Luis Benitez

Senior Consultant

Between managing expeditions on some of the most remote peaks in the world, Luis works to tie the lessons available from the mountains and carry them back to the everyday challenges of life and business through his keynote presentations and seminars.

Throughout his storied career, Luis has ascended to the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest. Over the course of the past decade, he has quietly emerged as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and experiential leadership development consultants in the world. Luis currently also serves as the first Director for the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry for the state of Colorado. He holds a ASEGUIM Guide De Montagne Full Certification Degree from Quito, Ecuador / Chamonix, France. 

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EXPERIENCE

Luis Benitez is a Senior Consultant with FMG Leading, a team of coaches and advisors that help clients achieve breakthrough performance through world-class human capital strategy. Over the course of the past decade, Luis has quietly emerged among a growing field of inspirational adventurers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and experiential leadership development consultants in the world. Throughout his storied career, Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest. Luis also has attempted the famed K2 in 2010. Between managing expeditions on some of the most remote peaks in the world and consulting with a deep and varied group of clientele, Luis works to tie the lessons available from the mountains and carry them back to the everyday challenges of life and business during his keynote presentations and seminars. Early in his career, Luis was hired by the well-established leadership development school Outward Bound Professional in Colorado, and was responsible for conducting courses in various mountaineering/ climbing/skiing techniques, all with the fundamentals of leadership, communication, and problem solving at the core of the Outward Bound curriculum. Luis has also led expeditions and was Director of Operations USA for Adventure Consultants (AC), a highly respected New Zealand-based expedition firm with a long and storied history of leading trips on Mt. Everest. His client list includes notable companies such as JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Nestle, Deutsche Bank, Stanford University, and General Electric.

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE AREAS

Luis manages and leads an annual critical thinking / leadership development seminar in Ecuador and Chile for the Wharton School of Business, and volunteers his time as a guide for the non-profit, Trekking for Kids. He has championed Talent Management and Leadership Development for Vail Resorts and served as a town Councilman in Eagle, Colorado. Currently he serves at the first Director for the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry for the state of Colorado.

TELEVISION AND FILMOGRAPHY

Luis’ first summit of Everest was a climb with the blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer on his historic 2001 Everest summit, chronicled in the feature film “Farther Than the Eye Can See” and also in Erik’s book “Touch the Top of the World”. He has been featured in films such as “Visions of Everest” (2002) and “Shadow of the Condor” (2002), has reported from Mt. Everest for ABC-TV News, and has filmed segments for an episode of National Geographic’s weekly TV series “Wild Chronicles”.

ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Luis holds a ASEGUIM Guide De Montagne Full Certification Degree from Quito, Ecuador / Chamonix, France. In addition to his leadership development work with the Wharton School of Business, Luis is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at The University of Denver.

PERSONAL

Luis lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and young daughter. When not working with clients, he enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, skiing, and an active outdoor lifestyle.

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