What is Thin Air? Thin Air is a concept born from the belief that if we gather groups of inspired people in an environment known for majestic mountain peaks, clear alpine atmosphere, 2 world-class year round resorts, and a growing tech-savvy community, innovation is bound to happen. For 3 days here in Park City, Utah, we will create the conditions that will allow you and your team to work through and solve your biggest business challenges, launch the next big idea, or bring the next innovation to the marketplace.
A New Topic Every Year
2016: Innovation in Peak
Human Performance.
The limited structure of Thin Air programming will be complemented by the seemingly unlimited opportunities to experience Utah’s Greatest Snow On Earth® at both Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, now the largest ski and snowboard resort in North America. We present an opening night keynote event, a diverse group of engaging panelists and speakers, and plenty of opportunities to connect and network both on the mountains and in the Thin Air Lounge, then cap it off with an outdoor concert on Historic Main Street Park City.
CEO & Founder
Under Armour
CEO & Pres.
Armada Skis
CEO & Founder
CEO & Pres.
Managing Editor
Founder & CEO
Co-founder & CEO
3 Time Olympian
EVP, Athletics
Global Rescue
Currant, Inc.
Vice CEO and COO
Managing Director
Development Manager
Thales Alenia Space
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Fmr. Lead Solo Pilot
Blue Angles
Nomad Velo
Assistant Professor
Co-founder & CEO
Revolution Prep
Chief Pilot
Dir. of Performance
Under Armour
Xenocor Inc.
Houweling's Tomatoes
Torch Paddles
FNC Aquaponics
Sr. Consultant
Energy Strategies
PK Clean
Dir. Coaching & Performance
Cirque du Soleil
CEO and founder of Under Armour

In the sweltering Mid-Atlantic summer heat of 1995, Kevin Plank helped lead his teammates through grueling two-a-day workouts as special teams captain for the University of Maryland football program. Tired of changing his sweat-soaked cotton T-shirts over and over again throughout the day, he was inspired to create a better kind of T-shirt—one that could wick sweat and keep athletes cool, dry, and light.

Upon graduating from Maryland in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Plank started to turn his idea into a reality and, as a result, began redefining the way athletes dress. That year, he went on a mission to find the perfect fabric—performance synthetics—and combined it with an athlete’s perfect fit—compression. What started out as one tight shirt ultimately led to the launch of Under Armour (NYSE: UA) as the high performance answer to the sweat drenched cotton dilemma.

After 20 years of outfitting athletes with the world’s most innovative performance apparel, footwear, and equipment, Plank now oversees a global company of 14,000 employees with total revenues just shy of $4 Billion. Under Armour athletic performance products are sold globally and are worn by athletes at all levels on playing fields all over the world. The Under Armour Connected Fitness platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. True to his vision Plank and Under Armour are committed to empowering athletes everywhere…and they are just getting started.

Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune Editorial Director, Fortune Brainstorm Tech

Adam Lashinsky manages technology coverage for Fortune and is the author of the 2012 bestselling book Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works. He oversees Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference, appears weekly on the Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto on Business” program, and is a frequent speaker and panel moderator.

As assistant managing editor of Fortune’s national tech team, Lashinsky continues to write features as well as online articles. His cover-story subjects have included Apple, Amazon, Dell, Google, and Hewlett-Packard. He has written in-depth articles on a wide variety of companies including Wells Fargo, LinkedIn, Intel, Oracle, eBay, Twitter, Snapchat, and Jawbone. Other feature-length subjects have included the investment-banking, private-equity, and venture-capital industries, as well as on topics ranging from San Francisco politics and oil-exploration technology to the post-Katrina economic recovery of New Orleans.

Prior to joining Fortune in 2001, Lashinsky was a columnist for The San Jose Mercury News and Before moving to California in, he was a reporter and editor for Crain's Chicago Business. As a Henry Luce Scholar, he worked for a year in Tokyo as a reporter for the Nikkei Weekly, the English-language version of Japan's main economic daily. He began his career in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Crain Communications.

A native of Chicago, Lashinsky earned a degree in history and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

President and CEO of Skullcandy, Inc.

