Join BizWest at a fact-filled and educational event with insights and new perspectives on one of the state’s most important economic drivers. 


7:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Outdoor manufacturers and retailers increasingly are becoming vocal advocates of sound public policy on environmental issues, helping to drive the debate and using their influence to affect public policy. What is driving this new assertiveness on the part of the outdoor industry?

As Vice President of Government Affairs, Alex oversees a team of five policy professionals in OIA’s Boulder, Colorado headquarters and in the Washington, D.C. office. He also serves as Treasurer of OIA’s Political Action Committee (OIAPAC).

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Alex Boian, Vice President of Government Affairs. Outdoor Industry Association


The Outdoor Retailer winter show will be merged with the Snow Show in Denver, with the Outdoor Retailer summer market coming to Denver as well. What effect will these enormous trade shows have on Colorado’s outdoor manufacturers?

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Luis Benitez, Director, Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry

Over the course of a decade, Luis Benitez has quietly emerged amongst a growing field of inspirational adventurers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Currently, he serves as the first Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry for the entire state of Colorado.

Clif Harald was named the Executive Director of the Boulder Economic Council in 2011.  The mission of the BEC, the economic development arm of the Boulder Chamber, is to sustain Boulder’s economic vitality, with a priority on proactive existing business retention across Boulder’s key industries and an emphasis on supporting the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and its startup businesses.Clif has over 15 years of economic development leadership experience in Boulder County and the metro Denver region.  He has lived in Boulder for four decades and has experienced the city’s evolution from a bedroom community of the Denver metro area to a regional employment center with the one of the highest concentration of jobs in the nation and a startup community widely regarded as among the most productive in the world.


Clif Harald, Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council


*20 Ideas in 20 Minutes: In this session, local outdoor company CEOs take to the stage to share ideas about innovations they have deployed in product production, manufacturing and distributing, staffing, marketing or sustainable initiatives.

* will allow for more people and time as needed.

Produced by:

Presenting Sponsor

Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Associate Sponsor

New Resource Bank