As a resident of Crested Butte since the early 1990s, Jake’s personal and professional journey has been shaped by the Gunnison Valley. Like many Crested Butte residents, Jake’s “year off” from college at CU Boulder became a life and career in the mountains where he eventually earned a BA in Biology from Western State Colorado University, worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School for a decade, and built a family, career and home in the community. He is currently employed as the Managing Director of Eleven Experience, a global adventure travel company headquartered in Crested Butte. Prior to his work with Eleven, Jake was the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Director for the Town of Crested Butte where he worked closely with the Crested Butte Land Trust as the town’s representative for conservation initiatives. While employed with the Town, Jake also served as the Executive Director for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center and volunteered on several non-profit and government advisory boards including the Crested Butte Nordic Center, the Gunnison County Trails Commission and Junior Achievement.