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OIA Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy is Now Accepting Applications for Class 4

July 18, 2018

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OIA Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy is Now Accepting Applications for Class 4

As the third SYFLA class completes the program, OIA is accepting applications from emerging leaders in the outdoor industry for the six-month program.

Boulder, Colo. (July 18, 2018) — This summer at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, 35 outstanding and committed emerging leaders from across the outdoor industry will complete the third annual OIA Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy, a six-month immersive leadership training program to prepare and unite the next generation of outdoor industry leaders. Over the course of the program, these individuals were participated in personal and professional development and mentorship all while learning about top issues and opportunities facing the industry today.

“Throughout the SYFLA program, I have had the opportunity to not only focus and expand my knowledge base on current issues facing our industry, like trade policy, sustainability and diversity, but I have also pushed my personal boundaries (ice climbing!),” said Erin Hoffarth, SYFLA Class 3 and Mountain Khaki’s marketing manager. “Outside of professional growth, the connections I have made are truly a blessing. What an honor; this program comes highly recommended.”

With Class 3’s graduation almost here, OIA is looking for the next class of individuals tagged to become the leaders of tomorrow. 35 outdoorists from OIA member brands, retailers and organizations will be selected to participate in the Class 4. Candidates should be director level and below and demonstrate a commitment to growing and bettering the outdoor industry. To apply to Class 4 of the program click here. Applications and references are due September 24, 2018. For more information, visit our website or contact OIA at info@outdoorindustry.org.

The Class 3 Graduates:

GARRETT BARNUM

Category Director, Yakima Products

BETSY BERTRAM

Director of Events, Marketing and Community Outreach, Townsend Bertram & Company

ALLISON COUGHLIN

President, Burley Design

DAMIEN ETCHAUBARD

Marketing Manager, Helly Hansen

JESSIE FALLENTINE

Sales Operations Manager, Gregory Mountain Products

COLIN GIBLIN

Director of eCommerce, Turtle Fur

SOPHIE GOODMAN

Editor, OutThere Colorado

ANDREW GRANT

Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP

CRYSTAL HASELTON

Key Account Sales Manager, Black Diamond

LAURA HAZLETT

Director of Marketing, Ascent360

ADAM HIGINBOTHOM

Sales Floor Manager, Pack Rat Outdoor Center

ERIN HOFFARTH

Marketing Manager, Mountain Khakis

KRISTY HOLLAND

Technical Designer & Developer, Youngone USA/Outdoor Research

BRIANNA KILCULLEN

Sustainability and Supply Chain Consultant

LAURA KINMAN

Product Director W’s Sportswear and Surf, Patagonia

SAMANTHA KUCHMAK

Social Compliance Manager, Mountain Equipment Coop

JEFF LABONTE

Marketing Coordinator, JanSport

BRANDON LEE

Retail Training and Engagement Manager, Smartwool

MORGAN MAKOWSKI

Marketing Director, HydraPak

VINCE MAZZUCA

Senior Marketing Manager, Osprey Packs

KELSEY MCGREW

Account Manager and Senior Designer

JASON MILLER

Sales Director, Kammok

JOHNNY MOJICA

Research Lead, Earth Economics

DOUGLAS NIEMELA

Executive Director, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness

TYLER NOONAN

Sales Representative, MtnStuff

JOLEEN ONG

Corporate Responsibility Program Manager, Licensing, Columbia Sportswear

COLIN QUINN

Gear Product Developer, REI

JESSE ROBBINS

Sage Community Manager, Sage Fly Fishing

SABLLE SCHEPPMANN

Regional Sales Manager West, NATHAN

THOM SCHROEDER

Manager, Photography, REI

JEFF SERMAK

North America Sales Manager, Eagle Creek

MJ SMOOT

Marketing & Event Specialist, Nite Ize

JAYLEEN TROUTWIN

Dealer Service Representative, SCARPA North America

DAN WALKER

Senior Executive Coordinator, Arcteryx

TAYLOR ZANELOTTI

Strategic Account Manager, HOKA ONE ONE

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