The Brand, Beatrice Bradley, is based on the relationship of me, Debra Countryman Shutt, and Beatrice (Belle Baker) Bradley, my grandmother. Bea’s strong will and fearless adventurer spirit helped me develop into a business entrepreneur. I built my own sourcing and design company and, embarked on a career which included a great deal of business travel. Constantly packing/ unpacking a suitcase, I visited production vendors on several continents and enjoyed cultural experiences from sea to mountain top and many small villages in-between. Embracing the landscapes, the people, the food and all the adventures travel brings, I had the experience of a lifetime. Having an encouraging husband and understanding children, I wove a tapestry of travel, Business and family into one big, continuing adventure.
Now, a little older and much wiser, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to weave Beatrice Bradley into a travel adventure company offered by Gage Outdoors. Together we want to help you and your family, spouse, or friends, experience the outdoors, the excitement of travel and life’s special moments exploring new places, meeting new friends. Kim Kalan, the owner of Gage and I will personally plan every detail of each trip. We will en-Gage each of you when you sign up for a trip to find out your special interests and try to incorporate.
So little time, so many fun places to see, experiences to have, won’t you join us?
Be Brilliant, Embrace Adventure, Be Fearless.
Mercy grew up in The Last Frontier in Anchorage, Alaska. From early childhood, she was exposed to wilderness adventures in the great outdoors. Whether she was running in the mountains, canoeing from the foot of Portage Glacier, skiing on the vast trail systems, orienteering through wilderness territory, shooting at the Cook Inlet range, moose hunting with friends, hiking remotely with bear bells or fishing for Alaskan salmon and halibut, she never strayed far from her love for adventure and the outdoors. Her sense of adventure has continued to develop as she has lived in Oregon, Minnesota, California and Colorado. Mercy currently resides with her family in Las Vegas, NV.
Mercy’s business career has been as eclectic as her outdoor experiences. Including a wide array of specialties such as sales, marketing, hospitality, luxury travel, branding and hunting and fishing sales and partnerships. All of these contribute to her success here at Gage Outdoors.
Angie Trovik is Manager of Accounting & Human Resourcse for BBGage. Angie began her Gage Outdoor Expeditions story back in 2001. Over the years, Angie has seen the travel booking agency expand and contract with the economy and experienced an everchanging expanding selection of premier hunting and fishing destinations in the Gage portfolio of offerings. In her current position, Angie is responsible for maintaining the accounting and trip booking databases, the staffing needs and all things financial. Angie grew up fishing and camping and has always enjoyed the outdoors. She has passed on this passion to her husband and children.
Sales & Marketing Director
Kim Kalan is the Sales & Marketing Director as well as the co-founder of “Big Hat Outdoors” with her husband, John Kalan. Kim is a renaissance woman when it comes to her career. Currently, in addition to running the Sales and Marketing Department at Big Hat Outdoors, Kim has recently launched Thunderstik Rescue which re-homes retired and abandoned hunting dogs. Kim is also passionate about getting youth into the outdoors and the Next Generation hunting and fishing movement. She has been working with wild game chefs on the Harvest to Table movement. “People want to know where their food comes from and being a part of the process demonstrates that this movement gets the entire family involved and excited about the outdoors.”
Jane is from Minneapolis, MN and LOVES to travel and LOVES people! Jane works with Debra and Kim helping them pull together fabulous adventures and also works on the websites and all marketing materials.
Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure and family, Alisa also received her Associate’s degree from the Minnesota School of Business. Upon receiving her degree, Alisa took a few years off to be with her kids as they traveled through their beginning stages of childhood. Alisa’s children are very active in sports (Baseball, Football, Dance, Gymnastics and Basketball) and most of her free time is spent supporting them with their aspirations and activities. Her ultimate passion in life is family; enjoying nature walks, travel and time together. Alisa spends most of her leisure time with her family at their cabin in Northern Minnesota enjoying the great outdoors and participating in various open-air endeavors.
Alisa wears a variety of hats for Gage Outdoors since 2018 by executing a wide range of tasks behind the scenes in support of Team Gage Outdoors. In addition to financial assistance for Gage Outdoors and its patrons, Alisa expedites and finalizes daily hunts while maintaining the calendar for all events.