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Winner of Four Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence in Craft Awards The Outdoor Biz Podcast features inspiring conversations with Outdoor/Adventure Brand Founders and Leaders from Outdoor, Bike, Ski, Adventure Travel, Conservation, Industry Recruiters, Executives and, many others. They talk about their careers, tell inspiring stories, and offer advice and direction on the path you can take to get your job in the industry and grow your Outdoor Career. Hosted by Author, Speaker, and, Adventurer Rick Saez and available wherever you get your podcasts.

The Outdoor Biz Podcast Rick Saez

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Winner of Four Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence in Craft Awards The Outdoor Biz Podcast features inspiring conversations with Outdoor/Adventure Brand Founders and Leaders from Outdoor, Bike, Ski, Adventure Travel, Conservation, Industry Recruiters, Executives and, many others. They talk about their careers, tell inspiring stories, and offer advice and direction on the path you can take to get your job in the industry and grow your Outdoor Career. Hosted by Author, Speaker, and, Adventurer Rick Saez and available wherever you get your podcasts.

    Joe DiGirolamo Shares Thermore's Pursuit of Sustainability and Environmental Awareness [427]

    Joe DiGirolamo Shares Thermore's Pursuit of Sustainability and Environmental Awareness [427]

    In this episode, Rick Saez welcomes Joe DiGirolamo, Director of Sales at insulation company Thermore. After sharing their early experiences with outdoor activities and their current hobbies, they delve into the concept of plastic recycling for insulation production. They discuss the importance of adopting sustainability both in the manufacturing processes and everyday operations. Thermore's Ocean Down initiative, and the impact of our buying decisions on the environment. Joe illustrates these with his work in Thermore, particularly with the development of sustainable materials. He further urges listeners to make conscious, wise choices concerning consumption, especially when dealing with single-use plastics.
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      Show Notes Questions we Discussed Share your first outdoor experience with us? Camping, hiking, biking, what was it?
    How often do you get out to camp, hike, bike, etc, these days?
    Tell us a bit about Thermore, it's a family business founded in Italy?
    You've been with Thermore a long time. What were you doing before joining Theremore?
    Thermore has been driving sustainability since day one, where does that ethos come from?
    How has the process of developing sustainable materials evolved over the years?
    I don't know much about Ocean bound plastic, what can you share with us about that?
    How do you tweak the manufacturing to produce different insulation to fit different use cases? "blown" vs. "rolled for example.
    What are the best practices we, as consumers, can do to achieve the same goal?
    Tell us about Thermore’s Ocean Down. Has it been widely embraced?
    What are some of your other initiatives to drive sustainability, both in manufacturing as well as day-to-day operations?
    Do you have a favorite activity or place to get outside?
    What is your favorite outdoor gear purchase under $100?
    How about some of your favorite books?
    Is there anything else you want to say or ask of our listeners?
    Where can people find you if they’d like to follow up (email, Twitter, Instagram, etc)?
    Learn More To learn more about Joe and Thermore, visit their website at: https://www.thermore.com
    You can also visit Thermore on these social sites:
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    Next Steps If you enjoy interviews devoted to the outdoor industry, find us online at ricksaez.com/listen. We welcome likes and comments, and if you know someone who is also an outdoor enthusiast, go ahead and share our site with them, too.
    Keywords #Thermore, #JoeDiGirolamo, #Milan, #innovation, #sustainability, #recycled technology, #product development, #ocean-bound plastic, #Southeast Asia, #manufacturing, #recycled fibers, #single-use plastics, #plastic pollution, #sustainable materials, #outdoor industry, #family-owned, #outdoor activities, #golf, #tennis, #climate change, #environmental awareness
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    • 39 min
    Tom Dempsey, Outdoor Industry Leadership, and SylvanSport's Innovative Approach [EP 426]

    Tom Dempsey, Outdoor Industry Leadership, and SylvanSport's Innovative Approach [EP 426]

