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Advisory Councils and Working Groups

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Sustainability Working Group

The OIA Sustainability Working Group is led by an Advisory Council of leading outdoor companies:

  • Bolt Threads – Jamie Bainbridge, Chair
  • Burton – Ali Kenney
  • Columbia Sportswear – Peter Haney
  • Independent – Jeff Nash
  • Nester Hosiery – Dave Petri
  • Patagonia – Jill Dumain
  • Pacific Market International (PMI) – Valerie Bone
  • REI – Matt Thurston
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition – Betsy Blaisdell Shepperd
  • Timberland — Colleen Vien
  • Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. – Meredith Boyd
  • W.L. Gore – Bernhard Kiehl

The Advisory Council sets the vision and guides the work of the Sustainability Working Group, which includes more than 300 companies working together to identify best practices in sustainability.

For more, contact Nikki Hodgson at


Recreation Advisory Council

The Outdoor Industry Association Recreation Advisory Council (OIARAC) is an advisory board that provides guidance to OIA on various recreation-related policy issues, such as:

  • The industry’s engagement on the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
  • Public land funding initiatives
  • Protection of our public lands for recreation use
  • New public land designations
  • Ensuring access to outdoor recreation for the next generation

OIARAC members:

  • Steve Barker, Wild Places (Chair)
  • Hans Cole, Patagonia
  • Adam Cramer, Outdoor Alliance
  • Andrew Foster, L.L. Bean, Inc.
  • Ashley Korenblat, Western Spirit Cycling
  • Ann Krcik, The North Face
  • Brian Merrill, Western River Expeditions
  • David Polivy, Tahoe Mountain Sports
  • Alyssa Ravasio, Hipcamp
  • Kirk Richardson, KEEN Effect
  • Ross Saldarini, Mountain Khakis
  • John Sterling, The Conservation Alliance
  • Taldi Walter, REI
  • Marc Berejka, REI
  • Brad Werntz, New Normal Consulting

For more, contact Jess Wahl at


Trade Advisory Council

OIATAC reviews U.S. trade policy, relevant federal legislation and international trade negotiations, develops federal trade policy that may affect OIA membership and recommends policy positions to OIA government affairs staff and OIA leadership.

  • Marc Berejka – Director, Government Affairs, Recreational Equipment Inc.
  • Tony Ferguson – Logistics Administrator, Patagonia
  • Patrick Fox – Director of Customs Compliance, V.F. Outdoor Group/The North Face
  • Jennifer Kissner – Director, Global Trade Compliance, Coleman
  • Dan Means – Fulfillment Manager, Cascade Designs
  • Quinn O’Rourke – Logistics and Customs Manager, LaCrosse Footwear Inc.
  • Michael Morant – Group Counsel, Wolverine World Wide
  • Brian Murphy – Director of Logistics and Supply Chain, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc
  • Mike Ratchford – Government Relations Associate, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc
  • Shawn Reynolds – Director, Global Trade Compliance, Cabela’s
  • Tony Roina – Manufacturing and Sourcing Manager, Big Agnes
  • Chris Sentementes – VP of Global Sourcing and Business Development, PrimaLoft
  • Jeff Tooze – Director, Global Customs and Trade, Columbia Sportswear
  • Randy Verniers – Director of International Sales and Fabric Technologies, Marmot Mountain Ltd.

For more, contact Rich Harper at