Rafael Gallo has been a leading conservationist, visionary, entrepreneur and change-maker in Costa Rican adventure tourism for over 30 years. As the cofounder and President of Rios Tropicales, Rafael passionately leads the company to go further to protect, educate, conserve, reforest and support local communities. Through his adventure company and involvement with key conservation, sport, and tourism organizations, Rafael has led various groups, organizations, events, tourists, and residents have together planted over 20,000 native species of trees to mitigate over 12,600 thousand tons of carbon annually over the past two decades.
Rafael is a founding member of the International Rafting Federation, Presides Red Costarricense de Reservas Privadas, responsible for 99% of Private Conservation in Costa Rica and has been member of the prestigious New York Explorers Club, due to a number of river explorations around the world.
Luis Vargas is the Chief Brand Officer and President of Travel for the Leftlane Sports family of brands which includes The Clymb. The family of brands are 12 million+ member strong, e-commerce and content businesses selling gear, apparel and global adventure travel experiences.
Luis has spent most of his career in the Adventure travel industry having held leadership roles at iconic brands such as REI, The Walt Disney Company and Backroads. He is a graduate of The Anderson School of Management at UCLA, a Certified Sommelier, and sits on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Travel International, the Adventure Cycling Association and is a frequent advisor to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Luis also sits on the Boards of several early stage travel startups including Trip Grid and Untrodden.
Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association is the largest global network of adventure travel leaders. Our community is made up of ~30,000 individual guides, tour operators, lodges, travel advisors, tourism boards, destination marketing and management organizations, outdoor educators, gear companies and travel media who share a belief and commitment to sustainable tourism. The connections and creativity of this vibrant community come together both virtually and in person to create and deliver the solutions that propel our businesses and our communities toward a responsible and profitable future.