    Hey everyone, welcome to Episode 426 with Tom Dempsey, founder and CEO of SylvanSport and a highly regarded national leader in the outdoor industry for several decades. SylvanSport designs and manufactures innovative recreation vehicles and outdoor gear. In addition to SylvanSport, Dempsey has founded and led several other companies in the outdoor recreation industry and is the founding chairperson of the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Coalition, a non-profit group that directs and supports the state's Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.
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    Show Notes Questions we Discussed Tell us about your first outdoor experience?
    How many times do you get out to camp, hike, etc, these days?
    Where does your love for industrial design come from?
    And what was your job at Coleman? It was your first outdoor job, right?
    You got into the kayak space when it was still relatively new. Are you a kayaker?
    What was it about adventure sports that inspired SlyvanSport?
    Tell us about the early days of Sylvan, is your first product still in the line?
    How do you find time to run the company and maintain the role of chief product designer?
    Sylvan also has a great company culture, can you share some of the things you do to maintain that?
    What is the Sylvan distribution network like, how many RV dealers are you in?
    Mountain Bridge Wilderness
    Are all your products sold in the US or are there any international distributors?
    Do you have a favorite place camp?
    How about a spot to get away for an hour or so and get some outdoor time during the week?
    Do you have any suggestions and/or advice for folks with a product idea to get it into production?
    What is your favorite outdoor gear purchase under $100? Sylvan Sport WayLight
    How about some of your favorite books? Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara
    And Tom has a special offer for our listeners . . . 20% off on gear (excludes their trailers). The code is:  outdoorbiz20
    Is there anything else you want to say or ask of our listeners?
    Where can people find you if they’d like to follow up (email, Twitter, Instagram, etc)? tom@sylvansport.com
      Learn More To learn more about Tom and SylvanSport, visit their website at: https://www.sylvansport.com/
    You can also visit SylvanSport on these social sites:
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Facebook
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    Next Steps If you enjoy interviews devoted to the outdoor industry, find us online at ricksaez.com/listen. We welcome likes and comments, and if you know someone who is also an outdoor enthusiast, go ahead and share our site with them, too.
    Keywords #camping, #outdoor activities, #industrial designer, #product production, #outdoor gear, #simplicity, #Sylvan Sport, #mountain bridge wilderness,  #trade show, #Boy Scouts, #paddling. #product designer, #Auburn University, #RV industry, e3ntry-level RV, #company culture, #leadership
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    • 30 min
    Reeling in Change: How Rising to the Fly is Empowering Women in Fly Fishing [EP 425]

    Reeling in Change: How Rising to the Fly is Empowering Women in Fly Fishing [EP 425]

    Julia Mitchell had a kernel of this idea she had been noodling on for a few years. She had had some "lightly used" fly fishing clothes that didn't fit her anymore and thought they would be perfect for another angler. Julia was working in a leadership role with United Women on the Fly, and also started a leadership role with a local fly fishing group where she met Temma Roby. After sharing her idea of breaking down barriers for women to enjoy fly fishing and providing used or donated gear and clothing Temma was on board with the mission. On August 5th, 2022 Rising to the Fly was born!
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    Show Notes Rising to the Fly
    00:00 Decided to expand fly fishing group nationwide, changed name to "Rising to the Fly."
    04:15 Learned fly fishing in 1999, started with intro clinic, now passionate about it.
    09:39 Idea stemmed from unused fishing shirts, expanded to include gear for exchange among women.
    13:23 Partners with organizations, holds clinics & training for women.
    15:02 Received campground donation for weekend, stocked pond, women caught fish, divided into smaller groups for activities.
    18:48 Shop manager offered support, received products, plans to engage other Orvis shops.
    21:02 Transformed garage into warehouse, repurposed hangers for inventory.
    27:19 Tema and I reached out to other nonprofits for advice on donations and applications, providing helpful insights and support.
    30:00 Excited about new lanyard, makes life easier outdoors.
    35:16 Encourage website and social media visit, subscribe, and donate gear or money.
    36:04 Seeking financial and gear support for shipping and donations. Accepting applications for gear. Seeking support from companies.
    Learn More To learn more about Julia, Temma, and Rising to the Fly, visit their website at: risingtothefly.com
    You can also visit Rising to the Fly on these social sites:
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    Facebook
    YouTube
    Next Steps If you enjoy interviews devoted to the outdoor industry, find us online at ricksaez.com/listen. We welcome likes and comments, and if you know someone who is also an outdoor enthusiast, go ahead and share our site with them, too.
    Keywords #Fly fishing, #Entomology, #Fishing gear, #Female anglers, #Fly fishing clinic, #Creek fishing, #Gear donations, #Fly fishing shops, #Outdoor industry, #Steelhead fishing, #Trinity River, #Poudre Creek, #Nonprofit organization, #Women in fly fishing, #Casting for Recovery, #Women-focused nonprofits, #Starting a nonprofit, #outdoor experience, #RickSaez #TheOutdoorBizPodcast #PodcastInterview #OWAA
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    • 35 min
    Campfire Innovation: Inside the Creation of PacAPit with John Chadwell [EP 424]

