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The Outdoor Biz Podcast

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Each week on The Outdoor Biz Podcast you’ll hear genuine conversations with Outdoor Industry Insiders. Iconic founders and leaders from brands like JanSport, Eagle Creek, Fishpond, MPOWERD, Industry Recruiters, Sales, and Marketing Executives, and many more. These industry leaders talk about their c… read more

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What it takes to be a Pro with Adventure Photographer and Filmmaker Lucas Gilman [EP 260]

January 26th, 2021

46:02

Lucas Gilman is one of the leading adventure photographers and filmmakers in the industry for the last 20 years. His powerful and incisive images run …

Barney Scout Mann tells us about his thru hiking adventures and new Book Journeys North [EP 259]

January 21st, 2021

37:30

Barney Scout Mann tells us about his thru-hiking adventures and his new Book "Journeys North", a compelling tale of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007.

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Chase Anderson on Utah State’s Outdoor Product Design Program & the Outdoor Recreation Archive [EP 258]

January 19th, 2021

38:32

Chase is helping future outdoor leaders navigate their paths into outdoor careers and building a comprehensive collection of catalogs and other …

Adventure Travel Outfitters offer perspectives on 2021 [EP 257]

January 14th, 2021

12:06

In November and December of 2020, I got some input from a few business leaders in the Adventure Travel space on when and how adventure travel will come back. I asked them their thoughts on travel as the world slows the …

Author and Filmmaker Kris Millgate on her life in the Outdoors and advice for creating yours [EP 256]

January 12th, 2021

54:17

Kris spent a decade in TV news before starting Tight Line Media in 2006. Her first book, My Place Among Men, is available now and her most recent film Ocean to Idaho capturing the migration of thousands of salmon on …

Want to be a gear tester? Journalist, Author and Gear Tester Dan Nelson tell us all about it. [EP 255]

January 7th, 2021

47:07

Dan Nelson has a job many of us would love. He is a gear tester and editor with Gear Institute.com, a veteran outdoor journalist, and author of …

Photographer Scott Markewitz on his career and how to get in the Outdoor Biz [EP 254]

January 5th, 2021

31:39
One of the most influential outdoor photographers in the industry Scott Markowitz talks about his career, some unique shooting experiences, and tips on how to become an Outdoor Photographer.   Facebook Twitter Instagram

Happy Holidays [EP 253]

December 25th, 2020

2:38

Hey hey everyone, dropping a Holiday episode on you and wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

The early days of the skateboard biz with Arbor Collective founder Bob Carlson [EP 252]

December 22nd, 2020

1:21:38

Arbor Collective just crossed the 25-year anniversary mark and I had the good fortune to sit down with founder Bob Carlson and talk about their …

Travel Blogger Gary Arndt talks about the Travel Biz, Photography, Podcasting and more [EP 251]

December 15th, 2020

40:23

Travel Blogger Gary Arndt talks about the Travel Biz, Photography, Podcasting, his career and offers great advice on getting into the Travel Business through any one of these mediums.

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Julian Carnall tells us about Tuk Tuk Adventures in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Italy [EP 250]

December 8th, 2020

34:52

During the days, you’ll have set checkpoints to reach and challenges to complete, and it’s up to you and your teammates to come up with the best way to get stuff done. During the evenings, you’ll be toasting your …

Andrew Gibbs-Dabney, founder and CEO of LIVSN Designs talking sustainability [EP 249]

December 1st, 2020

1:06:01

LIVSN creates versatile and sustainable apparel designed to last longer. Andrew is dedicated to values of sustainability and conscious capitalism. He …

Greenbelly founder Christopher Cage creating a stoveless meals brand [EP 248]

November 24th, 2020

40:20
Greenbelly makes stoveless backpacking meals for those of you that don’t carry stoves on your outdoor adventures.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   The Outdoor Biz Podcast   Please give us a rating and review HERE Show …

Caitlin Landesberg, Sufferfest Beer tells us about making beer and launching a brand [EP 247]

November 17th, 2020

46:34

Sufferfest is a beer company that grew from a desire to enjoy a more refreshing post-race . . . or post sufferfest . . . . depending on your endurance activity of choice . . . beer. Caitlin Landesberg tells us all about …

Eric Hanson from Epic Trails TV and one of the best jobs in the Outdoor Adventure space [EP 246]

November 12th, 2020

45:16

Eric Hanson from Epic Trails TV tells us how he stumbled into quite possibly one of the best jobs in the Outdoor Biz.

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Kirk Ohly- His super power is connecting people. [EP 245]

November 10th, 2020

58:37
Kirk is a master at connecting people, connecting brands, people with brands, and so on. We talk about his experience attending numerous outdoor shows, what he’s up to these days, and plenty more . . .   Facebook Twitter

Heliconia- helping brands and destinations share their story in unique and impactful ways. [EP 244]

November 5th, 2020

48:12

Malvin Young from Heliconia talks about how they help brands and destinations share their story on the top TV and streaming networks in the U.S.

Show Notes

Things we talked about

Heliconia

Ken Whiting

Brendan Mark

Outdoor Writer Christine Peterson- looking for peace in wild things and wild places. [EP 243]

November 3rd, 2020

39:40

Christine Peterson Christine has been covering outdoors for the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune and other publications for almost a decade. She makes her home in Wyoming with her husband and young daughter where they spend …

10Adventures founder Richard Campbell, starting an Adventure Booking Agency [EP 242]

October 27th, 2020

31:19

10Adventures founder Richard Campbell explains how they share the best human-powered adventures on earth.

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How OMBRAZ Sunglasses Launched from a broken pair of Aviators [EP 240]

October 20th, 2020

48:22

OMBRAZ launched a new sunglass line after a pair of aviators snapped on a camel safari in the Thar Desert.

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Outdoor Writing & Photography with Colleen Miniuk [EP239]

October 13th, 2020

43:09

Today we’re talking with Colleen Miniuk. Colleen has a new women’s photography workshop called Sheography.​ We talk about her writing and …

How Guiding & Outdoor Degrees prepare you for an Outdoor Job with Kai Roche [EP 238]

October 6th, 2020

48:04

Life Coach and Outdoor Guide Kai Roche talks about Guiding, Outdoor Degrees, Wilderness Therapy, and more from Puerto Rico.

Show notes

Things we …

Winter Wildlands Alliance ED Todd Walton on Winter 2020's Crystal Ball [EP 237]

September 29th, 2020

41:49

Todd shares his thoughts and solutions. about the increase we've seen in Backcountry use and how it might affect Winter 2020-21.

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Award Winning Outdoor Photographer and Writer Lisa Ballard drops great advice for those looking to break into Outdoor Media [236]

September 22nd, 2020

39:03

Today's guest is Emmy Winning Television Producer and Host Lisa Ballard. She is an award-winning Outdoor writer, photographer, and champion skier… She also paddles, casts a fly rod and shoots straight. We talk about her …

Chez Chesak talks about the great work from the Outdoor Writers Association of America [EP235]

September 15th, 2020

25:07
Today's guest is Chez Chesak Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. 
Chez has an impressive outdoor and travel career with previous stops at the Family Travel Association, the Intrepid Group, …

Mark Tsigounis launches the Hibear Outdoors Adventure Flask [EP 234]

September 8th, 2020

23:34

Mark Tsigounis and I talk about where he got the idea for an Adventure Flask, it's functionality, and how the Hibear Adventure Flask came to life.

Kristin Carpenter and Verde Communication's Multi Channel Marketing Academy [EP 233]

September 1st, 2020

40:36

Kristin Carpenter is back with us talking about the recent launch of Verde Brand Communications Multi-Channel Marketing Academy. We review the …

Scott Kaier of Formidable Media talks about his Outdoor experience and has solid advice to get in the industry. [EP 232]

August 25th, 2020

32:14

Scott talks about his first Op-Ed piece for SNEWS, his thoughts on how we, the industry can help mitigate some of the issues related to the increase in outdoor visitation and plenty more.

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Derrick Nehrenberg talks about his app Terraquest, Digital Trail Mapping, Mtn. Bike Racing and more [EP 231]

August 18th, 2020

27:15

Welcome back to the Outdoor Biz Podcast, Today’s guest is Derrick Nehrenberg from TerraQuest. Terraquest is a mobile app you can use to create trail routes with audible-turn-by-turn directions and fun virtual races of …

SuperPacific: #5 Spencer Houser and Peter Williams, From Outdoor Product Idea to Launch [EP 230]

August 11th, 2020

34:39

This is episode number five of the special series I’m doing with Spencer Houser and Peter Williams. We have been following what it's like to develop …

Photographer Jim Herrington and I talk about his iconic portraits from Benny Goodman to Fred Beckey [EP 229]

August 4th, 2020

55:09
Today I’m speaking with Photographer Jim Herrington. Jim’s celebrity portraits include Willie Nelson, Morgan Freeman, Dolly Parton, and his images …

Adapt and Evolve, The changing landscape of Outdoor PR with Alycia Cavadi [EP 228]

July 28th, 2020

40:19

Alycia Cavadi from Momentum Media PR talks about how digital changed the landscape of PR in the Outdoor space.

