#ORSummer

#BlackLivesMatter, #ORSummer, Diversity, Outdoor Retailer, Outside Magazine / 31.07.2018

 On Day Zero of the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market I strolled around the Colorado Convention Center. As exhibitors set up their booths in advance of the four-day trade show I began plotting a course of travel to traverse a path from one end the sprawling structure to the other. As I made my way to the front of the building I was excited to see a crew of familiar faces. My friend Rue Mapp had just arrived with a few leaders of her empowerment group known as...

#ORSummer, Charitable Giving, National Parks, philanthropy / 30.07.2017

The most exciting thing I saw this year at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was an old fashioned outhouse. That’s right. Surrounded by aisle after aisle of the latest in camping equipment, technical clothing, action footwear and flashy accessories, this sturdy wooden structure with a crescent moon carved into its door, set my mind and heart racing as I imagined all that it might accomplish. In a prominent spot at the Outdoor Research booth this no-tech privy was a display that symbolized the company’s efforts to do good things...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Commentary, Diversity / 10.08.2015

On the last day of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market I received a message on Facebook. Walking briskly down one of bustling aisles of the Salt Palace I paused for a moment to read this text. “Anything interesting come out of the diversity conversation?” The question came from my friend and colleague Teresa Baker, founder of the African-American National Parks Event and an advocate for bringing more people of color into the world of outdoor recreation and environmental conservation. Without breaking stride I rattled off a quick reply. “Only that smart...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Outdoor Retailer / 04.08.2014

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market starts this week in Salt Lake City Utah and everyone is excited about the many new products on display at hundreds of booths across the Salt Palace and out in the Pavilions. With thousands of attractions to tantalize the attention of attendees each exhibitor will do all that they can to catch the eye of every passing buyer. But even with the latest in design innovation and state-of-the-art technology vendors will have to ply a little more creativity to bring more customers into...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Fly Fishing, Magazines, Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Retailer, Summer / 21.07.2014

“Many (people) go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after.” Henry David Thoreau ~ (1817 – 1862)Craig Amacker releases almost every catch. It’s not fish he’s after, but the experience of a day on the water, tiny moments of time when he’s directly connected to nature by a thin nylon filament. “It’s my escape, but it’s also my occupation,” Craig said as we cast our lines over the Wisconsin River. “It’s all about when that fish strikes and you know...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Outdoor Retailer, Special Events / 18.07.2014

On a singularly beautiful summer day, it’s hard to imagine spending even a single moment of it inside. But gathering in the final hours of the Outdoor Reps Association show in Madison, Wisconsin, retailers and sales professionals alike basked in the glow of flourescent lights at the Alliant Energy Center to conclude their business with a profound sense of satisfaction and optimism for good things yet to come. In the midst of exceptionally good weather nationwide and an economy in full rebound, buyers from shops across the country...