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Luis Vargas

Founder and CEO of Modern Adventure

Luis Vargas is one of the world’s premiere adventure travel executives and thought leaders. He has built and help scale meaningful travel businesses with world class brands such as Backroads, Disney, The Clymb, and REI. Luis has served on the non-profit boards of Sustainable Travel International, Young Travel Professionals, and the Adventure Cycling Association. He is currently on the Advisory Board of the ATTA and is the Founder and CEO of Modern Adventure.

Luis is a member of the Evergreen Chapter of the global, Young President Organization (YPO), and actively invests in and mentors early-stage travel startups including Untrodden, Bold Betties, and TripGrid. Luis recently spoke at TEDx Portland about the explorer in each of us and inspiring others to invest in experiences, instead of more stuff. He is a graduate of UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. He deeply values community, and actively invest time, and resources, in those that have the power or potential, to inspire, convene, and be catalysts for change.

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