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Virtual Trade Shows, Podcasting, and more with Outdoor Influencer Jenna Celmer [EP 227]

July 21st, 2020

33:28

Jenna Celmer from the Outdoor Dream Jobs Podcast and I talked about her role at Gearmunk, the Facebook Basecamp Group, the future of tradeshows, and …

The man that walked like a pack, Norman Clyde stories with Andy Selters [EP 226]

July 14th, 2020

59:41

Andy Selters and I got together at the Mountain Rambler Brewery here in Bishop awhile back and Andy entertained us with Stories about Norman Clyde and his Eastern Sierra backcountry hiking and exploring adventures.

Adam Donahue Business Director with Dometic talks about the growth of Overlanding [EP 225]

July 7th, 2020

32:13

In July of last year, 2019 Adam Donahue Business Director over at Dometic and I had a great conversation about Dometic's business and how Overlanding …

Replay Episode 191, Steve Casimiro of Adventure Journal- Ethical Publishing and Delivering Premium Journalism and Imagery [EP 224]

June 30th, 2020

45:15

Steve Casimiro, publisher of the Adventure Journal tells us how they produce fine journalism delivered daily through AJ. I particularly enjoyed his …

Podcasting, Recruiting, Career advice and more with Outdoor Industry Executive Recruiter Roy Notowitz [EP 223]

June 23rd, 2020

50:50
Today I'm speaking with Roy Notowitz, President of Noto Group Executive Search. Roy has spent nearly his entire career in the Pacific Northwest.
His work includes founding the Generator Group, he spent time in …

America Outdoors with Aaron Bannon- leading the industry in public policy, innovation, and promoting outdoor recreational activities. [EP 222]

June 16th, 2020

44:08

America Outdoors Executive Director Aaron Bannon is a Casper Wyoming native, spent two years in the Peace Corps and ten years in conservation advocacy before settling in Lander Wyoming to work with the National Outdoor …

Super Pacific Episode 4- From Outdoor Product Idea to Product Launch with Spencer Houser and Peter Williams [Ep 221]

June 11th, 2020

32:40
Our 3rd conversation on Episode 210, we talked about the product line up, styles, price points, etc? How many versions of these are you planning to build, and the types of customization tent fabric/material and …

Building a Career with Skateboard Industry Maven and Connector Tommy Barker [EP 220]

June 9th, 2020

38:18

Today I’m speaking with Tommy Barker. I’ve known Tommy since he was a kid running around Eagle Creek and Clive. Following in his Mom and Dad’s …

Doc Forgey is a Fellow in the New York Explorers Club and wrote the book on Wilderness Medicine [EP 219]

June 2nd, 2020

47:30

Doc Forgey is an accomplished Doctor, Author of over 30 books, and an adventure traveler. On this episode, he tells how he was introduced to the outdoors, his writing career and thoughts on first aid, wilderness …

Operating a Climbing Guide Service in a small town with Kurt Wedberg [EP 218]

May 26th, 2020

42:42

Kurt has summited Mt. Everest 3 times and operates Sierra Mountaineering International Climbing Guide Service in Bishop, CA. Kurt and I talk about how he got started and what it's like running an International Climbing …

Outdoor Fun Every Day with JanSport's Paul Delorey [EP 217]

May 19th, 2020

38:11

Fun conversation on episode 217 of the Outdoor Biz Podcast with long time JanSport president and master of fun every day Paul Delorey

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A life in the Backcountry with Doug Robinson [EP 216]

May 12th, 2020

1:24:51

Doug talks about his many backcountry adventures, product design, the outdoor industry, and tells a couple of stories too.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   The Outdoor Biz Podcast   Please give us a rating and review HERE

Joe Vernachio of Mountain Hardwear on his career, Climbing Mt. Everest and more [EP 215]

May 5th, 2020

29:18

When Joe Vernachio joined Patagonia as a product line manager in the late eighties, it didn't dawn on him that 30 years later that he would be at …

How to avoid being the last Outdoor Retail Brand out of a reps bag with Lauren Webb [EP 213]

April 28th, 2020

25:50

After 12 years in the Outdoor Retail Industry as a jack of all trades at retail, these days Lauren Webb of Bullish Endurance …

Small Business Resources, Solutions and Tactics with Outdoor Business Consultant Jim Thomsen [EP 214]

April 27th, 2020

43:40

He began his outdoor career in the '60s working for Dick Kelty, he started a couple of outdoor businesses with his brother, was an executive with VF for quite a few years, has taken numerous adventures near and far …

A life of ranching, adventure, outdoor retail and paella with Wes Allen [EP 212]

April 21st, 2020

44:30

Wes Allen and I talk about this current pandemic and its effects on the adventure and outdoor retail business, his life growing up on a ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Sunlight Sports, the Argo Agency and more.

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The man behind Mystery Ranch packs, Dana Gleason [EP 211]

April 14th, 2020

56:42

I'm excited to talk with Dana Gleason today. Dana's been making packs for over 40 years in the outdoor industry. Some of the best packs I've ever carried. It's always fun to catch up with him at trade shows and now on …

SuperPacific Episode 3- From Outdoor Product Idea to Product Launch with Spencer Houser and Peter Williams [Ep 210]

April 9th, 2020

35:04

This is episode three of a special series I’m doing with Spencer Houser and Peter Williams. They are in the early phase of their startup Super …

Bear Fish Alliance talking Truckee River Stewardship, Fly Fishing, Burritos and Podcasting [EP 209]

April 7th, 2020

53:39

I talk about Truckee River Stewardship, Fly Fishing and Burritos with the guys from Bear Fish Alliance this week on Episode 209.

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208: Kurt Gauss- Leading Design and Innovation at GSI Outdoors

March 31st, 2020

45:15

Kurt Gauss of GSI Outdoors is one of our outdoor design wizards making the core product we just can't live without. He has degrees in design from Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He's taught …

207: SuperPacific: #2 Spencer Houser and Peter Williams, From Outdoor Product Idea to Launch

March 26th, 2020

31:41

This is episode two of a special series I’m doing with Spencer Houser and Peter Williams. They are in the early phase of their startup Super Pacific …

206: Steve Gallo- Learn more about OOFOS and their awesome recovery footwear

March 24th, 2020

33:12

Steve Gallo joined OOFOS, the global leader in recovery footwear, as President in February 2018. A professional with more than 25 years of experience in branded footwear, apparel and accessories, Gallo leverages his …

205: Barry and Cathy Beck- Fly Fishing, Adventure and Photography

March 17th, 2020

28:25

Barry and Cathy Beck have hosted some of the best fly fishing and photo adventures you’ll find. They have traveled and fished all over the world and produce stunning images of it all.

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204: SuperPacific- From Outdoor Product Idea to Launch

March 12th, 2020

29:35

This is episode one of a special series I’m doing with Spencer Houser and Peter Williams. They are in the early phase of their startup Super Pacific …

203: Margaret Newhard- Wigwam Socks, My Favorite Pair

March 10th, 2020

32:52

I'm excited to share this episode with sock aficionado, 40 under 40 SGB recipient, family dance party planner and

Wigwams director of product management, Margaret Newhard.

Show Notes

Introduction to the Outdoors

My Mom …

202: Brian Helfrich, Summit Coffee Co.- making a name for themselves in the outdoor space

March 3rd, 2020

29:34

Brian Helfrich, is the CEO and owner of Summit Coffee Co., a national coffee and lifestyle brand that's quickly making a name for themselves in the outdoor space. In addition to operating its own cafés, Summit runs a …

201: Mike Ferrell- Producer, Show Host, Writer

February 25th, 2020

43:42

Show Notes

Introduction to the Outdoors

I was in high school, a buddy of mine and his family, they had a bunch of land up in West Virginia. And, we'd …

200: Richard Bangs- Keeping the Quest for Adventure Alive

February 18th, 2020

1:00:05

I’m excited and honored to have Richard Bangs on episode 200 today. Not only is this a milestone for the podcast but I had a great time catching up with Richard.

One of the founders of the Adventure Travel Industry …

199 Dawson Westenskow: Product Management and Sustainability Consultant

February 11th, 2020

49:09

Dawson has had the opportunity to work on products including footwear, bags, device cases and more for some of the top outdoor brands and retailers in the world. Living in Bozeman provides plenty of outdoor fun and we …

198: Brian Chaney from Korkers- Change your footwear traction on the fly

February 4th, 2020

21:17

Brian Chaney from Korkers talks about his college days at St Marys, his Semester at Sea and how he wound up leading the family business.

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197: Chris Goddard-over 40 years in Public Relations

January 28th, 2020

33:33

Chris and I talk about her career in Public Relations, how PR has changed, and the strategic role they play in their client's businesses today.

196: Tom Sadler- Marine Fish Conservation Network

January 21st, 2020

56:27
In this episode, Tom Sadler tells us about his tireless fisheries conservation work, fly fish guiding, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and drops some great books on us.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   The Outdoor Biz Podcast   …

195: Marc Bale- Farbank, Built Around a Passion for Fly Fishing

January 14th, 2020

35:47

In this episode, Marc Bale and I talk about the fall IFTD Fly Fishing Show, his experience with Sage and now Farbank Enterprises and the great brands in their quiver, and Marc shares a bit about wine pairing at a sales …

194: John LeCoq- We talk about Fish Pond, Conservation, The Fly Fishing Business and more

January 7th, 2020

28:34

John and I talk about how Fish Pond came to life over 20 years ago, the great product and conservation work they do, fly fishing retail and more.

