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Ian Ballentine & Danielle Gellis

Ian Ballentine & Danielle Gellis, Marketing Client Manager and Back-Country Specialist, Sports Basement

Ian is the one in the bow tie and Danielle has the curly brown hair.  They will be doing a joint presentation on the travel stage.

As a marketing client manager at the Sports Basement–Bryant Street location, Ian Ballentine manages the triathlon, swim, and run channels for the company and just loves her job! She swam for San Jose State University and recently transitioned into doing triathlons. She competed in her first Half-Ironman last year and has her sights set on a full Ironman in 2013. When not working at the Basement, Ballentine enjoys volunteering at the SPCA and being outside, challenging herself. She lives life with passion and embraces every single day!

Prior to working at the Sports Basement, Danielle Gellis spent five years as a backpacking guide and outdoor educator for children and adults. Among her favorite trips are a 14-day backpacking trip through the Sierras; a 7-day canoe trip down the Colorado River; and a thorough exploration of the Joshua Tree Wilderness. Gellis is the queen of “glamping” at Sports Basement, a title she attributes to the 3 years she spent camping at the Burning Man festival. She can whip up some delicious backcountry meals and, when not working, enjoys costume parties, reading, and hiking.


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