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MEMBER/PRESIDENT 

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David Barry

President, Pursuit Collection

David is President of publicly held Viad Travel and Recreation Group, branded as Pursuit.

Pursuit delivers rich travel experiences to the global market in iconic destinations through its unique hotels and lodges, recreational attractions, ground transportation services, retail, food and beverage, sightseeing and packaged tours. Pursuit operates in and around Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Parks in Canada, Glacier and Denali National Parks in the United States, and coming in 2019 to Reykjavik, Iceland. 

Prior to joining Viad, David served as CEO of Trust Company of America, a Denver based technology and financial services company with over $14B of assets under custody. Previously, David served as CEO for a private company in the heavily-regulated aviation industry, where his leadership in hospitality and service led to the company’s ranking by National Geographic as one of the top ten travel experiences in the world. From 1999 to 2006 David ran a $500 million division of Intrawest where he played a key role in driving growth, innovation, and success across a broad range of business units. David has held a variety of senior leadership roles where he had total operating responsibility and oversight of six mountain resorts across the United States, three of them in Colorado. He has a proven track record of strong leadership and the establishment of award-winning service, hospitality and culture, and has achieved great success running large, complex, global service organizations.

David is a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Colorado Forum, a Board member of the American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education (AIARE), a former director of the National Ski Area’s Association, and former treasurer of Colorado Ski Country USA. He has served on the board of the Summit Foundation and Colorado Special Olympics.