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Dig deep into the issues facing outdoor brands and retailers, from domestic vs. international manufacturing to brick-and-mortar vs. online commerce. Conversations with CEOs, VPs, supply chain reps, retail clerks, marketing gurus and an occasional celebrity outdoorist offer valuable insights and entertainment about the business of playing outdoors.
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Oct 4, 2018

In this short interview, OIA’s managing content editor Deborah Williams sits down with Jimmy Chin to talk about to talk about the newest film that he and his wife, documentary filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi created about Alex Honnold's free solo climb of El Cap: National Geographic’s Free Solo. Jimmy talks about the ethical questions that arose throughout the project and the team’s desire to reflect an accurate and unflinching portrait of Alex Honnold. He also talks about why this project and the work that he does as a photographer and North Face athlete are so important to helping people—within and outside the outdoor industry—understand the value of our public lands and waters. Take a listen, and then go see this incredible film, which is coming to theaters nationwide this month. You can find out more at freesolofilm.com

With the impending midterm elections, we have released OIA's first ever Voter's Guide. First and foremost, we encourage everyone out there to vote - but more than that, we want you to vote informed! We have the power to put policymakers in office who will continue to grow the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Our Voter's Guide provides expert insights and commentary on key issues and races. We help you understand candidates’ voting records and how gubernatorial and congressional races across the country could affect the balance of power nationwide on issues important to the outdoors. Visit the Voter's Guide find all the info you need to vote informed this November. And please share the guide with your networks using the hashtag #VoteTheOutdoors.

Finally, one of the issues you’ll read about in the Voters Guide and that earned headlines this past weekend is the Land and Water Conservation Fund or LWCF. On September 30, Congress let LWCF expire. Not sure what LWCF is or why its expiration is a problem? Visit outdoorindustry.org/LWCF to get up to speed.

 

Jul 25, 2018

Live from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO, Deborah Williams brings you the highlights of the day's news, must-attend events, and the hottest products.

Jul 24, 2018

Live from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO, Deborah Williams brings you the highlights of the day's news, must-attend events, and the hottest products.

Jul 23, 2018

Live from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO, Deborah Williams brings you the highlights of the day's news, must-attend events, and the hottest products.

Jul 12, 2018

In this 2-part episode, Deborah Williams talks about a couple places and an issue that are important to her as an outdoorist, a Denverite and a Coloradan. The places are the Montbello Open Space Park and iconic Rocky Mountain National Park, and they are both recipients of Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. She visits both in this 2-part episode, and she speaks with with some of the projects’ stakeholders from the Turst for Public Land, The North Face, Environmental Learning for Kids about how LWCF dollars were put to work.

Jul 12, 2018

In this 2-part episode, Deborah Williams talks about a couple places and an issue that are important to her as an outdoorist, a Denverite and a Coloradan. The places are the Montbello Open Space Park and iconic Rocky Mountain National Park, and they are both recipients of Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. She visits both in this 2-part episode, and she speaks with with some of the projects’ stakeholders from the Turst for Public Land, The North Face, Environmental Learning for Kids about how LWCF dollars were put to work.

Jul 5, 2018
Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, OIA's State and Local Policy Manager for the past three years, has been hired to head the Office of Outdoor Recreation for the state of Oregon. In this interview, Deborah Williams, OIA's managing content editor, interviews Cailin about what he's accomplished over the past three years in his current role and what his first course of action will be once he arrives in Oregon.
 
Check out https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/ to see what your state is doing and what you can do to advocate for outdoor recreation. 
May 18, 2018

On todays episode, you'll hear from a couple of "Climate Crusaders" - individuals who have made it their mission to reduce their and their businesses' impact on the planet. First, we’ll hear from Mario Molina, the executive director of Protect Our Winters. POW is leading the way in climate advocacy and creating a movement among snow sports enthusiasts and professional athletes to speak up to politicians. Mario will be speaking at the Outdoor Industry Climate Leadership Summit, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, on the first day of MountainFilm.

Next we’ll hear from Kim Jordan, the co-founder and now board chair of New Belgium Brewing. Since it’s founding in 1991, New Belgium has invested dollars, time, and employees in discovering creative ways to conserve energy in their beer production. It’s a philosophy that has not only paid off for the company and the environment, but one that can inspire other companies in the outdoor industry.