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193: REPLAY Arrive- Gear rental may change the way you recreate outdoors . . . maybe it already has.

December 31st, 2019

38:40

Your gear is waiting. Rachelle Snyder and Ross Richmond from Arrive Outdoors are flipping the script on outdoor gear ownership and renting.

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

Ross- I think for me it was …

192: REPLAY 177 Colorado Teardrops

December 24th, 2019

39:43

In this episode, Dean Wiltshire of Colorado Teardrops tells us how he transformed his boat building chops into beautiful teardrop trailers and built …

191: Steve Casimiro of the Adventure Journal talks about consistently delivering premium Journalism and Imagery

December 17th, 2019

45:10

We’re wrapping up the year with Steve Casimiro, publisher of the Adventure Journal. Steve tells us how they produce fine journalism delivered daily …

190: Sam Kabert- learn how to 10X your productivity with Virtual Assistants

December 10th, 2019

24:37

Sam Kabert from the Clone Yourself podcast talks about how he triples and quadruples his productivity by cloning himself. Yes, you heard that right. his Podcast Clone Yourself is all about working with Virtual …

189: Kristin Carpenter- Verde Communications, River Guiding, Podcasting and more

December 3rd, 2019

49:56

I’m excited to share my fun conversation with Kristin Carpenter from Verde Brand Communications. Kristin and I talk about how she built Verde into a …

188: Kent Millecam- Turn your Backyard and Campsite into an Outdoor Kitchen

November 26th, 2019

34:38

Kent Millecam and I talk about how he got into the Outdoor Business, his career at Camp Chef and some of the new technology they are bringing to the …

187: Gregg Bleakney- WhereNext?

November 19th, 2019

57:17

Gregg Bleakney and I talk about how a photo submitted to The Seattle Times launched his photo career and more on Episode 187 of The Outdoor Biz Podcast.

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186: Addison Edmonds and Gunner Kennels 5 Star Tested Quality Dog Crates

November 12th, 2019

26:17

Addison Edmonds and I talk about how Gunner Kennels came to life, how he learned to design and build them and the safety features their kennels deliver to protect your pets.

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185: Revenue River- How digital marketing and sales innovation can help you reach more consumers and grow sales

November 5th, 2019

21:53

Michael and I talk about how online digital marketing and sales innovation are tactics that help businesses reach more consumers and grow sales & engagement.

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184: Happy Camper Radio- how the Podcast came to life, camp stories and more!

October 29th, 2019

32:18

Skip, Daniel and I talk about how they got into podcasting, the great advice they provide on their show, camp stories and more

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183: Outdoor and Adventure, Podcasting and more with Kraig Becker and Dave Adlard

October 22nd, 2019

48:52

Kraig, Dave and I talked about the outdoor and adventure travel industries, podcasting, their numerous adventures and much, much more.

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182: Camping and blogging with Tenting Life Author & Blogger Darren Kirby

October 15th, 2019

23:33

Darren tells us how he was introduced into the outdoors, how he got into blogging and his unique recipe books.

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181: Mason Gravely talks about his passion for cycling and the Adventure Sports Podcast

October 8th, 2019

30:15

Mason talks about his many outdoor adventures, the Camp Crate project, how he got involved in podcasting and more.

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180: Seungah and John from MPOWERD tell us how they provide lighting after natural disasters.

October 1st, 2019

31:13

Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger tell us about working together, how they help provide lighting after natural disasters, unique partnerships they have and a lot more.

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179: Shawn Hostetter- Katadyn provides clean drinking water around the world, and innovative outdoor products

September 24th, 2019

28:00

I was able to catch up with Shawn Hostetter from Katadyn awhile back and we talked about the great work they are doing providing clean drinking water …

178: Shelby Stanger- We talk Journalism, Podcasting, Adventures and more . . .

September 17th, 2019

39:32
Shelby Stanger tells us how she got into journalism, her outdoor biz experience with brands like Vans and plenty more.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   The Outdoor Biz Podcast   Please give us a rating and review HERE  

177: Colorado Teardrops- Dean Wiltshire tells how they build these beautiful trailers

September 10th, 2019

39:51

On this episode Dean Wiltshire of Colorado Teardrops tells how he transformed his boat building chops into beautiful teardrop trailers and built nice …

176: Roofnest- A tent installed on a van rooftop started the rooftop tent biz

September 3rd, 2019

37:20

Tim Nickles and I talk about how he was initially inspired to put a tent on top of his van and how that concept has evolved into a business and …

175: Granite Gear- Bags, Boundary Waters and more with Rob Coughlin from Granite Gear

August 27th, 2019

42:42
I jumped on a call with Rob Coughlin from Granite Gear the other day. We talked about his transition from Luggage and bags to the Outdoor Biz and tremendous success Granite Gear has had recently.   Facebook Twitter 

174: Julie and Henry Mosier are making fresh, healthy food for your next backcountry adventure

August 20th, 2019

47:51

I recently spoke with Julie and Henry Mosier from Food for the Sole. They tell us about their journey starting, operating and making fresh, healthy …

173: Sarah Smith tells us how easy it is to find your next campsite with The Dyrt

August 13th, 2019

29:04

I caught up with Sarah Smith from The Dyrt recently and on this episode we talk about how she and her husband got the inspiration to create The Dyrt, their tremendous growth and some of the interesting gamification …

172: Trail Fork Creates Real Food for your Backcountry Adventures

August 6th, 2019

37:02

I met Lillian Hoodes from Trail Fork recently at the Outdoor Retailer Show and in this episode we talk about how she built Trail Fork, her focus on cooking real food, how REI became one of her first customers and more.

171: Michael Dalzell- SAXX has hit the ground running in the Men's performance underwear category

July 30th, 2019

22:58

Fun conversation with Michael Dalzell from SAXX today. We talk about his outdoor exploits, how SAXX has hit the ground running in the Men's performance underwear category and his daughter drops in to say hi . . .

170: Arrive- Gear rental may change the way you recreate outdoors . . . maybe it already has.

July 23rd, 2019

38:55
Your gear is waiting. Rachelle Snyder and Ross Richmond from Arrive Outdoors are flipping the script on outdoor gear ownership and renting.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   The Outdoor Biz Podcast   Please give us a …

169: Adam Donahue from Dometic talks about Vehicle Supported Adventure

July 16th, 2019

32:25

Adam Donahue Business Director over at Dometic and I had a great conversation about Dometic's business and how Overlanding or Vehicle Supported Adventure is growing and providing unique retail opportunities for Outdoor …

168: Mel Mogil from California Innovations talks about soft sided coolers and some great cooler technology

July 9th, 2019

41:50
Mel showed me some of the great new products in their Arctic Zone line and in this episode we talk about how they’ve grown over the years and the …

167: Barbless.co- Chad, Nick and I talk about how Barbless came to life, fly fishing, podcasting and plenty more.

June 25th, 2019

49:32
If you’re into fly fishing or want to get into it you’ll love this episode with Chad Alderson and Nick Hanna, the guys over at Barbless.co. We talk about the great content they’re creating thru their podcast and web …

166: Jason Waicunas- How PCT Days became a multi-day gathering of hikers celebrating the Pacific Crest Trail

June 18th, 2019

26:55

In this episode Jason Waicunas tells us how PCT Days grew from a small group of hikers hanging out swapping stories into an annual multi day event …

165: Oru Kayak, Ardy Sobhani- designing folding kayaks and building a manufacturing business through crowdfunding

June 11th, 2019

27:43

In this episode Ardy Sobhani talks about his first camping adventures as a kid in Iran, the inspiration and lunch of Oru Kayak. We also discuss how he and the Oru Team built the business, using Crowdfunding to launch …

164: Len Necefer-Len talks about connecting to the land, Colorado-based outdoor apparel company Natives Outdoors and more

June 4th, 2019

30:52
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Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

My Mom's side of the family is from the Navajo nation. So my Grandparents, …

163: Paul Fish-We talk about how he grew Mountain Gear into an iconic Mountain Shop

May 28th, 2019

33:51

Paul Fish of Mountain Gear tells us some great stories about the early days of the Outdoor Biz when people would send you a few packs and let you pay …

162: Joan & Bill Keller- The beginnings of Travel retail, surviving the early days of Amazon and more

May 21st, 2019

1:00:05

Are you in the Adventure Retail biz? Joan and Bill Keller offer tips and advice on surviving thru the early days of online competition and more.

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161: Shanti Hodges of Hike it Baby talks about starting and operating a non profit.

May 14th, 2019

33:24

Shanti Hodges drops plenty of insight into starting and operating a non profit on this episode.

