Outdoor Economy Experts from Around the Country (and across WNC)

Our Speakers

Meryl Harrell

Executive Director | Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Dwayne Patterson

Dwayne Patterson

Director, NC Division of Parks and Recreation
J.D. Lee

J.D. Lee

Superintendent | Blue Ridge Parkway
Latria Graham

Latria Graham

Journalist (Freelancer)

Amelia Arvesen

Assistant Editor, SNEWS
Leslie Cunningham

Leslie Cunningham, PHR

Chief Strategy Officer | The Mann Group
Michiko Martin

Michiko Martin

Director, Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources, USDA Forest Service
Yoon Kim

Yoon Kim

Founder, Outdoor Media Summit & Blogs for Brands
Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams

Founder, Diversify Outdoors & Senior Editor, Melanin Base Camp

Kyle Mundt

Vice President of New Product Development, SylvanSport | Vice Chair, Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC
Cory McCall Speaker Headshot

Cory McCall

Co-Owner, Outdoor 76, Rock House Lodge, and Brown Dog Tees
Judy Gross Headshot

Judy Gross

Owner, LightHeart Gear
Leigh Anne Hilbert Headshot

Leigh Anne Hilbert

Network Coordinator, Carolina Textile District; Director of Design & Development, Sew Co
Pete Eshelman Headshot

Pete Eshelman

Director, Roanoke Outside Foundation; Director of Outdoor Branding, Roanoke Regional Partnership
Tom Sauret Headshot

Tom Sauret

Executive Director, SORBA; Southeast Regional Director, IMBA
Hayley Wells Headshot

Hayley Wells

Chair, Outdoor Sports and Recreation Practice Group, Ward & Smith P.A.
Andy Williamson Headshot

Andy Williamson

Principal, Active Strategies

Peter Metcalf

Founder and CEO Emeritus, Black Diamond Equipment Company
Lauren Rash, COO, Diamond Brand Gear

Lauren Rash

COO, Diamond Brand Gear
Rob Vessels, Veterans Outdoors Coordinator, Sierra Club

Rob Vessels

Senior Campaign Representative, Military Outdoors Program at the Sierra Club
Drew Simmons, Founder, Pale Morning Media

Drew Simmons

Pale Morning Media | Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance
Sarah Shrader, Bonsai Design

Sarah Shrader

Owner and Co-Founder, Bonsai Design
Amy Allison, Board Chair, Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC

Amy Allison

Marketing Manager, ENO | Board Chair, Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC