Board Elections

2020 Board of Directors Election is Now Closed

In these unprecedented and uncertain times, steady and capable leadership is more important than ever. We don’t know what our world or our industry will look like following the coronavirus pandemic, but we are certain that it will look different from how it looked just two months ago. The way our businesses, our consumers and our governments operate is certain to change, though we don’t know how much or how quickly. Our industry’s ability to react and shift will be critical.

One of the benefits—and responsibilities—of OIA membership is electing the board members who help shape OIA’s strategic plan. These individuals will guide our industry through and out of the current crisis and, hopefully, into a future with thriving outdoor businesses, thriving outdoor communities and a thriving planet. We need and appreciate your participation in the 2020 election.

This summer, Travis Campbell (VF Corp, 10 years of OIA Board service); Bob Holding (Waypoint Outdoor, 12 years of OIA Board service); and Mike Joyce (PrimaLoft, 6 years of OIA Board service) will all be departing the board of directors. The board thanks them all for their dedicated service to OIA and to the industry.

Through your comments, suggestions, feedback and experiences, you’ve helped the board and staff understand what’s important to you and your businesses. The Nominating & Governance Committee of the OIA Board of Directors is pleased to present a slate of diverse candidates who represent the broad interests of our member companies; who bring the experience and skills we are seeking; and who have a depth of industry knowledge as well as fresh, progressive ideas.

This slate includes a recommendation to fill the seats vacated by the departing directors and add an additional seat (for a total of 18 directors, permitted by the OIA bylaws) with these four individuals: Trina Fornerette (Waypoint Outdoor), Alison Hill (LifeStraw), Jen McLaren (Smartwool), and Kevin Winkel (Wayward Collective). The additional candidate on the ballot, Scott Buelter (Ascent360), is an incumbent director and eligible for a second elected three-year term. View full nominee bios.

The board has opted to hold an uncontested election—in accordance with the organization’s bylaws and with best practices for nonprofits. In this process, 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 board will appoint a member to that position.

As a key OIA stakeholder, your company’s vote matters. Your decision will have an immediate and a long-term impact on the direction our trade association moves in the wake of historic events.

Many thanks for helping OIA be a catalyst for industry progress. Together we are a force.

Sincerely yours,

Nora Stowell
W.L. Gore & Associates
Chair, OIA Board of Directors


Board Election Information:
Each year Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) seeks nominations for highly engaged board members to support the outdoor industry and help it continue to thrive and grow. OIA represents a broad membership base with over 1300 organizations that work with passion and dedication to help individuals get outside and explore the outdoors. As a member-based organization, we depend on members to help drive and shape the work of the association.