Rick Saez HeadshotRick Saez is a California-based international travel, landscape and adventure photographer. He’s led expeditions and photo trips to Alaska, Nepal, Mexico, Africa and has photographed in 25 different countries on six different continents. His work has appeared in magazines such as Austrian Ocean 7, Runner’s World, Alameda, and more. He has shot on location for numerous brand clients including Eagle Creek, Mountain Khakis, Sea to Summit, Orvis, WETA Trimarans, Lowepro, Montbell, NuCast and Sage to Summit store.

As related in the My Travel Tales with Rick Saez podcast, Rick loves books, and he packs one with him — real paper! — on any trip, anywhere in the world. He remembers in school there was a summer reading program and his sister and he always had their noses in books. While he admits those summers had a competitive bent to see how many books he could read rather than having a true love of reading, somehow a love for reading did emerge and stayed with him.

Believe it or not, Rick and Michael worked together more years ago than they care to remember: At the Adventure 16 outdoor stores in Southern California where Rick taught map and compass classes in an outdoor education and guiding program that Michael directed. Rick has worked in retail, as a rep, and as a director of sales for numerous iconic outdoor/travel brands, including Eagle Creek.

It is that depth of experience in the outdoor industry, coupled with insatiable curiosity, that inspired Rick to launch his own podcast in June 2017, The Outdoor Biz Podcast. In each episode, he interviews outdoor industry professional and, on occasion, adventure travel professionals to hear their stories, tips and strategies about carving out a career path in the outdoors.

Rick has a master’s degree in outdoor recreation from Brigham Young University and a bachelor of science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in recreation administration. Rick Saez has been running around the mountains of California since he was learning to walk.

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