Travis Campbell tells about his first year at Smartwool, what the OIA is working on and how the Outdoor Industry leads the public lands battle.
First Exposure to the Outdoors
My first six years my family lived down in Miami of all places. It's funny I think of myself as the northwestern kid but we lived in Miami till I was six. It seemed like we spent every weekend down in the Florida Keys. We would just go down there and we'd camp and we'd fish and my mom always tells the story of how I caught my first fish at two years old and I never stopped. I don't think I really figured out fly-fishing until I was 12 or 13.
Things we talked about
Folks that are already in, you mentioned it a little earlier with Stacia, I think there's some really cool opportunities in the space right now. Like the Future Leaders Academy the Stasia helps run that OIA puts on. I think that's an awesome program entering our third cycle. We've had just a really good response to that. I think there's things like the sustainability working group that OIA helped facilitate that can be a great networking opportunity and fundamentally helps move the industry forward on sustainability. We've got lots of great conservation organizations that you can get involved with. It's somewhat of an insular industry right so you'll meet industry people at all these conservation organizations and you know at the end of the day it's all about the network.
I think the same is somewhat true for folks trying to get into the space. When I talk to people that are trying to get in I always caution them that I think we're an overly insular industry. We always want to hire folks who have outdoor industry experience and that can be really hard for people who are trying to get into the space. That's where things like volunteering with conservation organizations and places like that will give you exposure to the people in the industry and I think just help you network your way in.
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