Finalists, Lifetime Achievement Award Introduced for Outside Retailer Inspiration Awards


The finalists for the 12th annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards were announced today, recognizing individuals, companies and organizations for their commitment to promoting outdoor recreation and enhancing the outdoor experience. This year’s honorees will be unveiled in a live, in-person ceremony on Thursday, June 9, 2022, the first night of Outdoor Retailer Summer at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

An independent panel of judges selected the 2022 finalists in five categories: Individual, Emerging Leader, Manufacturer, Nonprofit and Retailer. The finalists are:

Individually: Gloria Hwang, Kindra Roberts, and Shaheen Sadeghi

Aspiring Leader: Katie Doherty, Mercy M’fon Shammah

Manufacturer: BioLite, Goal Zero, MPOWERED, Sawyer products

Non-profit: Carbon Neutral, National Forest Foundation, The Cairn Project

Retailer: Moosejaw, Pack Rat Outdoor Center

Larry Harrison

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Larry Harrison, whose career in the outdoor industry has spanned 50 fun and rewarding years. He has worked with and for Eagle Creek, Wilderness Experience, JanSport, LOWA, Rockport, Sierra Designs and adidas Outdoor, among others, and ended his full-time career at Outdoor Retailer, where he has the rare distinction of having visited every outdoor retailer. Harrison has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Outdoor Industry Association and the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition and has led numerous outdoor events, experiences and awards programs while serving the community and growing more stewards of nature.

“All of the Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards winners are proven change makers and genuinely inspire others to get outside,” said Marisa Nicholson, Senior Vice President and Show Director, Outdoor Retailer. “This year’s finalists are creating more opportunities for outdoor recreation, making the outdoors safer and more accessible, and committed to supporting communities and protecting the natural places we enjoy.

“We’re also thrilled to celebrate Larry Harrison for the impact he’s had on many of us and our industry throughout his career,” continued Nicholson. “He co-founded these awards 12 years ago, and we look forward to honoring him and this year’s honorees at the ceremony, which will no doubt inspire us for the future of our incredible community.”

The ceremony to announce the 2022 honorees and honor Harrison will be moderated by climber, outdoor advocate and past honoree Timmy O’Neill. The live ceremony will take place on June 9th, Night 1 of Outdoor Retailer Summer at the Colorado Convention Center. The Outdoor Retailer 40th Anniversary party follows the awards program at the Hyatt Regency.

Outdoor Retailer Summer is back at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver June 9-11, 2022 and will provide retail, community and connection opportunities for the outdoor industry. In addition to industry celebrations, attendees can find three days of training, networking opportunities and more than 550 exhibitors. Registration and daily routine at

Brands interested in exhibiting, becoming sponsors, or learning more about outdoor retailer opportunities can contact an outdoor retailer account manager today.

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