Did you hear?... TAPS decides against merge with OIA

The Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) has decided against merging with the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA).
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The Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) has decided against merging with the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA). The two organizations have been in merger discussion for more than a year and shared many similar objectives. However, when the TAPS board polled its membership, it became clear, the group said, "The long term objectives of the TAPS membership and the paddlesports industry would be best served by not giving up its separate identity and by focusing primarily on the paddlesports industry." In making that statement, the TAPS board did not rule out considering future collaboration with OIA. In other TAPS news, Dave Hadden of Walden Kayaks and Joe Dryden of Eddyline have been elected to the board of directors. Hadden replaces Mike Henderson of Current Designs as the group's vice-president. MoJo Rogers was unanimously re-elected the group's president for a second term.

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