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Show Notes

First Exposure …

160: Kay Henry-Tells us about starting a business from scratch, how to leverage key lucky moments and more

May 7th, 2019

36:40

Kay Henry is an entrepreneur with a focus on outdoor recreation in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She was a co- founder of Mad River Canoe. Kay delivered a lifetime of outdoor biz knowledge in this episode. …

159: Greg Thomsen-Blending Business, Adventure and the Outdoors

April 30th, 2019

44:07

Super fun conversation with Greg Thomsen of Agron, we talk about his outdoor experience, winding down the Adidas Outdoor US business and more.

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157: JD Platt- Owner, Trainer, Pro Snowboarder and so much more

April 23rd, 2019

49:06

Entertaining conversation with JD Platt, the man is prolific. We talk about his Pro Snowboard career, his numerous ventures including the K9 Kings …

158: Replay with Mary Iannotti The Digital Marketing Deva

April 16th, 2019

40:14

In this episode Mary Iannotti aka the digital marketing deva drops some terrific learnings on us from her project with the Colorado Sierra Club. …

156: Ryan Lilly from Johnson Outdoors Living the outdoor life

April 9th, 2019

37:56

Ryan Lilly of Johnson Outdoors talks about being raised in the outdoors, how he got into the Outdoor Industry, the fun he has developing water sports product for Johnson and more.

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155: Willow Belden-NPR host turned Podcaster

April 2nd, 2019

33:00

Willow produces the Out There Podcast and tells us all about the show, how she got into podcasting and her experience as an NPR host on Wyoming Public radio.

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154: Kristin Hostetter- From Backpacker to SNEWS, creating great outdoor content

March 26th, 2019

44:06

Kristin tells us how she got her first media job with Backpacker and all the fun stuff she got to work on, her transition to SNEWS, and we talk about …

153: Todd Finney-from Skateboarder to Product Designer and Founder

March 19th, 2019

40:14

Great conversation with with Todd Finney today, Todd tells us how he got into skateboarding and surfing his first experience on a cutting room floor, we spend a bit of time talking what it was like to start the brand …

152: Sablle Scheppmann- Talk to your neighbor on the airplane

March 12th, 2019

27:26

Great Conversation with Sablle Scheppmann from Mountain Hardwear. Sablle tells us about how she got into the outdoors camping as a kid, her …

151: Coral Darby- A life lived Outside

March 5th, 2019

28:06

Fun chat with Coral Darby today, Coral tells us how she got into PR, the great agency she and her team have built and offers up some great advice for anyone wanting to get into the Outdoor Biz. Coral has spent nearly …

150: Austin Coop-Taking you on a Route 66 Tour

February 26th, 2019

33:24

The Outdoor Biz Podcast Episode 150 is live with Austin Coop, Founder and lead tour guide at Guided Route 6 Tours. Austin has personally traversed the 2,400+ miles of Route 66 dozens and dozens of times. His love for …

148: Philip Curry- A lifetime of challenging the status quo in watersports designs

February 12th, 2019

24:36

Philip curry has been challenging the status quo in watersports his entire career. Turning his love for paddling into not one but two watersports …

147: Sally McCoy- from growing up outside Charlotte North Carolina to a career in the outdoor industry

February 5th, 2019

38:22

Sally and I talk about how she grew up outside Charlotte North Carolina and went on her first backpacking trip at 5 years old on the Appalachian …

146: Ammi Borenstein: Ammi and I talk about K2, Outdoor Research, the OIA and his work on the Higg Index Brand & Retail Module

January 29th, 2019

49:06

Ammi tells us about his experience working with K2 and Outdoor Research and the work he’s doing to help brands navigate the Higg Index Brand & …

145: Nate Hansen- Off the couch marathoning and thru running the Arizona Trail

January 22nd, 2019

41:12

Nate and I talk about the unique way he got into running marathons and his upcoming adventure thru running the Arizona Trail. Thanks to Jason Lawrence from Vssl for connecting us.

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144: Ted Eynon- Christmas Trees, Apple Orchards and Boutique Skis

January 15th, 2019

36:50
Fun conversation with Ted Eynon from Meier Skis. We talk about his youth working on the family Christmas Tree Farm and Apple Orchards and how he came to own Meier Skis. He drops a great book on us too!   Facebook Twitter

143: Todd Branham is growing communities thru trail building and mountain biking

January 8th, 2019

33:26

Happy new year everyone, I hope you had a fantastic holiday season. I’m excited to kick off season 4 of the Outdoor Biz Podcast with Todd Branham of …

142: Mary Iannotti- Mary tells us about how her inspiration to save Bears Ears led to a successful project with Colorado Sierra Club

December 4th, 2018

43:55

I caught up with Mary Iannotti from digital marketing deva the other day. She drops some terrific learnings on us from her project that was geared towards saving public lands. There is something in here for everyone. Be …

141: Shawn Frederick- From Photography to Adventure Travel Shawn talks about his photo career and new Adventure Business

November 29th, 2018

52:42
Shawn and his wife have recently launched their new Adventure and Photo retreat business and we talk about their inspiration, challenges as well as Shawn's photo career shooting some of the best Action Sport athletes in …

140: Derek Smith- HeadSpin Outdoors, what it's like to launch a new brand in the Outdoor Biz

November 8th, 2018

43:55

Derek and his team have launched their new lighting brand HeadSpin Outdoors and we talk about the excitement and challenges they’ve run into along the way. These guys are pumped and have a pretty unique take on this …

139: Ali Carr Troxell- Outside Magazine, Gear Patrol and starting an outdoor jobs group on Facebook

October 30th, 2018

43:55

Ali has created a terrific employment resource for the outdoor biz- Basecamp on Facebook. We talk about her career, how she is handling her Dads …

138: Kristan Clarke Burba- How an outdoor kid starts a Boutique Event Management Firm

October 16th, 2018

43:55

Kristan tells us how a Backpacking Adventure in 4th grade set her path for a life and career in the outdoors. She drops a great Book and Facebook resource on us too.

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137: Pete Ripmaster-battling depression and winning the Iditarod

October 9th, 2018

43:55
Pete shows up with so much inspiration and energy, I love it and thank you! We talk about his experience with depression, how he discovered running, …

136: Lila Leatherman- helping create a connecting force for women and underrepresented genders in the climbing community

October 2nd, 2018

43:55
Lila tells us how Alpenglow Collective is a connecting force for women and underrepresented genders in the climbing community. They offer an …

135: Darren Bush- Studying Italian to Paddling, you'll love this convo about life and the Outdoor Biz

September 18th, 2018

1:03:03

Darren is  an inspiration on so many levels. I enjoyed our conversation that wandered all over the map from his academic chops to his purchase of …

134: Scott Ammons- learn all about REI Adventure and more

September 13th, 2018

44:07

Great conversation with Scott Ammons from REI. Scott tells all about REI Outreach and Adventures. We also talk about his outdoor experience, the California Outdoor Recreation Partnership and more.

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133: Dave Polivy- Building E-commerce and serving the Outdoor Community

September 11th, 2018

34:36

Dave Polivy from Tahoe Mountain Sports is one busy guy. in addition to leading the team at Tahoe Mtn Sports he’s also involved at the Federal, State …

132: Justin Seale-designing products that are sustainable and functional

September 6th, 2018

33:03
Justin has been leading product teams for brands like Chrome, and is now building product for his own brand ArchiTecsf. We talk about sustainability, his experience, how he stumbled into design and much more.   Facebook 

131: Jen Taylor- Talks about her outdoor life and career of Going Big!

September 4th, 2018

51:21
Jen Taylor brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the table, love it and thank you! We talk about her outdoor life, career, the great path to …

130: Breanne Kiefner- Root Adventures offers Custom Adventure Travel Trips

August 30th, 2018

35:00

Great info and motivation in this conversation with Breanne Kiefner from Root Adventures. Breanne tells us how Root Adventures came to life some of the challenges she faced and the custom adventures Root delivers.

129: Debbie Motz- how 360 Adventure Collective came to life out of the EORA

August 28th, 2018

51:17
Debbie Motz from 360 Adventure Collective. Debbie tells how 360 Adventure Collective came to life out of the EORA, all the great services they offer …

128: Angela Hook- Angela packs this episode full of great tips about launching a new Outdoor brand

August 23rd, 2018

46:51

So much goodness in this wide ranging conversation with Angela Hook from Stunt Puppy. If you're new to the Outdoor Biz or have a great idea you want to turn into a brand this a must listen episode. Angela brings it big …

127: Neal Caplowe- Neal drops some nuggets for anyone thinking of launching their own Outdoor Biz gig

August 21st, 2018

51:56

I’m excited to have Neal Caplowe on the show today. Neal has been in the biz for many years and talks about how he went from retail to starting a graphic T-shirt business in the early days of the Outdoor biz. Plenty of …

126: Kelly Kraus- great stories as Kelly paddles into retirement

August 16th, 2018

23:03

I caught up with Kelly Kraus two weeks into her retirement and we talked about some of the great brands she’s worked with over her career, her plans to stay active and connected to the Outdoor Biz and more.

