Managing Director, G Adventures

G Adventures’ Managing Director for the United States and Mexico, Ben Perlo, describes himself first and foremost as a family man who loves travel; then, as a builder of highly competitive and purpose-driven teams intent on changing people’s lives. Perlo joined G Adventures’ leadership group in September 2014, when he was tasked with the challenge of scaling the business at breakneck speed in market where it was young and largely unknown. Since that time, he has overseen a quadrupling of G Adventures’ U.S. workforce and sales, negotiated a number of successful partnerships including with National Geographic Expeditions, and helped the brand earn first-time accolades for innovation from Fast Company, the Inc. 5000, and the Edison Awards.

Perlo began his career as a financial analyst who specialized in planning and analysis for security contractors serving the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2009, he used that financial knowledge to make a conscious transition toward travel, an industry he describes as culturally relevant and economically influential, with a move to Grand Circle. There, his strategies helped Overseas Adventure Travel earn the highest customer renewal rates in the company’s history. Perlo then took his talents to Vantage Travel as Senior Vice President and Interim CFO, where he negotiated the purchase of their newest ship in 2014.

A married father of three young children himself, Perlo hopes to serve as a catalyst for helping tour operators and families best meet each other’s needs while helping parents and grandparents discover the lifelong, connective impacts of sharing small-group travel experiences together. High on his own family travel wish list? An African safari across the Serengeti with his wife and kids – ideally, with G Adventures.

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