About Chez

‘Chez’ Chesak is an adventure travel writer and 20+ year veteran of the outdoor and travel industries. He’s Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America

As a writer, his words and images have appeared in the L.A. Times, Good Housekeeping, Rachel Ray Everyday, Family Fun, Fatherly, Family Travel (Aus.), Yahoo Travel, Family Vacation Critic, Everett Potter’s Travel Report, WorldFootprints.com, CincinnatiRefined.com and GreenMatters.com. He also does occasional travel segments on the morning show of his local FOX affiliate.

Prior to his current position, as a business consultant he forged corporate partnerships, fomented business development, and helped brands with public relations, planning and launching new initiatives and organizational leadership. Consulting since 2015, he worked with such brands as Adventure.com, Austin Adventures and other tour operators, the Family Travel Association, TourRadar.com and others.

Lifetime highlights (to date) include:

  • Spent nine years helping guide the Adventure Travel Trade Association to its current position as a  galvanizing force for the adventure travel industry, then did similar work for three years for the Family Travel Association 
  • With the U.S. Army National Guard, he deployed in 2005 to Iraq for a year with a line unit as a machine gunner 
  • Worked for a year at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (where he occasionally worked in Justices’ chambers – and even shot hoops with a Justice one night)
  • Jobs then included stints at outdoor associations like American Hiking Society (where he managed the National Trails Day program) and the venerable, 100+ year-old The American Alpine Club
  • Graduated with a B.A. in English and International Politics from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT.) and earned four varsity letters in football
  • Spent the summer of 1993 driving solo in a VW around the U.S.
  • Enjoyed ‘blowing the minds’ of his young daughters with family adventures to Costa Rica, Normandy, China and Panama – and can’t wait to do more mind-blowing trips in the future

Chez is an avid skier, biker, backpacker, and writer, having published fictional works in several literary quarterlies, non-fiction in national publications and travel stories in magazines and websites. He currently lives with his wife Sally and two teen daughters in the American heartland. 

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