The Alliance Collaborative, a new nonprofit launched Feb. 3, 2020, intends to revolutionize the challenge course industry by helping members streamline business operations, develop shared resources, and leverage buying power that will bring cost savings and better efficiencies. The Alliance is inviting members of the challenge course and adventure park industry to join.
Industry executive Bill Weaver has been chosen by the board of directors to serve as general manager. Weaver has been actively engaged within the industry since 1987. In 1994, he joined the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), where he served variously as committee chair, board member, and staff member until 2018.
“Our goal is to use things like a group purchasing program, standardized documents and forms, and professional development workshops to improve operations at all of our member companies and in turn improve the industry as a whole,” Weaver said.
The group’s vision is to model a new approach for doing business in the challenge course industry and promote best practices among its members. Through advocacy, education, networking, and greater access to resources, members and associates can access opportunities to strengthen and enhance their efficiency, productivity and profitability, according to a statement from the Alliance.
The formation of the non-profit is an extension of an informal arrangement among five companies that have been collaborating for several years. Challenge Works Inc., Experiential Resources Inc., Experiential Systems Inc., Rope Works Inc., and The Adventure Guild have been able to reduce costs on commonly-used products and services, which has allowed them to streamline systems, reduce overhead, and increase productivity. Now, these companies have formalized and expanded this idea so they can share these and other benefits with Alliance members.
“The Alliance is not intended as competition in the marketplace for the products and services of existing non-profit associations like ACCT, ASTM, CWA, PRCA, or others whose membership and standards we will continue to promote as companies and as a collaborative, but is intended to be innovative, and to complement these organizations,” Weaver told Adventure Park Insider.
Corporate and individual memberships will be available this spring. Visit www.thealliancecollaborative.com for updates.