Meet the Team

Amy Hatch – Founder & CEO

Amy Hatch - Garage Grown GearIn 2011, Amy Hatch founded Jackson Hole Packraft & Packraft Rentals Anywhere, which rents packrafts both locally in Jackson Hole and throughout the Lower 48 and Canada, via FedEx. Amy is also a founding member and the secretary on the board of the American Packrafting Association, and she’s an ambassador for Hyperlite Mountain Gear.

Her deep involvement in the world of packrafting opened her eyes to the hundreds of independent outdoor gear companies making innovative, high-performing and wildly cool outdoor gear. She began scouting for and connecting others to these equipment, clothing and nutrition companies, and soon she launched Garage Grown Gear.

Amy has a background in journalism. She held the position of managing editor for a community newspaper, worked as a producer for Alaska’s leading broadcast news station, and has freelanced as a column writer, technical editor and documentary film maker.

Amy is an ultrarunner, adventure racer, packrafter, skier (alpine, telemark, skate and classic), mountain biker and backpacker. Most importantly, she’s also a wife and new mom. Amy and her husband live with their daughter and two big goofy dogs at the base of the Tetons – a place they are thrilled to call home.

 

Cleve Schenck – Business Sage

Cleve Schenck - Garage Grown GearCleve graduated from the University Of Colorado in 1977. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate and Marketing. In 1979 after a short stint in the title insurance industry he started his career as a full time commercial/investment real estate broker. In 1981 he became an investor, rehabber and developer of real estate in addition to his brokerage business.

Over the last 30 plus years Cleve has brokered or been a principal in over a quarter of a billion dollars in real estate transactions. Additionally, he has completed over 150 renovation projects and 30 development projects. He currently owns and operates a portfolio of income properties and development projects along Colorado’s Front Range.

As a result of his real estate expertise he is very knowledgeable and proficient in project management, financial management, financial analysis and projections, business law and entity formation, marketing and market research. He has been an entrepreneur all of his life and has a “hands on” approach to business.

 

Morgan Tilton – Contributor

Morgan Tilton - Garage Grown Gear - WebRaised in the San Juan Mountains, Morgan Tilton moved to the big city to study at the University of Denver. While earning degrees in Journalism, English creative writing, and Italian, she explored Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park as a travel writer, fell in love with summitting Colorado’s 14ers, and lived in Italy—twice.

She collaborates with Backpacker Magazine, Women’s Adventure Magazine, Womens Movement, 5280 Magazine, 5280 Home, 5280 Online, Fellow Magazine, EnCompass Magazine, San Juan Skyway, SNEWS, Outdoor Retailer Daily, SnowSports Industries America Snow Show Daily and Snow Show Preview, All Trips, and Legacy Lifestyle.

When she’s not writing, Morgan loves to cook, yoga, trail run, snowboard, and attend live music. To check out her latest features, visit Morgan’s website www.morgantilton.com.

 

Kelsey Dayton – Contributor

Kelsey Dayton - Garage Grown GearKelsey Dayton is a Montana based freelancer and the editor of Outdoors Unlimited, the publication of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. She’s worked for multiple Wyoming newspapers. Her work has appeared in regional and national publications. She’s always looking for a story that will get her outside.

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