Our CORE Team
Aerial Designs has been building world-class challenge courses, ziplines and climbing towers for over 20 years. Through our engineering excellence and our passion for quality, innovation and safety, we have gained the reputation of making our clients' dreams come true by combining character with a strong visual appeal.
For almost 25 years, Valdo and his team have successfully completed aerial adventure parks and zipline tours all across North America and Canada. He received his degree from one of France's premier engineering schools, l'Ecole Centrale, and maintains the highest standards as an ACCT accredited professional vendor member.
Valdo successfully brings his vision, passion, craftsmanship, collaborative spirit and humor to all his endeavors. He loves creating designs that inspire outdoor exploration and helping businesses maximize their attendance by creating one-of-a-kind structures that leave guests wanting more.
For his own exciting challenges, Valdo counts on his beloved wife and daughters to keep him on his toes, while navigating traffic in the unmistakable style of a would-be French race car driver.
VP BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Emily comes to Aerial Designs with over 10 years of small business experience management. She is a doer with a knack for the outdoors and creating joy for clients and their guests. Emily has a Masters in Communication and Leadership Development from Gonzaga University and loves using her education to create business strategy for our growing organization. She enjoys attending design visits and help our clients visualize all the possibilities that we can create!
In her spare time, Emily loves exploring our beautiful part of the country with her husband and two dogs. She particularly enjoys horseback riding, tennis, and eating as much sushi as she can get her hands on.
Sam Blake has worked the past 2 years with Aerial Designs starting out as an apprentice builder and working his way up to become our Construction Manager. Sam works hard to create the best possible courses that leave clients happy and ready to build more in the future. He has worked with Valdo to create new activities and products to improve courses around the world. Sam hopes continue creating and building course experimental courses for years to come.
On his time off Sam enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, and snowboarding throughout the world. When it is too stormy outside Sam takes to the canvas to create abstract painting and digital productions.
A graduate from Smith College in Massachusetts with a degree in Biology, Colleen's organizational and creative problem solving skills allow her to be a one-stop shop Office Administrator! She joined the Aerial Design team to help keep our back office running smoothly and efficiently. She loves being an extra set of hands in the field and happily volunteers to “test” out any new activities that the team puts up.
Her favorite hobbies include scuba diving in waters ranging from the Caribbean to the Puget Sound. As a working divemaster, she loves sharing her passion with new divers! She hopes the underwater adventure park business will really take off and she'll be the first to zip with the dolphins.