COVID-19 Webinar: Real Estate Rights and Strategies for Business Owners–COVID-19

Speakers: Andy Ewald, Scott Peterson and Greg Mikrut, CBRE

CBRE’s panel of experts, who specialize in representing local and national business owners, will share strategies for and rights of business owners during the COVID-19 crisis. In order to relieve a short-term cash burden during a period of disrupted revenues, local and national tenants have pursued these strategies as a reaction to the economic shock from COVID-19. Their team will review the legal obligations within a lease document, outline the proper approach to secure rent relief, share how landlords are responding, and provide predictions for the future.  In addition, the CBRE team will provide an overview of what is happening at a high level in the capital markets, which effects the velocity of lending, and they’ll share how the market may react going forward. Finally, their finance team will discuss how this pandemic may impact valuations and how to protect the future value for business owners.

Cash flow relief is on the minds of business. On behalf of outdoor industry small and mid-sized business, OIA is exploring legislation that provides rent relief.

COVID-19 Webinar: Pivoting to Produce, Source and Donate PPE

When: Tuesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. (MT)

Hosted By: Outdoor Industry Association and Snowsports Industries America

Panelists: Jason Duncan, VP Tactical and Innovation, Outdoor Research; Alex Adema, President & CEO, DPS Skis; Lyndi Bell, Consumer Experience Marketing Director, Chaco; Sarah Wood, Board Chair, North Carolina Recreation Coalition; Amy Allison, Director, North Carolina Office of Outdoor Recreation

Moderator: Kristin Carpenter, CEO, Verde Brand Communications

Countless outdoor and snowsport companies are stepping up to answer the call for rapid production and deployment of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical devices to protect frontline workers from the spread of COVID-19. Hear from a few brands that were early out of the gate and successful in pivoting their operations. Find out how they quickly built relationships with local hospitals and frontline service providers to ensure products were getting into the right hands. Learn about key resources and important guidelines. Discover opportunities to collaborate with industry peers to take all of our efforts further faster.

COVID-19 Webinar: Insurance Coverage for Outdoor Retailers and Manufacturing Companies

Speaker: Perkins Coie LLP

Coronavirus loss estimates are already in the billions of dollars for retailers and tourism companies as state lockdowns are implemented and more retail chains are forced to shutter doors, send workers home and look for solutions to supply chain deficiencies. Are the losses covered? Unfortunately, it depends.

In this webinar, we will walk through business insurance policies that may provide coverage for coronavirus losses, including business interruption and contingent business interruption coverages, several standard property insurance coverage extensions, supply chain and trade disruption policies, cargo marine policies, event cancellation policies, liability policies and more. The speakers will identify what language your policy needs to contain (or not contain) for coverage to attach and will provide practical advice on what records companies should gather now to assist in any future insurance claims. In addition, the speakers will discuss when companies should provide notice or notice of circumstances under their current policies.

COVID-19 Webinar: Thriving in Chaotic Times – The Neuroscience Behind Our Distress

Speaker: Julie Auger, MOD

How is our brain perceiving and responding to the current threats? As leaders, what may we do to alleviate these threat responses for our employees and ourselves? This webinar provides a look into how our brain is reacting, how we may find our focus and how we may manage our emotions best to adapt to our new reality. There will be time for questions, discussion and connection. Together we can thrive.


About the Speaker
Julie holds a master’s in organizational development and leadership from Saybrook University and a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in environmental science and biology. After working 13 years as a fisheries and wildlife biologist, Julie decided to integrate her knowledge of complex ecological systems into human system dynamics. For 14 years, she has facilitated both large- and small-scale change initiatives for a variety of organizations and communities. Julie is currently a trainer and consultant in the Employers Council Organizational Development and Learning Department, specializing in helping leaders and organizations thrive in today’s rapidly shifting landscape.

COVID-19 Webinar: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): What Are Your Obligations For Paid and Unpaid Leave?

Speaker: Jackson Lewis P.C.

Laws are changing fast in our ever-evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic – many of these laws affect the employer-employee relationship. Moreover, with states asking all but critical or essential businesses to shut down, how do your obligations as an employer change with the choices you are being forced to make, especially as we make quick decisions that affect our workforce? Through this webinar, we will explain the obligations set forth in this new law, along with how these obligations change as our workforce changes or ceases.

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. It is guided by OIA’s balanced trade agenda:

Reduce and eliminate tariffs on outdoor products:

 OIATAC has helped developed proposals to eliminate disproportionately high import tariffs assessed against outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment that have no domestically produced counterpart. Each proposal is thoroughly vetted to ensure it comports with the balanced trade agenda. These initiatives include:

  • The US OUTDOOR Act
  • Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Athletic Footwear Initiative

New markets for outdoor products:

 OIATAC helps identify new market opportunities, including efforts to eliminate trade barriers on U.S. exports to overseas markets and ensuring U.S. trade agreements provide reciprocal market access for American outdoor products.

Composition and Responsibilities

OIATAC is made up of OIA members engaged in the business of manufacturing, marketing, and/or distributing outdoor recreation products. It includes representatives from small, medium and large entities representing all segments of the industry, including manufacturing, importers and retailers. OIATAC is administered and supported by OIA government affairs staff.

OIATAC conducts monthly calls to review OIA’s trade agenda and holds in-person meetings at Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Market. It also participates in lobby efforts in Washington, D.C. to advance the industry’s trade agenda.