About
Open Leaf Excursions is an adventure concierge company
devoted to introducing people to adventures outdoors.
MISSION:
Open Leaf Excursions is a company devoted to introducing people to the outdoors. We take the fear out of the unknown and make the outdoors a place of fun and adventure. Our customers’ range from urban dwellers, who have never spent time outside of the cement jungle, to experienced adventurers looking for the next exciting endeavor. Open Leaf Excursions differentiates itself from other adventure companies in that we recognize that getting into the outdoors is a progression. A simple discovery of a trail within the community may be all it takes to open the leaf of desire for more adventure. We’re there for that step too.

VISION:
Open Leaf Excursions will be a one-stop company where people can go to plan and execute an outdoor adventure in their backyard, within their community, throughout the United States or around the world. Open Leaf Excursion’s online tool will be available for those that want to put their excursions together on their own and Open Leaf’s adventure school will be a brick and mortar location in which qualified staff, equipment and adventures will be run. The Adventure School will be a franchise available for expansion around the world offering a whole new introduction to the outdoors for people from all corners of the earth.

CULTURE:
Integrity– I work and live under the rule of “conscious capitalism.” My success enhances the success of all involved. I don’t take advantage of others to get ahead.
Presence– I remain in the present moment, utilizing it to better my work, my surroundings and myself. I learn from mistakes of the past and dream of the future, but focus on what I can do NOW to make the difference.
Excitement– I have great enthusiasm for my work because it sprouts from my core values and beliefs. I share that excitement with all involved so everyone knows that they are part of the big picture.
Ownership– I own what I do. I am accountable for my results and I know that for things to change, first I must change.
Communication– I speak positively of my fellow team members, my clients and Open Leaf Excursions in both public and private. I speak with good purpose using empowering and positive conversation. I never use or listen to sarcasm or gossip. I acknowledge what is being said as true for the speaker at that moment and I take responsibility for responses to my communication. I always apologize for any upsets first and then look for a solution. I only ever discuss concerns in private with the person involved and I try to address everyone using their name.


Team Work– I am a team player and team leader. I do whatever it takes to stay together and achieve team goals. I focus on co-operation and always come to a resolution, not a compromise. I am flexible in my work and able to change if what I’m doing is not working. I ask for help if I need it and I am compassionate to others who ask me.
Success-I focus my thoughts, energies and attention on the successful outcome of whatever I am doing either in my personal or work life. At all times I display my inner pride, prosperity, competence and personal confidence. I am a successful person in thought, word and deed.
Balance-I have a balanced approach to life, remembering that my spiritual, social, physical and family aspects are just as important as my financial and intellectual. I express my needs in a positive manner and prioritize accordingly. I incorporate fun in all that I do so no aspect of my life cannibalizes another part.
Creativity– I am always looking for new and exciting things to do as well as how to make my current work more efficient and fun. I am open to creative suggestions from my team and am willing to try these suggestions utilizing a testing and measuring system to fairly assess their value.
Education-Life is a lesson and no one is ever done learning. I take pride in expanding my knowledge and am excited to share what I know with others. I am one of a team of educators and recognize that everyone has important perspective to share. My clients have the right to make their own intelligent decisions about their future. I can only impart practical and useable knowledge rather than theory and opinion.
Systems– I always look to the system for a solution. If a challenge arises I use a system correction before I look for a people correction. I use a system solution in my innovation rather than a people solution. I follow the system exactly until a new system is introduced. I work as a valuable teammate suggesting system improvements at the first opportunity.
Consistency– I am consistent in my actions so my clients and teammates can feel comfortable in dealing with me at all times. I am disciplined in my work so my results, growth and success are consistent.
Kindness – I recognize that my opinions, knowledge, and attitudes are all based on my life experience. I recognize that no one’s life experience is identical to mine and therefore others will have different opinions, knowledge and attitudes. In recognizing this fundamental difference between all human beings, I base all of my interactions in kindness. I consistently ask myself, “What would be the kind thing to do or say in this situation.” This kindness will saturate all aspects of my life making me a very valuable member of my team and of my society.

The Team
  1. Scott Yanke
    Scott Yanke
    President
    Whether exploring the jungles of Costa Rica on horseback or navigating the streets of Cuba on a motorcycle, Scott is down for any kind of adventure. As an avid outdoorsman, Scott rounds out the adventure offerings of Open Leaf with experience in hunting and fishing adventures.
  2. Cassie Christoplis
    Cassie Christoplis
    Executive Director
    Cassie's close attention to detail keeps the team working as a finely tuned machine. She's been known to equate her job to "herding cats" at times. She is the secret sauce in all of our adventures as she makes sure every detail is managed.
  3. Cara
    Cara
    Trail Tester
    Cara is our resident mutt who loves being in the outdoors. She loves to hike but most of all she enjoys following a mountain bike through the woods. Cara can attest that many of our adventures are dog approved.
  4. The Johnson Boys
    The Johnson Boys
    Family Trip Specialists
    We find it hard to recommend family vacations without some input from actual family members. Thus, the Johnson boys are our Family Trip Specialists because they can tell you all about the fun factor.