2019 Roundtable Recap

In March 2019, close to 50 Vermont outdoor recreation industry representatives attended the second VOBA Roundtable in Killington. A panel of business leaders shared their experience being located in Vermont and identified challenges and opportunities for the sector. Break out discussions led to ideas for VOBA initiatives in the areas of financing, workforce development, infrastructure, and sector branding.  

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Speakers include:

  • Rich McCoy, Director of Operations, Pico Mountain; Director of Summer Operations, Killington

  • Randy Elles, Brand Director, First Stop, Board Barn 

  • Brooke Scatchard, Owner, Sinuosity: Flowing Trails, Fat Bike Skis

  • Amelia Leme, Owner, Mana Threads 

  • Brett Long, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Economic Development 

  • Grover Usilton, Senior Vice President, National Bank of Middlebury

  • Hal Ellms, Owner, Pinnacle Outdoor Group

Thank you to our event sponsors: Killington Resort, Darn Tough, CycleWise, and Fat Tire.

2018 Roundtable Recap

In November 2018, over 50 industry representatives attended the first VOBA Roundtable in Burlington. A panel of experts shared stories about doing outdoor recreation business in Vermont and identified challenges and opportunities for the sector. A discussion led to ideas for VOBA initiatives that can advance needs for financing, workforce development, infrastructure, and sector branding.

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Speakers included:

  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation

  • Lindsay DesLauriers, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Bolton Valley Resort

  • TJ Whalen, Managing Director, FreshTracks Capital

  • Justin Worthley, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Burton Snowboards

  • Corinne Prevot, Chief Executive Officer, Skida

  • Walter Frame, Executive Vice President, Trapp Family Lodge

  • Steve Charest, Co-Owner, Head Guide, Petra Cliffs

  • Drew Simmons, President, Pale Morning Media

  • Mark Yardley, Vice President of Sales, Darn Tough Vermont

Thank you to our event sponsors: Pizza44, Foam Brewing, Darn Tough, and Hula.

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