Want to learn how you can get involved in OIA’s sustainability and climate initiatives? Check out the toolkits for advocating on climate policy and reducing your business’s footprint.

https://outdoorindustry.org/sustainable-business/climate/

https://outdoorindustry.org/event/outdoor-industry-climate-leadership-summit/

Protect Our Winters - https://protectourwinters.org/

New Belgium Brewing - http://www.newbelgium.com/Sustainability

Mar 1, 2018
In this episode, OIA’s managing content editor Deborah Williams talks with Cailin O’Brien-Feeney and Stewart Lewis, who make up the local policy arm of our government affairs team. Cailin and Stewart will explain the work they’re doing to move legislative initiatives around outdoor recreation and access in a few key states, as well as their involvement with state offices of outdoor recreation, a trend that’s on the rise across the country.  
 
 
If you want to get involved, visit our advocacy webpage - http://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/ - to learn more about the federal and state bills that OIA is tracking. There you can also find our Recreation Economy Report, opportunities for you to engage with our policy work, and other helpful recreation and trade policy resources. Finally, if you’re active on social media, you can join the Outdoor Advocate Network on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/OutdoorAdvocateNetwork - and follow OIA on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorIndustryAssociation/. Both are great ways to tap into the conversation and help influence policymaking. 
 
Feb 14, 2018

In this episode, Deborah Williams, OIA’s managing content editor, talks with Jessica Wahl, OIA’s Government Affairs Manager about how OIA is advocating for it's members at the state and federal level. Jessica works in DC on recreation policy, and in this interview we’ll hear the latest on what she’s working on, the response since the Trump Administration rolled back the protection on the Utah's national monuments, and the actions you can take to make a difference.

You can find out more information about the work that OIA does on policy at outdoorindustry.org/advocacy. There you can also see what current legislation OIA is working on at the state and federal level. Finally, if you want to engage policymakers directly, you can attend Capitol Summit in DC in April.

Feb 6, 2018

In June of 2017, President Trump announced that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. In a letter to OIA members, Executive Director Amy Roberts noted that the withdrawal threatens not only the $887 billion outdoor industry and the 7.6 million American jobs it supports but also the very future of our planet.

 

As outdoorists, we see and feel the impacts of climate change when each season becomes harder and harder to predict. As businesses in the outdoor industry, we know we have an important role to play. Our Sustainability Working Group is a global leader in the promotion of responsible and resilient supply chains, and Sustainable Business Innovation is one of our association’s core pillars. Another is advocacy. Following President Trump’s announcement, more than 2,000 mayors, governors and business leaders—including many in this industry—signed the “We’re Still In” letter affirming their commitments to the Paris Agreement’s climate targets. Outdoor Industry Association remains committed to climate advocacy through our work in D.C. and at the state level to work toward fact-based, innovative and bipartisan solutions.

 

A few weeks ago at the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show in Denver, our industry heard from keynote speaker Paul Hawken, the author of the book Drawdown, who explained that those solutions are not far-off. Many solutions are, in fact, already in existence, viable and accessible. Following the keynote, OIA’s Sustainable Business Innovation Manager Jessie Curry had an opportunity to sit down with Hawken for an in-depth conversation. Over the next 20 minutes, we’ll dig into the book, its solutions and learn what outdoor industry companies—and even individual outdoorists—can do right now to drawdown carbon from our atmosphere and help ensure a viable planet for us all.

Aug 23, 2017

In early 2017, OIA announced an enhanced suite of member benefit partnerships in six key business channels, including finance operations and marketing sales. These benefits provide valuable tools to OIA members to improve their operating efficiencies and bottom lines. These vetted and trusted partners understand the outdoor recreation landscape and share the outdoor industry’s values.

Today we’re talking to Randy Norris, segment manager, and Lisa Berghaus, communications manager, with Monadnock Paper Mills. These two help their clients find or develop paper products that meet their needs. “Paper?” you might be asking. “What does that have to do with my business?” Well, take a minute to think about any and all of your printed materials. If you’re a brand, that might include catalogs, look books, direct mail, product hang tags, packaging and merchandise displays that you provide to your retail partners. If you’re a retailer, it could include brochures, shopping bags, price tickets, store signage and gift cards. Long-committed to green initiatives and sustainability, the nearly 200-year-old family-owned company believes that responsible forestry and paper production benefits any industry that relies on woods and waterways.