Hoby is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Skullcandy, Inc., which includes the Skullcandy and Astro Gaming Brands. Skullcandy is a leading audio innovation brand that reflects the collision of music, technology and youth culture. Astro Gaming is the leading premium gaming and lifestyle brand born from the pits of MLG. Prior to joining the company Hoby served as General Manager of Nike+ Digital Sport. During his tenure with Nike he was also a member of the Nike Affiliates Global Leadership team and served as the Head of Strategy and Planning for Nike Affiliates, including Converse, Hurley, Cole Haan and Umbro. Prior to Nike, Hoby served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and General Counsel, among other senior leadership positions, at Volcom, a leading action sports and music brand, from its initial public offering until its sale to PPR (Kering). He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Skullcandy, Ragnar Relays and Special Operations Forces Warrior Outdoor Leadership for the Future (WOLF). He was named to Sporting Goods Business’ 40 Under 40 in Sports and has been a contributor to media such as CNBC, Fast Company, Inc., Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal on topics around sports, business, workplace culture and innovation. Hoby received MBA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business and Columbia University in New York, a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University in Chicago, and a B.A. from Western Washington University. Hoby loves living in Park City with his wife Alanna and two daughters.

CEO of Armada Skis

Erik Snyder’s love of skiing brought him to Armada Skis as CEO in 2009. Armada is the North America’s largest privately held ski company and the reference for modern skiing and mountain lifestyle; Armada designs, develops, markets, and sells skis, outerwear, and apparel in over 40 countries. Prior to Armada, Erik received his MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS) where he was a recipient of the Rock Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Before HBS, Erik worked at Partners Capital Investment Group managing a multi-asset class hedge fund and overseeing private equity investments. Erik’s corporate career began with PRTM Management Consultants after graduating from Cornell University with Honors.

Erik’s background is as diverse as his passions. He has been involved in a number of successful entrepreneurial enterprises, worked for a non-profit in Nepal, was a climbing guide in Mexico, and played professional soccer in Bolivia. Outside of work, Erik spends his time being as active as possible with his wife, Julie, and two boys, Jake (5) and Nate (2). You might find him running through the mountains preparing for an ultra-marathon or skiing in a remote part of the world. Regardless of the adventure, Erik always enjoys coming home to Park City for Sunday brunch with his family.

President and CEO of USSA

Tiger Shaw, a two-time Olympian whose business career includes past positions at K2 and Volkl Skis, DealerWire and DealerTrack, and most recently USSA partner Global Rescue LLC, joined the USSA as chief operating officer (COO) in 2013 and became CEO in March 2014. Born and raised in Stowe, VT, he grew up on the slopes of Mt. Mansfield. After moving through the ranks of the USSA development system, he made the U.S. Ski Team a few years before the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo. He participated in his second Olympics in Calgary in 1988. During his athletic career, he won nine U.S. Championship titles, regularly finished in the top 10 at World Cups and held top-15 world rankings in two disciplines. Since his racing retirement in 1991, Shaw has been involved with the grassroots level of skiing, serving as head junior coach and on the board of Ford Sayre Ski Club in Hanover, NH. A 1985 graduate of Dartmouth College in economics and engineering, he was an NCAA slalom champion while racing for Dartmouth. After completing his education, Shaw entered the ski industry, working as promotions and product manager for K2 Skis and vice president of operations at Volkl Sport America before pursuing opportunities in the evolving automotive industry. After five years managing Miller Automotive Group in northern New England, he co-founded DealerWire, a software and service provider for car dealership management later acquired by Dealertrack, Inc. In 2011, he left the automotive industry for the position of Senior Director of Response Services at Global Rescue, a worldwide provider of integrated medical, security, intelligence and crisis response services to corporations, governments and individuals. He resides in Park City, UT, with his wife Kristin and their three ski racing children.

Co-founder & CEO, Modsy

Shanna has a passion for the intersection of design and technology, especially in the realm of 3D. She was previously a partner at Google Ventures, Founder & CEO at Sim Ops Studios (acquired by Autodesk) and Product Line Manager for Autodesk 360. She holds a B.F.A. & M.E.T from Carnegie Mellon University. When not at work, Shanna can be found training for marathons, watching movies or playing with her pup Whisper.

CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC.

Desi Matel-Anderson is the Chief Wrangler of the Field Innovation Team and CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC. She works with a team of individuals and organizations to provide creative solutions and emergency management during disasters like the Boston Marathon Bombings and other humanitarian crises. Currently, her team is working in Beirut, Lebanon while virtually supporting the aid of the Turkish and Syrian refugees. Desi is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator where she led a team in the response and recovery efforts for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Desi obtained a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2009 and attended Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute in 2011. She lectures on innovation at Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley and other universities across the country. Desi has worked on numerous emergency management projects with various organizations and serves as a consultant on innovative practices for agencies and governments, nationally and internationally.

