Outdoor Retailer Introduces Judges and Hosts for Inspiration Awards
Outdoor Retailer announced the judges for the ninth annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards presented by adidas Outdoor. A panel of 13 judges, including past recipients of the award, will determine this year’s finalists and winners across all categories. Winners will be revealed in a live ceremony on June 18 during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, and the night will be co-hosted by Alex Boylan, co-founder and acting partner of DreamJobbing.com, and Christian Murphy, Head of Enthusiast Brands at A+E Networks.
“We are thrilled with this amazing panel of judges who share a passion for the outdoors and embody the spirt of the Inspiration Awards,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer vice president and show director. “With Alex and Christian both back as hosts, this will be a night to remember as we come together to celebrate the remarkable efforts by those influencing and inspiring others to participate in outdoor recreation.”
The 13 judges are active leaders in the outdoor community with experience focusing on participation, conservation, diversity, retail and brand development. Collectively, they will consider nominees based on impact, creativity, philanthropy, sustainability, engagement, longevity and other factors as presented with the nominations.
The judging panel (bios online):
Steve Barker, co-founder of Eagle Creek, current head of Wild Places consulting and board member with outdoor industry nonprofit organizations
Kareemah Batts, cancer survivor, founder of Adaptive Climbing Group and the first female paraclimber in a USA Climbing competition
Rachel Davidson, Outdoor Research Copywriter and current participant in the Outdoor Industry Association’s Future Leadership Academy
Kenji Haroutunian, independent consultant and board member with outdoor industry nonprofit organizations
Lisa Hennessy, Emmy nominated TV Producer, executive producer of the “Eco-Challenge” and co-founder of DreamJobbing.com
Diane Kay, marketing manager for adidas Outdoor
Terry Lee, founder of Gear Coop, which won the 2018 Inspiration Award in the retailer category
Kai Lightner, professional rock climber, winner of 12 National Championships and the 2014 Youth World Championship, and student at Babson College
Jamie Logan, climbing pioneer and architect
Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit recipient of the Inspiration Award, member of Outdoor Industry Association board and the California State Parks Commission
Peter Metcalf, founder and former longtime CEO of Black Diamond Equipment and board member with outdoor industry nonprofit organizations
Elyse Rylander, founder of OUT There Adventures and co-organizer of the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit
Dieter Tremp, U.S. spokesperson and market contact for all ISPO tradeshows and projects
The Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards presented by adidas Outdoor celebrate champions of the outdoor community who inspire and encourage others to enjoy, participate in and support outdoor recreation. Awards will be presented to individuals, brands, nonprofit organizations and retailers, as well as in the youth category. The nomination period is open now and runs through Friday, May 3, 2019. Rules and the nomination form can be found online at outdoorretailer.com/inspirationawards.
Winners will be announced live during the awards ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center following Day 1 of Summer Market. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to registered attendees and media, and Outdoor Retailer’s opening night Industry Party immediately follows the ceremony.
Boylan and Murphy (bios online) both return to hosting roles for Outdoor Retailer awards. An Emmy nominated producer, Boylan has co-hosted the last three Inspiration Awards. Prior to co-founding DreamJobbing.com, Boylan was winner of “The Amazing Race” and was a key pioneer in the digital media space with his travel and adventure shows, and he has filmed in over 60 countries. Murphy is the creator and host of “All You Need To Know” which looks at innovation and trends in the outdoor industry and covered Summer Market 2018 – the program returns this year. Murphy also hosted the inaugural Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards during Winter Market last fall.
For information on sponsorship opportunities around Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and the Inspiration Awards, contact Krista Dill, director of sales, at firstname.lastname@example.org or an Outdoor Retailer account executive.
Outdoor industry and event veteran Liz Ferrin returns to work with Outdoor Retailer to produce the awards. Ferrin has also facilitated the production of Outdoor Retailer’s Innovation Awards and Sundance Film Festival activation, among other programs.
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is back in Denver to launch the summer outdoor season. The tradeshow runs from June 18-20, 2019, at the Colorado Convention Center, with the Demo Experience taking place on June 17, 2019, on the swim beach and 1,400-acre lake at Chatfield State Park in Littleton, Colorado. Registration for Summer Market is open.
About Outdoor Retailer
Outdoor Retailer brings together retailers, manufacturers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation through trade shows, Outdoor Retailer Magazine, product demo events, media events and web-based business solutions. The Outdoor Retailer trade shows are the premier outdoor industry events for North America, providing platforms for critical face-to-face business initiatives, line previews, innovations, launches, networking and retailer education. Visit outdoorretailer.com for more information.
Outdoor Retailer is owned by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates 60 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2018, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied nearly 7 million net square feet of exhibition space.