ACCT Executive Director James Borishade to Step Down

In a recent letter to members, Association for Challenge Course Technology Executive Director, James Borishade, announced that he will be stepping down.

Dear ACCT Members,

After five and a half intense and wonderful years as Executive Director of ACCT, I have decided to leave the organization. I have enjoyed my time working with the staff, the members, the Board and, mostly, the volunteers that keep this organization moving forward. I am certain I am leaving you in capable hands and I know ACCT will continue to do amazing things.

Our staff is very experienced and our PVM’s and Volunteers put a tremendous amount of passion, time and energy into this organization, which has made it a pleasure to work here.

The Board and the staff will be taking on some of my responsibilities as we make the transition to a new ED. I look forward to continuing the friendships I have made during my time here.

For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be – I love ACCT, and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished! I am confident the ANSI process will be completed in the coming months. I’ve learned a lot and believe that I have been able to have an impact on our industry, specifically in the areas of Government Regulations, Strategic Planning and Growing the association.

If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple visitor would like to impart upon you: have the courage to keep the door open! There are a lot of new players in the industry with no real place to call home. Please continue to embrace them as they come! I hope the ACCT will continue to create a sustainable plan to house all of our new friends and community members and truly embrace being an international association. Much thanks to all of you for allowing me to serve this industry.


Michael Smith

As the President of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, LLC, Michael is dedicated to providing novel, adventure experiences to individuals, small groups, and communities that foster an appreciation for the n...

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