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Garrett Barnum

Category Director, Yakima Products

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A creative problem solver, playing the game of life, trying to balance the responsibilities of career, family, community, and global human family.

Betsy Bertram

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

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I live with a passion for outdoor adventure and the purpose of creating community, seeking balance, being open to new opportunities, preserving the wild places, and inspiring others.

Allison Coughlin

President, Burley Design

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I am an eager and driven individual who is passionate about about my people, my community, and the world around me.

Damien Etchaubard

Marketing Manager, Helly Hansen

Jessie Fallentine

Sales Operations Manager, Gregory Mountain Products

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I work hard to balance my work, life and family. I’m passionate about things I love, wilderness, family, and my job.

Colin Giblin

Director of eCommerce, Turtle Fur

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At home in the mountains or by the sea, I aim to build brands that support that lifestyle for myself and others.

Sophie Goodman

Editor, OutThere Colorado

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Passionate about inspiring people through multimedia storytelling to engage in outdoor experiences, environmental issues, and outdoors community beyond their devices.

Andrew Grant

Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP

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I am dedicated to my family, supporting the outdoor industry by serving businesses that are innovative, sustainable and love the outdoors, and serving kids through educational, outdoor and emotional support opportunities.

Crystal Haselton

Key Account Sales Manager, Black Diamond

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I strive to be an engaged member of society by maintaining focus and drive in my career, while sustaining positive relationships and forward progress in my personal endeavors.

Laura Hazlett

Director of Marketing, Ascent360

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Driven individual with a passion for the outdoor industry who wants to leverage my strengths and experiences to make an impact, in both my career and the industry as a whole.

Adam Higinbothom

Sales Floor Manager, Pack Rat Outdoor Center

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I like to improve the outdoor pursuits of others.

Erin Hoffarth

Marketing Manager, Mountain Khakis

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Passionate friend, wife, sister, daughter, mother, employee who aspires to leave the world better than I found it. *Be young, be foolish, but be happy!

Kristy Holland

Technical Designer & Developer, Youngone USA/Outdoor Research

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Lifelong learner interested in solving problems and understanding how and why systems work–and then pushing to change them.

Brianna Kilcullen

Social Responsibility & Traceability Manager, prAna

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Passionate about addressing the current social and environmental issues of today through the business platform.

Laura Kinman

Product Director W’s Sportswear and Surf, Patagonia

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I’m a mom to 2 boys, a slightly obsessed surfer, a wife, and spend the rest of my time immersed with design, production, and sales building the best product we can while causing the least amount of harm.

Samantha Kuchmak

Social Compliance Manager, Mountain Equipment Coop

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A cheerleader of life with the occasional sassiness.

Jeff LaBonte

Marketing Coordinator, JanSport

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Believer in everything outdoors, meaningful relationships and doing more good.

Brandon Lee

Retail Training and Engagement Manager, Smartwool

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Just a guy whose been at this outdoor thing for decades and is passionate about sharing those experiences with others…be it personally or through my career.

Morgan Makowski

Marketing Director, HydraPak

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I’m purpose driven, hyper curious, very strategic, and can move boulders.

Vince Mazzuca

Senior Marketing Manager, Osprey Packs

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Driven to make an impact – for the brand I work for, the people I work with and the industry I work within.

Kelsey McGrew

Senior Account Manager and Senior Designer and (Sustainability Program Developer), Cirque Mountain Apparel

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Finds joy and fulfillment in connecting with self, friends and nature mindfully and playfully.

Jason Miller

Sales Director, Kammok

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In passionate pursuit of the adventure of life while striving to bring others (especially the marginalized) along for the journey!

Johnny Mojica

Research Lead, Earth Economics

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Fun and loving person with a passion for making people smile.

Douglas Niemela

Executive Director, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness

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With the mindset of a curious explorer I strive to find ways to build bridges that bring together diverse groups of people to better our whole community and create social change.

Tyler Noonan

Sales Representative, MtnStuff

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Passionate about the future of our industry: protecting public lands, advocating for new brick and mortar retail strategies, and rebranding outdoor pursuits to a new generation of participants.

Joleen Ong

Corporate Responsibility Program Manager, Licensing, Columbia Sportswear

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Global citizen fighting the good fights and curious student of nature’s compelling lessons.

Colin Quinn

Product Design Engineer, Licensing, Industrial Revolution

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User-focused design engineer who wants to put things out into the world that are responsible, helpful, novel, and joyful.

Jesse Robbins

Sage Community Manager, Sage Fly Fishing

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I’m passionate about the experiences had in the outdoors, especially on the water!

Sablle Scheppmann

Regional Sales Manager West, NATHAN

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Always striving to make an impact on current and future generations and am curious about people, adventure and the outdoors.

Thom Schroeder

Manager, Photography, REI

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Simplify and amplify.

Jeff Sermak

North America Sales Manager, Eagle Creek

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A creative, outgoing, passionate outdoorsman looking to leave a positive impact on the planet, people and the outdoor industry. #PositiveVibeClub

MJ Smoot

Marketing & Event Specialist, Nite Ize

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A hard working optimist that does not take anything for granted and that enjoys risky adventures and new experiences.

Jayleen Troutwin

Dealer Service Representative, SCARPA North America

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Extremely driven and determined individual, with a strong love of nature and the outdoors.

Dan Walker

Senior Executive Coordinator, Arcteryx

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Originally from the UK, I recently moved to Vancouver and have found my home in BC’s Coast Mountains. In life, I’m driven by a desire to learn and better myself and the way things are done.

Taylor Zanelotti

Outdoor Sales Manager, Under Armour

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Relationship-driven. Looking to grow outside of the day-to-day and broaden horizons.