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- Colorado has a new director for its Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, just two months after Luis Benitez left for a role with VF Corporation. Nathan Fey, who has served as the acting director, will step up into the permanent position. “I’m excited to continue to build on the long-term strategy that we have developed over the past two months while serving as acting director,” Fey said in a press release. “A big part of that strategy is to dedicate resources towards the care and feeding of our industry partners who call Colorado home while advancing the State’s appeal to brands with shared value and respect for responsible conservation and stewardship of public lands and waters.” Fey recently joined the Plastic Impact Alliance.
- Darrell Denny is leaving Emerald Expositions and Outdoor Retailer after nearly a decade at the helm.
- Monday deadline: Do you have a story of collaboration that sparked innovation and progress? Nominations for Outdoor Industry Association's Together We Are A Force Awards are due on May 13. The categories are participation, policy, sustainability, and the future.
- The American Alpine Club is accepting registration for the 12th annual International Climbers Meet from Oct. 13 to 19 in Yosemite Valley. The week includes three days of education programming, plus an "international cast of characters cruising the classics."
- Everest 2019: Alan Arnette has commenced his blogging about all happenings on the mountain. Nepal issued a record 378 permits (750 people) and Tibet issued 142 permits (300 people). Today, he wrote, "It’s possible that 2019 might see Everest break 1,000 summits in a single season. The previous record was last year with 802 total summits on all routes."
- Arc'teryx made an appearance in Forbes. The publication's health and fitness reporter wrote about how she connected on a deeper level to the brand during a tour of the Design Centre and manufacturing facility.
- BLACKYAK has retained Jackson Hole-based communications agency, Denny, ink. to represent the brand in the United States and Canada.
- Farm To Feet recently named JCA Sales its agency of the year. The award was presented to agency principal Jeff Church at Farm To Feet’s sales meeting earlier this week in St. Louis. "Jeff’s enthusiasm and the team’s tireless efforts over the past year resulted in huge gains in New England for us,” said Chris Nitzsche, Farm To Feet VP of sales.