Yesterday we published a provocative op-ed by NEMO founder and CEO, Cam Brensinger, who contends that “the OR show has been declining in relevance for many years. It seems unlikely to survive long-term without a major reinvention.”

He goes on to offer specific ideas of how we as an industry “can and should reinvent our largest gathering.”

We’d like to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please take our 5-minute survey and weigh in on the state of outdoor industry trade shows.

Stay tuned for a report on the results.


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