Andy, founder and principal of IPA Connect has been working on pro programs in the Outdoor, Ski, and Bike Industry for over 25 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 of some the best and brightest names in the Outdoor Recreation space. 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 of The Renewal Workshop and 2 Australian Shepherds - Astro the Wonder Dog and Cosmo the Great & Fearless.
Kellie Dunn has over a decade 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 also the Hood River Water Polo Club. She currently resides in Hood River, OR with her boyfriend Gary and Great Pyrenees dog Oso.
Mike joined the IPA team with years of experience in the Outdoor Industry including guiding whitewater in Idaho and Colorado and a background in retail and purchasing. Additionally, Mike has worked in the food industry for sixteen years overseeing freight management, sales, and customer service. When not spending time with family and working, he seeks out all things bikes and when snow flies, you’ll find him out skiing.
Susan has over 20 years of experience as an executive in global brand marketing and sponsorship management. She is a global business professional and a skilled advisor in fostering strategic partnerships and design sponsorship platforms. Susan has a strong passion for the outdoors and active living which keeps her in the mountains, on the water, and playing outside whenever possible.
Stacey joins the IPA Connect team with a background in coaching cross-country skiing and running. She spends her free time pursuing these hobbies as well as mountain biking.
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.
Ashley is responsible for recruiting, vetting, and approving professionals at IPA Connect for the brands she supports. Originally from a very rural town of southwestern Montana, Ashley moved to Hood River, Oregon where she worked in customer service prior to joining IPA Connect. With a true appreciation for the outdoors she enjoys hiking, skiing, road biking, SUP-ing, off roading, and camping. Her two dogs Luna and Apex always get to accompany her and her boyfriend Casey in their adventures. Ashley currently resides in Reno, Nevada and you will find her exploring new places or volunteering with Keep Tahoe Blue in her free time.
Erin is responsible for developing human resources programs and services that enhance the employee experience at IPA Connect. Erin has seven years of HR experience working on behalf of Yellowstone National Park and nearly a decade of nonprofit experience. She enjoys spending time exploring public lands and national parks and hopes her young daughter will grow up to share a similar deep love of wild places. Erin enjoys skiing, trail running, floating Montana’s rivers, and spending time in her garden.
Jessamyn has more than 10 years of experience in the sports and Outdoor Industry. After living in Colorado and California, Jessamyn returned to her home state of Vermont, where she lives with her husband and daughter, Saylor Emerson. With a true appreciation for the outdoors she enjoys hiking, biking, running, and spending time with her family.
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.
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.
Giordan got her start in the Outdoor Industry at Klean Kanteen as their Marketing Coordinator. She then moved to Simms Fishing Products to run the Custom Branding department and Duckworth Co. where she met the IPA team. She is originally from Northern California but is now located in Bozeman, Montana with her boyfriend and big fluffy white dog, Disket. She spends her weekend hiking, floating and fishing her way through Montana.
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.
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.
Cara joined the IPA Connect team to provide account management support for numerous brands. Her love of all things outdoors and lifelong customer service background make her role in the Outdoor Industry and with IPA Connect a perfect match. On her days off, she likes to raft, camp, hike, Nordic ski, read, and forage for wild edibles.
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.
Robbie joined IPA Connect with 20 years of work under his belt in the outdoor industry. He started off selling rollerblades in the brief time they were all the rage, however he quickly, and thankfully, switched to the larger wheels of a mountain bike where he found his home in the cycling industry. Robbie has been running action sports programs all over the PNW for the last decade most recently managing the Pro Program for Dakine. He now resides in the mountain bike mecca of Bend, OR where he rides his bike or his board everyday most often with his girlfriend Jamie and his trail dog Otis.
Danielle provides account support for several Collective brands, creates IPA’s pro emails, and helps out on various projects from postcard design to database management. After attending the University of Redlands in Southern California, Danielle returned to the beauty of Hood River, OR and tries to take advantage of the recreation mecca that is the Gorge. She is an avid mountain biker and swimmer who, when she’s not walking around a pool deck, can be found binge watching TV or hiking with her miniature dachshunds, Ebony and Ivy.
Ingrid hails from Smithers, BC but currently calls Bend, Oregon home. When she's not skiing or riding bikes you'll find her assisting IPA with all thing web and graphic related and teaching the masses perfect cross country ski technique at Mt Bachelor.