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Who Are We?
Absolute Adventures is the Bay Area’s corporate team-building and off-site adventure specialists!

Whether you're looking for an effective team building and leadership training experience or a hassle-free day to relax and enjoy the outdoors with your co-workers, Absolute Adventures has the program for you! We offer a full range of corporate adventures and every one of them can be custom-tailored to perfectly coincide with your organization's interests, goals and budget.

The Absolute Adventures staff ensures that every detail of your experience runs smoothly - all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself! Leave all the work to us and rest assured that you and your co-workers are in for a treat! Effective teamwork is certainly the most important element in successful and productive companies. A day with us will surely increase company morale, which leads to an increase in employee productivity well as in the bottom line!

Pick from countless adventures like an exciting sailing regatta across the Bay, a high-tech scavenger hunt in Golden Gate Park or a culinary team building extravaganza.

We offer three distinction lines of events to suit your every need. Our Team-Building Line focuses on important business skills development while still remembering the fun. Our Pure-Adventure Line includes events that will simply provide you and your co-workers an exciting day out together (a little employee morale can go a long way back in the office!). And finally, our Entertainment Line is purely for those relaxed occasions where your group will have the opportunity to relax together – whether that be spouses mingling during a conference that’s in town or co-workers celebrating that big deal that was just closed.

Of course there are a number of events that fall under more than one category – the distinctions are simply there to help you to navigate your way through the long list. And don’t forget that if you don’t see an event listed that you’d like to try, chances are, we’ve done it before and could easily plan it. Just give us a call and ask!

Meet the Staff
Your Absolute Adventures staff is the best in Northern California! They are true outdoor enthusiasts who really love their jobs (who wouldn't!) and have years of experience so you can rest assured that your event will run smoothly. They are welcoming, helpful, fun, and highly motivated to see to it that you are getting the most out of your experience with us. They take care of all the little details, from fresh fruit trays to extra water to a helping hand across a stream; they are what make our events so different from the ordinary!

From the moment you arrive on one of our adventures to the moment you leave they make sure you are having fun, learning and benefiting from your experience, and seeing Northern California like you have never seen it before.

Carissa Zenorini, CEO

Carissa brings a professional energy and enthusiasm to Absolute Adventures which is simply contagious.

Her interest in human performance dynamics developed through her experience as a high level athlete Stanford University. Carissa was a member of three NCAA National Champion Swimming/Diving Teams and was individually the Spring Board National Champion. This earned her a spot on the United States National Diving Team which competed in numerous international events including the World Cup and the World Championships. She traveled far and wide and developed a passion for studying the way people athletics, in the work place, and in life.

Lead by this passion, Carissa focused her studies and graduated from Stanford University with with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and a Masters of Arts in Sports Psychology.

She tried her hand at photo journalism, at television production with CBS Sports and at athletic coaching. Eventually she decided to get in on the dot com craze and gained valuable experience working at iChange, a psychology-based corporate e-learning software company, where she worked in Product Development.

Following the dot com bust, Carissa decided to head out on her own and follow her true passions - working with people in person and helping them achieve their goals. Armed with a great deal of experience, she found Absolute Adventures along with her long time friend, Tai Kuncio. They both share a love of adventure, and together they strive to bring element of excitement to the work place and help companies build stronger teams.

Come on out and join Carissa on a Team-Building Adventure. You and your co-workers are sure to have a fun AND productive day!


Nikolai Lotkeff

A native of Sacramento, Nikolai came to the Bay Area to get a degree in Graphic Design, and never looked back. He found success both working as a creative, and as an actor on many a Bay Area stage, but still felt that there was a better way to bring his love of teaching together with his primary strengths; creativity and working with people.

He began working as a corporate team building facilitator in the 90's, and eventually crossed paths with Absolute Adventures. It seemed like a perfect fit. You will most often meet him at one of Absolute Adventures' corporate events like GeoTeaming or Treasure Hunting. He has a natural ability to make people feel comfortable and have fun...all while learning! Nikolai is especially excited about his newest venture, as the developer of Absolute Adventures' first treasure hunt, The Enigmakoff Codes.

Featured In:

Business Week Small Business
– Spring 2006

San Francisco Weekly
– “Best of The Bay 2005”

San Jose Mercury News
– May 27, 2005

San Francisco Weekly
– Jan 28-Feb 3, 2005

Meetings West
– July, 2004

NBC 11 – Bay Area Vista
– August, 2004

San Francisco Business Times
– July 23-29, 2004

The Ukranian Weekly
– June 8, 2003

Stanford Magazine
– March/April 2003

KGO Travel Talk
– January, 2003

Evening Magazine
– 2001-2002

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