John Burrell, President and CEO of High Adventure Company and High Adventure Safaris, has been an avid outdoorsman since his childhood in Anderson County, Tennessee. As one of the most respected professionals in the outdoor industry, John has 30 years of experience managing, developing and marketing some of the world’s top sporting destinations.
His well-storied career includes forming a successful international outfitting firm for outdoor powerhouse Mossy Oak/Haas Outdoors and being named the youngest partner in their recreational real estate firm, Mossy Oak Properties. It also includes being named the lead guide to help legendary clothing manufacturer, Eddie Bauer design and test their Sport Shop apparel. This well-conceived product line has the distinction of winning more awards than any of its kind.
John’s commitment to quality has led to other accolades as well. In addition to winning the Garden & Gun Best of the Sporting South Award, High Adventure Company is the only six-time recipient of the Sporting Classics Award of Excellence.
HAC properties have been featured in Sporting Classics and Shooting Sportsman, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Garden & Gun, Men’s Journal and Southern Bride magazine as well as numerous outdoor industry television shows.
John’s on camera presence is equally impressive. He co-hosted the popular Emmy nominated television series, Brush Country Monsters on the Pursuit Channel and he has been regularly featured as an international outfitting expert on ESPN’s Under Wild Skies and Swarovski Optik Quest.
A true adventurer, John has guided clients all over the world, including more than 30 African safaris and at least that many trips to destinations throughout South America. He takes pride in creating extraordinary experiences for all his clients and for building relationships that last a lifetime.
Thanks to John’s well-deserved reputation as a sportsman and a conservation advocate, his company has been entrusted with some of the most unique environments in the world including the mouth of the Mississippi River, an entire Hawaiian island, and one of the premier river systems in Patagonia, Argentina.
John’s industry leadership also extends to creating a talent pipeline for sporting industry leaders of the future, having been approached by Auburn University to help create their wildlife enterprise management program (which began accepting students earlier this year). The program is one of only two of its kind in the country. In addition to his role in developing the curriculum and serving as a guest lecturer, John has promised to provide real-world learning opportunities for students through HAC internships.
Sean has an extensive background in outdoor luxury travel and hospitality management, which draws upon his passion as an outdoorsman and his experience in the hospitality industry.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture, Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Clemson University as well as Master’s degrees in Fisheries Management from Tennessee Tech University and Hospitality Management from Texas Technical University.
Sean puts his wide-ranging expertise to good use both as a field biologist for the fisheries and wildlife agencies of Tennessee and Alabama and as the executive chef for HAC’s exclusive lodge management program. You may also know Sean as the general manager for the Cheyenne Ridge Signature Lodge and the North Platte Outpost as well as our director of outside sales.
Drew has a profound love of travel that is rivaled only by his passion for the outdoors. A well-versed adventurer, he has backpacked through Europe, guided ski trips in the mountains of Colorado and traveled extensively through Africa and South America. He takes a hands on approach as the Director of Operations, which includes serving as a guide at our South Dakota and Nebraska properties as well as managing the Beretta Shooting Grounds clays course at Barnsley Resort.
TANIA R. TUTTLE
Tania serves as High Adventure Company’s chief legal counsel. Her extensive background in real estate law makes her ideally suited to develop properties to their full potential, while mitigating risks. A trusted member of the High Adventure Company leadership team, Tania has played an instrumental role in establishing the Beretta Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Resort and in building partnerships to support HAC’s commitment to conservation and responsible land management.
Recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Georgia Super Lawyer, Tania holds the distinction of being one of the top lawyers in her field in the state of Georgia. She shares widely of her expertise by regularly speaking at both a state and national level on real estate, title law and trial practice.
Tania is a graduate of Tulane University and she graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is also an aspiring bow hunter who is currently taking every opportunity to develop her skills.
Charlotte serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Controller for the High Adventure Company. She holds a Bachelors degree in accounting from the Georgia State University and a Masters degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans. Summer months find her enjoying time on the lake with her family.
Mary is the consummate communications professional who brings a wealth of experience to her role as High Adventure Company’s marketing executive. She specializes in creating impactful messaging tactics and strategies to drive brand awareness and loyalty.
With leadership roles spanning marketing, public relations and employee communications across multiple industries, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, she takes a well informed, audience-centric approach to the work she does at HAC.
Mary holds an MBA in Marketing from Fordham University and a Bachelors degree from Haverford College.
A former FBI agent and prosecutor, John and his two partners have a combined 63 years of service to their country. Together they serve as the on-the-ground management team behind one of the most unique hunting adventures in the world – Pineapple Brothers Lanai. This dynamic trio taps its experience in the field to expertly guide hunters to take full advantage of the abundance of Axis deer and Mouflon sheep found on Lanai. In conjunction with HAC President and Wildlife Biologist John Burrell, they conserve and manage 90,000 acres of breath-taking beauty, which forms the backdrop for unforgettable memories
KEVIN AND MARY JO TIEMERSMA
Kevin and Mary Jo are HAC’s partners in our world renowned Tipiliuke lodge in northern Patagonia. With seven years managing Kau Tapen Lodge in Tierra del Fuego and more than twenty years leading the team at Tipiliuke Lodge, they have created a proud tradition of helping guests create unforgettable memories and making everyone feel right at home.
As an avid North American big game hunter, Todd brings many years of experience to our team.
Whether hunting Mule Deer in the Sonora Deserts of Mexico or Stone Sheep in the high mountainous regions of B.C., he has a passion and understanding of Western hunting that few in the industry can equal.
So the next time you’re ready to throw on a pack and head into the wilderness, rest assured that Todd has the first-hand knowledge you need and expect as High Adventure Company client. From traversing steep rocky cliffs for goats in Alaska to canoeing one of the winding river bottoms of the Yukon for Alaskan sheep, he can help make your next adventure, the trip of a lifetime.