Liz Gavin

Liz is a Colorado native, drawn to positions that afford her personalized connections and the opportunity to help others. She is an outgoing, friendly professional with unparalleled attention to detail.

She is an experienced operations manager with a demonstrated history of working in the outdoor recreation, hospitality, travel & tourism, and academic industries. She has worked as an outdoor recreation guide, certified rock climbing and stand-up paddleboard instructor, a business manager of guide companies, and had a lengthy career in higher education to include administration and college instructor. She has a master’s degree in Forest Ecology. Most recently, Liz has dedicated her considerable talents to the hospitality industry.


Property Manager at Harmony Beach Vacations 2019-2020

At this family-owned and operated small business, I managed 75 rental properties ranging from one-bedroom bungalows to multimillion-dollar beachfront getaways. Although my day-to-day responsibilities were quite broad, I focused on creating and maintaining relationships with every property owner. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the vacation rental portion of the business, I created an organization level tracking system to ensure that our team addressed every owner’s unique requests before their arrival.

General Manager at Peak Mountain Guides 2018-2019

Oversee day-to-day business operations.
Manage client bookings include payments, confirmations, and follow-up marketing. Ensure compliance with liabilities, permits, and AMGA scope of practice. Manage client database.
Create and manage overall marketing strategies and implementation.
Research and identify growth opportunities. Engage with principals in broad organizational strategic planning.

Office Manager at Lizard Head Cycling Guides 2018

At this vehicle-supported road and mountain bike tour company, I arranged customized concierge services for guests and managed the day-to-day operations of the business. Concierge services included booking hotels, planning menus based on guest’s preference and dietary restrictions, making restaurant and spa reservations, and coordinating custom bicycle set-up and shipping.

Full-Time Adventure Traveler at It’s A Gavination 2015-2018

For 3-years, my husband and I traveled full-time to 4 continents, 21 countries, 27 US states, and 14 US National Parks. We went on safaris in Africa, climbed or attempted to climb Denali, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and AmaDablam, we’ve kayaked in Alaska, learned to surf in Hawaii, toured US and European Ski towns, and spent precious time with friends and family. And I wrote loads of reviews on TripAdvisor, Booking, and Yelp.

Market Coordinator at REI Denver 2013-2015

Assists with the development and execution of the Denver Outdoor Programs market plan, in alignment with the national plan. Coordinates teams in executing large market event. Develop and cultivate relationships with local non-profits, clubs, and organizations in alignment with achieving national and local objectives. Assists in developing the annual budget. Instructed rock climbing, SUP, Snowshoeing, Avalanche Awareness, and in-store classes.

Assistant Conference Director at Academic Impressions 2012-2013

Develops and implements professional development webinars and conferences, by researching topics and conducting needs assessment within higher education. Tracks, reports on, and analyzes topic research in support of programming. Identifies and recruits faculty subject matter experts.

Program Administrator at University of Colorado, School of Medicine 2010-2012

Senior level professional, responsible for the overall financial, educational, and programmatic management of the Computational Bioscience PhD training program. Developed and implemented marketing, advertising, and student recruiting campaigns. Guided and oversaw outreach to campus, community, other universities, and professional organizations. Provided guidance, academic advising, and support to prospects and pre & postdoctoral fellows on admissions, academic and career planning. Assisted with the administration of NIH training grant.

Instructional Supervisor at Colorado Mountain College 2008-2010

Planned and participated in outreach to student, instructors, and community stakeholders. Oversaw the development and evaluation of curriculum. Headed up hiring, supervising, and evaluation of 30 part-time and 20 full-time faculty. Provided educational leadership and administrative oversight to 12 programs/disciplines. Developed and managed instructional budgets and FTE projections. Developed and managed campus schedule of courses and catalog. Taught: BIO 222 – General College Ecology, and PED 150 – Rock Climbing I.

Education / Certifications

Master of Science, Biology University of Colorado 2007

Thesis: The Role of Nocturnal Rodents in the Dispersal of Southwestern White Pine

Wilderness First Responder, Adult and Child CPR/AED and Airway Management, NOLS

August 2018 – August 2020

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