Monadnock has set itself apart by helping companies make purchasing and sourcing decisions that support a whole-brand sustainability mission. Whether your company already has a sustainability mission that includes paper-purchasing guidelines or you’re looking for a place to start your sustainability work, Monadnock is an ideal partner. Not only do they help on the front end, they offer up-to-date information on the entire paper lifecycle, including disposal and recycling, via a free Field Guide -mpm.com/fieldguide/ - available in print and online.

You can learn more about Monadnock Paper Mills at mpm.com

You can learn more about the other OIA member benefit with Monadnock at oia.outdoorindustry.org/monadnock

Aug 16, 2017

In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 

Jill Domain, the CEO of Bluesign, David Labistour, the CEO of MEC, and Thomas Chiu of Everest Textiles are represent links in Mountain Equipment Co-op’s sustainable supply chain. Each person and company plays a role in making sure that fabrics used for MEC’s outdoor apparel are responsibly made and procured. And it’s not always the easiest process. Listen as they get in depth about why they choose to work in sustainable businesses, and why collaboration is the key to a clean supply chain.

Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.

Aug 16, 2017

In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 

Tom Adams, as the director of the Utah Office of Recreation, and Ashley Korenblatt, as the CEO of Western Spirit Cycling, are both undeniably vested in the success and promotion of the outdoors as an economic—and fun—driver in Utah. Listen in to their behind-the-scenes conversation about why they got into the industry and the importance of protecting the outdoors.

Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.

Aug 16, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
Sustainable supply chains. They’re all the rage these days. So, what’s actually in the making of a sustainable, transparent supply chain? Peter Duke, Point6 socks founder and Craig “Smitty” Smith, business development manager at PGG Wrightson Wool, weigh in on their approach to creating a sustainable wool supply chain and the importance of doing so.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
Aug 16, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
We’ve all heard the stereotype: "The outdoors is for old white guys." James Edward Mills, a freelance journalist and photographer, and Jose Gonzalez, founder of Latino Outdoors, are out to change that perception, one outdoor experience at a time. Together, they’re a force for diversity in the outdoor industry, and they’re not stopping until the demographics of the outdoor recreation population reflect those of the American populace.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
 
Jul 10, 2017
In early 2017, OIA announced an enhanced suite of member benefit partnerships in six key business channels, including finance & operations and marketing & sales. These benefits provide valuable tools to OIA members to improve their operating efficiencies and bottom lines. These vetted and trusted partners understand the outdoor recreation landscape and share the outdoor industry’s values. Today we’ll be featuring Fidelitas Development in our Partnership Profile. We'll hear from their CEO, Tyler Sickmeyer, about an event they are hosting at outdoor retailer, search engine optimization, pay per click advertising, and more. 
 
You can learn more about Fidelitas Development at fidelitasdevelopment.com/OIA
 
You can see events at Outdoor University at Outdoor Retailer here - https://outdoorindustry.org/events/oia-outdoor-retailer/
 
You can learn more about other OIA member benefit partnerships at outdoorindustry.org. Just click on the Membership link at the top of the page. 
Jun 21, 2017
In early 2017, OIA announced an enhanced suite of member benefit partnerships in six key business channels, including finance & operations and marketing & sales. These benefits provide valuable tools to OIA members to improve their operating efficiencies and bottom lines. These vetted and trusted partners understand the outdoor recreation landscape and share the outdoor industry’s values. One of those brands is Apogee Digital Media, and in today's Partnership Profile, we feature Apogee’s, director of revenue, Kate VanHee. Listen in as Kate talks about how Apogee is helping brands and retailers enhance and scale their digital presence.
 
 
You can learn more about Apogee at http://apogeedigital.media.
 
You can learn more about other OIA member benefit partnerships at outdoorindustry.org. Just click on the Membership link at the top of the page. 
Jun 7, 2017
In this episode, you’ll hear from OIA’s Executive Director Amy Roberts. This is the second in a series of quarterly installments to keep our members updated about our projects, initiatives and general industry happenings.
 
