Striving for higher levels of team performance and personal growth.
CBST Adventures’ Story
Since 1994, CBST Adventures has been creating innovative team building adventures that inspire individuals and groups to step outside of themselves and strive for higher levels of performance and development. We pride ourselves on creating experiences, activities, exercises and adventures that seamlessly and directly transfer to everyday dynamics in both professional and personal settings.
We have more than fifty strategic outdoor and indoor team building, experiential leadership, and community impact engagements with the ability to customize our programs to support your specific conference themes and agendas. Our approach is to combine detailed execution of the business world with the infectious enthusiasm of the outdoor and organizational development industries.
CBST Adventures highlights the best of what the Rocky Mountain region has to offer and maximizes your team’s resources to foster transformational experiences and lasting memories. We also can facilitate our exciting adventures beyond the Rocky Mountain region by request.
CBST Adventures’ Mission:
We strive to create transformational adventure experiences that build world-class teams, positively impact communities, and develop individuals through experiential learning.
CBST Adventures’ Values:
Meet Our Team
After a fruitful and successful 23-year career in the computer software industry, something big was on the horizon – Transformation.
An adventurous soul who’s determined to inspire through wilderness experiences, Jay’s transformation from the computer software industry to experiential leadership development didn’t happen overnight. While working with some of the largest computer software companies in the world, Jay started to realize his experience leading and inspiring companies to enhance their productivity and success via software solutions could be easily translated to his main passion…The Wilderness.
In a moment in time, that realization almost never came to fruition. After a morning skiing in the backcountry of Colorado, Jay found himself in the wrath of an avalanche. During the 8-hour struggle in the snow and debris, visions of his family kept his heart warm and as he was pulled out and on his way to surgery, a new life perspective came to fruition – Transforming lives through Adventure.
After a lengthy recovery, Jay set out on a year-long sabbatical to reconnect with the things in his life that mattered, his family and his love of adventure. As the trip came to a close, Jay knew his next step and started to build the pathway of combining his love of adventure with the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Jay now teaches audiences, from inner-city youth to C-Suite executives, how to bring the gifts learned from wilderness experiences into daily life to create powerful and long-lasting change.
Jay is an avalanche survivor, Ironman finisher, avid skier and backpacker, and a foolhardy mountain biker, but his underlying passion is being a dedicated father. Jay is also a board member of cityWILD, a local nonprofit bringing adventure and leadership to culturally diverse inner-city youth.
In some cases, people find their career path by taking tests and being led by administrators in high school and college. Others find their calling when they finally slow down and see what is right in front of them. For Chris, his decision to enter the event management space was an easy one.
It all started in 2002 when Chris found himself among 100,000 concert patrons at the first Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The sheer size of the event was overwhelming at first, but soon his brain was dissecting how the event was put together -the logistics, the planning, the execution. That was the weekend where he truly found his calling -Event Operations Management. Soon after, Chris dove into this dream. He found himself local music-related event positions and made his return to Bonnaroo in 2004 as a staff member. For the next three years, Chris focused on learning the in’s and out’s of the event industry under the wings of his mentors.
In 2007, he moved to Boone, North Carolina, to attend Appalachian State University and major in Corporate Public Relations. During his time at the mountain university, he was a member and leader of the Appalachian Popular Programming Society. Thanks to his advisor, Randy Kelly, he honed his ability to put together large events and assisted in leading the campus’ largest student-funded organization. It was this experience that led Chris to participating in building some of the largest music events in the world.
After years of designing and executing corporate and music-related events, Chris wanted to bridge the gap between his other passions, the wilderness and building community, and his love for creating events. Not knowing where exactly where to turn, he randomly found CBST Adventures. All it took was one discussion with CEO, Jay Irwin, before Chris knew that this new perspective on events was his true calling.
Chris now resides in Golden, CO, where he loves to spend his spare time traveling, seeing live music, and exploring the Colorado landscape with his girlfriend and dog, Olive.
Kirk grew up in Arvada, and has called Colorado his home for over 40 years! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Colorado State University, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado. His true passion is helping others and making an impact in their lives having served in such roles as a Personal Trainer, League and Recreation Director, Fitness Equipment Representative, and now as an Event Manager for CBST Adventures. In his spare time, Kirk enjoys traveling the world with his lovely wife Ashley and lists the climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro his greatest adventure to date. His hobbies include hiking, biking, backpacking, pickleball, and spending time with family and friends. Kirk and Ashley reside in Denver with their dog Jackson.