Industry Buzz: Kathmandu, Patagonia, Fjällräven, Arcade Belts, Melania Trump, and three rad youth outdoorsists

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Kyle Banzon, 20, is a recent recipient of a Gear.com award.

Kyle Banzon, 20, is a recent recipient of a Gear.com award.

  • Future outdoor leaders: Gear.com recently awarded three young outdoorsists $500 for gear through its Give A Buck program. Kyle Banzon, 20, is a rock climber from Las Vegas, Nevada, who is studying to become a physical therapist and wants to help others prevent and heal from injury so they can enjoy the outdoors. Keagan Cross, 18, is a young outdoorswoman studying Earth Systems at Stanford University who enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, and inspiring others to protect the planet. Kaj Hansen, 14, is a passionate and committed young rock climber from Tacoma, Washington, who is exploring unclimbed boulders and establishing new routes around Washington. Gear.com is now accepting the next round of applications until Dec. 15.
  • World Cleanup Day: An estimated 20 million people, mostly youth, across 179 countries and territories to make Earth a cleaner place. Here's a recap.
  • From the White HouseFirst Lady Melania Trump is visiting some National Parks in Wyoming this week and spreading the message of her initiative, BE BEST. Earlier this month, she joined the National Park Service and fourth grade students from a D.C. for the ceremonial grand reopening of the Washington Monument. She also helped distribute “Every Kid Outdoors” passes.
  • LinkedIn post of the day: Mike Massey, of Locally, shared a video about why online is not killing physical retail.
  • The Outdoor Writers Association of America hired Chez Chesak as its new executive director. Chesak joins OWAA with more than 20 years’ experience in the outdoor and travel industries, most recently as a travel writer and tourism consultant. He served as Vice President of Business Development for the Adventure Travel Trade Association and as Executive Director of the Family Travel Association. He also spent nine years working for conservation-focused outdoor organizations.
  • Arcade Belts hired three outside sales force members to build out multiple retail territories in the United States and Canada. The Raven Workshop will lead growth in Utah, Josh Kearney in Los Angeles, and Nickson Agencies in Ontario, Canada.
  • Patagonia hired Marty Pomphrey as general manager of Patagonia Japan. As general manager, Pomphrey will oversee Patagonia’s growing business in Japan, which started in 1988 and today includes more than 500 employees and 22 stores. Pomphrey will build on the success and strong tradition established by longtime general manager Takasuki Tsujii, who has stepped away from the role after 10 years of leading Patagonia’s team in Japan.

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