Andy, founder and principal of IPA Connect has been working on pro programs in the Outdoor, Ski, and Bike Industry for over 20 years. With some of the most prestigious companies in the industry on his resume, including Black Diamond Equipment, Nike, The North Face, Patagonia and prAna as a F/T employee; and now running this business with a solid list of clients including Smith Optics, Woolrich, Helly Hansen, Filson, K2, GU, and Astral among many others. Andy has more direct experience in building and managing pro programs than anyone else in the industry, bar none.
Andy grew up all over the western US and counts skiing, biking, hiking, swimming, woodworking and competitive baking as interests. He currently lives in Hood River, OR with his wife Nicole Bassett and 2 Australian Shepherds, Astro the Wonder Dog and Cosmo the Great & Fearless.
Kellie Dunn has over 7 years of experience in the sports and outdoor industry. She worked at companies such as Columbia Sportswear and Dakine with experience ranging from marketing to customer service before joining the IPA Connect team.
After finishing a degree and collegiate water polo career at Santa Clara University, Kellie moved back to Oregon where she remains active in the outdoors. Any given day you can find her road biking, mountain biking, skiing, running, swimming, hiking, or anything that keeps her moving and outside. Kellie also coaches the Hood River Valley High School water polo team and for the Hood River Water Polo Club. She currently resides in Hood River, OR with her boyfriend Gary and Great Pyrenees dog Oso.
Heather comes from a Retail and Brand Management background, with 20 years of Event Planning in-between. She has extensive Customer Service and Marketing experience and has helped launch several outdoor brands and actually likes trade shows!
Combining her love for all things bike, Heather helped start a cycling safety advocacy group and also helps produce a Cyclocross race series in Boise, Idaho. Seasonally she runs, boats, fly fishes and skis…and collects the gear for all of the above, and more. The latest gear includes cool things for her new baby boy.
Dave Waag has more than 15 years of experience in the outdoor, ski and bike industries. His expertise ranges from writing and editing to marketing and graphics. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and enjoys all forms of uphill and downhill travel.
Garrett comes to IPA Connect with over 10 years experience in sales and customer support. Working in multiple industries with both large corporate employers, to small startup businesses, he has the experience necessary to think outside the box in order to solve problems and provide top notch customer service. Currently residing in Bend, Oregon with his family, Garrett enjoys everything that Central Oregon has to offer the outdoor enthusiast.
Brent specializes in building some of IPA’s databases and calls Raleigh, North Carolina home after 20 years in Southern California. Retired from a 30 year career playing Ultimate frisbee Brent played with the National Champion Santa Barbara Condors and now teaches the youth in North Carolina, including his own kids, the sport. Brent leads a very active lifestyle although driving to youth sporting events to either coach or watch his kids dominates his spare time.
Teri Winston has been in customer service for over 20 years her most recent work was 9 years at Dakine; gathering experience in e-commerce and pro sales management, warranty, and sales.
Teri grew up in Hood River, Oregon where she met her husband and raised her family.
In her free time you will find her on the Columbia river boating/fishing, SUP-ing, or enjoying her best friend and dog, Brody, an energetic Aussie.
Her real passion is cake decorating and quilting.
Nancy joins the IPA Connect team with a strong customer service background. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for her local High School Mountain Bike League. She loves mountain biking, nordic skiing and pretty much anything else outside.
Liz Castellon-Nelsen is part of building IPA's network in database management, marketing and recruiting efforts. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish, originally from Jalisco, Mexico but raised in Bellingham, Washington surrounded by the beautiful San Juan Islands and Cascade Mountains where her love for the outdoors bloomed. She attended Western Washington University graduating with a B.A. in anthropology and soon after traveled to Nepal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France.
After living in San Diego, California for 7 years with her family she currently lives in Hood River, Oregon with her husband Andy who enjoys the mt. biking and ski community and with their two beautiful daughters Penelope and Isabella. Her passions are yoga, road tripping, trail running, hiking and exploring the local Columbia River Gorge with her family.
Ingrid hails from Smithers, BC but currently calls Bend, Oregon home. When she's not skiing or riding bikes you'll find her representing PSIA, teaching the masses perfect cross country ski technique, prospecting through northern Canadian mountains collecting soil samples or assisting IPA Connect with all things graphic and web with a dash of data entry on the side.