SFA|SFM Owners Investing in Adventure Recreation at Salamander Resort in Greater Washington, DC Area and Other Locations with Launch of EMPOWER Adventure Operations, LLC

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Sports industry leaders Jason Clement and Dev Pathik are extending their range of associated recreation centers with investments into canopy tours, adventure-parks, and other adrenaline sports operations.

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We have been involved in adventure sports, canopy tours, and adventure tourism for more than 20 years, but we saw the need to establish a brand and to bring our institutional grade resources to the adventure recreation markets.

Under the leadership of Jason Clement (COO) and Dev Pathik (CEO), the Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) and its sister firm, Sports Facilities Management (SFM) have transformed the youth and amateur sports landscape in America. The two are now building another company to oversee new developments in the adrenaline sports and adventure tourism markets.

“We have been involved in adventure sports, canopy tours, and adventure tourism for more than 20 years, but we saw the need to establish a brand and to bring our institutional grade resources to the adventure recreation markets,” said Clement.

With the creation of EMPOWER Adventure Operations, Clement and Pathik have partnered with Former Army Ranger and Captain, Joe DeRing. DeRing returned from multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and has dedicated his life to sharing his leadership and teambuilding skills with others.

The trio recently funded and now operates a canopy tour that spans nearly 20 acres at the Salamander Resort in Northern Virginia. The Salamander Resort was developed by Sheila Johnson, Co-Founder of The Black Entertainment Network (BET) and current CEO of Salamander Resorts.    

One major area of growth in sports tourism is the eco tourism and adventure tourism market. Canopy tours, zip lines, and adventure parks are a major part of this burgeoning industry segment. SFM|SFA owners Clement and Pathik have previously planned and owned adventure operations in numerous locations and have dedicated resources to the segment.

“We are in the business because we love it, because it is a growth sector, and because we see opportunities to bring enterprise level strategy and financing to this exciting industry,” said Clement.

“Resort guests today are looking for memorable shared experiences. You can see this in every aspect of an exceptional resort experience,” added Pathik. “No one knows this more than the leadership team at Salamander Resorts so we are thrilled to be partnered with the company.”

For more information about SFA|SFM and the available suite of planning-funding-opening-management services, visit http://www.sportadvisory.com/home.html.

About Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management (SFA-SFM):

The Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management (SFA|SFM) is the leading resource in sports facility planning and management. SFA|SFM has helped to plan, fund, open and manage many multimillion-dollar sports complexes in communities throughout the USA and internationally since its founding in 2003. The expansive growth Youth team sports and sports-related tourism has necessitated better quality facility management. SFA’s proprietary data system—based on years of planning, funding and managing facilities, coupled with the rise of the youth sports segment—is the engine behind the development of SFM. Since its recent inception, SFM has already become an industry leader in the managing of amateur sports and events complexes, and along with SFA, provides the planning, financing and management expertise needed to turn ideas into successful recreation facilities. SFA-SFM serves public and private clients. Its services fall into four main categories: plan, fund, open and manage, which encompass every phase from early stage feasibility studies to preparing financing documents, overseeing development and opening and full-time management services. SFA-SFM’s success depends upon its mission to dramatically improve communities through the opening or optimization of sports and recreation centers. For more information, visit http://www.sportadvisory.com/home.html.

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