We spoke with Amy over Skype to talk about the many achievements, developments and headlines that have dominated the association’s focus since January 2017. As a reminder, OIA’s work focuses on three foundational pillars: policy, participation and sustainable business. You can read more about them and the work we do in those areas on our website outdoorindustry.org. In this episode, we focus heavily on policy work, especially as it relates to America’s public lands and outdoor recreation, as well as the developing news around the twice-a-year industry trade show, Outdoor Retailer.
May 25, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
Ever wonder how CEOs of big outdoor brands started their careers in the outdoor industry? We talked to Casey Sheahan of Keen and Peter Metcalf, formerly of Black Diamond, to find out. Turns out in this line of work, leadership is about more than business savvy and work ethic. Peter and Casey are utterly respectful and personally dependent upon public lands. They infuse that sentiment into every business decision they make. If you want to know authenticity in the outdoor industry, you need to know Sheahan and Metcalf.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
 
May 25, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
Kim Miller, CEO of Scarpa, and Don Bushey, owner of Wilderness Exchange Unlimited, have been friends, climbing partners and colleagues for, let’s just say, a while now. Their love of the outdoors and the collaborative outdoor industry cemented their career paths early on. Listen in as they chat about the importance of being outside as kids, their career paths and the collective power of the outdoor industry. Kim and Don demonstrate that through collaboration, our industry as a whole can do more so much more than a single company or individual can do alone. That is the concept behind our new campaign and our strategic vision: Together We Are A Force.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
 
May 25, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
What’s the most important ingredient to a sustainable outdoor industry supply chain? According to Valerie Presolly and Vik Sahney, sustainability gurus at MEC and REI, respectively, it’s collaboration. Vik and Valerie demonstrate that our industry as a whole can do more so much more than a single company or individual can do alone. That is the concept behind our new campaign and our strategic vision: Together We Are A Force.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
May 25, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
The Renewal Workshop may be a newcomer to the outdoor industry, but its founders—Nicole Bassett and Jeff Denby—are mainstays in sustainable apparel manufacturing. Toad&Co, headed up by Gordon Seabury, is one of the first outdoor companies to sign on as a brand partner with Renewal Workshop to make sure that their damaged, used or excess product doesn’t end up in a landfill. Hear about their collaboration to positively influence the end-of-life cycle of outdoor apparel. Gordon, Nicole, and Jeff demonstrate that that through collaboration, our industry as a whole can do more so much more than a single company or individual can do alone. That is the concept behind our new campaign and our strategic vision: Together We Are A Force.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
 
May 4, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
Getting kids outside. It’s the future of the outdoor industry and, in the end, it’s what we should all be striving for. Beaver Theodosakis, the founder of prAna, has focused his time as an Outdoor Foundation board member on programs like Parks4Kids to get young people like Ella, Ella and Emme (dubbed the 3 Es by their parents) outside. Listen in as the 3 Es talk about what inspires them and why they just plain old love to get outside.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
May 4, 2017
In 2016, we conducted an extensive series of interviews and surveys to find out how OIA—the outdoor industry’s membership trade association—can best support outdoor companies. What we learned is that our members see us as a convener—the unifying entity best equipped to galvanize the industry around three important issues: policy, participation and sustainable business. We then identified individuals who are already working to move the needle on those issues within their respective companies. 
 
Today you’ll hear from three of those individuals. One of them is Conrad Anker, a world renowned alpinist and captain of The North Face Athlete team. The other two, Tsedo and Pema, are the daughters of Sherpa Adventure Gear founder, Tashi Sherpa. The outdoor industry has gained so much from the people and the landscape of Nepal, and we’ve recognized that it’s important to give back collaboratively. Tsedo, Pema, and Conrad demonstrate that that through collaboration, our industry as a whole can do more so much more than a single company or individual can do alone. That is the concept behind our new campaign and our strategic vision: Together We Are A Force.
 
Want to learn more about these individuals and the work OIA is doing to foster collaboration throughout the industry and to catalyze change? Visit outdoorindustry.org/outdoorist to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and our Audio Outdoorist podcast.
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