2019 Outdoor Economy Conference

Building an Outdoor Economy
Thursday, October 10
Crowne Plaza Resort
Asheville, NC



Image Credit: © Derek DiLuzio

Thanks for a fantastic event in 2019!

2020 Dates and Location Coming Soon...

Building an Outdoor Economy

About The 2019 outdoor economy conference

The Outdoor Economy Conference is the southeast's premier event for those looking to grow the outdoor industry in their communities, and craft an economy that's intimately tied to the quality and health of their places.

Outdoor Economy Experts from Across the US (and WNC)

Event Speakers

Amy Allison, Board Chair, Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC

Amy Allison

Marketing Manager, ENO | Board Chair, Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC
Sarah Shrader, Bonsai Design

Sarah Shrader

Owner and Co-Founder, Bonsai Design
Drew Simmons, Founder, Pale Morning Media

Drew Simmons

Pale Morning Media | Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance
Rob Vessels, Veterans Outdoors Coordinator, Sierra Club

Rob Vessels

Senior Campaign Representative, Military Outdoors Program at the Sierra Club
Lauren Rash, COO, Diamond Brand Gear

Lauren Rash

COO, Diamond Brand Gear

Peter Metcalf

Founder and CEO Emeritus, Black Diamond Equipment Company
Andy Williamson Headshot

Andy Williamson

Principal, Active Strategies
Hayley Wells Headshot

Hayley Wells

Chair, Outdoor Sports and Recreation Practice Group, Ward & Smith P.A.
Tom Sauret Headshot

Tom Sauret

Executive Director, SORBA; Southeast Regional Director, IMBA

Conference Schedule

Want to know more about the Opening Reception + Outdoor Biz Pitch Event, on Wednesday 10/9 from 6:00 - 8:30pm?

Want to know more about Friday's workshop on Building Outdoor Communities? Visit the "Communities Track" page in the menu bar, or click the link below...

Thank You to our sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Event Venue, Lodging, and Travel Information

Travel and Event Info



Crowne Plaza Hotel
1 Resort Dr
Asheville, NC, 28806


Nearby airports include AVL (Asheville), CLT (Charlotte), GSP (Greenville) and TYS (Knoxville).


Crowne Plaza Hotel
1 Resort Dr
Asheville, NC, 28806
Book a Room - Discounted Rate available through 9/8/19

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