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Jason Elkins

WhatsApp or Phone +1 480-939-4679

Location: Worldwide, US Citizen


Passionate and experienced professional with a strong background in adventure tourism and a track record of driving profitability. Seeking opportunities to contribute expertise in tour sales, operations, digital marketing, and customer service to a dynamic team focused on crafting exceptional travel experiences.

Professional Summary:

Charismatic and results-driven professional with a diverse career spanning roles such as a US Army paratrooper, Montana fly fishing guide, international adventure travel tour operator, Belize lodge manager, third-generation commercial hot air balloon pilot, and creator and host of the Big World Made Small Adventure Travel Podcast. Experienced in leadership, strategic planning, brand development, and world-class customer service.

Skills & Certifications

  • Leadership | Management | Tour Operations | Sales

  • B2B & B2C Sales | Digital Marketing | Conflict Resolution

  • Intermediate Spanish | Public Speaking | Podcasting

  • FAA Certified Commercial Pilot | PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver

  • Microsoft Certified Professional | Master Certified Negotiation Expert

  • Google Ads Certifications | HubSpot Digital Marketing Certification

  • US Army Airborne, Pathfinder, and Air Assault Certifications

Professional Experience

Tourism Consultant, Digital Marketing Expert, Podcast Host
Big World Made Small Adventure Travel Marketing (2023 - Present)
  • Director of Marketing for Betheli Expeditions in Tanzania.

  • Operations Manager for COLOMBIA ECOTRAVEL.

  • Develop customized marketing strategies for clients.

  • Built a podcast audience to 2500 downloads in less than 6 months.

  • Engaged target audience through social media and virtual summits.

  • Built a podcast guest list of 60+ tourism experts representing 25+ counties on 7 continents

Licensed Real Estate Sales Professional
The Carin Nguyen Real Estate Network (2016 - 2023)
  • Marketed residential properties using various strategies.

  • Facilitated smooth real estate transactions, earning 5-star reviews.

  • Initiated and managed cold and warm sales call campaigns.

  • Coordinated appointments to optimize sales performance.

Founder & Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot
Equinox Balloons (2010 - 2017)
  • Established and operated a top-rated hot air balloon ride business.

  • Led a team ensuring safety and excellent customer service.

  • Implemented innovative marketing strategies for brand visibility.

  • Designed and managed a website with real-time automated bookings.

General Manager
Orvis International Travel - The Orvis Company (2005 - 2014)
  • Managed a thriving international tour operation business.

  • Achieved remarkable 325% revenue growth.

  • Led a team of planners, coordinators, and marketers.

  • Developed, marketed, sold, and personally led numerous tours around the world.

  • Directed the Orvis Endorsed International Destination program.

Fly Fishing and SCUBA Diving Resort Manager
Turneffe Flats Resort (2003 - 2004)
  • Provided comprehensive oversight for a prestigious resort.

  • Supervised a diverse team, fostering a culture of excellence.

  • Played a key role in driving revenue growth and enhancing the resort's reputation.


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What others have said:

"I hired Jason Elkins three months ago to work at COLOMBIA ECOTRAVEL and he's already significantly increased our operational capacity and created systemized processes which allow for at least a 2x increase in sales this year. Check out his company and also the podcast!"

~ Daniel Buitrón Jaramillo - CEO & Co-Founder COLOMBIA ECOTRAVEL

"Jason is an excellent mentor to junior associates; connects with the customer and creates loyalty; provides a benchmark for effective customer service. He has the ability to perform well in the office and in the field, which is rare, and excels at both."

~ Dave Parker - Director of Orvis Travel

"I don’t really remember ever meeting a more enthusiastic, knowledgeable and professional representative of any company... When I compare Mr. Elkins to my many employees, in and out of this country, I want to have a beverage, or two, or four."

~ David Felman - Orvis Travel client

Certifications & Awards

Google Ads Display Certified
Google Ads Search Certified
Google Ads Measurement Certified
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