Chief Operations Officer
Peter Butz has over 35 years of experience in the expedition industry. He has organized expeditions from ashore and led them onboard. His expertise ensures your expedition operations will be managed and supported by an unsurpassed shoreside team.
After receiving his BS degree in Development and Resource Economics from the University of California, Peter spent several years backpacking around the world to far-flung destinations.
Inspired to travel and explore for a living, Peter joined the pioneering adventure travel company Lindblad Travel, driving Zodiacs and serving as Expedition Leader on the company’s expedition ship Lindblad Explorer on its voyages to the most remote parts of the globe including Antarctica, the Great Barrier Reef, the Arctic and the Amazon.
In 1981, Peter joined Special Expeditions (now Lindblad Expeditions). There, Peter sailed as Expedition Leader around the world, including extensive periods in Alaska, Baja California, Papua New Guinea, the Arctic and the Amazon.
In 1989, he transitioned ashore to manage vessel operations for the company. For the next twenty-five years, initially as Vice President of Fleet Operations, and later as Chief Operations Officer, he managed the growth of Lindblad Expeditions’ fleet to six vessels deployed in global operations, including Antarctica, Galapagos, the Arctic, and Alaska.