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Incredible Adventures offers you the knowledge and experience of the top adventure experts from around the world. We're here to make your adventure dreams come true.

Jane Reifert, PresidentJane Reifert

Originally from Iowa, Jane joined Incredible Adventures in 1993 as a marketing assistant. In addition to overseeing worldwide adventure operations, Jane handles the company's marketing and media relations. She's the author of Executive Adventures, a guide for excitement-deprived individuals, and offers advice to prestigious aerospace companies about space tourism stuff. In 2005 Jane became Chair of the Space Tourism Subcommittee of the Space Colonization Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Pre-IA, she spent nine seasons working in minor league baseball with the White Sox, Cardinals and Cubs organizations. Although a self-described adventure wimp, she's flown a jet in Moscow, raced a truck, jumped out of an airplane, been a Covert Ops hostage, seen great white sharks in Cape Town and ballooned over the Sahara. When not in the office, you'll likely find her on a tennis court or on Sarasota's Siesta Key beach playing volleyball.

Jane's Excellent Russian Adventure - Photo Album, Jan-Feb, 2008

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John Walsh Show Video Clip
The sky’s the limit: Muscatine native’s career takes her to new heights
Civilian Space Flight Training: Don’t Leave Earth Without It
Presentation by Jane E. Reifert at the 25th Annual International Space Development Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 4-7, 2006
Space Tourism: From Lofty Dreams to Commercial Reality Acrobat
Royal Aeronautical Society, London, 7 June 2006

Lena suits up for space travelLena, General Manager - Moscow Operations

Lena started with Incredible Adventures years ago as a part-time guide and translator and was promoted to General Manager in February of 2008 when long-time GM Galina left IA and relocated to Canada. The two women first met when Galina walked into the top Moscow travel agency where Lena was working and asked to make arrangements for some of IA's MiG clients. Lena was so wonderful that Galina offered her a part-time job and reported to the Florida office that she had found her future replacement. She lives in Moscow with her incredible husband Alex and young daughter Liza.

Galina in MoscowGalina, Advisor - Moscow Operations

Galina was IA's Moscow General Manager from 1997 to 2008 and helped create many of the air and space programs IA offers in Russia. She will always be a part of the Incredible Adventures family and is there to provide advice whenever we need it.

Max Dereta, PhotographerMax Dereta, Photographer

In order to capture great pictures and video from our incredible adventures we have to have an incredible photographer. That is Max Dereta. Max is a photojournalist who has been based in the Netherlands since 1975. Some of his assignments have included: flights in the Buccaneer & Strikemaster in Cape Town, Russian Space Training Program that included a ZeroG flight, and flights in the MiG29, Su27 and L 39, skydiving expeditions to the North Pole. Max is currently experimenting and flying with the "BirdMan" wingsuits
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Garret Machine - Covert OpsGarret Machine

Garret Machine, a former soldier in the Israeli Defense Force ( IDF). Garret’s unit, “ Duvdevan”, is the IDF’s equivalent to the US Army’s Delta Force. Following his Israeli military service, Garret worked as a field bodyguard for the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which is the equivalent of the US Secret Service. He was part of a unit that worked exclusively in the West Bank, in high risk areas. He then joined the ranks of the Israeli National Police Force, where he served until 2010.

Before moving to Israel, Miami-born Garret grew up in South Florida, attended high school at the Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania and received a degree from the University of Florida. While still in the military, Garret earned a Masters Degree in Homeland Security and Counter Terror Warfare from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Garret is the author of books and videos and has the following certifications: Florida Firearms Instructor for Police and Armed Security, Florida Security Officers Instructors License, Florida Emergency Medical Technician (inactive), NRA Range Safety Officer & Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Training Instructor, Illinois Firearms Instructor License.

Steirger - BalloonistSteiger

Steiger is an FAA-certified commercial balloon pilot and balloon flight instructor. He’s also an accomplished stunt pilot and flyer of skydivers and BASE jumpers. If you need someone who will fly you over tall mountains and across vast deserts, Steiger's your man.

Myke Hawke - Spec OpsHawke

Co-founder and Operations Officer of SpecOps Global Survival Training. Responsibilities include: operations management, logistics, course development and instruction. Background: Mykel Hawke is the author of Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual and star of Discovery Channel’s "One Man Army" and “Man, Woman, Wild”. Hawke has over 20 years of combined military and government experience. He has served in the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army's Special Forces as well as a commissioned officer and as a government contractor abroad. He has training and experience in communications and intelligence operations, emergency trauma medicine management, combat search and rescue, and languages. He has deployed to hotspots throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle-East, Latin America and Africa. Hawke has worked with the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, various agencies & Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). His accomplishments include the establishment and operation of a Combat Medic School in Azerbaijan and a Combat Search & Rescue Program in Colombia.

