Todd Copley is first and foremost a traveler with a passion for adventure and the travel experiences that impact and change people's lives in a positive way. A global marketing & operations executive with 20+ years experience in the tourism, destination marketing & hospitality industries, Todd has held C-level and senior management roles for several multi-national travel companies in addition to being an entrepreneur and principal in three start-up companies. Currently, Todd is the Vice President of Expedition Development for Lindblad Expeditions and oversees the itineraries and adventures of the National Geographic Orion expedition ship. He also is the owner and principal of Summit Travel Consulting and Events and most recently oversaw the event production for the Whitewater Kayaking World Championships. Todd is a dedicated cyclist and advocate of the outdoors. He is captain of Summit Adventure Racing, the #1 ranked ultra-adventure racing team in North America and coaches the Adventure Sports Institute & Garrett College's adventure racing team. He also serves on the board of directors for the Adventure Cycling Association, the largest membership-based cycling organization in the world. Todd resides in the epicenter of adventure sports: Deep Creek Lake, MD with his wife and 10 year old son.
What inspired me to travel
A little known gene that is embedded my brain that makes me smile when I see new things, when I push my mental and physical boundaries and when I meet new people...
Most notable achievement
Serving my country in this nation's armed forces as a special operations officer and a Ranger, and having a loving family and being able to support them by doing what I love.
Next on the bucket list
Two things: 1. Heading out to Europe and putting together 22 weeks of adventure from the Med to the Baltic Sea for Lindblad's guests and explorers, and 2. Being the Team Captain for Summit Adventure Racing in the Adventure Racing World Series 4 day race: Raid in France.
Advice for new adventure travelers
Keep your passion but look for ways you can give back. This industry is a hard one to make a living in so work hard and find your niche...
Why I Embark
To embark is to live. I embark to stretch my comfort zones and learn.