Denver, Colo – (June 11, 2022) – The recipients of the 12th Annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards were announced on Thursday, June 9, 2022 during Outdoor Retailer Summer at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Awards were given in five categories to individuals and organizations that encourage more people to get outside and create a better outdoor experience. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors Larry Harrison, who has been in the outdoor industry for 50 years.
“The outdoor community continues to thrive because of the people who drive and inspire us,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer senior vice president and show director. “We are fortunate to be collaborating and researching with the recipients of the 12th Annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards, all of whom are committed to building a stronger outdoor community and willing to take on challenges to change perspective. We are incredibly pleased to also honor our colleague and friend Larry Harrison for a career dedicated to building the community that defines our industry.”
Recipients were determined by a panel of judges based on impact, leadership, community engagement, philanthropy, sustainability and other factors presented in the nominations.
The winners 2022:
Individually: Gloria Hwang, Founder and CEO of Thousand
Aspiring Leader: Mercy M’fon Shammah, Managing Director of Wild Diversity
Manufacturer: target zero
Non-profit: National Forest Foundation
Retailer: Pack Rat Outdoor Center (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Harrison, whose career in the outdoor industry spans 50 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 (now Camber) and has led numerous outdoor events, experiences and awards programs while serving the community and growing more stewards of nature.
Read about each of the finalists and award winners in the 9 June 2022 edition of The Daily, and highlights of the ceremony are available online.
Outdoor retailer Summer wraps up its five-year anniversary this week in Denver. Over the next year, Outdoor Retailer is moving to Salt Lake City and County and the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, beginning with the Snow Show on January 10-12, 2023. For more information on exhibits, sponsorships and other opportunities, visit www. outdoorretailer.com.
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