Jed Talbot is the owner of OBP Trailworks, LLC (OBP), a Maine based company that designs, builds, and consults on all types of pedestrian and motorized trails. Hallmarks of OBP include technical stone work, rustic timber joinery, naturalistic accessible trails and challenging backcountry rigging systems. Jed’s philosophy is one that synthesizes traditional historic practices with innovative modern tools and techniques. His passion for understanding and developing safe and creative practices is matched by his desire to teach and inspire others who want to pursue conservation based work. Jed has facilitated over 100 workshops on trail building techniques and conservation related skills to volunteer, municipal, federal, private, public, and non-profit crews across the country.
Tim Babcock is the Bike Park Development Manager for Progressive Bike Ramps, a PTBA Member Company dedicated to Sustainable Bike Recreation Development. He has been intimately involved in Bike Park and Trail projects around the country from the planning, design, and implementation standpoints. His role as Bike Park Development Manager entails directing operations at ProgressiveBike Ramps in product development, sustainable bike park design and trail system design, project management, and community engagement. Tim has been involved in over 50 Community Bike Recreation Projects in his years with Progressive Bike Ramps which has given him the opportunity to collaborate with numerous Professional Trail Builders and Bike Park Professionals. As a Board Member of the Professional Trail Builders Association, he hopes to support professionalism within the Trail Building industry and the development of industry standards that lead to successful partnerships between public entities and their professional trail building contractors
In three decades, Tony has passionately led crews in sculpting almost 1000 kilometers of shared-use and purpose-built trails for mountain bicyclists of all ages and abilities around the world. His experience includes professional trail building companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.
His passion is creating sustainable, kinesthetically and aesthetically diverse trails that mountain bikers love to ride. He is highly skilled on the utilization and training of state-of-the-art trail technology like the Sutter 300 Mini Dozer/500 Trail Dozer, SWECO 480 Trail Dozer, miniature/micro excavators, loaders, tracked carriers, ATV rakes & harrows, hydraulic & gas powered drilling, and blasting with Magnum Blaster.
Christine Byl has been a trail builder for 22 years and is the owner/operator of Interior Trails with her husband, Gabe Travis. Based in Alaska, Interior Trails specializes in sustainable trail layout, design, construction, consulting and education. Christine worked on and led trail crews from 1996-2007 in Glacier National Park in NW Montana, Chugach National Forest in Cordova, AK, and Denali National Park in Interior Alaska. She is also a writer whose first book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, is about trail crews, tools, wilderness, and labor. She lives on a few acres of tundra north of Healy, Alaska, and spends as much time as possible traveling in wild places by foot, bike, ski, boat and dog.
Charles Dundas..."Charlie" began building trail, as a volunteer in 1958, while a Boy Scout. His company, Tri-State Company, has been building trail, professionally, since 1987. Tri-State's market niche is remote site construction, often employing helicopter support. In the course of 24 years, they have built, designed, reconstructed or maintained over 500 miles of trail. They are, perhaps, better known as the "bridge people", having built numerous bridges to include: cable suspension, glu-lam, steel, heavy timber, and their specialty, unique curvilinear screw laminated bridges/elevated walkways. Charlie views his company as more than a trail building company, he sees it as engaged in the art of "recreational infrastructure".
Founder of the provincial trail association and author of the "Guide d'Aménagement de Sentiers de Vélo de Montagne", Jérôme have over 20 years of trailbuilding experience. In 2009, he started Sentiers Boréals, Québec' leading mountain biking trail and bike park contractor.
At the age of two, Gerry’s parents started taking him on mountain hikes and fishing trips. In 1972, as a way to put himself through college, Gerry began his professional trail career by bidding on trail maintenance contracts in the rugged North Cascades Mountains. Trail work has been his profession and passion ever since. In his first ten years in business, he had the good fortune of being able to work under several very dedicated seasoned career veterans in trails, learning the rich variety of skills necessary to be successful in this highly competitive industry.
