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 1970â€™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 worldâ€™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’.
Adventure Travel Consultant
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 didnâ€™t actually branch out into traveling the world until she was much older. Through Austin Adventures sheâ€™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.Â Christy has traveled through most of the United States, Canada and Costa Rica.Â She has made a career in the travel and hospitality industry.Â 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.
Born and raised on a farm/ranch in Montana, Stacie learned to love the outdoors at a young age. After high school, she moved to Utah to play volleyball for the University of Utah and to get her education. Traveling was just part of the job as an athlete but Stacie loved seeing new places. She graduated with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism and began working for luxury hotels and travel companies around the Park City and Salt Lake City, UT areas. Through her travels, she was able to visit France, Spain, Mexico, the Bahamas and many areas of the US. After over 15 years in Utah, she returned to Montana. She loves to ride her motorcycle, UTVâ€™s, traveling, spending time with friends and family and is always up for an adventure! â€œNever take life too seriously, no one gets out alive anyway.â€
Katie grew up on the East Coast and found her love for the outdoors her first time camping in the White Mountains as a kid. Her passions for adventure lead her to Northern Maine where she spent her summers living in a tent and guiding Class IV-V whitewater. She received a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Global Tourism Management with a Concentration in Adventure, Sport & Nature-Based Tourism at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Looking for her next great adventure she headed west to Big Sky, Montana where she spent her winters as a Professional Ski Patroller and a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT.
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 â€“ 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 dayâ€™s adventure. After a family trip through England, Ireland and Scotland, she couldnâ€™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.
Jennifer, California born, got a taste for the outdoors at an early age of 4 in the Mountains of Colorado every fall with her father and brother. A few years later her father moved her and her brother to Billings Montana where she has spent most of her time exploring the entire beautiful state of Montana by hiking, camping, rock climbing, skiing, huntingÂ and fishing.Â She attended Montana State University in Billings and completed with a Bachelors in Psychology with the emphasis in Spanish. Jennifer married into a Farm/Ranch family where she continues to be outdoors. She got the travel bug when she traveled to Hawaii for her Â honeymoon. From there on her desire to build her career in the travel industry developed. She has yearsâ€™ experience working in a travel agency as a travel agent and has managed many vacations in the United States(including Hawaii and Alaska), Central & South America, Caribbean,Â Europe, South Pacific and the Middle East. Now she is able to blend her love for adventure and travel with Austin Adventures. â€œIâ€™m going on an adventure!â€-Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
Mandi was born in Seoul, South Korea but has made Montana her home for the last thirty-some years (donâ€™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 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. â€œThe world is not in your books and maps â€“ itâ€™s out thereâ€ â€“Gandalf the Grey, The Hobbit
Jamie has called Billings, MT home for the majority of her (young) life. Â Her travel inspirations are rooted more heavily in the art and culture of various locations. Just after receiving her Bachelors degree in English and art from Montana State University she took part in an art intensive in Italy, which included a trip to the Venice Biennale. There she viewed the exhibits curated by each country and has made it a goal to see the origins of all of the artwork with her top picks being Ireland, Iceland, Japan, and Armenia. Aside from art, her interests include mythology, cooking, board games and traveling around Montana and Wyoming with her friends and family.
Born in Flagstaff, AZ Kayla has lived in places such as Alaska, Nevada, California, and currently Montana. Although Alaska has to be the place she most desires to go back to Montana is definitely a close second to being her favorite. Â Loving pass times such as writing, reading, fishing, softball, volleyball and floating the river,Â Kayla is up to try anything once. She has been married for 9 years and has 3 children that she adores completely and wants to experience the world with. Between coaching little league, playing in a softball league of her own, helping her husband start his own business and writing her blog, when she can, her time outside the office is pretty busy but wonâ€™t stop her from getting to the water as much as possible. She enjoys camping, bowling, a good show to relax to and spending quality time with her loved ones. She strives to live every day to the fullest and experience something new as often as possible while teaching her children to always take on a challenge and never give up.