Co-founder and CEO of Halo Neuroscience

Daniel Chao is a medtech entrepreneur, specializing in devices that improve brain performance. Currently, Dr. Chao is co-founder and CEO of Halo Neuroscience, a venture backed start-up based in San Francisco developing neuroscience-based technology that accelerates performance gains for elite athletes. Prior to Halo, Dr. Chao was the Head of Business Development at NeuroPace where he played a central role in the development of the world's first closed-loop neuromodulation device for the treatment of epilepsy. Dr. Chao was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in their New York office and received his M.D. and M.S. in neuroscience from Stanford University.

3X Olympian, 6X National Champion and has 10+ World Cup Podiums. Leads Skullcandy’s Sport and Human Potential division

Emily Cook s a 3X Olympian, 6X National Champion and has 10+ World Cup Podiums. She now leads Skullcandy’s Sport and Human Potential division, bringing together science, technology and the power of music to make a difference in the world and help athletes reach their full potential. Emily also works with Skullcandy elite and local athletes to help accelerate their individual goals and dreams. Emily currently sits on the board of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the Park City Winter Sports School. She is an ambassador for Right to Play and Kids Play Int’l, which has taken her to Jordan, Tanzania and Rwanda to spread the lessons of sport to disadvantaged kids. In her free time, she helps manage programming for the non-profit, Classroom Champions and in the winter she spends as much time as possible on the hill skiing, and when the snow melts, she can be found on a bike, a trail, fly fishing with her dad or rock climbing in the Wasatch Mountains.


Lt. (retired) Andy Stumpf is a veteran Navy SEAL with over a decade of combat service experience. He served 10 tours of duty and has a record of merit including five Bronze Star Medals (four with Valor), a Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (with Valor), Army Commendation Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, and a Presidential Unit Citation. While on deployment in Iraq, he was wounded in 2005. As a result of his injuries, the doctors told him he might never have the use of his leg again. After a yearlong rehab regiment including overcoming a reliance on painkillers, he recovered not only the ability to walk unassisted, but returned to full active duty and continued combat deployments. Now retired from service, Andy continues to serve his country through raising funds and awareness for the Navy Seal Foundation, which plays a vital role in helping the families of SEALs who have made the ultimate sacrifice. He recently broke the world record for the longest wingsuit jump under canopy flying nearly 19 miles in one jump from an elevation of approximately 36,000 feet in a goal to raise $1 million for Navy SEAL Foundation. Andy is the founder of Razor 01 LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to teaching the lessons learned from over a decade of sustained combat in Special Operations to the leaders and managers of corporate America.

Founder Athletigen

Dr. Jeremy Koenig was a national caliber varsity track athlete while simultaneously completing his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Following graduate school, Dr. Koenig pursued Postdoctoral training in genetics at Cornell University. He was a Professor of Nutrigenomics before moving to the biomedical industry focussing on genomics-based health solutions. Throughout his formal training and athletic endeavors, Dr. Koenig worked as a high-performance coach to some the world's top athletes. He founded Athletigen in 2013 in an effort to combine his passion for sport performance with his formal training in genetics. Accordingly, Athletigen's product offering was discovered through extensive collaboration with the world’s top performing athletes and the health experts who coach them. Since its inception, Athletigen has been committed to involving the athlete community in the genesis of a game-changing DNA-based training and discovery tool designed to push the artificial boundaries of human performance.

EVP, Athletics

A two-time Olympian and NCAA champion, Luke Bodensteiner oversees the integration of the USSA's twelve sports under a unified strategic plan emphasizing high performance services. A Wisconsin native, Bodensteiner competed as a cross country athlete with the U.S. Ski Team at the 1992 and 1994 Olympics and had a stellar career with the University of Utah, winning both a national team title and two individual crowns. He started with the USSA in 1996, developing what is now the USSA Cross Country SuperTour. He was named cross country manager in 1997, nordic director in 2001 and associate athletic director for high performance in March, 2008. He took over his athletics leadership position in November 2008.

CEO, Global Rescue

Mr. Richards has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Global Rescue since he founded the company in 2004.  He also serves as the President of Crisis Services Company, a Vermont-based captive insurance company.

In these roles, he has implemented and led risk management and crisis response services for hundreds of organizations during thousands of events worldwide.  Mr. Richards has been a featured speaker on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and other major media outlets regarding crisis response, mitigation and travel risk management topics.

Prior to founding Global Rescue, Mr. Richards spent a decade in the private equity and financial services industries.  He previously worked at the $1.3 billion private equity affiliate of Thomas Weisel Partners and in various positions at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown.  Over the last two decades, he has been involved in financings and private equity investments for more than 30 companies.

Mr. Richards is a graduate of Middlebury College where he played football, rugby, and was a competitive power lifter.  He received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.  He currently serves on the board of Global Wildlife Conservation, a science-based environmental conservation organization.

