2018 Opening Keynote Address
Executive Director, Outdoor Industry Association
Amy Roberts is the Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association, which is the trade association and voice of the outdoor recreation industry, serving more than 1,300 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers. OIA is dedicated to ensuring the growth of the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy through support of America’s recreation infrastructure and a business climate conducive to growing outdoor products businesses. Prior to leading OIA, Amy was Chief Sustainability and Business Innovation Officer at Mountain Equipment Co-op where she led the Canadian outdoor retailer’s commitment to business and product sustainability. Amy has a background in government relations, including previous positions as VP of Government Affairs at OIA and Director of Government Relations at Micron Technology. She also served as press secretary for Idaho Governor Philip Batt.
Amy will discuss OIA’s work on the economics of the outdoors, both nationally and in Colorado. In particular, she’ll explore the take-aways from this report and what it means for the recreation industry in Colorado. She’ll also touch on results from their recent State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation report as well as results of the Conservation in the West poll.
Evening Awards Banquet Speakers
Director, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Bob is an avid outdoorsman who loves Colorado and its abundant natural and recreational resources. Broscheid took the helm at Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the National Conservaion Leadership Institute. Prior to becoming Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, he was a biologist, Habitat Branch Chief and Deputy Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Bob will speak about the various initiatives that the agency is undertaking to ensure we are advancing Colorado by investing in the outdoors including our efforts in developing the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP); our adoption of the Colorado Outdoor Principles (SHIFT) and our participation in the Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP).
CEO, National Wild Turkey Federation
Rebecca Humphries started her career in wildlife as an employee of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and later joined the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Her 32 year career with the agency was a progression of field biologist positions to Wildlife Division Chief and culminated with her last seven years as Director. Becky's tenure brought her to leadership roles with the Association of Fish and Wild Agencies where she won their two most prestigious awards for her work. In 2011, Becky left public service and joined Ducks Unlimited as Director of Conservation Programs. In 2013, The National Wild Turkey Federation enticed Becky to join them in South Carolina as the Chief Conservation Officer. In 2016, Becky was named the Chief Operations Officer and in April of 2017, she was named as the CEO for NWTF. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Becky will speak on her perspectives on advancing both outdoor recreation and conservation based on her professional experiences leading both a state natural resources agency and a national conservation organization. She’ll also speak about her role on the Blue Ribbon Panel which has led to the formation of the Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife.
2018 Closing Keynote Address
On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the only blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Following this feat, he later climbed the Seven Summits, the highest points on every continent. Since then, he has authored multiple books, including his memoir, Touch the Top of the World. Erik's triumphs over some of the world's most formidable mountains were fueled a growing aspiration to take the lessons he learned in the mountains to help others shatter barriers in their lives. To advance this idea, Erik co-founded not merely an organization, but rather a movement called No Barriers. The mission is to help people with challenges, all of us to some extent, to turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose. The motto is "what's within you is stronger than what's in your way." To this aim, Erik continues to challenge himself to live a No Barriers Life.