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125: Bryan Martin- Bryan tells us how he got into the outdoor lifestyle growing up in Pennsylvania

August 14th, 2018

40:53
Bryan Martin tells us how he got into the outdoor lifestyle his first job with The Nature Conservancy and all the great work done by Big City Mountaineers.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   The Outdoor Biz Podcast  

124: Dan Austin from Austin Adventures tells us how he got started in Adventure Travel

August 9th, 2018

28:59

Dan tells us how he got into Adventure Travel and some of the key requirements to building a successful top of the line Adventure Biz

 

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123: Louis Arevalo- how to build a life of adventure, from writing to photography

August 7th, 2018

40:41

Great conversation with Writer and Photographer Louis Arevalo. You’ve seen him running around the Outdoor Retailer Show shooting for the Outdoor Industry Association and his work in Backpacker, Alpinist, Nat Geo …

122: Angel Castellanos- The Travel Ambassador telling travel stories and more

August 2nd, 2018

32:31

Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador on the show today. You’ve seen him on the New York Times Travel show, the Travel & Adventure Show, ABC, and more.

We talk about how he got inspired to travel, all the places …

121: Mario Stanley- Mario tells us how he got into climbing, the programs offered at HighPoint and he drops a couple great books on us.

July 19th, 2018

37:09
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First Exposure to the Outdoors

Well, my first experience honestly was a boy scout trips years ago and I barely remember it. But my real major introduction to the outdoors is probably climbing with a buddy of …

120: Darren Josey- Darren tells us about his role at Polartec and all the outdoor fun he has on the east coast

July 17th, 2018

42:48

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First Exposure to the Outdoors

It was my mom who got me into the outdoors. You know, neither one of my parents are outdoors people by any stretch of the imagination. But my first experience in the outdoors …

119: Teresa Baker from Teresa Baker from the African American Nature and Parks Experience

July 12th, 2018

29:44

Teresa works  tirelessly to encourage communities of color across the country to get out into our national, state, regional and local parks.

We talk …

118: Brad Werntz- We talk about New Normal and Boulders Climbing Gym in Madison, WI

July 10th, 2018

39:22
Brad tells us about some changes at New Normal, his climbing and writing background and Boulders Climbing Gym in Madison, WI
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115: Outdoor and Adventure Photographer Adam Barker

June 28th, 2018

28:02

You’ve seen Adams work in various brand ads and catalogs including YETI, Mtn Khakis and more.

Adam tells us how he became photographer and what its like to “get the shot” no matter the conditions.

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114: Elton Caushi of Albanian Trip- Adventure Travel in Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro

June 26th, 2018

36:01

Elton Caushi of Albanian Trip specializing in small group adventures in the beautiful surrounding regions of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Elton …

113 Replay Hilary Harris- Hilary, Founder/Owner of Evo Rock & Fitness talks about how she built EVO from the ground up

June 21st, 2018

38:11
We talk about the challenges she faced along the way, her childhood in Hawaii, taking a NOLS course during college and her career as a professional …

112 Replay- Travis Campbell-Smartwool, The OIA and how the Outdoor Industry leads the public lands battle.

June 19th, 2018

28:32
Travis Campbell tells about his first year at Smartwool, what the OIA is working on and how the Outdoor Industry leads the public lands battle.  

111 Replay- Derwyn Harris- Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Talkoot tells us how he got into product strategy and gives us his thoughts on how branding might evolve in the next few years.

June 14th, 2018

33:53

Derwyn has an extensive background in software development and was co-founder of Jama Software. Currently he manages product strategy, development and market position to help Talkoot grow and share their numerous …

110 Replay- Brian Hennessy-Brian tells us about storytelling and framing and how his companies Thread and Talkoot help brands tell more cohesive stories

June 12th, 2018

41:08
Thread is a writing studio that helps great brands like adidas, Burton, Simms fishing an others tell their story and Talkoot is a cloud based platform that brings the dark ninja skills of content creators together in …

109: Danica Carey- Fun conversation with Danica Carey from Seirus

June 7th, 2018

28:45

Danica grew up with a passion for the Outdoors hiking, camping, skiing and playing sports like soccer. She tells how she and her sister basically started at Seirus when they were toddlers.

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108: Richard Edwards- How Ecotourism and Slow Travel can provide a more engaged travel experience

June 5th, 2018

51:28
Richard has done a lot of great work promoting ecotourism and tells us how that work really got moving at A Conde Nast Travel event. He talks about G Adventures, Planeterra, The Adventure Travel Conservation Fund and a …

107- replay 004 Jeff Sermak- A Sales Managers Fish Tales

May 31st, 2018

32:20
Jeff Sermak is the National Sales Manager at Eagle Creek and on the Outreach Committee at the Conservation Alliance. He is doing great work at Eagle Creek and has a funny fish story for you.   Facebook Twitter Instagram

106: Katie Hawkins- The Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy, Sierra Nevada College and more

May 29th, 2018

31:21

Katie tells us about her experience with the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy, iconic brands like Gregory, Black Diamond and Marmot and one of her favorite books, I love this one . . .  I’ll give you a hint . . . …

105: Chris Pew- how different languages can impact the design process

May 24th, 2018

37:13

Chris tells us how they’ve built a great brand up in Portland, OR. We talk about the inspiration for TREW, launching a brand with one item and some of the challenges and successes along the way.

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104: Bill Dawson- A life and career dedicated to The Outdoor Biz

May 22nd, 2018

46:13

Bill has made a great career for himself in both the Outdoor and Fly Fishing Spaces. He tells us about his work with REI getting their Adventure Travel Program off the ground, his transition into fly fishing with Sage, …

103: Katie Wade- Katie has lots of great stuff going on and she tells us about a new project about to launch.

May 17th, 2018

46:32

Katie talks about how she got into the outdoors, some of her experiences with guiding at A16 and Trail Mavens and about a couple new gear rental/borrow programs that you need to know about.

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102: Adam Buchanan- Adam talks about influencer marketing, the importance of trust and much more.

May 15th, 2018

36:35

Adam talks about his 67 camper re-build project, his passion for the outdoors, some of his experiences with Backcountry.com, Cabelas, Wasatch Touring, and tells us about his business and how you can work with him.

101: Replay episode 10- Andy Palmer, How can I get paid to camp?

May 10th, 2018

43:29

I hope you enjoy this replay of episode 10 and my conversation with Andy Palmer. Andy and his wife Lori are the founders of The Adventure Portal, a terrific resource for everything related to Vehicle-Assisted Adventure …

100: I answer the questions as Tim McGuire interviews me

May 8th, 2018

41:24

WOW, so here we are at episode 100. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you! I am forever grateful to the great guests who have generously …

099: Mike Harvey- Fostering a love for all things Whitewater in Salida, CO

May 3rd, 2018

45:52

This turned out to be one of my favorite episodes. A great conversation with Mike Harvey from Badfish SUP. You can feel his love and enthusiasm for Whitewater as Mike tells us how he got hooked on paddling, began …

098: Chris Speak- built a career out of his love for the outdoors

May 1st, 2018

41:46

Chris tells us where is passion for the outdoors comes from, some of his experiences with JanSport, Vasque, Eagle Creek, and some great advice he’s received from mentors along the way.

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097: Larry Harrison- Sage advice for each of us in the Outdoor Biz

April 26th, 2018

1:07:35

Larry tells us how he got started in the biz, his experiences with JanSport, Wilderness Experience, Outdoor Retailer, has some sage advice for each of us, and much much more.

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096: Nate Simmons-there's an opportunity for strange bedfellows to come together to get good things done for public lands.

April 24th, 2018

32:39

Nate and I talk about where his outdoor passion comes from, Backbone Media and how we have an opportunity to unite all outdoor recreation enthusiasts towards better public lands stewardship and recreation experiences …

095: Marc Sherman- Visionary at the Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington Vermont

April 19th, 2018

43:01

Mark has had one job in the Outdoor Biz with Outdoor Gear Exchange. We talk about how he got started, the unique evolution of the shop, and some of …

094: Seth Blackamore- Fly Fisherman, Author & Photographer

April 17th, 2018

25:15

Seth is a fly fisherman, author, photographer based here in Bishop, Ca.

He has been fly fishing his entire life. In 2016 he co-authored Fishing Trails 2 with Jared Smith. This is preeminent guide to backcountry fishing …

093: Sara Ray Lewis from Rock Creek Outfitters

April 12th, 2018

26:38

Sara tells us about her Science background, how she got into the outdoors and how a vegetarian became the best organic grocery meat buyer in Knoxville.

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Waypoint- Adventure Travel April 2018

April 11th, 2018

36:23

A funny beginning to this episode so I left it in the edit. This episode of Waypoint from the Outdoor Biz Podcast is our monthly update on trends and analysis in the The Adventure Travel space. Today I’m speaking with …

092: Jan Greenspan of Nite Ize

April 10th, 2018

45:16

Jan tells us how he got into the outdoors through scouting his time with Sequel, Retail Concepts, and how Nite Ize comes with all their great accessories.

