Industry Buzz: A tragic loss, Helly Hansen jacket drive, an emotional Deb Haaland, a bike heist, new hires

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Tragedy: Writer and adventurer Roy Wollack died in a mountain biking accident last weekend. [LA Times]

13 Helly Hansen stores across the country are hosting jacket drives to support local organizations supporting homeless, at-risk youth, and disabled populations. Stores are accepting gently-used donations through the end of the year.

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Deb Haaland accepted Joe Biden's nomination for Secretary of the Interior. If approved, she will be the first Native American to serve in the cabinet.

 "A voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," said Deb Haaland, 60, a tribal member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, said in a news conference accepting Joe Biden's nomination as Secretary of the Interior. Watch her emotional speech below.

The Nice List: Oboz has launched a fun retailer contest. Nominate your favorite Oboz dealer for "The Nice List" and two winners will be chosen to receive 10 pairs of staff shoes and a $500 account credit.

Bike heist: Thieves swiped $160,000 worth of bikes—museum pieces and those owned by employee—during a daytime break-in at Specialized Bicycle Components in Morgan Hill, California. [BRAIN]

Resilience: The Outbound Collective hosted a panel discussion (watch below) with BIPOC leaders about a new film featuring Lesford Duncan and Outdoor Outreach team members as they strive to connect youth with the transformative power of the outdoors and work to foster our industry's next generation of leaders and advocates.

Outdoor Research has hired Brett Kruse as Vice President of People and Culture. According to the announcement, Kruse will lead Human-Relations initiatives, including growing upon a strong company culture through transparency, proactive communication and inclusion.

Backbone Media has announced a slew of new hires.

Retailer Survey Results: Check out part 5 of our in-depth Retailer Survey. This week, we're diving into men's apparel.

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