CEO and Chief Innovator of Currant, Inc. & Co-Founder of Luftronix.

Denise leads her companies to develop cutting-edge technologies to change the way communities respond to natural disasters, emergencies and security threats.

Founder of Currant, Inc. an incident management and threat assessment platform that incorporates the latest technologies such as social media data, community reporting and drone feeds to give responders a powerful and effective tool for situational awareness and organized real world response. Co-Founder of Luftronix the first generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flight guidance software and solutions to enable safe flight in an out of GPS signal and mission flights for security and inspection and more..

Denise is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Physics. She has worked for over two decades in some of the most successful technology startups in NYC and Silicon Valley.

Innovation Consultant who specializes in applying Psychology, Behavioral Economics and Perceptual Science to business challenges.

Pete Foley is an Innovation Consultant who specializes in applying Psychology, Behavioral Economics and Perceptual Science to business challenges. An experienced innovation leader and practitioner, he draws on 25 years at P&G, where as a serial innovator, he published over 100 patents, and co-led the foundation of their Behavioral Science capability.

Pete has extensive experience in leading global multifunctional innovation and delivery teams, and in developing agile innovation friendly processes and cultures.  He is experienced in innovating products and communication strategies for print, digital and retail. He is also experienced is leading customized innovation and design thinking workshops, in understanding deep seated and implicit consumer needs, and in supporting the design and placement of consumer tests built around principles of consumer psychology.

Recognized as one of the top 20 bloggers on Innovation Excellence, the world’s biggest web based innovation community, he is a regular blogger and dynamic public speaker on innovation. He has also written multiple articles for the award winning Biomimicry magazine Zygote. Bio-inspired innovation has been a passion of Pete’s for many years. He believes that ‘great innovators steal’, and that by using analogy, innovation can be reapplied from nature, the arts, and fundamental science to solve engineering, technology, and even financial challenges.

He is the coauthor of 100+ granted or published patents that cover a wide range of technologies associated with the consumer goods industry. As an independent consultant, he has built on collaborations with world-renowned experts from a wide range of disciplines associated with applied psychology, behavioral and perceptual science to synthesize insights that deliver against practical business needs. He is a co-author of a scientific paper on the evolutionary psychology of beauty and attraction (with Donald Hoffman and Darren Peshek) and has a white paper in press co-authored with Dan Ariely on the application of Behavioral Economics to help low income families manage their financial lives. He also has track record of collaborating closely with designers, and is himself an exhibited artist, published photographer and an expert in Photoshop.

Pete has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from The University of Nottingham. He also holds a BSc in Chemistry with minors in Economics and Mathematics, and an HNC in Business Studies and Accountancy.

Accenture Open Innovation

Jitendra Kavathekar leads Accenture Open IUnnovation within Accenture’s Global R&D organization, transforming technology innovation from vibrant ecosystems—such as startups, universities and corporate labs around the globe—into transformative business results for Accenture’s clients. As Managing Director, Jitendra leads an entrepreneurial team whose mission is to build a bridge between the rapidly growing supply of innovation found today in these ecosystems to the demand for that innovation expressed through corporations, governments and organizations that serve developing regions, thereby helping economies and societies move forward in rapid and transformative ways.

Previously, Jitendra formed and led Accenture’s Digital Health organization within Accenture Technology Labs. He was responsible for exploring and implementing emerging, disruptive and transformative technologies that will shape the frontier of global health. Prior to Accenture, Jitendra had a 20-year track record of bringing disruptive innovation to scale. In his early career, he served as part of the core R&D team taking the highly successful HP printer product lines to the Asia-Pacific market. Successive career highlights included leading engineering for the pioneering startup Pixo; running core technologies for all devices at Palm; leading the technology organization at Motorola, which developed the Technical Emmy Award-nominated Screen3 product; and forming and leading the business that put Yahoo on the map for web analytics. Just prior to Accenture, Jitendra served as President and CEO of Twiki Incorporated, a pioneer and leader in open source enterprise collaboration technologies with 60,000 installations worldwide.

Jitendra holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and was presented with an honorary Ph.D. from the International Technology University. He is on the board of SVForum, one of the largest organizations in Silicon Valley bringing together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporates. He is also a Fellow at the Tribeca Film Festival Disruptor Foundation.

Telecommunications Business Development Manager Thales Alenia Space

Susana Villanueva, International Business Development Manager, has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications space industry, starting in South America, in the French Guyana Space Center.

Before joining Sales & Marketing, Mrs. Villanueva was in charge of Telecommunications Strategic Marketing for five years, including identification and assessment of potential rupture and innovative solutions for the company.