Gerry has an extensive background in planning, designing, estimating and developing trails, bridges and greenways for local, state and federal governments, as well as private developers. He has received national & regional awards for his work and has a widespread reputation for innovative solutions in creating low-impact trails through wilderness and natural areas. In over forty years in the business he has served as project manager for several hundred projects while designing and drafting contracts for more than one hundred of them. He has managed or participated in numerous multidisciplinary project teams. Many of his projects have involved large budgets, challenging schedules, complex and remote structures, or other tricky design and construction issues.
Since 1990, he has taught many training classes and workshop sessions on designing, contract drafting, managing, maintaining and building quality, sustainable trails and systems. From 2004 to 2007, he served as President of the Professional Trailbuilders Association, and he currently sits on the board. When not working, Gerry enjoys spending time with his family outside. He has participated in all forms of trail based recreation and is particularly nuts about skiing, sailing and scuba diving - - or wherever his next outdoor adventure will take him.
After working as a real estate strategy consultant for nine years, Justin co-founded Avid Trails in 2014 with a small group of partners whose backgrounds include experience in trail building, planning, design and marketing. Based in New Jersey, California and Utah, Avid Trails plans, designs and builds multi-use trail systems, community bike parks, pump tracks, custom outdoor fitness nodes, trail signage systems, and other trail related outdoor amenities throughout the country. Justin is heavily involved in all aspects of planning and design while managing the company's construction operations. As an Avid mountain biker, off-road motorcyclist and outdoor enthusiast, Justin is passionate about providing opportunities for people to get back outside. He currently resides in Lambertville, NJ where he enjoys riding bikes, drinking good beer, volunteering for local non-profits and playing in the dirt.
Willie Bittner started working on trails 20 years ago with the Wisconsin DNR and over the years he has worked from coast to coast building trails and teaching the different methods and styles to volunteer groups, conservation corps and state and federal agencies. He founded Great Lakes Trailbuilders, LLC in 2008 to bring a low impact and environmentally friendly approach to trailbuilding and design to the Midwest.
As owner and lead designer, Willie is dedicated to sharing his experiences, engaging users and developing leading edge trails. His projects have taken him from designing new National Parks trails in Patagonia to co-founding WisCorps, Inc. a Wisconsin based Conservation Corps to leading trainings on everything from sustainable trail construction to trail psychology and rigging.
Shea Ferrell’s passion for mountain biking merged with his career track ten years ago during his tenure as a senior designer with a leading landscape architecture and land-planning firm, DHM Design in Denver, Colorado. There he advocated his vision for incorporating mountain bike parks and trails into resort master planning, and was named project lead for the plans/design phase of the six-acre Frisco Bike Park. After collaborating with DHM and the Town of Frisco to win a $200,000 GoCO matching grant for its construction, he co-founded Flowline Trail Design and led his crew in building its green, blue, and black slopestyle trails, a dual slalom course, its pump track and beginner/intermediate/advanced lines at its elite dirt jump park. The success of this, one of Colorado’s first full-scale municipal bike park, launched Flowline’s, and now FlowRide Concepts’ continuing collaboration with the International Mountain Bike Association as a preferred builder of the Trail Solutions division. Ferrell and his team have completed builds across the U.S. from Coldwater Mountain, AL to Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN to Steamboat Springs, CO to Flagstaff, AZ––and recently, halfway around the world in Beijing, where Shea teamed to build the first mountain bike park in China. As the lead consultant at FlowRide, he has assessed and designed mtb parks and trails in St. George, UT, Colorado Springs, CO and Marin and Orange County, CA. Ferrell brings a unique approach and skill set that follows through from design and construction into graphics, signage, branding and social media/marketing to move bike parks from initial vision into reality.
Doug Hansen owns and operates Cuddy Mountain Trail Company (CMTC), an Idaho-based trail design and construction firm. Doug started his first contracting business, YRU Contracting, in 1984 and has since completed over 200 trail and bridge construction contracts in 17 states. Doug honed his expertise while building and restoring more than 1000 miles of trail, installing 70 bridges, and designing nearly 100 miles of new trail. After selling his interest in YRU in 2017, Doug started CMTC with the primary goal to continue creating quality sustainable, multi-use trail systems. He specializes in collaborating with clients to design trails optimized for mountain bike use.