Staff Member Spotlight: Jonathan Cassidy

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Managing Director

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Jon has been working with Quest since 1998, where he started as a project leader for our conservation teams in Ecuador, and has since visited every project site and expedition route on Quest's books. You may speak with him in the office before you depart overseas, or cross paths with him on a trek or project, be sure to say hello!

What is your favorite travel memory?

Being part of an impromptu fashion show at our children's shanty town project in Peru - parading in shorts and a string vest in front of thousands of people!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I've been here for 18 years so I've certainly grown! Working for a company that genuinely cares for everyone we have contact with is only going to help make you a better person overall.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Too hard to pick one! We love to hear from you when you get back though, so do keep in touch.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Maybe not underrated, but more people should experience the wonder that is Bolivia.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our recent #iwaspartofthechange Facebook challenge, where we asked Quest alumni to tag themselves in a photo with the hashtag and their memories of Quest. The response was inspiring and humbling, so many students and staff getting in touch with kind words.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Quest's philosophy has always been to give equal importance to our team members, the projects they work on, and the staff which look after them. If all three are happy, you can't go far wrong!

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Not a single negative report from our students in our 20 years of operation.