Mid 2014, Mrs Villanueva won the Gold Award of the Thales Group Innovation Awards, in the category “Innovative solutions”, and the Thales Employees Award among more than twenty preselected projects. Between 2012 and 2014, Mrs. Villanueva was the Project Manager of this new product development, allowing the opening of new markets for the company.

Previously, Mrs Villanueva held several positions directly linked to satellite manufacturing, and managed the team in charge of R&D and cost reduction programs for satellite communications payloads integration and testing for six years. Mrs. Villanueva leverages every day on this combination of in-depth market knowledge and industrial experience to develop business opportunities.

Since several years, Mrs. Villanueva is member of the Elles Bougent association, and actively contributes to the promotion of scientific studies across young students, specially women.

Mrs. Villanueva is a Spanish Citizen and a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechique (ESIEE Paris).

Founder & CEO Ardusat

Sunny has spent over 15 years in the education technology industry at companies like Certiport (acquired by Pearson) and Instructure (IPO in November 2015). She is now CEO and Founder of Ardusat, an edtech company that provides the opportunity for students to send their science experiments to orbiting satellites in space.

Founder & CEO Veristride

Stacy Morris Bamberg uses advanced wearable sensors and real-time analytics to help people change the way they move – from stroke survivors improving their ability to stand up from a chair, to amputees learning to walk without a limp, to runners, skiers and other athletes understanding how to improve their form. She is Founder and CEO of Veristride, which makes insoles and applications for real-time stride analysis and personalized coaching. As a faculty member at the University of Utah, she researched insole sensors and rehabilitation as well as how people learn. Stacy has a Doctorate in Medical Engineering and an undergraduate and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she got her start in the power of body-worn sensors, designing, building, testing and validating the GaitShoe at the MIT Media Lab.

Vice CEO and COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.

With major successes in start-ups, transportation, media, and finance, Bibop G. Gresta is a world renowned speaker, and internationally regarded as one of the foremost experts on Advanced Media and Transportation Technologies. He has been in charge of International mergers and acquisitions, business development, coding and software development; and has served on the boards of several stock listed companies in the UK, Germany and Italy. He sits on the board for several humanitarian projects, is an advocate for Transhumanism and ethical entrepreneurship, is an inventor and patent holder, and is partners with Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and Co-founder of Jump Starter, Inc. Bibop serves as Vice CEO and COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc., where he coordinates a team of 480 engineers in 26 countries which is presently fabricating the first Hyperloop. In television Bibop was host, author and producer of hit programs for several TV networks like MTV and Tmc2. In film, he acted in two mainstream Italian movies, and in radio he toured with Meto Grosso, producing 21 dance-rap records that hit the top 10 several times on the Italian Deejay Parade over his five year tenure.

Dean of the College of Technology & Computing at Utah Valley University

Dr. Michael J. Savoie, Ph.D., serves as the Dean of the College of Technology & Computing at Utah Valley University. Dr. Savoie is also President and CEO of HyperGrowth Solutions, Inc., a company specializing in the integration of business and technology. He has over 25 years of experience in Cyber Security, Data Vulnerability, Executive Management, Information Systems, Engineering, Operations Management, Quality Management & Control and Training. Dr. Savoie is an internationally recognized public speaker, serves as a consultant to numerous companies, and is currently working as a technology advisor to federal, state, and local governments. His latest book Building Successful Information Systems: Five Best Practices to Ensure Organizational Effectiveness and Profitability was published by Business Expert Press in December 2012. Dr. Savoie has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Operations Management with a Business Computer Information Systems support.

Partner/COO Nomad Velo

Brad Peterson is a partner and chief operating officer at Nomad Velo Composites, a private equity company poised to become a leader in next generation composites manufacturing.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Peterson was appointed by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert as the first Director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation. In that role he created, managed and promoted the first state agency in the country dedicated to promoting the economic, social and health benefits of outdoor recreation by working with Utah’s Congressional delegation, federal public land agencies, outdoor products and services industries and users.

Former Lead Solo Pilot Blue Angles

John’s personal path to High Performance began as a child, when he stood alongside his father at an air show featuring the Blue Angels. From that moment, John knew deep in his heart that someday he’d be carving up the skies as a member of the Blues. Eventually, he lived that dream, but getting there wasn’t easy. In fact, John’s journey from an awe-struck child at an air show to the cockpit of the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornet is a study in persistence, hard work and the will to overcome obstacles and setbacks.Those ideals fit within three overriding traits that mark John’s presentations: First, a contagious attitude of thankfulness that he calls Glad To Be Here®. Second, an energizing delivery that inspires High Performance and service to others. And, third, a practical model for living out his message that works in other organizations as well as it works for the Blue Angels.

John graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also was a defensive back for the Midshipmen, playing in two bowl games and helping Navy to one of the best four-year records in its football history. As a pilot, John was a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel. He holds master’s degrees in business management, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (as a Sloan Fellow); in international policy studies, from Stanford University; and in strategic studies, from the Naval War College. He makes his home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University

Darrell J. Green, JD is an Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University teaching courses such as aviation law, aviation insurance, aerodynamics and jet transport systems. He is licensed to practice law in Utah where he focuses on aviation administrative law dealing with the Federal Aviation Administration. He is a panel attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and a licensed Airline Transport Rated pilot in both the U.S. and Canada. Darrell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mountain West Unmanned Aircraft Systems Alliance and serves on its legislative committee.

He possesses a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University, a Masters of Business Administration in Aviation and a B.Sc. Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Diploma Aeronautical Engineering from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Co-founder & CEO Revolution Prep

Jake Neuberg is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Revolution Prep, the national leader in high quality academic and test preparation tutoring for students from elementary school through college. Revolution Prep is widely viewed as the leading innovator in the tutoring space because of their application of technology as well as their application of best in class, research based, approaches to improving human performance, by working with students to increase intrinsic motivation, developing a Growth Mindset, establishing highly effective habits, and developing core skill sets.

Revolution Prep has worked with hundreds of thousands of families world-wide to help students achieve far more ambitious goals than they ever imagined possible. Jake has spoken on the topic of increasing student success and performance throughout the world.

Jake lives in the Pacific Palisades with his wife Mina and their 4 children aged 1 to 9.

Chief Pilot for Silverhawk Aerial Imaging

Mark Cawley is the Chief Pilot for Silverhawk Aerial Imaging. Silverhawk is a Utah based company at the forefront of aerial mapping, surveying, inspection and cinematic work with UAV systems. Mark received a Aviation Degree from Utah State University in 2005 and also works as a corporate jet pilot.

Director of Athletic Performance for Under Armour

Paul Winsper is a world renowned fitness expert and the Director of Athletic Performance for Under Armour. Previously, Winsper held a similar position at Nike and developed their high performance division, SPARQ. In his earlier career, Winsper led performance at Newcastle United and later at Toronto FC.


Don MacDonald joined MX as its first Chief Marketing Officer and brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, product development and strategy from technology and financial companies including Intel, Fiserv, Checkpoint software and Qualcomm. He spent more than 21 years at Intel building the Intel Brand to be the World’s 5th most valuable brand. In 2008, MacDonald joined Fiserv as CMO focusing on refining Fiserv's brand and product strategies, delivering strategic and market insights to help clients.

President at Xenocor Inc.

John Langell, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACS is a Stanford-trained minimally invasive general surgeon. He is the inventor of the concept for a new cost-effective laparoscopic platform which led to the development of the XenoscopeTM. Dr. Langell currently serves as both President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Xenocor Inc. He is also Vice Dean for Innovation and Executive Director of the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His research efforts are focused on the translation and commercialization of medical technologies and digital medical therapeutics. His work has resulted in the development of many innovative new devices and software applications in the fields of laparoscopic surgery and patient care access for advanced and resource-poor regions.

CEO at Houweling's Tomatoes

Casey Houweling, Chief Executive Officer of Houweling’s Tomatoes, is a tomato greenhouse pioneer and visionary of sustainable farming. Having grown-up in his father’s floral nurseries, Houweling joined the family business in 1976 and by 1985 the Houweling family was harvesting beefsteak tomatoes from a 6 acre greenhouse farm in Delta, BC.

Today his company owns and operates over 200 acres of glass greenhouse vegetable farms in Delta, BC (50 acres), Camarillo, CA (125 acres) and Mona, UT (28 acres). The company is an industry leading model of sustainability, with large-scale hydroponic systems that produce top quality greenhouse vegetables while minimizing water usage and harnessing alternative energy sources such as solar and cogeneration. In early 2015, the first harvests were made from Houweling’s third farm location in Mona, Utah. The 28 acre first phase is situated adjacent to an existing natural gas power plant, allowing the greenhouse to take the waste heat and CO2 directly from the exhaust stacks of the power plant and repurpose this waste to heat the greenhouse and fertilize the tomatoes.

A farmer first and a CEO second, Houweling’s passion for growing great tasting, fresh, nutritious vegetables is unmatched. With the support of his wife and three daughters splits his time between their Delta BC, Camarillo CA, and Mona UT farms.

