Andy brings a wealth of experience, passion, and vision to the Active Strategies team. As a Midwest native and a city boy, Andy found his passion for the great outdoors and adventure via family camping trips and Scouting. These experiences eventually steered him toward dedicating his education and career to protecting our public lands, helping people to develop their skills to be better able to access them, and supporting communities in creating more vibrant and active lifestyles.
Andy studied eco-tourism and natural resource management at Hocking College and completed another degree in Resource, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Idaho. Andy has spent the last 15 years working to educate and inspire people to get out and live and has been invested in ensuring everyone has a place to find their own adventure. These efforts have ranged from managing programs and trips across the country for university and park district outdoor recreation initiatives, coaching local nonprofits and land management agencies on how to create amazing outdoor destinations and urban playgrounds, or as a dedicated volunteer and advocate.
During his tenure at Five Rivers MetroParks as their Outdoor Recreation Manager, Andy supported numerous regional initiatives, events, and infrastructure projects. He founded the Miami Valley Cycling Summit, a biennial regional cycling advocacy event that brings together key stakeholders from across the SW Ohio region to create more bike friendly communities and connections. As an advocate and Vice President of Bike Miami Valley, the regional advocacy organization, Andy co-chaired the development and launch of the Link Dayton Bike Share program and the hiring of the organizations first Executive Director.
Over the past 6 years working with the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Andy served as the Great Lakes Region Director supporting communities, agencies, and dozens of non-profit organizations in creating, protecting, and enhancing great places to ride mountain bikes. He played a key role in launching numerous destination quality trail systems, world class urban bike parks, and in elevating the profile of mountain biking and trails across the Midwest. Recently, as Director of Programs, Andy crafted a comprehensive program strategy that established a full progression of products and education tools that help accelerate the pace of trail development and its impact across the nation. Serving on numerous national coalitions and committees, working with key federal agencies, and engaging with corporate partners and foundations, Andy lived the mission and passionately strove to make sure every person has a quality and enjoyable experience to get out and play on their bicycle.