A Team You Can Trust
Over the Edge’s team is primarily made up of event planning professionals and industrial rope experts with vast experience in the industrial rope access and adventure industries. Our technical experts spend much of their time in the oil and gas sector, performing building inspections or teaching courses. In addition, OTE has a host of specialists who deal with the legal and insurance aspects of our business.
Safety and certification is important to all in the industry and makes for a better global environment, so when the opportunity presents itself, our Level 3 SPRAT/IRATA certified technical experts train fire fighters, police SWAT teams, window washers and recreational climbers among others.
Our experienced team is dedicated to providing top-notch service to your non-profit, as well as delivering a quality experience for your supporters.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Paul Griffith is the founder, President and CEO of Over the Edge. Over the Edge is an expansion of the business model of 1801 Drop Zone, of which Paul was a founding partner. He was the driving force behind the growth of Drop Zone from a one-time local event to a robust National series. Paul is the man behind the mission to help non-profits raise 50 million dollars in 10 years. In 2011, Paul was a finalist for the Atlantic Canada "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year". Paul lives in Halifax with his wife Sue, and their two young girls.
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
Tim is a Technical Rope Instructor and a SPRAT Rope Access Technician. He is a board member of the National Speleological Society’s Vertical Section, whose purpose is to educate and train cave explorers in safe, vertical caving techniques and Single Rope Techniques (SRT). Since 2000, Tim has been the Southeast Regional Coordinator and an Instructor for the National Cave Rescue Commission. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Bridge Day Safety Team; the largest gathering of BASE Jumpers and rappellers in the US.
VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT SERVICES
Debbie joined Over the Edge in November 2010 and has recently moved into the role of Senior Event Manager. Prior to joining OTE, Debbie served as the Vice President of Resource Development for Special Olympics Texas, where she specialized in corporate engagement and sponsorship. Her background also includes working in the newspaper industry (market research) and also for the State of Texas (marketing and PR). Overall, Debbie’s experience ensures OTE’s ability to deliver a quality experience – from customer service to fundraising support – to all clients.
CONSULTANT, SPECIAL PROJECTS
Sue has been with the company since the beginning in 2004. She did her first rappel when she was 4 months pregnant with her second daughter, who is quite excited to tell people she went down the building in "mommy's belly." Another testimony to the safeness of this event!
Sue has a wide range of experience from event planning to lifestyle consulting and thoroughly enjoys her role as Event Manager with OTE. She acts as liaison between OTE and the non-profit, working with the non-profit to help search for the right building for your event.
George Tasiopoulos is our new Accounting and Compliance Manager. He comes to us with experience working for many small businesses from a variety of industries as well as a strong educational background. His knowledge gained in his courses in the MBA-CMA program at Saint Mary's University will be a great asset to OTE. George has a passion for adventure and is excited to be part of a team that works hard to help others!
Having recently graduated from the Nova Scotia Community College with a Business Administration diploma, and a specialization in Accounting, Sam is ecstatic to join the team as a Bookkeeper, and hone his new found skills. Sam and his wife Carley just recently added a new addition to their life, Finley Rose, and they love being new parents.
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Lisa has a diverse background in marketing, graphic design and event planning. She has worked in various industries including the law, education and music. She has a passion for new technologies, social media and is always reading up on the latest trends. Before she settled down in Dartmouth three years ago, she lived in Orlando, Whistler and New Zealand. Her quest for adventure also landed her in Thailand, Fiji and Australia. In her spare time she enjoys going for hikes, eating out, snowboarding and playing with her 5-year-old daughter.
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Formerly a Communications Officer, Kelly has been working as an Account Manager with Over the Edge since November of 2011. Hailing from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Kelly has a very dynamic work background and a passion for travel and adventure. Throughout her life she has lived as far west as the Rocky Mountains and as far east as Ireland! Having worked in the customer service, hospitality and telecommunications industry to name a few, Kelly has what it takes to provide our clients with a professional and personable customer service experience.
Melissa joined Over the Edge in November 2012. In her previous life, she worked as a project and event coordinator with South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters and also as a Youth and Family Focus Worker with Alternative Programs for Youth and Families. Melissa also lived in Toronto for several years, where she worked in the world of professional sports and entertainment, before moving back home to the east coast. Her background and education also includes hospitality, and event and recreation management. Melissa brings dedication to providing a positive client experience and she has a knack for dealing with people, along with her commitment to helping non-profit organizations,. Due to a permanent case of wanderlust, Melissa has traveled to many countries the world over, and tends to be happiest with her backpack and a bed roll!
