Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Board of Director elections officially opened at 8:00 a.m. (MST) on Wednesday, June 18. This year there are six open seats on the OIA Board of Directors, and the OIA Nominations Committee has presented a list of new and incumbent Board Member nominees.

The current nominees broken down by their category, are:

  • Galen Hardy, Senior Director of Casual Lifestyle and Performance – Zappos.com
  • Brian Unmacht, Executive VP of Sales, Service, Store Development and Logistics – REI (Second Term)
  • Scott Sible, President – Wolverine Worldwide Inc. Outdoor Group (Merrell/Patagonia Footwear)
  • Bill Sweasy, Chairman and CEO – Red Wing Shoe Company (Second Term)
  • Zohar Ziv, COO – Deckers Outdoor Corporation
  • Fred Clark, CEO – Thule (Second Term)
  • Don Hildebrand, Vice President and CFO – Confluence (Second Term)
  • Peter Metcalf, Co-Founder, CEO/President and Chairman – Black Diamond Equipment (Second Term)
  • Sam Solomon, President and CEO – The Coleman Company
  • Gordon Seabury, CEO – Horny Toad (Second Term)
    Beaver Theodosakis, Founder and CEO – prAna (Second Term) 

Brief Bios on each board nominee – new and incumbent – can be accessed here.

The candidates up for election this year will join the following members of OIA board of directors, who are continuing their service:

  • Sutton Bacon, President and CEO – Nantahala Outdoor Center
  • Tom Barney, CEO – Osprey
  • Blair Clark, Sr. VP – Smith Optics
  • Brian Cousins, Founder and President  – Cloudveil Mountain Works
  • Paul Fish, President – Mountain Gear
  • Joe Flynn, VP Sports Group – Nielsen Business Media
  • Martha Groszewski, former CFO – Patagonia
  • Jeff Johnson, Senior Director of Merchandising Sportswear, Outerwear and Workwear – Cabela's
  • Mark Leopold, Group Vice President  – Johnson Watercraft
  • Will Manzer, President and CEO – EMS
  • Jennifer Mull, CEO – Backwoods Equipment
  • Bobbi Parisi, VP Marketing – Keen
  • Tony Post, CEO – Vibram USA
  • Pam Schwartzbach, Principal – The Ascentials
  • Steve Shuster, Global Brand Manager – W.L. Gore
  • Jay Steere, VP, Global Product Management/Outdoor Performance – Timberland
  • Dan Templin, CFO – VF Outdoor 
  • Mike Wallenfels, President – Mountain Hardwear