Joel Berman joined STARS in February 2017. Joel brings an extensive background in nonprofit and for profit corporate management, risk management, strategic partnerships, and finance.
Since losing his leg in an accident in 1983, Joel has found being active in sports has been the greatest thing in his life. He is passionate about showing others there are no limitations in life no matter the disability. This led Joel to devote his career and life to adaptive sports and spread the mantra of “Freedom through Mobility.”
For the past two decades, Joel conceptualized, founded, and built Adaptive Adventures, a Colorado and Chicago based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Under Joel’s leadership as Executive Director, this mobile adaptive sports organization grew to be nationally recognized as an adaptive sports leader. Some of Joel’s past accomplishments include: Disabled Sports USA National Board of Directors for two terms, PSIA Alpine Level 2 certification, adaptive clinic leader at many programs across the country, awarded Presidents Champions of Change Award in 2012, developed and delivered sports and recreation services to over 3000 wounded veterans and an even greater number of youth and adults with disabilities from coast to coast. Recently, Joel joined the Bike Town USA Board in Steamboat.
When he is not working, Joel’s hobbies largely overlap his career choice. In his spare time Joel likes to ski, bike, kayak, camp, sail, garden, and generally explore the wonders of the outdoors.
“I am honored and excited to be able to continue to impact our society through adaptive sports as part of STARS and the amazing community in Steamboat. We are building a culture, team, and ranch that will propel STARS to the top of the adaptive sports industry.”
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 2014
- 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