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091: Kenny Ballard

April 5th, 2018

34:29

Kenny tells about his outdoor shenanigans as a kid, our experience launching Montbell in the US, his time with Kelty, Wenger, Osprey, the cool things …

Waypoint Outdoor- April 2018

April 4th, 2018

17:39

I’m speaking with Colin Moynihan from Uncle Dans. Colin was a guest on episode 48 back in November. We talk about how the year is progressing, some …

090: Ricky Schlesinger

April 3rd, 2018

52:05

Ricky and I talk about how he got into the outdoor and luggage biz, his experience growing Eagle Creek, his current project with a Chinese Bag retailer and much more.

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089: Lee Fromson- a funny story about his first job in the outdoor biz and how he got into the outdoors

March 29th, 2018

34:29

Lee tells us a funny story about his first job in the outdoor biz, how he got into the outdoors, we talk fishing, books and how the National Forest Foundation intends to plant over one million trees in US National …

088: Gordon Seabury- Toad and Co, dawn patrol surf sessions and more

March 27th, 2018

37:29
  Gordon tells us how he landed at Toad & Co, his experience there, his time at the OIA, his love for surfing and much more.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   The Outdoor Biz Podcast   Support the show   Please give us …

087: Alli Noland- An experienced PR leader Alli tells us what its like to manage a PR agency in the Outdoor Biz

March 22nd, 2018

34:29

We talk about her agency Terra Public Relations, her time with Stanwood and Partners PR and her career as a DJ in Jackson. She also tells about her Luge course. Hit the link in the show notes to see the video.

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009: Waypoint-Outdoor Product March 2018

March 21st, 2018

13:31

This episode of Waypoint is all about product. The new Spring products are arriving in stores now. This episode is my conversation with Rock Creek buyer Sara Ray Lewis. Sara tells us what she is most excited about and …

086: Jordan Mead- Jordan operates a sales agency in Southern California focused mainly on the Action Sports Industry

March 20th, 2018

34:29

They represent brands like Volcom, Electric, Stance, HUF and others. We talk about he grew up around retail at Adventure 16, his experience at …

085: Dave Mathias- Dave tells us about Centerstone Technologies B2B wholesale platform

March 15th, 2018

34:29

Dave tells us how Centerstone Technology grew out of The Buyers page and how brands, reps and retailers are using Centerstone’s B2B wholesale …

008 Waypoint- Adventure Travel Mar 2018

March 14th, 2018

13:18
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084: Ruben Martin- Ruben Martin, CEO and Co-Founder of Quivers

March 13th, 2018

34:39

Ruben tells us how his parents shared their passion for hiking, fishing, camping and skiing and got him excited about the outdoors. We talk about how Quivers got started, how brands are taking Quivers and creating …

083: Hilary Harris- Hilary Harris Founder/Owner of EVO Rock & Fitness talks about how she built EVO from the ground up

March 8th, 2018

37:50

We talk about the challenges she faced along the way, her childhood in Hawaii, taking a NOLS course during college and her career as a professional …

007 Waypoint- Outdoor March 2018

March 7th, 2018

15:24

This episode of Waypoint from the Outdoor Biz Podcast is our monthly update on trends and analysis in the The Outdoor space. Today I’m speaking with Scott Ohsman of the Cairn Company. Scott was one of the guests on our …

082: Dan Funk- Eagle Creek Dan Funk tells us about his funky bus and his new Retail Merchandising role

March 6th, 2018

23:23

Dan and I talk about his lifelong experience in the outdoors, what its like to manage brand ambassadors and he also tells us about his cool VW Bus. …

081: Derwyn Harris- Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Talkoot tells us how he got into product strategy and gives us his thoughts on how branding might evolve in the next few years.

March 1st, 2018

33:31

Derwyn has an extensive background in software development and was co-founder of Jama Software. Currently he manages product strategy, development and market position to help Talkoot grow and share their numerous …

080: Brian Hennessy tells us about story telling and framing and how his companies Thread and Talkoot help brands tell more cohesive stories.

February 27th, 2018

40:46

Thread is a writing studio that helps great brands like adidas, Burton, Simms fishing and others tell their story and Talkoot is a cloud based platform that brings the dark ninja skills of content creators together in …

079: Paul Easto- Wilderness Scotland Co-founder and Managing Director

February 22nd, 2018

24:04

Paul tells about the great walking, hiking, biking and kayaking adventures available in Scotland, how Wilderness Scotland has grown and has some …

006: Christo Kuzmich from A16 tells us about some of the cool outdoor gear available this Spring

February 21st, 2018

15:30
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This episode of Waypoint is all about product. Last month the Outdoor Biz converged on Denver for the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show and I saw plenty of great new products. Those products will hit store shelves …

078: Laura Johnston- Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trail through hiker and Trail Steward

February 20th, 2018

35:17

Laura tells us about her thru hiking experience on the PCT and Appalachian trails and her work as a Trail Steward for The Pacific Crest Trail Association.

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077: John Salzinger from MPOWERD talks about LUCI lights and bringing light to the world

February 15th, 2018

30:56

LUCI lights have been mentioned as the favorite outdoor gear purchase under $100 by a number of guests on the show. John tells us how the idea came about for the lights and some great work they do helping provide lights …

076: Bruce Ward- Bruce he tells about Choose Outdoors, National Trails Day, The Capitol Christmas Tree and more

February 13th, 2018

39:50

Bruce is involved in a number of great organizations and tells about this work with the recreation industry, the timber industry, National Trails Day …

075: Rachid Dahnoun- Great stories and tips about building an Outdoor Photo career

February 8th, 2018

31:14

Rachid tells us about how he turned a love for painting into a prolific outdoor photo career and some of the cool places he gets to shoot.

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005: Waypoint- How Outdoor Retailers can thrive not just survive in the age of Amazon

February 7th, 2018

56:09

This episode is a recording of the panel conversation at Outdoor Retailer. I moderated a discussion outlining 5 tactics Outdoor Retailers can use to thrive not just survive in the age of Amazon. On the panel were:

Scott …

074: Gordon Wiltsie- An incredible life of epic adventures around the world

February 6th, 2018

30:27

Gordon tells us about some of his more epic assignments and how he learned to “endure” as a youngster on family adventures.

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073: Jeannette Stawski-Learn about the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

February 1st, 2018

24:45

Jeannette tells us about the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, her career in Outdoor Rec and Education, her experience with A O R E and the great work they do.

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004: Waypoint Product- Winter OR 2018

January 31st, 2018

17:15

At the recent Winter Outdoor Retailer Snow Show we talk product with Cordura's Cindy McNaull, Eagle Creeks Jaime Marchbank and Jan Greenspan from …

072: Stasia Raines Walker-Stasia leads The Skip Yowell future leadership academy.

January 30th, 2018

22:23

She tells about her travels, how she got into the outdoor indsutry and how the leadership academy came to life.

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003: Waypoint- Wayfinder Coop Great new co-working space in Denver focused on the outdoor community.

January 26th, 2018

41:34

The founders of The new Wayfinder Co-working space tell us how the space came to life and about the unique coop model they have.

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071: Travis Campbell-Smartwool, The OIA and how the Outdoor Industry leads the public lands battle.

January 25th, 2018

27:47

Travis Campbell tells us about his first year at Smartwool, what the OIA is working on and how the Outdoor Industry leads the public lands battle.

070: Krista Dill- Outdoor Retailer Sales Director talks about Denver and the changes she’s seen in the industry over the years.

January 23rd, 2018

24:14

Krista tells us about her experience as a division 1 volleyball player at Duke University, how she got involved with Outdoor Retailer, and the …

069: Dan Blanchard- A log raft escapade at 5 years old inspired a lifetime of adventure.

January 18th, 2018

31:23

Dan tells us about the cool adventures offered by UnCruise Adventures and some great locations to add to your adventure bucket list.

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002: Waypoint- Your January 2018 Adventure Travel Business update

January 17th, 2018

23:32

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Stowell of The Adventure Travel Trade Association, Chez Chesak of Tracks and Trails and Tim McGuire of Eagle Creek talk about:

some of the best things that happened in 2017

how 2017 ended up, will it …

068: Soraya Shattuck- The Adventure Travel Conservation Fund doing good work around the world.

January 16th, 2018

22:01

Soraya tells us about the recently formed Adventure Travel Conservation Fund and the great work they’re doing and her introduction to Adventure Travel thru her families Safari business.

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067: John Mead, the Trail Boss at Adventure 16

January 11th, 2018

37:39

John has been guiding the troops at A16 for over 20 years. We talk about the history of A16, his perspective on 2017, the great events A16 has planned for 2018 and what is in the water that spawned the many outdoor …

001 Waypoint Outdoor Jan 2018

January 10th, 2018

15:20

Mike Wallenfels, Deanne Buck and Travis Campbell tell us about a couple of the best things that happened in 2017, how did 2017 end up, will it go down as a good or bad year, what they are excited about for 2018, and …

066: Don Bushey- How The Wilderness Exchange Unlimited in Denver came to life

January 9th, 2018

31:46

In this episode Don Bushey tells us about this early days in outdoor retail at The Wilderness Exchange in Berkeley California and how it gave him the …

064 Deanne Buck replay-Camber Outdoors is doing great work in the Outdoor community

January 2nd, 2018

42:07

Deanne tells us how she got her start in the outdoors and the great work Camber is doing in the outdoor community including their terrific mentoring program.