CMO at Torch Paddles

Creighton has traveled the world yet has never met a stranger. His warm personality helps relationships with variety of types of people. As Chief of Marketing, his work in the field of viral videos and promoting gives Torch Paddles a critical edge.

Founder of FNC Aquaponics

Lance Bullen is a Founding and Managing Partner of Colmena Group. At Colmena, Lance oversees deal-sourcing and raising equity. Lance has personally been involved in over a billion dollars of real estate investments. Lance is also a principal member and founding partner of Woodbury Strategic Partners (WSP), a $150 million private real estate fund that invests in development and acquisition opportunities in the Intermountain West. Lance focuses on deal sourcing, investment underwriting and asset management for WSP. Lance received an MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, an MBA from the Gore School of Business at Westminster University and a BA in Spanish from the University of Utah.

Lance uses his spare time to focus on FNC Aquaponics, a joint venture partnership between the Utah State Innovation Campus and the Bullen Family. FNC Aquaponics provides a low cost alternative for local food production in third-world developing communities. From a prototype in 2013, FNC now has active installations in Mexico with more to follow in developing countries worldwide.

Senior Consultant at Energy Strategies

Mr. Moyer is a Senior Consultant at Energy Strategies, which is a Salt Lake City-based independent energy consultancy that has served utilities, cities, universities, policy agencies, and Fortune 500 companies for over 30 years. Mr. Moyer specializes in large-scale electric infrastructure investments and planning, where he leads project teams that help transmission and generation companies develop commercial strategies, identify opportunities, and purposefully position themselves in the market by quantifying risk and value streams in an industry wrought with uncertainty. He is a problem-solver at heart, and he combines a broad public-policy awareness with clear communication and strong project management skills to help his teams deliver projects and outcomes that provide unique value to clients.

Prior to joining Energy Strategies, Mr. Moyer was the Manager of Transmission Expansion Planning at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). In that role, he was responsible for providing leadership and direction to the WECC Transmission Expansion Planning Department, facilitating Transmission Expansion Planning Policy Committee stakeholder activities, and managing the $14.5 million Department of Energy Regional Transmission Expansion Planning Grant. While at WECC, Mr. Moyer led and improved a regional planning process that helped to identify transmission needs and reliability challenges across the Western US.

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of PK Clean

Benjamin Coates is PK Clean’s Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder. As PK Clean's design visionary, he has been responsible for designing and building PK Clean’s first commercial-scale unit.

Coates has over a decade of experience spanning multiple engineering fields. He began his career as an electrical engineer at ST Microelectronics, designing microchips and digital circuits. Upon completion of his PhD coursework in Chemical Engineering, he spent time at Combustion Resources and Amaron Energy designing and building pilot plants for the recovery of fuels from biomass, coal and oil shale before he started PK Clean for the purpose of transforming plastic waste to fuel.

He has previously been recognized as a Lightspeed Ventures Fellow, and after winning the Utah Innovation Award for Clean Technology & Energy in 2013, now serves as a judge on their board. Coates graduated in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley and is a Chemical Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Utah.

Director of Coaching and Performance at Cirque du Soleil

Richard Lepage is the Director of Coaching and Performance at Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian entertainment company. Cirque du Soleil has become the largest theatrical producer in the world since its founding in 1984 near Quebec City by two street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. Richard is in charge of the performance of 1300 artists from 55 countries-athletes, dancers, actors, clowns, singers and musicians, who perform in up to 480 representations or shows per year.

Elite athletes will plan their year according to major events such as the Olympic Games. They will cycle through programs allowing for peak performance during competition while tapering off and resting immediately after competition. Cirque performers cannot do this. “In that sense we’re more like a team sport than a sport for individuals,” says LePage.

DAY 1 Thin Air Kick-Off
Thin Air Lounge Opens

The Thin Air Lounge (at Butcher’s Chop House near the Town Lift) will be an environment that showcases innovative technology and thought leadership. The lounge will also provide a platform for pass holders to congregate, interact and share ideas every afternoon and evening of the festival. There will be live music and the guest speakers/technology showcase opportunities will be made available to pass holders throughout the event so participants can engage in the lounge as their time permits.
Location: Butcher's Chop House


Keynote Speakers: Kevin Plank, CEO Under Armour and Adam Lashinsky, Technology Editor Fortune Magazine

Theme: The evolution of innovations in human performance and how 'wearable technology’ is impacting the training and performance for athletes of all levels, from elite Olympians to everyday participants.

Contributors: Dan Chao, CEO Halo Neuroscience and Luke Bodensteiner, EVP Athletics USSA, will discuss how they partner on ‘brain training’ and human performance.

