Denver, Colorado – (June 11, 2022) – The winners of the 12th Annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards were announced 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 encouraging more people to get outside and create a better outdoor experience. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honored Larry Harrison, who spent 50 years working in the outdoor industry.
“The outdoor community continues to grow because of the people who push and inspire us,” said Marisa Nicholson, senior vice president and show director, Outdoor Retailer. “We are fortunate to work and explore alongside the winners of the 12th Annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards, all of whom are dedicated to building a stronger outdoor community and who are ready to take on challenges to to change perspectives. We were incredibly thrilled to also honor our colleague and friend, Larry Harrison, for a career dedicated to building the community that is our industry.
Winners were determined by a jury based on impact, leadership, community engagement, philanthropy, sustainability and other factors presented with the nominations.
The 2022 winners:
Individual: Gloria Hwang, Founder and CEO of Thousand
Emerging Leader: Mercy M’fon Shammah, Executive Director of Wild Diversity
Maker: Goal Zero
Non-profit: National Forest Foundation
Retailer: Pack Rat Outdoor Center (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went 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, concluding his full-time career at Outdoor Retailer where he holds the rare distinction of having frequented every Outdoor Retailer . Harrison has also served on the board of directors of the Outdoor Industry Association and the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (now Camber), and has led numerous outdoor events, experiences, and rewards programs while serving the community and creating more outdoor stewards.
Read about each of the finalists and recipients in the June 9, 2022 issue of The Daily, and highlights from the ceremony are available online.
Outdoor Retailer Summer wraps up five years in Denver this week. 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 January 10-12, 2023. For more exhibit information, sponsorships and other opportunities, visit www. outdoorretailer.com.
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