The 2018 election cycle is now open!
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) works to create meaningful change in three pillar areas: public policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. We continue to focus on those pillars through our strategic plan, and we appreciate your help as we work to become more effective for the industry.
As a member of OIA, one of the benefits—and responsibilities—is participation in the election of well-qualified individuals to serve on the OIA Board of Directors. These individuals help shape OIA’s strategic plan and focus to support the industry. We need and appreciate your participation in the 2018 election.
The OIA Board is responsible for establishing a long-term strategy and annual working plans and budgets that advance the interests of the membership. Through the comments, suggestions, feedback and experiences of OIA members, the board and staff develop an understanding of what’s important to the membership.
This summer, Gordon Seabury, Tracy Mayer and Lisa Pike Sheehy will be departing the OIA Board of Directors—Gordon after 11 years of service, including two years as chairman of the board, and Tracy and Lisa after completing three-year elected terms. The board thanks all of them for their dedicated service.
Going into this year’s election process, we worked hard to identify candidates that support diversity (both gender and ethnicity), provide insight and expertise into one of OIA’s three strategic pillars, have Grassroots Outdoor Alliance connections and bring a fresh perspective on our industry. This year, OIA’s Nominating and Governance Committee and the board are pleased to present a slate of six individuals who bring the experience, perspectives, skills and diversity we are seeking, while meeting the criterion of a personal passion for and commitment to outdoor recreation.
The slate of candidates that we are presenting—which will increase the board size from 16 to 17 directors—includes a recommendation to fill the three open seats and add one additional seat (permitted by the OIA bylaws) with these four individuals: Jonathan Cedar (BioLite), Phyllis Grove (Hydro Flask), Dana Howe (Grassroots Outdoor Alliance), and Bruce Old (Patagonia). The two additional candidates on the ballot, Rue Mapp (Outdoor Afro) and Jim Smith (Mountain Chalet), are incumbent directors and eligible for a second elected three-year term.
OIA’s bylaws specify the option of holding an uncontested election, which is a best practice for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and ensures that the board is composed of directors who have the necessary skills and experience. When the board exercises that option, as we are for this election, the bylaws specify a “majority vote” process by which a nominee must win a majority of “FOR” votes from OIA members who are voting. A nominee who fails to receive a majority of “FOR” votes will not be seated, and the open position will be filled by board appointment.
As a key OIA stakeholder, your company’s opinion on who should serve on the board of directors matters. For your convenience, you can vote online or through our paper ballot. Please cast your vote by Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (MDT).
Many thanks for helping OIA be a catalyst for industry progress. Together we are a force.
Chair, Board of Directors
Outdoor Industry Association
OIA Board Governance Changes
In 2014 and 2015, OIA’s board invested significant time, study, and thought in evaluating its own effectiveness and that of the association. In doing this governance work, we challenged ourselves to adopt best practices with the goal of serving the important needs of members. The work has resulted in a number of positive changes, including updated bylaws and board roles and responsibilities. For a detailed FAQ on the OIA Board governance changes, click here.