Location: Eccles Performing Arts Center

Lounge Re-opens

Meet and mix with Thin Air attendees and participants. Enjoy from the hosted menu of food, beer, wine and a special Thin Air cocktail. Please note that the access to the Lounge is limited to credentialed attendees with passes (Opening Night Event tickets do not grant access to the Thin Air Lounge).
Location: Butcher's Chop House

Breakfast Session 1


Moderator: Hoby Darling, CEO of Skullcandy

Theme: This panel will explore leading edge ideas and technologies that are just emerging but will almost certainly change the worlds of sports, military and the view of what is peak individual human performance.

Panel Members:
Andy Stumpf - Former Navy Seal and world-record holder for winged suit flight
Emily Cook – 3 time Olympic Champion, Head of Skullcandy’s Human Potential division
Dan Chao – CEO, Halo Neuroscience
Dr. Jeremy Koenig – CEO, Athletigen

Location: Utah Olympic Park

Breakfast Session 2


Moderator: Tiger Shaw, CEO of USSA

Theme: Listen to a panel of elite athletes and executives discuss and share ways to optimize team dynamics and support to enable the full potential of human performance.

Panel Members:
Daniel L. Richards – CEO, Global Rescue
Luke Bodensteiner – EVP Athletics USSA
Paul Winsper - Director of Performance at Under Armour
Richard LePage - Dir. Coaching & Performance at Cirque du Soleil

Location: Legacy Lodge, Park City Mountain Resort

Breakfast Session 3


Moderator: Erik Snyder, CEO of Armada

Theme: This panel will explore how innovations in culture and mindset, recruiting and team building, organizational design, and purpose can all contribute to peak performance.

Panel Members:
Shanna Tellerman – CEO Modsy, previous partner Google Ventures
Jake Neuberg – CEO Revolution Prep
John Foley, Frmr. Lead Solo Pilot, Blue Angels

Location: Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley

Breakfast Session 4


Moderator: Desi Matel-Anderson, CEO of Field Innovation Team

Theme: Listen a panel of global experts share their experiences on how to positively impact and effect change on a global scale.

Panel Members:
Pete Foley – Serial Innovator with over 100+ patents and World Renown Innovation Consultant
Susan Villanueva — Development Manager Thales Alenia Space
Denise Spell – CEO and Chief Innovator Currant, Inc. Cofounder of Luftronix
Jitendra Kavathekar – Managing Director, Accenture Innovation

Location: Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley

Thin Air Lounge Opens

11AM Bibop Gresta, Vice CEO and COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.

12PM Innovations in Life Sciences, Presented by GOED, moderated by Dr. John Langell. Panelists include Dan Wee, Stacy Bamberg, Dr. Bala Ambati, Shawn Reese.

1PM Music: Mike Rogers

2PM Innovations in Outdoor Products, presented by Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development moderated by Brad Peterson. Panelists include Nick Castagnoli, Creighton Baird, Brint Markle, Bryon Friedman

3PM Innovations in Clean Technology & Energy, presented by Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development moderated by Stuart Clason. Panelists include Casey Houweling, Lance Bullen, Benjamin Coates

4PM Music: Michelle Moonshine

5PM Beehive Startups Panel: tbd

6PM Music: Jordan Saucier Trio

8p Music: DJ Velvet

Thin Air Lounge Opens

1PM Music: Pat Carnahan Trio

2PM Innovations in Aerospace Technology, presented by Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development moderated by Michael Savoie. Panelists include Sunny Washington, Mark Cawley, Darrell Green.

3PM Innovations in Financial Technology, presented by Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development moderated by Jim Quigley. Panelists include Blake Carlson, Don MacDonald.

4PM Music: Dusty Boxcars

6PM Come & go during Main Street Concert, just outside the Thin Air Lounge

Closing Evening Concert

The finale is an outdoor ‘open air’ concert on Main Street featuring Thievery Corporation. This concert will be open to the public. Thin Air pass holders will have access to the Thin Air Lounge and a VIP area before, during and after the show. The concert festivities will begin at 7:00pm with an opening act and then Thievery Corporation will play into the night.


Thin Air 2016 is currently underway, so pass and ticket sales are no longer available.

But, Thin Air 2017 is scheduled for
Wed Apr 5 - Fri Apr 7, 2017 so please save the date and reach out to us at with any questions.





Thin Air 2016 is currently underway, so pass and ticket sales are no longer available.

But, Thin Air 2017 is scheduled for
Wed Apr 5 - Fri Apr 7, 2017 so please save the date and reach out to us at with any questions.

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