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063 Mike Wallenfels replay-How his career transitioned from A16 Buyer to Small Biz Incubator

December 28th, 2017

54:20

Hydro Flask VP of Sales Mike Wallenfels tells us about his first jobs in the outdoor biz, how Mountain Hardwear got started and some of the other …

062 Tim McGuire replay-How an adventure story led to a career in the Outdoor and Adventure Travel Biz

December 26th, 2017

54:26

Tim tells us how he got hooked on the Outdoors and Adventure Travel and has some good career advice for those wanting to start and Outdoor or Adventure Travel career.

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061: Adam Kolton of the Alaska Wilderness League- Adam tells how the fight for the Arctic has just begun and how we can do more.

December 21st, 2017

22:59

Adam has a strong track record protecting the Arctic and it is good to know we are in good hands with people like Adam and his team. Adam talks about the headwinds we are up against in Arctic Alaska and how you can get …

060: Jake Anderson- Jake of Forsake tells us how two buddies turned a business plan into a solid footwear brand.

December 19th, 2017

28:15

This episode is with Forsake Founder Jake Anderson. Forsake is one of the newer footwear brands in the Outdoor World. Launching in 2013 Jake and his …

059: Don Lauria- Don founded one of the first outdoor stores in Southern California, West Ridge Sports. He also has a prolific rock climbing career. In this episode he tells us tells us his favorite Norman Clyde story and much more.

December 14th, 2017

46:01

This episode is with my good friend, Bishop legend and renowned climber Don Lauria. Don is a retired engineer, lives in Bishop, and is the editor and CFO for the Bardini Foundation. He made the third ascent of the …

2017 Reading List- Want to know which books Outdoor Industry Insiders love . . . here they are!

December 13th, 2017

2:07

Hey guys, Rick here to let you know about another Special Bonusode dropping today. Following up on our gear list from last Wednesday today we are …

058: Jay Getzel- Jay Getzel the President of Mountainsmith tells us how he networked his way to the top

December 12th, 2017

33:46

Jay has been with Mountainsmith for over 8 years with stints at CAMP USA, Timberland and Kelty prior to that. He has an impressive career and we talk about how the Mountainsmith team has delivered consistent success as …

057: Aryn Schlichting- Aryn from Mountain Careers believes you can have it all, a life and career in the Mountains

December 7th, 2017

20:48

Aryn has been in HR and Recruiting for over 10 years in Vail, Colorado.  She recently launched Mountain Careers and believes you can have it all; an …

2017 Gear List- Want to know what gear Outdoor Industry Insiders love . . . here it is!

December 6th, 2017

2:14

Special Bonusode dropping today. Just in time for your Holiday shopping I’m excited to give you the first Outdoor Biz Holiday Gear Guide.

I have …

056: Alison Teal- you're going to like this fun, wide ranging conversation with Alison Teal. Time magazine has dubbed her the female version of “Indiana Jones

December 5th, 2017

38:04

Her parents are quite the adventurers and Alison has followed their path straight from the cradle. Her journeys have taken her on wild bikini clad …

055: Luis Vargas- this episode is with adventure travel entrepreneur and advisor Luis Vargas

November 30th, 2017

25:00

Luis tells about his background and how adventure travel continues to evolve towards discovery and experiential adventures. We also talk a bit about …

054: Gary Bard- Gary has a unique career in the Outdoor and Adventure Travel Biz. You will love his story telling in this episode.

November 28th, 2017

39:36

This episode is with my good friend and long time adventure compadre Gary Bard. Gary is the older brother of Allan and Dale Bard. Allan was a great …

053: Luis Benitez- Luis Benitez's outdoor and government experience began at a young age, he tells us all about it on this episode

November 23rd, 2017

39:20
Listen as Luis tells us about his background which set the path for this career in the Outdoors and government. He also talks about all the fantastic …

Chez tells us about his background in the Adventure Travel business his new role with Tracks and Trails and offers some great tips for getting into the adventure travel business

November 21st, 2017

32:48

Chez tells us about his background in the Adventure Travel business, his thoughts on the future of Adventure Travel his new role with Tracks and …

051: Alden Mills, speaker, entrepreneur, former navy SEAL and author of "Be Unstoppable"

November 16th, 2017

31:56

Alden tells us about how he became a SEAL and how SEAL teams develop such strong teamwork . . . hint be selfless! He also offers some great inspiration for life and growing your career

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050: Steve Barker- We talk about Eagle Creek, Conservation and to how grow your career and get involved

November 14th, 2017

57:50

Welcome to episode 50. WOW five oh.  Feels like I launched The Outdoor Biz Podcast just the other day. This episode is with Steve Barker founder of Eagle Creek, recent leader of the Outdoor Industry Association and …

048: Colin Moynihan- Colin Moynihan President and Team captain with Uncle Dan’s Outfitters

November 9th, 2017

29:41

This episode is with Colin Moynihan President with Uncle Dan’s Outfitters. Colin tells about the recent change in ownership at Uncle Dan's, thoughts …

049: Malcom Daly- Malcom recently joined the management team at Neptune Mountaineering.

November 7th, 2017

52:25

In this conversation Malcom tells us about the recent change in ownership and the cool new things going at Neptune Mountaineering. They are making …

047: Greg Madrigal- Owner and chief net maker at Sierra Nets. He makes some of the best fly fishing nets you'll find.

November 2nd, 2017

33:10

In this conversation Greg tells how he got into fishing woodworking and the great fishing on the LA River. Yes, you can fish for Carp and Tilapia in the LA River.

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046: Michael Lanza- Award winning author and publisher of The Big Outside

October 31st, 2017

35:51

Michael Lanza is the author of the National Outdoor Book Award-winning book, Before They’re Gone and his blog The Big Outside. In this wide ranging conversation we talk about outdoor gear innovation, climate change, …

045: Crazy Jack- Jack Northam has summited Mt Whitney over 150 times

October 26th, 2017

35:25

Crazy Jack has been climbing Mt. Whitney for over 20 years. He tells us how he got into the outdoors and some great stories from his summits of Mt Whitney, sometimes summiting twice in one day!

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044: Scott Ohsman- Scott gives us some great insight regarding Amazon

October 24th, 2017

38:41

Scott’s agency operates in the Pacific Northwest, he talks with us about Amazon and offers some strategies and actionable tactics independent retailers can employ and improve their game.

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043: Kristie Focht- former Eagle Creeker and VF Director of Business Technologies, Kristie is an avid sky diver and recently launched Oregon Youth Outreach

October 19th, 2017

38:32

Kristie tells us about growing up as an outdoor kid in Oregon and the work she's done to launch Oregon Youth Outreach and help more kids outside.

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042: Caroline Pemberton- Australian Television Presenter & Producer, Adventure Addict and once upon a time Miss Australia tells us a wild story about climbing Mt. Everest in 2005

October 17th, 2017

33:06

Australian Television Presenter & Producer, Adventure Addict and once upon a time Miss Australia tells us a wild story about how she helped her brother become the youngest Australian to climb Mt. Everest in 2005.

041: Stacy Bare- Stacy tells us about his project Adventure Not War where he goes back to ski and adventure in all the places where he fought during his military service.

October 12th, 2017

47:25

This episode is with Stacy Bare from Sierra Club Outdoors. Stacy tells us about climbing an ant hill in Botswana and a project of his called Adventure Not War where he goes back to ski and adventure in all the places …

040: Paul Petersen- Paul tells about his early days with PSIA and Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company

October 10th, 2017

33:53

This episode is with Paul Petersen. Paul was one of the early members of PSIA, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and currently operates the …

039: Sam Roberts- Climber, Skier, Photographer and Outdoor Advocate share his love for all things outdoors.

October 5th, 2017

39:45

Sam Roberts talks about some of his adventures and the great he and the Friends of the Inyo do in the Eastern Sierra.

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038: Sevag Kazanci- The Parks Project is providing resources to parks and you can help.

October 3rd, 2017

41:41

Sevag tells us how he and his team started The Parks Project to provide much needed resources to parks. It all began with a work day in a local park.

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037: Katie Boue- outdoor advocate, climber, former van-dweller, and avid road tripper.

September 28th, 2017

30:41

Katie likes to create – content, communities, and campaigns. Her preferred space for creation is within the outdoor industry and she has some great tips for all of us content creators.

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036: Jennifer Pringle- How a graduate from Texas wth no outdoor experience became a multi sport outdoor enthusiast.

September 26th, 2017

45:08

Jennifer tells us a great story about how she discovered the outdoors, moved to California and has become a multi sport outdoor enthusiast.

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035: Tim McGuire- How an adventure story led to a career in the Outdoor and Adventure Travel Biz

September 21st, 2017

53:13

Tim tells us how he got hooked on the Outdoors and Adventure Travel and has some good career advice for those wanting to start and Outdoor or Adventure Travel career. 

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034: Shannon Stowell- Learn about the Adventure Travel Trade Association

September 19th, 2017

40:07

Shannon tells us how he became interested in Adventure Travel and has some good tips for anyone wanting to get into Adventure Travel. 