    Campfire Innovation: Inside the Creation of PacAPit with John Chadwell [EP 424]

    Welcome to Episode 424 of the Outdoor Biz Podcast. Today I’m speaking with PacAPit creator and Founder John Chadwell. The inspiration for PacAPit came from the idea of building a fire they could use while sitting in the water, a fire that people could gather around. They started in June of 2020, and after John developed the product and got a patent, they begin selling in October of 2021. They are in all 50 states and about 14 countries!
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    Show Notes Overview PacAPit
    00:00 Invented COVID baby fire concept on river.
    03:23 Texas grocery chain H E B founders started camp foundation in Hill Country; aims to preserve camping experience.
    07:56 Considering outsourcing production to scale business, possibly outsourcing grill production to a stamping facility.
    11:30 Looking for retailers in San Antonio and Spring Branch for outdoor gear and fire pits.
    15:30 The PacAPit allows building fires on any surface, including snow and ice, for outdoor activities.
    16:44 People crave campfire experience to gather and connect, improving social interaction.
    20:41 Advice on iterating a product, seeking feedback, and protecting ideas.
    23:31 Versatile tool, furniture development, long-term app goal for campfire storytelling.
    24:45 What is your favorite outdoor gear purchase under $100? Fiskar Hand Hatchet
    26:01 Book emphasizes the importance of being willing to take chances.
    27:32 Do you have any suggestions and/or advice for folks with a product idea to get it into production?
    26:05 How about some of your favorite books? Here is New York, E.B. White, and A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink.
    YOU can get 15% off your PacAPit when you use CODE ODBIZ15 to purchase your PacAPit. Go to PacAPit.com, slash buy, and get yours today. That's 15% off with CODE ODBIZ15
    Learn More To learn more about John and PacAPit, visit their website at: PacAPit.com
    You can also visit PacAPit on these social sites:
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Email
    Next Steps If you enjoy interviews devoted to the outdoor industry, find us online at ricksaez.com/listen. We welcome likes and comments, and if you know someone who is also an outdoor enthusiast, go ahead and share our site with them, too.
    Keywords #John Chadwell, #PacAPit, #fire pits, #grills, #business ventures, #invention process, #manufacturing, #camping, #outdoor experience, #RickSaez #TheOutdoorBizPodcast #PodcastInterview #OWAA
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    • 32 min
    Peter Arlein Shares his mountainFLOW ‘No petroleum’ EcoWax Success [EP 423]

    Peter Arlein Shares his mountainFLOW ‘No petroleum’ EcoWax Success [EP 423]

