The Rocklin City Council approved a term sheet on Feb. 12 with Adventure Operations, LLC, a subsidiary of Bonsai Design, to take over as the new operator of Quarry Park Adventures. A formal agreement with Adventure Operations will be presented for Council ratification at the March 12 City Council meeting.
ABOUT | Adventure Operations, LLC
a subsidiary company of Bonsai Design, Inc.
Through customized agreements with park owners, Bonsai Design’s Operations Division – Adventure Operations, LLC – delivers a turn-key solution for clients seeking comprehensive park operations services. While packages are tailored to each individual park’s needs, agreements typically include full Cost-Modeling, Management, Marketing, Staffing, and Accounting services.
Bonsai’s executive experience stretches to the early 2000s, at the very inception of the commercial zipline/aerial adventure industry in the U.S.; its executive team members share a combined 45+ years of experience, have held numerous leadership positions in industry associations and on boards, and, most notably, have collectively overseen the successful delivery of adventure experiences for more than one million guests nationwide.
In entrusting Bonsai’s Operations Division with providing park operations services, owners choose an industry partner who brings not only expertise, but also built-in efficiencies to their business. Operations clients gain quick access to Bonsai’s professional service teams dedicated to Staff Training, Industry Regulation, Inspections and Maintenance, and New Infrastructure Development. In short, every facet of the zip line/adventure park operation is fully and expertly managed.
Adventure Operations, LLC, seeks and hires local talent to work alongside the executive team in managing park locations. For current information about available positions with Quarry Park Adventures, please visit our Hiring Page.
Dylan Burt | Managing Partner
Considered an industry leader in operations of zipline and aerial adventure parks, Dylan has extensive experience in every aspect of running a successful adventure operation. Areas of expertise include: financial modeling, pricing strategy, hiring, marketing, sales and reservations management, safety, business planning and business structure.
Dylan’s career began, along with the launch of one of the nation’s first commercially-operated zipline tours – built by Bonsai Design, Inc. – in the early 2000s in Southeast Alaska. Soon after the business opened, Dylan began filling management team positions, quickly rising to the role of General Manager by the time he was just 26-years-old. In this role, Dylan managed a team of 120+ seasonal staff who operated three adventure parks in two separate locations (Ketchikan and Juneau, AK). These businesses operated at near-capacity daily from Spring through Fall, fulfilling contracts entered with all major cruise lines. Under Dylan’s tenure as General Manager, the tours were yearly voted “Best Shore Excursion” by Princess Cruise Line guests, calling out exemplary operation of the tours and quality of customer service received.
In 2009, Dylan was approached by a group of business partners – including Bonsai Design, Inc. owners Sarah and Thaddeus Shrader – and offered the position of Chief Operating Officer for a start-up zipline and aerial adventure park business located in Asheville, NC. This business, Navitat Canopy Adventures, grew to three locations under Dylan’s leadership (Asheville, NC, Wrightwood, CA (greater Los Angeles area), and Knoxville, TN). The focus of each business location varied, with some in heavy-tourism areas and others focused primarily on the local resident market. Tours managed included those requiring advanced reservations as well as products designed for a general admission, daily-open structure.
In late 2017, Dylan left his position at Navitat and soon thereafter joined the Bonsai Design, Inc. team, relocating along with his family to the company’s Grand Junction, Colorado, headquarters. Dylan has served Bonsai both in the position of General Manager at large and also as lead for the Operations Division of the company.
In addition to his business positions, Dylan has filled numerous roles for the aerial adventure industry’s leading professional association, the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), including as a current member of the Board of Directors.
In providing operations management services for Quarry Park Adventures, Dylan will serve in the lead management role and is pleased to bring his above referenced 15+ years of experience to this very exciting endeavor!
Thaddeus Shrader | Partner & CEO of Bonsai Design, Inc.
Thaddeus is Bonsai Design’s chief designer and CEO. Involved in the adventure park industry since 2008, Thaddeus keeps a steady pulse on the industry at large and, for the Operations Division, assists with strategic business planning, forecasting future growth opportunities, and providing up-to-date insight on operational models industry-wide.
Micah Henderson | Lead Project Executive for Bonsai Design, Inc.
With more than 20 years of experience in the adventure course industry, Micah is an expert in course design, installation, inspection, and operations. She is revered in North America as one of the leaders in technical knowledge in the industry, and brings this expertise to Bonsai’s Operations Division as well as to her role as Lead Project Executive for Bonsai Design, Inc.
Since 2006, Micah has served various roles for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), including reviewing Professional Vendor Members (PVMs), developing certification and accreditation standards, and filling leadership roles within the organization. She served on the Board of Directors for six years, including two years as Chairman of the Board. She has also served on the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee, advocating for standards and safety.
Dan Brillon | CFO for Bonsai Design, Inc.
Dan brings a deep background of finance and operational experience from companies large and small to the Bonsai team. In addition to holding many CFO and VP of Finance roles, he spent seven years with Microsoft where he was the Director of Business Operations for the MSN Division and then Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions. Since leaving Microsoft, Dan moved to Colorado where he enjoys a bit more balanced life while still making contributions to the local community.