ContributorsBy on 2012-05-22
Brian Germain is an author, teacher, entrepreneur, inventor, test pilot, psychology researcher, keynote speaker, and world champion skydiver. He began this eclectic career on April 13, 1986, the day he first jumped out of an airplane. A psychology student at the University of Vermont at the time, Brian began his research on the topic of fear and the coping mechanisms for dealing with it. Over 20 years and 13,000 jumps later, Brian is still researching fear, but has also taken up the lofty task of teaching the subject in a worldwide lecture tour.
Douglas Spotted Eagle is an audio and video pro. He is a Grammy recipient with DuPont, Peabody, and Telly awards lining his studio; he is also a participant/producer in multiple Emmy winning productions. Douglas is the Managing Producer for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as a trainer and consultant for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. He is the author or co-author of several digital media titles including Digital Video Basics (VASST), The FullHD (VASST), and Vegas Editing Workshop (Focal Press) among many others.
Melissa is a 3rd generation, well-accomplished skydiver logging over 10,000+ jumps. She's an AFF-Instructor and travels the world organizing at events. She earned her pilot's license in 2012 and is currently finishing her late father's book, Sugar Alpha, due out in 2013. Melissa currently lives in Moab, UT where she currently co-runs Over the Edge, Moab and Arches Air Sports with her fiance, and lives her other life as a BASE jumper, yogi and slackliner.
Taya Weiss is a professional wingsuit flyer, writer, adventurer, and researcher with degrees from Harvard and Princeton. She has done over 4,000 skydives all over the world, recently organizing and participating in a 100-way Wingsuit World Record formation. A proud co-founder of non-profit Raise the Sky and Project XRW ("Extreme Relative Work"), she is one of the first skydivers to dock on a canopy pilot while in freefall. When she's not test flying new wings, coaching the next generation of nylon addicts, or looking silly in the pursuit of better freefly skills, she is at work on a new book about risk and consequence in the pursuit of human flight.
Originally from the Caribbean island of Antigua, James La Barrie brings a different perspective to the skydiving industry based on hospitality, service and marketing. Having spent nine years as the General Manager of Skydive Carolina, James has a proven track record for success in business. While at Skydive Carolina, James oversaw increased revenues between 15%-30% for nine consecutive years and is also the creator of CarolinaFest. In December of 2012, James left Skydive Carolina to pursue his passion - marketing. In 2013, he founded Beyond Marketing and maintains the blog zonemarketing.tumblr.com.
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