Bahman Azarm, Partner & CEO

Growing up in the mountains of Switzerland gave Bahman Azarm a love of the outdoors and of physical challenge that he employs every day as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Outdoor Venture Group, (also known as “Outdoor Ventures”) a post he assumed in 2008.

During a visit to Switzerland in 2006 Bahman witnessed his first aerial forest park and knew immediately he had to bring this phenomenon to the United States. Utilizing his 20 years of previous experience in the construction business, combined with the expertise of an experienced team imported from Switzerland, Bahman built his first aerial forest park—The Catamount Aerial Adventure Park at Catamount Ski Area in Massachusetts. It was also the first of its kind in the United States and an immediate success.

Since the opening of the park at Catamount, Bahman has supervised the design and construction of dozens more aerial forest parks throughout the United States, with more on the horizon from “the man who brought the aerial forest park to the USA.”

John Hines, Partner

In 2010, while serving as a trustee on the Board of the Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland, John Hines became hooked on the aerial forest park concept as an innovative way to bring non-tuition revenue into the school when it became a partner with the Outdoor Venture Group in building an aerial forest park on its property. He subsequently joined the Outdoor Venture Group as a partner and oversees the marketing and strategic business development initiatives.
John brings marketing and management experience to Outdoor Venture Group from his 20+ years as CEO and “Chief Instigator” of Envision EMI, a company he helped grow from a start-up into the top international provider of leadership training and career exploration conferences for high achieving students, serving over 50,000 students annually.