Adventure Park Insider—Longmont, Colo., April 4, 2022—Bill Zimmermann will succeed Shawn Tierney as executive director of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), effective today, April 4, 2022. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, Zimmermann will work closely with Tierney for the next two weeks.
Over his 30-year career, Zimmermann has gained significant experience in association management, standards development, credentialing, membership development, events management, and public policy and advocacy. Prior to joining ACCT, Zimmermann spent more than 15 years as president and CEO of the Climbing Wall Association, which serves the indoor climbing industry. He’s also worked at the Association for Experiential Education as director of accreditation, the University of New Hampshire, the American Youth Foundation, and Project Adventure. Zimmermann has served as a volunteer committee member for ACCT and the Wilderness Risk Managers Committee.
“I am very excited to be joining the ACCT team,” said Zimmermann. “The mission of the ACCT aligns with my commitment to public service, professional development, and education. I believe the ACCT is in a good position to capitalize on a changing environment and grow. I’m looking forward to getting started and can’t wait for the next conference in Portland [Ore.].”
Zimmermann’s hiring concludes a search process that began last year after Tierney announced in May 2021 that he’d step down from his role at ACCT in April 2022. Tierney served as ACCT executive director since May 2016.