Did you hear?... Doug McClellan announces plans to leave OR and Bicycle Retailer

Doug McClellan, the editorial director of Outdoor Retailer Magazine and Bicycle Retailer magazine, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the magazines on June 15.

Doug McClellan, the editorial director of Outdoor Retailer Magazine and Bicycle Retailer magazine, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the magazines on June 15. Marc Sani, publisher for both magazines, told SNEWS® that while the news was not entirely unexpected and he was saddened by McClellan's decision to depart, he understands completely. "It's been a difficult transition for Doug with the uncertainties of the market and, more importantly, the amount of time he's had to spend away from his family," said Sani. SNEWS® View: Since joining the OR team in Laguna Beach, Calif., in August of last year, McClellan has been commuting home to his wife and two sons in Santa Fe, N.M., as many weekends as possible. That has to wear on anyone's soul. McClellan has also been at the helm of a ship that can't seem to keep a crew on board and that had to be frustrating too. Since August, OR has said goodbye to Andrea Gabbard, Sharon Leicham, Michael McGovern, Kristin Carpenter and Marcus Woolf. While the OR magazine story on McClellan's departure intimated the staff was laid off, in reality all but McGovern quit. So, who's left to man the sails of OR's storm-tossed ship? Wendy Geister remains as the lone veteran and certainly has the talent to assume the helm, but whether she wants the job or not is the big question. Erlina Tulabut, a skilled reporter who joined the team last year, is quickly becoming the magazine's lead news hound. New hire Karen Zekan, a former news reporter with little outdoor experience, only works part time. So, as OR heads into its most important issue of the year -- the August show issue -- the magazine will have to rely on two full-time staffers and one part-timer to do the job that typically requires at least 5 full-time editors. And let's not even mention the load of the Daily Exposure paper at the summer show. OUCH!


Did you hear?... Dieter Tremp will be leaving VNU

Dieter Tremp, Outdoor Retailer group trade show director and also publisher of Fly Fishing Retailer, will be leaving VNU the end of January. The move, Tremp told SNEWS®, was entirely because of the anticipated birth of his first child with fiancé Lauren Pollak. Tremp and Pollak ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For the week of Oct. 19-25 >> GERMANY -- Aicon Health & Fitness GmbH, the Germany-based European subsidiary of Icon in the United States, has restructured itself in Germany. According to European news sources, Aicon will no longer move forward with agents in the older states, but ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> The creator and founder of the PowerBar empire that is partly responsible for spawning the sports energy and sports food category has died of a heart attack. Brian Maxwell, 51, collapsed in a post office in Marin County just north of San Francisco near his home. Attempts to ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Dunham will be a co-presenting sponsor of this year's Banff Mountain Festivals. This year's events will be held at The Banff Centre in the town of Banff, Alberta, from November 4-9, 2003. Dunham will also be the co-presenting sponsor of the 28th annual Banff Mountain Film ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of Nov. 9-15 >> Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a volunteer-led recreational mentoring program for at-risk teens, has launched a branded apparel line with the help of Malden Mills, Mountain Hardwear and Northern Mountain Supply, an Arcata, Calif.-based, retailer. On ...read more