It's no secret that St. George is the mecca for outdoor recreation. From hiking the narrows in Zion National Park to exploring the lava tubes of Snow Canyon and from biking through breathtaking red rock to van camping in a desert landscape, HERE we have it all. Come hear from local recreation and hospitality startups who are blowing up in a big way. How did they do it? What's next?
This panel will me moderated by Paul Bartholomew, Startup Grind founding committee.
All Advantures Upfitters
Owner & Operator
Southern Utah MTB
Zach Ahleen is the owner & operator of All Advantures Upfitters
As a Utah Native, born in Northern Utah & moved to Southern Utah as a young kid, he has always enjoyed the outdoors - especially any hobbie on two wheels. Growing up Zach raced professional Motocross which led him to some amazing opportunities & learning hard work from a young age. This helped shape him into the entrepreneur that he is today. The motocross industry introduced him to the "van life" with much of the traveling throughout his career being in a van due to the convenience & safety. Zach & his father (whom owned a metal fabrication shop for many years) were always creating custom mounts, brackets, & fun accessories to improve his van. Even after he retired from the sport & entered into the Real Estate & entrepreneurial front, he always had a custom van setup to fit his needs & hobbies. When he purchased a Mercedes Sprinter Van he found a true passion in upfitting & customizing this particular type of van & knew he wanted to provide that to others. Zach & his father Kent, founded All Advantures Upfitters in early 2021 & have been grateful for the success of the company so far. When he isn't working, Zach enjoys riding his bicycles, skiing, hiking with his wife & two dogs, camping in their van, & enjoying all that the outdoors in Southern Utah have to offer."
Since Ben Dalley was a kid he has always had big dreams and aspersions. Born in the small town of Gunnison, Utah, Ben found himself finding creative ways to have fun. That in combination with his fearlessness, eventually led him to doing stunts for a TV show Thrillbillies on Fuel TV and eventually live shows with Nitro Circus. After meeting his wife, Amy, on a Nitro Circus video shoot, Ben decided to settle down and focus on his career. After working 4 years in the solar industry for SolarCity and eventually Tesla, Ben and Amy started their own successful solar company. While discovering a passion for the emerging transition to all things electric The Dalley’s never lost their passion and love for Motorsports and adventure. This lead to the creation of Amped Bikes. Bens determination and big dreams lead him through the seemingly impossible task of figuring out how to get these eBikes to America; then into the hands of bike enthusiasts across the country during one of the biggest importing and shipping fiascos in history. After almost a year the first container was received. Lessons have been learned and there are new challenges daily but Ben and Amy feel blessed to spend time working on something they are passionate about together.
Aaron moved out to Southern Utah from the Midwest to play golf here at the University. While going to school and playing golf he had a roommate take him mountain biking and he fell in love. Aaron really started getting serious into mountain biking about 6 years ago though and found a gap with ride groups. He wanted to bridge the gap and grow the sport more and started Southern Utah MTB Instagram account to share group rides and new trails. It has grown into almost a “club” type feel with tips, features, merch, and ways to give back to the local trails. It’s been fun to partner with some of the MTB industries giants and help grow the love of mountain biking here in Southern Utah.
Co-Founder & Head of Growth
St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
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