Wasilla, Alaska – The growing North American Outdoor Institute (NAOI) is looking for executive board members, instructors and community partners to help expand its mission of educating children and adults on wilderness safety in the backcountry of Alaska. The board positions are all volunteer and involve strategic planning, fundraising and budgeting. Both volunteer and paid positions are available for certified instructors to lead the wilderness safety and wilderness medical courses.
Asheville, N.C. – The Eastern Outdoor Reps Association announced that the board has elected Michael Schmidt as its new president at the end of July. Schmidt is a principal rep for Velocity Sales and Marketing, an independent sales agency whose clientele list includes Marmot, K2 and Bushnell. Schmidt also sits on several other outdoor boards, including the Outdoor Retailer Rep Advisory Committee.
Park City, Utah – Fourteen U.S.-based ski and snowboard companies have formed a US Colab group to encourage consumers to purchase products made in the US for the 2013/2014 Winter Season. The companies are a mix of start-ups and established, though small, manufacturers. Zak Anderson, co-founder of Montana Ski Company, said that the Colab allows the companies to pool their resources, to better compete with the huge marketing budgets of larger ski manufacturers.
Boulder, Colo. – The Outdoor Industry Association’s Sustainabiltiy Working Group has released the first of three pieces of an updated Social Responsibility toolkit that the organization designed to help companies to increase their social responsibility.
The toolkit offers strategy guidance, resources and tools that any company can use. The first part of the toolkit addresses awareness and compliance. The second and third pieces, which could be released in the next year, cover improvement and aspirational levels of social responsibility practices and programs.
The input of dozens of outdoor industry companies was used to create the toolkit, which is an open source document that should evolve with and respond to the outdoor industry’s needs. OIA has several issue-specific working groups that fall under the umbrella of the OIA Sustainability Working Group, which formed in 2007. This umbrella includes the Social Responsibility Working Group.
Boulder, Colo. – Discounted housing at Loews Coronado Bay for the Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous in San Diego will not be available after Sept. 6. The 3-day event is expected to draw hundreds of outdoor industry professionals.
The event focuses on the future of outdoor retail and millenials. Presentations will highlight innovative leadership, dynamic diversity and the consumer revolution. These events are designed to help businesses understand consumer behavior and how to adapt and thrive.