Who are we?

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Jim Haskell, Founder & CEO: Jim was only nine years old when he first considered hiking the Appalachian Trail. He completed the AT in 2010, having section hiked the trail for 21 consecutive years. His memoir, Two Tents (Maine Authors Publishing, 2015), describes Jim’s journey on the trail and through his life. Two Tents was his trail name.
Before devoting himself to Trail Connections, Jim worked in the community development field, developing affordable housing and economic development programs for low-income communities. He was the executive director of a non-profit community development corporation in Salem, Mass. for 12 years. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston University and a master’s in public administration from Suffolk University. Feel free to email Jim at twotents@trailconnections.com.

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Alex Leavitt, Vice President of Marketing & Sales: Alex is a graduate of Merrimack College with a double concentration in Marketing and Sports Management. He has always had a passion for being physically active and outdoor activities. Along with that, he loves the idea of using his skills in social media and marketing to build online communities as a way to draw people together who share similar interests. Alex believes that social media marketing is the best way to connect to the world, and with his devotion to the outdoors and sports industry, the Trail Connections team was a perfect fit for him to express those ideas. If you want to reach Alex, please email him at leavitta@trailconnections.com.

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Melissa Laurencelle, Graphic Designer: Melissa is an alumnus of the Maine College of Art with a BFA in graphic design. In her practice Melissa uses various skills such as photography and illustration to strengthen her design approach. She likes to work hands on and try new ways of approaching a project. In addition to her design practice, she also has a strong passion for the environment. This is what lead her to become part of the Trail Connections team. If you would like to contact her please send an email to melissa@trailconnections.com.