Green Beret Survival Guide by Myke Hawke
Myke Hawke's Green Beret Survival Guide
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'Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual' - A Green Beret Explains How to Survive Harsh Conditions

He has also served as a Project Manager in Haiti and Sierra Leone, conducting Medical Evacuations, Troops & Munitions Re-supply, Rapid Response Force and VIP transport. He most recently served in Afghanistan as a Commander of Mujahideen Militia against Taliban and Al-Qaeda Forces. Hawke is also an experienced outdoor survival instructor, published author and lecturer on crisis responses to manmade and natural disasters and authors a language training book. Hawke represented SpecOps on MTV Road Rules in 1999 on-camera & in program development, he has recently worked on The Discovery Channel. Training Highlights: Special Forces Detachment Commander course - 18A Combined Arms Service Staff School - (CAS3) Officer Advanced Course - Civil Affairs - 38A Officer Advanced Course- Infantry - 11A Medical Service Officer Course - 70B Survival, Escape, Resistance & Evasion (SERE, Level- C) Special Operations Medical Sergeant Course (18D) Special Forces Morse Code & Communications Course (18E) Special Forces Intelligence and Operations Course (18F) Advanced Non Commissioned Officer Course (ANCOC) Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) National Registry EMT Paramedic Combat Anesthesia Advanced Cardiac Life Support Combat Chemical Casualty Care Special Forces

Jump Master Course Defense Language Institute (Russian) Blackbelt - Aikido Scuba Diver Languages: Russian (advanced) Spanish (intermediate) French, Turkish and Italian (basic) Serbo-Croation (basic) Education: B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Psychology

Jillian Morris, diver, biologistJillian Morris

Jillian Morris has always had a passion for the ocean. Having grown up on the water, she has never been far from it. An internship with Mote Marine Lab’s Center for Shark Research marked the beginning of her work with sharks across the globe. From Australia to Isla Guadalupe, she has logged hundreds of hours in the water with some of the largest apex predators in the world. After earning a BS in Animal Behavior from the University of New England in 2005 she pursued opportunities that allowed her to work with sharks and be in the water as much as possible.

Jillian is a certified dive instructor who loves sharks and loves to share her knowledge of them with others. (Her car license plate reads SHRKGRL.) Jillian’s worked with great white sharks in the Farallons and Isla Guadalupe, lemon sharks in Marquesas, nurse sharks in the Dry Tortugas and tiger sharks in Western Australia. She is actively involved in the shark conservation world, writing articles for numerous publications and doing outreach programs across the US. She uses photography and video to share these amazing animals with the world. Jillian's Blog: The Adventures of Shark Girl. Jillian's web site: Shark Girl.

Greg BarronGreg Barron

Greg Barron is Director of West Coast Shark Ops. A San Francisco Bay Area native and entrepreneur, Greg has spent his entire life living and diving along the North Coast of California. He has been involved in our San Francisco shark adventure from the very beginning. Greg helped the people at DOER Marine design and build our massive shark cage and he helped transform the Tamalpais into one of the best shark boats on the planet. In his other life, Greg operates two of his own companies, Barron Properties and Rideable Bicycle Replicas Inc. Barron Properties is a real estate development and management company based in Alameda and Oakland California. Rideable Bicycle Replicas Inc. of Alameda, CA. is a small manufacturing company specializing in making antique and specialty style cycles mostly from the end of the 19th century. If you've been to Burning Man, you've probably seen Greg riding one of his "High Wheel" bicycles. His company has been supplying cycles for folks, film, theater and museums for 34 years so if you see a high wheel bike in a movie or play, chances are Greg made it. Some of the recent shows featuring Greg's stuff include Deadwood, Jack Ass 2, Lonesome Dove, Haunted Mansion and the stage show Wicked. Did we mention that Greg can fix just about anything...almost before you know it's broken?

Kevin HolbrookKevin Holbrook

Kevin Holbroook heads up our tandem HALO jumping program and will lead a group this summer on a history-making skydive over Mt. McKinley in Alaska. Kevin is a certified Master MFF Jumpmaster (JM1), Airborne Static Line JM/1, a USPA Static Line Instructor and Tandem Master Instructor and holds a USPA PRO Rating. His qualifications include Joint Services Special Operations Group, Close Quarter Combat Instructor. Kevin has 30 years of parachuting experience with over 7,000 jumps.

Alfred Scott McLaren, Senior PilotAlfred Scott McLaren - Senior Pilot

Captain Alfred S. McLaren, USN (Ret.), Ph.D. is a Director of Sub Aviator Systems, LLC and Senior Pilot of the SAS Aviator submersible. He is also President Emeritus of The Explorers Club, founded in 1904 to promote scientific exploration and field research. A U. S. Naval Academy graduate and former nuclear submarine officer, he made three Arctic expeditions on nuclear attack submarines, that included the first submerged transit of the Northwest Passage, a Baffin Bay cruise, and a North Pole expedition that also completed the first survey under ice of the entire Siberian Continental Shelf (5,000 km). Complete Bio

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