Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy


CLASS 4






The Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy is an immersive leadership experience for the next generation of outdoor industry ambassadors and game-changers. Class 4 of the academy was announced on January 24 and they kicked off their mentorships and learning at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019. The class will culminate with capstone projects being presented at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2019.


John Adams

The summer after graduating from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Studio Art, John Adams began his career by moving to Alaska for a job in Commercial Salmon Fishing, since that summer John has had multiple roles within the outdoor industry and now finds himself living with his wife and little dog in Golden, CO working for SCARPA and taking a lot of pictures along the way.
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Lucas Alberg

A father, husband, author, runner, marketer and musician, Lucas Alberg plays in, and works for, the great outdoors.
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Alicia Applegate

Driven, passionate and curious individual that works incredibly hard to achieve my goals, in life and in business, while fostering heartfelt relationships with family and friends and fully immersing myself in the adventures, challenges and opportunities life brings.
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Brittany Ashcraft

Motivated by finding solutions, learning new things and supporting others. I find great peace in being outdoors and am proud to be a part of an industry that promotes those adventures.
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Jessie Atherley

Change catalyst with a passion for the outdoors, food & purpose-driven business.
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Erin Brucks

A Midwest transplant living my best Colorado life (in work and in play).
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Daniel Calabrese

Designer, photographer and creative director passionate about the outdoors, sustainability and inclusion in the industry and our community at large.
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Stacy Chick

Hi, I am the account manager for the whole southern confederacy… I mean south, for Icebreaker.
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Theresa Conn

Supply Chain & Sustainability Coordinator at NEMO Equipment; New England Trails Explorer; Member of the Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.
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Rachel Davidson

Expert alpine starter, passionate marketer, and enthusiastic storyteller, I’m always searching for the best ways to share the outdoors with people I love, and support causes that introduce the outdoors to people who otherwise may not have the opportunity.
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Ian Dewar

I believe in the power of exploration and creating environments that encourage that through commitment to sustainability, outdoor activity participation and intellectual curiosity – I strive to bring this into my personal behavior and influence my professional partnerships.
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Andrew DuVall

My career is built on helping companies that I believe in find their niche. I work to develop a cohesive plan and drive transition within organizations.
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Cameron Gadd

I’m Southern born and raised, rearing a couple kids, loving my family and working to keep improving myself and those around me as I go.




Ronald Griswell

When Ronald isn’t leading a trip for his students as the Outdoor Program Coordinator at North Carolina A&T State University, or working as a manager at his local adventure outfitter, Townsend Bertram Company, he enjoys trail running, and engaging his community on Instagram.
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Mae Harris

An enthusiastic sales and marketing leader who believes that welcoming and embracing new people to the outdoor lifestyle will make the world a better place.
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Genna Heath

Curious scientist with a passion for protecting the health of people and the planet.
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Roger Huang

Passionate about exploring the mountains and developing a career immersed in the outdoor culture.
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Kim Johnston

An eternal optimist I’m convinced a problem can always be solved. I love to travel with my family to urban areas and dirt trails; both providing adventures in their own right.
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YooRa Kang

A singing backpacker driven by curiosity, always ready to learn.
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Alex Lemley

I’m a believer in constant evolution and improvement through community and collaboration.




Kim Marek

Big mountain dreamer passionate about driving positive change in the world and helping others.
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Nick Martinez

Nature enthusiast, aspirational outdoor adventurer, and armchair policy analyst. I find peace and balance in the outdoors and I want to help ensure those opportunities are available for everyone, now and always.
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John Meadows

After toiling over a one sentence bio, I’ve learned that I am a curious and complicated individual who is passionate about society’s well-being, interested in a wide array of topics, and full of outdoor-industry buzz words.
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Aubrey Miller

Climber, paddler, musician, handstand-enthusiast and wilderness advocate Aubrey Helmuth Miller is the founder of Redbudsuds, an Ohio-based company that creates 4-in-1 natural shower bars for eco-conscious people on the go.
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Elliott Nolan

A passionate outdoor sportsman and sales manager, who leads a team of sales representatives for three premium outdoor brands in the Western United States.
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Ashlee Peterson

Professional ski bum turned into a Sales Operations Coordinator, who’s always seeking the next adventure; this season: Skip Yowell’s Future Leadership Academy.
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Stephanie Plunkett

Personally, I am inspired by biking, running, skiing and adventure dogs. Professionally, I’m motivated to help the Outdoor Industry be intentional and effective about taking care of our environment and outdoor landscapes where we live, work and recreate.
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Sarah Riley

Driven, determined, and always willing to learn. A lover of water sports, frozen and otherwise, my business and pleasure coexist in the great outdoors.
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Celia Santi

I’m an enthusiastic relationship builder that’s passionate about connecting people, creating change and inspiring others to get outside.
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Chris Sears

My passion for the outdoors was born in the ocean as a lifeguard, and my story telling began while an independent rep, growing with stints in sales and brand management, which led to my job at Outdoor Retailer where I continue to cultivate an ear for the stories of others that bind our community together.
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Susan Strible

Traveler. Dog lover. Hustler. Curious George. Writer. Culture nerd. Aspiring meditator. Conservative tree hugger. Survivor.
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Sarah van der Hoop

Sarah van der Hoop is a financial strategist; she brings clarity through numbers and analysis to create a community of financial understanding, while striving to make a positive impact to the world, and balancing time for new adventures.
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Greer Van Dyck

I live in Steamboat Springs and work for Smartwool as the Ecommerce Marketing Manager; one thing I love most is that I am able to live out my passion for the outdoors both inside and outside of the office.




Jonny Wood

I work every day to be a positive influence and a problem solver. Everything else is just the details.
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Henry Zimmerman

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” – I am committed to growing our community, motivating others to be the change.
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