Theresa Conn is the Director of Sustainability at NEMO Equipment, an innovative outdoor gear brand based in Dover, NH. After interning at the National Parks Service and the New Hampshire State Parks Department, Theresa joined NEMO as a Logistics Coordinator to combine her love of recreation and interest in sustainable business. During her time at NEMO, Theresa’s work in operations, sourcing, distribution, and purchasing have given her a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the camping gear industry. Today, Theresa supports the implementation of NEMO’s sustainability strategy, collaborates with organizations like The Textile Exchange, and sits on the Outdoor Industry Association Recreation Advisory Council. When she’s not deep in a spreadsheet or out hiking a trail, Theresa enjoys playing piano and fiddle with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.
Michael is an award-winning travel writer and photographer and co-founder / owner of HITravelTales.com. Michael served as the president of SNEWS (now Outside Business) from 2000 until 2012. Along with his wife and business partner, Therese Iknoian, he turned SNEWS from a niche publication into an industry-leading trade media business that Active Interest Media acquired in 2007. Prior to owning SNEWS, he worked as an editor for Outdoor Retailer and co-founded the trade show daily newspaper (now the OR Daily). He has authored more than 16 books and penned many hundreds of feature articles over the years and his byline has appeared in Backpacker, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Outside, The San Jose Mercury News, Portland Oregonian and more. His travels have taken him to all seven continents and all 50 states in the United States. He is a member in good standing with the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), TravMedia, and a media member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).
With a decade of branding and marketing experience, Jessica brings a lot of knowledge, passion and big ideas to her role as Sr. Global Brand Marketing Manager of Product at Costa Sunglasses. She specializes in brand management and communications, and believes that the most successful brands are those built by passionate, empowered people. She has not only helped build a stronger brand and community for Costa, but she is a tireless advocate for both. Complementing her passion for Costa is her passion for the environment and the watery world we all call home. Jess has championed many of the brand’s CSR initiatives, including publishing the brand’s first-ever Protect Report, detailing Costa’s work to protect water and coastal communities, and launching the second generation of the Untangled Collection, sunglasses built from recycled fishing nets.
Well-connected, authentic Outdoor Industry Podcaster, Evangelist, & Business Development Consultant committed to helping as many people as possible learn about, enjoy, and energize the Outdoor Travel/Adventure industry. 20+ years of boundless focus in the Outdoor industry as an award-winning product innovator, brand marketer, consultant, content creator, eco-educator, guide and podcaster. Former Director of Product, Marketing, and Sales for Outdoor industry trailblazers Eagle Creek, JanSport, Umpqua, Dana Design, and Lowepro. Creator and host of the Outdoor Biz Podcast gathering entrepreneurs, brand leaders, and enthusiasts around the mic to share stories from the wild, the startup files, and the retail aisles. Four-time Outdoor Writers of America Association “Excellence in Craft” award winner
Emily Holland is a podcast strategist, consultant, and coach based in Boulder, Colorado. She has produced, edited, and hosted her own podcasts, The Stokecast and the Nature Untold Podcast, and now she helps individual creators and brands create and grow their own podcasts. When she’s not being a podcast nerd, she loves spending time outdoors, whether it be skiing, running, climbing, or hiking.
Tim Wenger is a travel journalist based in Colorado. He serves as a Senior Editor at Matador Network, where he’s filed work from four continents, often looking at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, and the economy. In addition to Matador, check out his work in Lonely Planet, Fodor’s guidebooks, USAToday, and other fine publications.
Kraig Becker is a freelance writer, journalist, and consultant who covers mountaineering expeditions, polar exploration, adventure travel, and other outdoor pursuits. He is the editor of The Adventure Blog, the founder of The Adventure Podcast, and has contributed to online and print outlets such as National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Gear Junkie, Digital Trends, OutdoorX4 Magazine, TripSavvy, and others. He is the co-author of the book Reaching Beyond Boundaries and currently has three other books in development.