Jenn's can-do attitude helps her conquer a lot. She's experienced the world during her years as a travel agent and she tackled the corporate world in procurement and account management. She's knocked on doors to fundraise and organized participants for community events. As a runner, she's taken on the roads and trails during all four sometimes crazy seasons and there's no culinary feat she's afraid to take on. So it's no surprise Jenn joined the Over the Edge team to bring her passion to do great things for amazing clients.
Rebecca Land Segrest
REGIONAL MANAGER, SOUTH-EAST
Rebecca began caving in 1999, while a student at Berry College. In 2001, she became involved in rescue with the Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Services where she sparked a passion for technical rigging and rope rescue. Since then, Rebecca has further expanded her rope knowledge through rock climbing, sailing and industrial rope access. She is a national level instructor with the National Cave Rescue Commission and is a SPRAT Level II Technician. She also enjoys backpacking, light bicycling, SCUBA diving, equestrian activities, and is an avid reader. As a traveling nurse, her husband, Glenn, and her dog, Steve, are able to enjoy their outdoor pursuits in many different areas of the country. Rebecca is also certified in ACLS and specializes in Cardiovascular Intensive Care.
REGIONAL MANAGER, NORTH CENTRAL
Brian Hughes has been a climber since 1993, and has worked professionally as a guide and instructor since 1996. He started doing rope access work in 2003. Brian is currently a SPRAT Level III / IRATA Level I rope access supervisor. Brian is married and a father of two wonderful kids, Gillian and Liam. In his spare time, he enjoys climbing and running, and tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
REGIONAL MANAGER, PACIFIC
For approximately 10 years, Aaron worked as a rock climbing guide in various locations including New York, California, and Nevada. He also designed and helped to build several indoor climbing gyms! In 2010 Aaron found out about Over the Edge via friends in the climbing community, and he thought that it would be a good fit. He started working at OTE events that same year.
"I like working with the non-profit organizations, as well as the Over the Edge participants and my fellow employees. Everyone who works for the company is really great and I really enjoy my job," said Aaron.
Jeff Martin is a Certified Sprat Rope Access Technician. He’s been active in the vertical world for 16 years. Jeff is a co-owner of two small businesses, one which deals with vertical gear sales for sport, rescue and industry. He also has training with the National Cave Rescue Commission. Jeff spends most of his free time outside or underground.
Artur Maciel (aka Art)
LEVEL II ROPE TECHNICIAN
Art was born and raised in the Brazilian countryside. He attended school in Florida and has been living there for the last 15 years. An avid artist who paints and sculpts, he has also found a passion for Tattoo art using his own left leg as a canvas to learn how and gain the trust of others. His interest for variety led him to Rope Access training, which also gave him his first experience in snow! You will often find Art at the beach surfing or riding his longboard.
LEVEL III ROPE TECHNICIAN
Glenn is a Technical Rope Instructor and a SPRAT Rope Access Technician. Glenn currently lives in Rome, GA with his wife Rebecca. He is certifed as NFPA 1006, 2003ed NBFSPQ Rescue Technician, and NCRC Instructor.
LEVEL III ROPE TECHNICIAN
Dave Pasco works with the OTE team in delivering a safe and fun event for participants and volunteers across America. Dave feels humbled to work with people courageous enough to face their fears all for raising awareness and financial support for others. Dave brings a background in building maintenance, anchorage certification, and wind turbine, bridge, dam inspection.
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Over the Edge has had the privilege to receive guidance from two outstanding global industry leaders in the rope access industry; Angus Borland, President of Remote Access Technology, one of largest rope access companies in the world, as well as Jan Holan, President of Skala, North American leader in safety training and certification. We are proud of the relationship, guidance and patience they have shown us throughout the years.
OTE Board of Directors
Another source of great wisdom and guidance comes from OTE’s Board of Directors. Having taken a personal interest and belief in Paul and his mission, our Board meets regularly to ensure the necessary support and guidance is available so that OTE may achieve and surpass its corporate objective: to raise $50 million over 10 years for non-profits throughout North America.