Over the course of a decade, Luis Benitez has quietly emerged amongst a growing field of inspirational adventurers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Throughout his career, Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest. Benitez also has attempted the famed K2 in 2010.
Between managing expeditions on some of the most remote peaks in the world, while consulting with a deep and varied group of clientele, Benitez works to tie the lessons available from the mountains and carry them back to the everyday challenges of life and business during his keynote presentations and seminars.
Luis' current Summit is heading the newly created Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in July, Luis has taken the reigns of Colorado's vast Outdoor Recreation Industry, learning from every corner of the state what the opportunities are and where there are challenges.
The creation of this office exemplifies the importance of the $34.5 billion outdoor recreation industry in Colorado and the healthy communities and healthy economies it creates throughout the state.
"Being a resident of Colorado for over 20 years while working in the outdoor industry has led him to understand that what Colorado has to offer, from wilderness based recreation, to providing the correct atmosphere for fostering outdoor industry business - unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Caring deeply about the Colorado brand drives me to highlight what we are doing well and can celebrate and promote, and to focus on the areas that we can improve on and be challenged to do more." ~ Luis Benitez
During his Keynote Presentation Luis will document the lessons he's learned from being a world renowned professional alpinist and how he has applied them to all aspects of life. He will also layout his vision for this new office and the opportunity we each have to work collaboratively to create a more unified voice for Colorado's many outdoors spaces and businesses.