline business, managed the front desk at a large hotel/convention center, and was the Director of Reservations at a local ski resort. She holds degrees in Accounting and Management.
Christy is responsible for the company’s accounting, human resources, many of the logistics of our adventures and day to day operations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bird watching, spin class, yoga and spending time outside!
Vice President of Operations
Kasey, the Vice President of Operations for Austin Adventures, works with ground operators around the world as well as domestic guides on the home front when it comes to the details of planning a vacation. She grew up in the business learning about adventure travel from a kid’s perspective. Now she puts what she’s learned since she was six years old to use both in the office and out in the field. Kasey has guided trips across the western United States and gets out to travel abroad whenever she gets the chance. She was recently recognized nationally as a “2012 Rising Star in the Tourism Industry” and is very proud of that achievement. More recently, she was recognized by OUTSIDE Magazine as the World’s Top Family Guide in 2014.
CRM & Digital Media Coordinator
Ted was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Phoenix. He got the travel gene from his mother, a travel writer, and has always wanted to incorporate travel into his career. While getting his education at Montana State University in Bozeman, he decided he needed to see more of the world, so he left and lived in Ecuador for five months. There, he taught English, improved his fluency in Spanish, climbed the 19,347 ft. volcano Cotopaxi, and learned to salsa dance. He finished his degree at Portland State University before returning to Montana and coming to work for Austin Adventures. Ted has traveled to Europe and Central and South America and has a background in marketing and writing.
Adventure Consultant – Europe
Mandi was born in Seoul, South Korea but has made Montana her home for the last thirty-some years (don’t ask how old she is). Experiencing new places, cultures, and languages have been a passion since she was a teen. She has been fortunate enough to travel to many areas in North America, Europe, Asia, and Central America. In her spare time, Mandi tries keeping up with her two sons, occasionally participates in molecular-based biological research at the local university, and looks for adventures. “The world is not in your books and maps – it’s out there” –Gandalf the Grey, The Hobbit
Adventure Consultant- Domestic Travel
Amy grew up on the side of a mountain near Anchorage, AK where she developed a deep-seated passion for all things wild, rugged and beautiful. After many childhood excursions with her family, Amy began traveling on her own and working in adventure travel as a consultant and guide in the San Juan Islands, the Greater Yellowstone region and Costa Rica. Amy has a B.S. in Biology from Montana State University – Billings and is working on an M.A. in science education with an emphasis in marine and alpine ecology. When not in the office, Amy will most likely be backpacking, fossil hunting, or fly fishing. Amy enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with adventurers of all ages as a sales consultant for Austin Adventures.
Lindsay grew up with the Rimrocks in Billings, MT as her backyard which helped to fuel her love of the outdoors. Packing a lunch, climbing the rocks and discovering snake skins were all in a day’s adventure. After a family trip through England, Ireland and Scotland, she couldn’t stop thinking about when and where the next trip would be. Since then she has had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Central America, with a 3-week stint in Monterrey, Mexico (thanks Dad). And to Lindsay, a summer never seems complete without a road trip to at least one National Park. After spending several years at Montana State University and working in a bookstore, the outdoors called her name again. Lindsay spent 9 months in Alaska as a team leader for a youth crew with AmeriCorps where she was able to soak in the beauty from the comfort of her tent. Now she is able to blend her career and her love of travel as a travel consultant with Austin Adventures.
PR & Communications Specialist
Katie Jackson was raised on a ranch in Montana but grew tired of seeing more cows than people so she moved to New York City to experience cultural diversity and be closer to a major airport. She’s lived in Italy, France, Ireland, and Nicaragua but never long enough to completely nail the local language. At the ripe old age of 25 she got her first car, but she prefers to hike or bike when she needs to go somewhere. Active to a fault, she is hard to pin down unless you set something chocolate in front of her. Her background is in public relations; however, she’s been known to dip a toe, or two, into journalism when opportunity presents itself. She is currently in the market for a large breed dog.