The PRCA was created for Ropes Challenge Course, Ziplines, and Aerial Adventure Parks. This is an important distinction as the PRCA has been producing these standards since 2003, while other associations would take another six years to recognize these new industry markets.  The current Board of Directors are listed below.  Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are not compensated for their time or commitment.  Further, the entire PRCA membership is included in the nomination and election of these leadership positions. Appropriate term limits expire at the annual conference each year.

Board of Directors


On-Line Voting deadline for the PRCA Board of Directors vacancy HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO Friday MARCH 6, 2020, 12:00pm (noon) EST.  Those members who do not cast their vote on-line will have an opportunity to vote in person during the PRCA Annual Members Meeting during the 17th Annual PRCA International Conference on Friday, March 6, at 4:00PM.Online Voting is Now Open!

The PRCA Board of Directors is conducting the 2020 election of one board member and we are asking each PRCA Member (Individual, Organizational or Corporate) to cast ONE (1) vote for the nominated candidate of their choice for the One (1) vacancy to this three year position on the PRCA Board of Directors!

PRCA Board of Director Nominated Candidates for 2020 (Click on Names to view their Bios)

Peter Smerud, Executive Directer, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Chris Porreca, Builder and Trainer, Adventure Mas (Corporate Challenge)

As a member driven organization it is important for the PRCA to best represent its members and the industry by holding elections of members to the organization’s Board of Directors. Members of the PRCA Board of Directors are responsible for the operations of the organization, budgeting, and secretariat duties for the industry’s ANSI American National Safety Standards.

Introduction of elected board members will be made to the membership at the general membership meeting at the PRCA 2020 International Conference. For questions or clarification about the election please contact the PRCA Board of Directors Secretary, Peter Hatlestad at

2020 PRCA Board of Directors and Officers

Steve Gustafson, President
EBL Zip Line Tours, Rockford, IL

Gus Denzik, Vice President
Butler Springs, Hillsboro, Ohio

Brad Childs, Treasurer
The Wilderness Institute, Inc., Santa Fe, NM.

Peter Hatlestad, Secretary
Covenant Harbor Retreat Center, Lake Geneva, WI

Tom Andrews
Pro Image Adventures, Fishers, Indiana

Kurt Sampley
Sampley Construction, Edmond, Oklahoma

Peter Smerud
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, MN


Mike Barker, Advisory Board
Adventure MAS, New Haven, CT

Jack Kerns, Advisory Board
Team Adventures, Coffeyville, KS