Joel Berman lost his left leg above the knee in a Chicago, IL railroad accident in the summer of 1981. After three years of rehabilitation, Joel re-entered the workforce and began participating in adaptive sports & recreation. Mr. Berman has an extensive background in corporate management, risk management, strategic partnerships, and finance.
For the last 17 years, Joel founded and acted as the Executive Director of Adaptive Adventures, a Colorado and Chicago based 501c3 nonprofit. This adaptive sports organization provided services to over 1700 unique individuals with disabilities in the last fiscal year, including over 1000 wounded veterans.
After moving with his family to Steamboat in 2014, Joel retired (temporarily) in July 2016, before joining STARS full-time in February, 2017.
Why I love STARS…
Since losing my leg in an accident in 1983, I have found being active in sports has been the greatest thing in my life. I keep fit, healthy, and happy through recreating as much as possible. I love to ski, kayak, paddleboard, cycle, and sail as much as possible. Working for Stars brings my passion and play together with my job on a daily basis. Sharing my love of sport and the outdoors with others on a daily basis is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I live the mission of Stars every day and love it!
Other Stuff about Joel…
- Loves dogs and has two large Lab puppies
- Moved to Steamboat from Chicago in 2015
- Founded and Ran Adaptive Adventures for 17 years
- Awarded White House Champions of Change Award in 2012
- PSIA Level 2 Alpine Ski Certification in 2017. The first skier on one ski to have this distinction in the Rocky Mountain Region.
- Former 2 Term Board member of Disabled Sports USA