Officers

Paul Guillien

Board President

Paul’s first time camping off a motorcycle was in 2009 while riding the Oregon Back Country Discovery Route with Tom Myers, Helge Pedersen and Sterling Noren.  Paul fell in love with riding motorcycles in the backcountry, sharing his experience in a story for Road Runner Magazine that featured Helge’s photos. Sterling created a video about the adventure that went on Touratech-USA’s YouTube channel in August 2009.  The next year Paul and Tom had lunch with Bryce Stevens and Andrew Cull who had taken inspiration from this YouTube video and wanted to create a Washington route. That year, the Washington BDR was created with a full-length documentary, a Butler Map and eventually a website.

Paul lead an effort to create the Backcountry Discovery Route non-profit organization with a firm belief that this concept should be “by the community, for the community.” He is one of the founding board members and currently serves as the President of the 501c(4). Paul is humbled by the efforts of the board members, ambassadors, contributors, volunteers, supporters, donors and industry supporters who have made the BDR reach its potential over the last several years. When not on a motorcycle, Paul is always looking for an excuse to get outside with his family on skis, bicycles, paddle boards or sailboats.

Rob Watt

Director of Route Development

A native of Colorado, Rob spent much of his career building a chain of hardware stores and starting an award winning film and video production company. As his 3 children grew up, he got them all riding motorcycles together. His passion for motorcycles lead him to fight for motorcycle access on public lands as a volunteer with the Trails Preservation Aliance and the Backcountry Discovery Routes.

Rob has played an instrumental role in creating most of the existing routes and in 2016 became the Director of Route Development where he works with locals to develop new BDR routes. In recent years, Rob has also taken on the lead role in managing the BDR Documentary Films activites. Rob also transforms ideas from the trail into products for ADV motorcyclists through his Trailmaster Adventure Gear business.

Bill Whitacre

Treasurer

Bill Whitacre lives in Idaho which he used to claim had the best off-road riding in the US. What he discovered over the years is that a whole lot of great off-road riding exists all throughout the West. Backcountry Discovery Routes has made a major impact on his exploration of many western states. He recently went back East and completed the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discover Route, which he now believes is one of the best in the BDR series!
His passion for ADV motorcycling began after decades of riding dirt bikes and cruisers. The Long Way Around film inspired him to buy his first ADV bike in 2004. Bill has now ridden BMW GS’s in a dozen countries on four continents.
Bill’s career has involved executive roles in a range of agriculture businesses, industry associations and non-profit organizations including: President and CEO of Simplot Company, Chairman of The American Seed Trade Association, and Chairman of the Board of St. Luke’s Hospital System.
Retirement is now giving him time to share his experience to help the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization do more to preserve adventure riding opportunities and advocate for the sport. Bill and his wife, Joan live in McCall, Idaho where they and their border collies enjoy the many backcountry sports that Idaho has to offer.

Inna Thorn

Director of Operations

Raised in Moscow, Russia, Inna has always been a spirited soul. Wanting the best for her daughter, Inna’s mother diverted her path from the bustling nightlife of Moscow, to studying fashion and business communications in the USA. Helping others has always been her passion, and she’s dedicated most of her career to the non-profit sector. When it comes to transportation, Inna has always preferred two wheels, spending much of her adult life buzzing around town by scooter.

In 2006, she met a guy who dreamed of riding motorcycles from Seattle to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This quickly became a shared vision which they turned into a reality by riding a pair of KLR 650 motorcycles some 17,000 miles through 13 countries. By the end of the trip they decided to make permanent their adventure together with an engagement to marry.

Once back in Seattle, Inna started a freelance creative agency and began consulting for motorcycle industry clients including Ural Motorcycles and Touratech. As the BDR organization began to outgrow it’s volunteer workforce, Inna was recruited to become the Director of Operations. Since 2012, Inna has taken the operation to new levels with her energy, organization and passion for inspiring others to explore the world on two wheels. When not hard at work, Inna and her husband like to share the wonders of nature with their two young children camping in the mountains.

Board of Directors

Tim James

Creative Director

Tim’s career in marketing communications started at a Madison Avenue advertising agency as an art director in the mid ‘80s. He quickly realized Apple computers were going to change the industry forever and jumped ship — spending all his savings on a couple of Macintosh computers and starting the James Howard Creative Group in 1990. Decades later, the firm is still running strong, fueling small start-ups to multi-national companies with strategic creative services.

