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Nominations are Open for the 2019 America Outdoors Awards

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Knoxville, TN, May 21, 2019 – Nominations are open for the 2019 America Outdoors Awards for professionals in the Outdoor Recreation Industry. Nominations will be open until August 1, 2019. The winner of the Industry Achievement Award will be voted on by the Board of Directors. The winners of the Thrive Awards will be decided by America Outdoors members through an online voting system. Awards will be distributed at the America Outdoors Conference in Salt Lake City on December 10, 2019. 

The Industry Achievement Award is bestowed on individuals or organizations that have shown exceptional achievement, dedication and commitment to the field of outdoor recreation. The award was originally given to George Wendt, who pioneered the rafting industry in the West. Past winners include David Brown, previous Executive Director of America Outdoors and Jim Greiner, of Wildwater Ltd.

America Outdoors is pleased to introduce the Thrive Awards. These awards are given to companies that have demonstrated exceptional innovation and creativity in their category of nomination within the Outdoor Recreation Industry. The two categories that will be awarded in 2019 are “Social Media Presence” and “Website Design”.

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“America Outdoors believes in recognizing excellent in our amazing industry,” commented Executive Director Julie Kahlfeldt. “We are so pleased to be adding a new category of awards this year- the Thrive Awards- so we have more opportunities to honor deserving individuals and companies. It is such an exciting part of the AO Conference to recognize those who are elevating the industry in a room of their peers. It is very special.”

How to Nominate

To nominate a deserving individual, please visit You must be a current member of America Outdoors to nominate or be nominated.

About America Outdoors:

America Outdoors is the national association for outfitters and guides. Since 1989, America Outdoors has worked to ensure outfitters in the outdoor recreation industry have a voice. Today, we are the one-stop resource for outfitters, leading the industry in public policy, business innovation, and promotion of outdoor recreational activities.

Contact: Hilary Wickes


Phone: 865-558-3595