    Welcome to Episode 423 of the Outdoor Biz Podcast. Today I’m speaking with Peter Arlein, Founder and CEO of mountainFLOW eco-wax. Peter has been in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years working as a ski patroller and raft guide. In 2016 he started MountainFLOW eco-wax with a straightforward mission: provide a simple and eco-friendly way to improve the skiing experience. Their first product was a water-based anti-stick spray that reduced snow and ice buildup on top of skis. Located in Carbondale CO they’ve since added more ski bike products to the line.
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    Show Notes Questions we Discussed What was your first outdoor experience? tell us about the path from Biology and Neuroscience at Colby College to an MBA at the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics at the University of Alaska. before we get into ski wax what was the Seafood business like? and when did you first have the idea for eco-friendly ski wax? and it's made entirely from plants? what was the iteration process from raw paraffin to eco-friendly ski wax? how many non-stick pans and stove burners did you ruin? how big was the business when you went on Shark Tank? how did their investment help? Now you have plant-based water bottles, a bike maintenance kit, and recycled aluminum poles, what else are you working on that you can share with us? are all your products made in the US? do you sell to retailers? how often do you get to ski and ride? Do you have any suggestions and/or advice for folks with a product idea to get it into production? What is your favorite outdoor gear purchase under $100? Solar-charged, battery-powered string lights. How about some of your favorite books? Flow-The Psychology of Optimal Experience
    by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  Learn More To learn more about Peter and mountainFLOW eco-wax, visit their website at: mountainFLOW eco-wax
    You can also visit Peter and mountainFLOW eco-wax on these social sites:
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Facebook
    Next Steps If you enjoy interviews devoted to the outdoor industry, find us online at ricksaez.com/listen. We welcome likes and comments, and if you know someone who is also an outdoor enthusiast, go ahead and share our site with them, too.
    Keywords #Peter Arlein #mountainFLOWeco-wax #colbycollege #outdoor-activities, #skiing, #biking, #eco-friendlyproducts, #entrepreneurship #RickSaez #TheOutdoorBizPodcast #PodcastInterview #OWAA
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    • 31 min
    Sustainable Travel and Community Empowerment: Samira Holma's Journey [EP 422]

    Sustainable Travel and Community Empowerment: Samira Holma's Journey [EP 422]

    Today, I’m speaking with entrepreneur, marketer, writer, and full-time traveler Samira Holma.
    Samira helps brands and places lead the way in hospitality and the future of work improving and growing their impact with marketing that supports local communities.
    In 2016, she turned her passions for marketing and travel into her lifestyle and became a full-time traveling marketing consultant & writer. She's been traveling non-stop, without a fixed base, ever since.
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    Show Notes Questions we Discussed Let's begin with
    how were you inspired to travel the world?
    where was your first trip to a new country
    how about your first new continent?
    what inspired you to get into marketing?
    you have a Bachelor's in International Marketing from BI Norwegian School of Management how did you decide to go there?
    your bio says you are an entrepreneur, marketer, writer, and full-time traveler, tell us about your work what do you do, and how do you keep up with everything while you're traveling?
    how do you help destinations and brands upgrade and attract the right audience with strategies that boost local communities
    which part of the business you are most passionate about?
    tell us about your audience, what are a couple of their key demographics?
    do you have an "our craziest adventure" story from all your travels?
    Is there someplace you haven't been to yet that is high on your list?
    what are a couple of your favorite outdoor activities you participate in?
    do you have any suggestions and/or advice for folks wanting to get into the travel biz
    What is your favorite travel gear purchase under $100 A good Sleep Mask
    do you have any favorite books or books you give as gifts? One that I keep Recommending and giving away as well is Effortless. Is there anything else you want to say or ask of our listeners
    Learn More To learn more about Samira and her work, visit her website at: samiraholma.com
    You can also visit Samira on these social sites:
    Instagram
    Linkedin
    Facebook
    Next Steps If you enjoy interviews devoted to the outdoor industry, find us online at ricksaez.com/listen. We welcome likes and comments, and if you know someone who is also an outdoor enthusiast, go ahead and share our site with them, too.
    Keywords #SamiraHolma #Remotework #Destination-management #Infrastructure-improvement #Full-time-travel #Destination-management #RickSaez #TheOutdoorBizPodcast #PodcastInterview #OWAA
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    • 46 min

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