A lifelong on/off-road motorcyclist, Tim has ridden in some amazing spots around the world and continues to do so whenever possible. After riding a couple of BDRs, he realized the importance of the work the organization is doing for the adventure riding community. Living in the congested Northeast a few miles outside New York City, Tim fully understands the importance of fighting for off-highway riding opportunities. He started his involvement as a BDR member and then as an Ambassador, but Tim felt he could give more by sharing his professional experience. His firm has since taken on BDR as a pro bono account, working closely with the organization on its marketing, branding and promotional initiatives.

Kevin Woody

Director of Logistics

A native of the State of Washington, living in the Puget Sound area since 1980, Kevin founded and continues to manage a marine related business with operations in Lynnwood, WA and Frejus, France.  He started his motorcycle riding adventures at the age of 10 and has ridden ever since.  His current stable consists of five bikes, 3 BMW F800’s, 1 BMW R1200GSA and a Ducati GT1000.

Kevin was first introduced to the BDR and world of adventure riding in 2011 when he attend the IMS show in Long Beach CA.  Kevin was in search of new gear to outfit his R1200GS and his sons BMW X-Challenge. After spending an afternoon in the Touratech booth organizing and buying parts for his bike, Paul Guillien eventually handed him a WABDR movie and map. From that point, Kevin has dedicated much of his free time helping with many behind-the-scenes job’s at the BDR organization.

A highlight for Kevin was being cast and crew on the NMBDR movie.  During one of the fundraiser events he was asked to head up the development of the East Coast BDR routes. In September 2017, thanks to Kevin’s efforts, the scouting for the Mid Atlantic BDR was completed giving the East Coast it’s first BDR.

In 2017, Kevin joined the organization as a board member.  He heads up most of the logistics of moving bikes, people and gear for the various events in the US, as well as manages the development of the remaining East Coast routes, the North East BDR (NEBDR) and the South East BDR (SEBDR).

Kevin shares many passions in his life.  First and foremost is spending time with his family. His hobbies include a wide range of activities such as destination motorcycle riding, skiing, snowboarding, sailing, power boating, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, competitive shooting, Jeeping, collecting art, cooking and gardening.  Kevin currently resides in Woodinville, WA with Karen and his dog Kenya.

Tom Myers

Founding Member

Tom Myers grew up on motorcycles, was a regular fast guy on the local Enduro circuit. When he wasn’t on single track, he was doing multi-day dual-sport trips in the mountains.  One such trip was on the Oregon Back Country Discovery Route with Zander Nosler in 1999. Tom was the first guy to put an Oregon BDR trip report story on the internet and saw it become the go-to source for information on this mysterious Oregon route.

Fast-forward 10 years and Tom was getting out his checkbook to bankroll the creation of the Washington BDR, it’s documentary film, and the fledgling BDR organization for the first few years.  Tom has been a part of several of the filming trips, but has given up his spot in recent years to make room for the new folks who are doing much of the heavy lifting for the BDR. Tom is a founding board member and enjoys seeing the BDR story continue to evolve.

Bryce Stevens

Founding Member

Bryce Stevens co-founded Backcountry Discovery Routes after the successful introduction of the WABDR. He created the route across Washington in 2010 after being inspired by a route created by others for the state of Oregon.  Since then he has lead the development of the UTBDR and the IDBDR. He continues to draft and scout future BDRs each summer.

Bryce has been in the outdoor industry since 1999 when he co-founded Trails.com. Since then he has authored a popular guidebook called 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Seattle. Mountaineering, canyoneering, mountain biking, traveling, and all forms of motorcycling are his passions.

Court Butler

Board Member

Court Butler is a Colorado native, born in the Vail Valley and raised in Eagle-Vail. He went to college at the University of Colorado to pursue acting with a major in Fine Arts and a minor in Business. Growing up with motorcycles, Court quickly found his passion for motorcycle touring and founded a Colorado-based map and media company called Butler Maps in 2008.  Butler Maps has been helping create the maps for the BDR organization since 2011 and is now on its 8th title. Court has been a guest on both the New Mexico as well as the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Routes. Court helped start another company in 2011 called RidingSocial, which became Rever (Rever.co) in 2016. This was a digital extension of the IP that Butler Maps created through over 2,000,000 miles of documented riding.

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