360 Adventure Collective (360 AC), the trusted member association that has brought regional, focused events for sales reps and retailers for over 40 years, will say goodbye to its long-time Executive Director, Debbie Motz. Effective this March, Motz will retire after over 30 years with the non-profit, member organization formerly known as Eastern Outdoor Reps Association (EORA). The organization’s Board of Directors has approved and appointed Stacey Gellert, industry veteran and current 360 AC Regional Director, to assume the Executive Director role.
Motz is well-regarded as the dedicated and prominent leader of 360 AC, which has become the go-to for independent and non-independent sales representatives alike for outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories, gear and virtually all things from sea to ski. Working alongside a rotating number of board members, Motz served as a constant who always operated with the organization’s best interests in mind.
“Debbie’s unwavering integrity and humble disposition has always served us well,” notes Allison Frazer, former President of EORA. “We have been so fortunate to enjoy her dedication, positive attitude, and sincere commitment to our organization for so long.”
Motz found her passion for the outdoors growing up in the high country of Colorado. She began her outdoor industry journey in the early 70s working with the likes of Camp 7, Banana Equipment, one of the first manufacturers of Gore-Tex® garments, and Lowe Alpine. Following a move to Asheville, NC in the 80s, she started part-time with Eastern Outdoor Reps Association (EORA). From the beginning, Motz gave her all to the organization and developed a membership directory and produced five trade shows all on her own right out of the gate. At that time EORA was only 60 members, but today since the merger with New England Snow Reps that Motz was instrumental in to form 360 AC, it has grown to just under 700 members and produces thirteen shows and two on-snow demos a year.
“I have truly loved my career in the industry,” notes Motz. “I’m so thankful to the people I have met and the special friendships that have formed over the years. It is an amazing web that one develops over time and I would do it all over again! It’s been a privilege.”
Motz still resides in Asheville and says she’ll continue to be a part of the area’s outdoor life and industry, but on a limited basis.
“I am looking forward to having more time in my community,” says Motz. “I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the local Literacy Council, one of my passions, and will dedicate much more of my time to this group. My plans also include new adventures exploring new cultures, achieving some of those long-held goals, and spending time with friends, family, and of course, my most amazing grandchildren.”
About 360 Adventure Collective
EORA (Eastern Outdoor Reps Association) and NESR (New England Sports Reps) united in 2017 to create 360 Adventure Collective, a greater organization boasting a combined 40 years of success in connecting the most comprehensive offerings in outdoor and ski apparel, footwear, accessories and hard goods to the industry’s retailers who matter the most. By hosting smaller, more conveniently located expos and markets than the national alternatives, 360 Adventure Collective is the traveling sales rep’s most trusted support system for maximizing connections with retailers and vendors. 360 Adventure Collective has over 675 members with 14 annual shows, and services over 2,900 retailers. For more information or to become a member visit https://360adventurecollective.org/