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About Us: Our Staff

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Exceptional Service
Starts from Within

The soul of Awesome Adventures can be found shining brightly in the hearts and minds of our staff.  

Everything we do, every live we touch, is a result of the process of continual growth and evolution of the most valuable assets of Awesome Adventures - the men and women who we are proud to introduce here as members of our staff.  

David W. Valaika

David W. Valaika Founder & Visionary
Living every moment of life with the mantra to "Begin with the end in mind", David strives to not only identify areas and needs that would benefit from Awesome Adventures' involvement, but more importantly, to design a workable solution to the tasks at hand. His research keeps him traveling to lands near and far, visiting those in need, and determining how Awesome Adventures may best develop a program to bring the appropriate resources and manpower to make the world a better place, one small piece at a time.

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David W. Hartman

David W. Hartman General Manager & Travel Coordinator
Seven years of operating a successful adventure travel enterprise has given David the insight and experience to effectively build adventure travel packages that incorporate our core values of sustainability and accessibility in every product we offer.  He also is responsible for managing Awesome Adventures' network of travel specialists who offer our opportunities to serve throughout the US and beyond.

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Patrick Crane

Patrick Crane Project Field Supervisor
Patrick' sense of fun and love of adventure has led him to lead a varied life since he was born in London, England quite a few years ago. His love of travel began with an early career with a London based travel agency, before spending the next thirty years with the British Postal Service.  Rising to the position Project Manager there before finally retiring, he could also be regularly found on the weekends working as a barman and disc jockey.  
Patrick's passions are travel and soccer and he's visited many countries, including Africa and Bosnia Herzegovina.  When he's not continuing his active lifestyle supervising an Awesome Adventures project in the field, he can be found splitting his time between Mexico, the US, and England. A three time finisher in the London Marathon, he's a tough man to slow down! Patrick's philosophy is  "life's fun when you're having rum".

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