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033: Deanne Buck- Camber Outdoors is doing great work in the Outdoor community

September 14th, 2017

35:47

Deanne tells us how she got her start in the outdoors and the great work Camber is doing in the outdoor community including their terrific mentoring program.

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032: Peter Downing- How Suffer Better is giving back to the Endurance community

September 12th, 2017

43:11

Peter tells about a nice family tradition that was his first experience in the outdoors and the cool things he is doing with Suffer Better.

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031: Marty Hiester- A little historical tale and enthusiasm for the future of the Outdoor Industry

September 7th, 2017

32:57

This episode is with Marty Hiester. Marty tells us about his background with Adventure 16, GSI, starting peak 62 and now in Sales, Marketing and Product Development with Omega Pacific.

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030: Brian Bennett- Cycling, Sales and some Moldy Chum

September 5th, 2017

40:34

Brian and I talk a little fly fishing biz and what its like to work with National Accounts such as REI.

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029: Stephen Barnes- Getting back to basics at Sierra Deisgns

August 31st, 2017

35:05

Sierra Designs exec Stephen Barnes tells us how he got exposed to the outdoor industry and his experience as a product leader and independent sales rep.

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028: John Sterling- A lifetime of working to protect our wild places and spaces

August 29th, 2017

34:26

Conservation Alliance Executive Director John Sterling tells about how he got his start in the outdoors, the great work done at the Conservation Alliance and how you can help support our public lands.

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026: Veronica Cox- Outdoor Adventures and brand building through connecting consumers.

August 24th, 2017

36:41

We talk about how she got started in the outdoor biz, her outdoor career and her thoughts on building brands and connecting consumers to brands via passion.   Facebook Twitter   Instagram Website   Please rate and …

027: Jeff Weidman- Transforming lives of underserved youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions.

August 22nd, 2017

31:02

Jeff and I talk about first exposure to the outdoors, his retail and repping career and the great activities provided by Big City Mountaineers.
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025: Beau Johnston- Publisher of Living Overland, dedicated to gourmet camp cooking and overland travel.

August 17th, 2017

25:46

I recently caught up up with Beau Johnston of Living Overland Journal and Toyota Cruisers and Trucks at Outdoor Retailer. We talked about a different element of the outdoor business as Beau tells us about this works …

023: Mike Wallenfels- How his career transitioned from A16 Buyer to Small Biz Incubator

August 15th, 2017

51:31

Hydro Flask VP of Sales Mike Wallenfels tells us about his first jobs in the outdoor biz, how Mountain Hardwear got started and some of the other …

022: Amy Roberts- OIA Executive Director Amy Roberts talks trade shows and public lands

August 10th, 2017

25:33

This episode is with OIA Executive Director Amy Roberts. Amy gives her perspective on Outdoor Retailers last show in Salt Lake and the move to Denver. We talk about the public lands issues facing us today.   Facebook 

024: Wylie Robinson- From Startup to growth, Wylie tells how RUMPL came to life.

August 9th, 2017

32:48

This episode is with Rumpl Founder and CEO Wylie Robinson. Wylie tells us how he got into backpacking and camping as a kid and the great story about Rumpl got started.   Facebook Twitter   Instagram Website   …

021: David Deioma- Financial Analyst to Ski Instructor to Mudroom Backpacks

August 8th, 2017

48:21

Hey guys, this episode is with David Deioma. David recently launched mudroom backpacks. We talk about how he got the inspiration for mudroom and the challenges starting and operation a new brand. His outdoor career and …

019: Kenji Haroutunian- A climber and show executive becomes an advocate for public lands

August 3rd, 2017

48:21

This episode is with Kenji Haroutunian. Kenji has a distinguished career in the Outdoor Biz. He currently runs his firm Kenji consults and is …

020: Jim Moss- how tax law drove him to Recreation and Adventure Law

August 1st, 2017

48:21

This episode is with Jim Moss. Jim has been helping outdoor recreation, adventure travel, race and event companies and manufacturers navigate legal issues for years.  Jim tells us how he got into outdoor recreation law, …

018: Bob Woodward- Nordic skier turned Freelancer

July 27th, 2017

48:21

This episode is with Bob Woodward. Bob has had a first row seat witnessing the growth and development of the Ski and Outdoor Industries. In this episode he tells how he got interested in the Outdoors and we talk about …

017: Jim Thomsen- A life connected to Adventure

July 25th, 2017

48:21

This episode is with Jim Thomsen. Jim and his brother Greg are two of the pioneers of the outdoor industry. We talk about how he and Greg wound up owning The Mountain Shop, one of the first outdoor retail stores in So …

016: Ted Ganio- from traipsing around Asia to traipsing around the US visiting factories and suppliers.

July 20th, 2017

44:04

This episode is with Ted Ganio. Ted has recently taken on a new role with Vista Outdoors and has gone from traipsing around China visiting factories …

015: Dave Best- Interesting conversation about coaching, Life and The Outdoor Biz.

July 18th, 2017

54:40

Today I’m speaking with Dave Best. We had a fascinating conversation about a wide variety of topics related to the outdoor biz, his athletic career, how his love for sports set the stage for his recruiting and coaching …

013: Todd Walton- Tells us how he's come from Outdoor Retail to the Ski Industries of America

July 13th, 2017

48:21

This episode is my conversation with Todd Walton, Todd is the Director of communications & Marketing at Snow Sports Industries of America.   In this conversation, we talk about his brief but fun Radio career, how …

012: Jeff Sheets- over 20 years as an Independent Rep in the Outdoor Biz

July 11th, 2017

58:09

This episode is my conversation with Jeff Sheets. Jeff and his team make up Trailhead Sales and Associates, an Independent Rep agency in California, Arizona and Nevada. Some of the brands they represent are Eagle Creek, …

007: Geoff O’keefe- Stumbling up to a venerable outdoor career

July 6th, 2017

1:05:59

The episode that you are about to listen to is with my good friend Geoff O’Keefe, he and I worked together years ago at A16. Geoff has held roles …

011: Maura Kistler- Paddling and Climbing with Water Stone Outdoors

July 4th, 2017

28:52

This episode is my conversation with Maura Kistler. Maura is the buyer and one of the owners at Water Stone Outdoors in West Virginia. In this conversation we talk about how she got into the outdoor biz, her love of …

010: Andy Palmer- How can I get paid to camp?

June 29th, 2017

43:29

This episode is my conversation with Andy Palmer. Andy and his wife Lori are the founders of The Adventure Portal, a terrific resource for everything related to Vehicle-Assisted Adventure information and news in the …

009: Fynn Glover- How RootsRated went from Media to Software

June 27th, 2017

48:21

This episode is my conversation with Fynn Glover. Fynn is the founder and CEO of RootsRated Media. In this conversation, we talk about his Division 1 Soccer career, how he brought RootsRated to life and how it has grown …

008: Serena Bishop Gordon- From finance to protecting our wild places

June 22nd, 2017

29:36

This episode is my conversation with Serena Bishop Gordon. Serena is a Professional Cyclist and Program Director for The Conservation Alliance.    We talk about her finance education, her brief time working with Enron …

014: Mike Glavin- Zenbivy, sleeps better than your mummy bag

June 20th, 2017

1:00:36

This episode is my conversation with Mike Glavin. Mike tells us about his background in the outdoor biz and his learnings about launching his new project zenbivy bed on kickstarter. He had the design and development …

006: Mary Maliff- River Guide turned recruiter

June 15th, 2017

35:35

This next episode is my conversation with Mary Maliff. Mary has been a recruiter in the outdoor biz for a few years and also has tons of outdoor experience including river guiding.   In this conversation we talk about …

005: Amy Magyar- A Coach for life

June 13th, 2017

55:25

Amy has a diverse Industry background, her experience includes roles as a buyer for Any Mountain and Peter Glenn, Director of Soft goods sales with …

004: Jeff Sermak- A Sales Manager's fish stories

June 7th, 2017

32:20

Jeff Sermak is the National Sales Manager at Eagle Creek and on the Outreach Committee at the Conservation Alliance. He is doing great work at Eagle Creek and has a funny fish story for you.

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003: Shannon Walton- From PR Exec to Yoga instructor

June 7th, 2017

33:36

Shannon has had a terrific outdoor career on the PR side of things. In this conversation, we talk about how she got interested in the outdoors her first outdoor job, river rafting and guiding and I think we’ll learn …

002: Stephen Matera- an Outdoor Photographers Life

June 5th, 2017

54:06

Stephen has built a solid career as an Outdoor Lifestyle and Landscape Photographer. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him when I was a Product …

001: Allan Pietrasanta- from UCLA to the Eastern Sierra

June 5th, 2017

20:42

The episode you’re about to listed to is my first podcast interview. Good thing I recorded it with my good friend Allan Pietrasanta. Allan has been an eastside resident here in Bishop since he walked out the door on …

About the Outdoor Biz Podcast [EP 000]

June 4th, 2017

0:44

Welcome to The Outdoor Biz Podcast where Each week on The Outdoor Biz Podcast you’ll hear genuine conversations with Outdoor Industry Insiders, Iconic founders and leaders from brands like JanSport and Fishpond, Sales …

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