Officers & Management

Kathleen Walsh, Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO

Kathleen is the Founder and CEO of Advanced Outdoor Solutions. She began her career as Chief Financial Officer for a large outdoor hospitality developer before launching AOS. She has managed and developed over 500 million dollars in real estate venues since starting AOS in 2014. She is a well-known speaker and travels the US presenting to associations and industry groups. Kathleen’s passion for outdoor hospitality knows no bounds and she works tirelessly to ensure all AOS clients are headed in the right direction. 

Rachel Godbout, COO

Chief Operating Officer

Rachel is the Chief Operating Officer for Advanced Outdoor Solutions, working with clients to help identify various opportunities in order to maximize growth potential and revenue. She believes that being able to identify specified target markets, gaps in process and new opportunities, as well as utilizing cutting-edge technology, is a recipe for success. She has vast experience in both outdoor hospitality and with the indoor Marriott Brand.

Rachel’s passion for the RV Industry can be traced back to Castaway’s RV Resort in Ocean City, MD, where she spent significant time working on Business Development and Marketing alongside Kathleen Walsh. Their partnership created a multi-million dollar revenue stream which generated national attention, became the first 10/10/10 rated park in Maryland, and was sold at a substantial profit to a US based REIT. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management Systems from the University of Pittsburgh, and Master’s Degree in Marketing Systems from The Florida Institute of Technology. She is a certified Event Planner, certified in CRM Implementation, and is a recognized community service member.

J. Michael Hannon

In House Counsel

Michael Hannon is the founder of HANNON LAW GROUP in Washington DC. He is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, and a former federal prosecutor.

Mike is now actively engaging as legal counsel for AOS and their team. When management meets legal, Mike’s years of experience guides the team through the often confusing issues facing our parks. Federal law, land use issues, code language, and HR matters are just some of the areas where he lends a helping hand.

Bob Gillcash

Director of Development

Bob is one of the original team members at AOS. As a former Air Force Intelligence Officer and professional staff member in the U.S. Senate, he understands service.
After a storied career on Capitol Hill, he moved to the Department of Interior where he worked with the Bureau of Land Management. 
After leaving government, he joined AOS and has been a vital part of the team.
Code Compliance and Land Use are just two of his specialties. His years in government has given him the experience to guide our clients through the toughest issues.
He leads our team when it comes to research on our Marketing and Feasibility studies. His attention to detail, research capabilities, and superb writing style afford our clients “Best in Class” services. 
Bob’s unique governmental work with the oil and gas industries is a powerful tool in assisting clients in these niche workforce areas. Making contacts, networking, and knowing the whose/whose of oil and gas, help him to know when and where jobs are opening and how to contact these industries to get their workers in our parks. 

Adrian Rivera

Project Coordinater - Marketing

Adrian combines his love for travel and the outdoors with his marketing expertise. With a formal education in graphic design & marketing, he has a proven track record with both in-house and traditional marketing agencies. Adrian is the point of contact for the entire marketing team—social media, ads, and web development—ensuring all requests are taken and directed to the appropriate department(s) while keeping the gears greased.

Richard Elliott

Director of Revenue Management/Regional

Rick is a hard-working, passionate, self-driven professional with over 35 years of hospitality management experience working with franchises including Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Choice and Wyndham. During his career, Rick has specialized in operations turnaround strategies, property enhancement initiatives, and revenue gains. Rick is a leader and developer of diverse teams that consistently deliver service improvements as well as increases in sales and profitability. Rick is recognized for the ability to build and manage relationships, achieve results through leadership, coaching, performance management, and a proactive approach to change. Rick is a Certified Hotel Administrator, Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager, Certified Hospitality Sales Professional and also has his Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics.

Jason Santoro

Finance

Before joining AOS, Jason worked in the defense industry for twenty years.  As a Navy officer he learned the importance of service above self.  Following active duty, Jason worked for several major defense companies in and around the Washington DC area before finally relocating to southwest Florida in 2019.  Originally from New Hampshire, Jason enjoys the year-round warm weather and no longer having to shovel snow.  When he’s not working, he can be found golfing, sailing or exploring new locales.  Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University, and two Masters degrees from Northeastern University and Georgetown University.