Grassroots Outdoor Alliance has hired Gabe Maier as president. Maier has worked with the GOA for six years, including two years as a business analyst (2015/17) and four years as vice president (2017/21). Most recently, he was the director of business development for BrandKeep.

“The board is so excited to have Gabe back on the team. He has a remarkable combination of attributes that make him the ideal person to take the reins of Grassroots at this moment in time – deep institutional knowledge, current working relationships and widespread respect as a thoughtful and innovative leader,” said Emily White, GOA board member and owner of Roads Rivers and Trails in Milton, OH.

Maier will assume the role on June 1 ahead of the Grassroots Connect buying show which returns to Knoxville, TN, from June 6-9.

The GOA includes 104 retailers and 209 doors in 44 states. 

“Over the past year, it’s clear that the Grassroots team has continued to execute on a high level bringing Connect back from the initial effects of the pandemic and also growing the membership base with great retailers and brands along the way. It’s also heartening to see that retailers are having a bit of a moment right now, as both brands and investors recognize the enduring importance of specialty retail as commerce continues to evolve. I’m very excited to be coming back at this moment and to have the opportunity to be a steward for independent specialty and all of the amazing individuals that form this community,” said Maier.

Photo courtesy Grassroots Outdoor Alliance