Happy Monday! If you read anything today, make it Industry Buzz. Here are the latest headlines:
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- Stewart Brandborg, who led the Wilderness Society during a critical time for the wilderness movement from 1964 to 1976, passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday. “Brandy was a passionate and tireless advocate for protecting America’s wilderness," said Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams. "His ability to mentor advocates and galvanize citizen action was unmatched. He took up the leadership of The Wilderness Society right after the untimely death of Howard Zahniser, the author of the Wilderness Act, and Brandborg led the organization through a critical time for America’s conservation movement. His talents and passions, which never ebbed, have contributed greatly to conservation and preservation of America’s wilderness.”
- The Outdoor Industry Association broke the news of the passage of a bill that would reauthorize the Colorado Lottery, which allocates funds to the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (50 percent of proceeds), the Conservation Trust Fund (40 percent of proceeds), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (10 percent of proceeds). The bill passed in the Senate and will now be considered by the House.
- We have more news about Camping World. It's snapping up Nashville-based Cullum & Maxey Camping Center for an undisclosed amount. Camping World already operates three locations in Tennessee, in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville, all specializing in service, RV sales and retail accessories. The company also expects to announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country this year. SNEWS previously reported Camping World's acquisition of Erehwon Mountain Outfitter and Uncle Dan's.
- Salewa North America, which operates Dynafit, Salewa, Wild Country, and Pomoca in the United States and Canada, appointed Dave Drulard as the new sales and marketing director.
- Kate Sweeney has joined KEEN, Inc. as chief operating officer. She previously worked at Agero, Sperry Top-Sider, and Stride Rite Children's Group.
- Slackliners and park-goers unite! A new slackline course is opening on May 4 in Boulder, Colorado. Slackline Industries partnered with city planners to accommodate up to five slacklines between 24- and 100-feet long in an existing park. “This is the first time a private company, a local authority, and community have come together to build a park like this,” said Ricardo Bottome, CEO of Slackline Industries. “It’s going to be an amazing community resource and we’re really happy to sponsor it. We commend the city for helping to make it all possible and our amazing group of local slackliners for helping push it forward.”
- In our new series, The Outdoor Brand Playbook, we take a closer look at the best practices for vendors in an increasingly omni-channel world. In Part 1, read about why managing multiple distribution channels takes finesse, but the payoffs of maintaining a robust wholesale business are oh so worth it.