Justin was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, where he competitively raced BMX bikes. He moved to North Carolina for college. This is where he was introduced to rock climbing. After graduating college, he moved to Colorado in 1999 and began his career in construction as an Operations Manager, managing 250 employees and over 20 million in sales annually.
Outside of the office, Justin could be found climbing in Eldorado Canyon multiple times per week. In 2007, Justin moved to Boone, NC to run a startup construction company. While he was building a company, he also took interest in pre-hospital medicine, completing an EMT-Basic course and volunteering with a local rescue agency. He eventually became a paramedic, working on an ambulance part time. During his free time, Justin was involved in the Boone mountain biking community. Justin returned to Colorado in 2012, working as a ski patroller and paramedic, the start of his journey into avalanche education. Justin has been working as a guide and educator for the past few years, where he enjoys connecting with clients and helping them increase their enjoyment in the mountains.
Justin is an American Mountain Guides Association Certified Single Pitch Instructor, an AMGA Apprentice Ski, Alpine, and Rock Guide, an AIARE Course Leader, he holds an American Avalanche Association Professional Level 2 certificate, he holds a Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association (PMBIA) Level 1 certificate, a Wilderness First Responder and Paramedic certificate.