Winter 2014-2015 Outdoor Industry Recruiting/Conferences

You must always be ready to interview, folks!  Photo courtesy of Martin Moreno
You must always be ready to interview, folks!  Photo courtesy of Martin Moreno

  Are you interested in a career in the outdoor industry or action sports?  If so, you might want to check out online resources like Malakye or Outdoorindustryjobs and throw your resume out there.  But we all know that online resume databases can only take you so far, so take it up a notch by going to one of Malakye’s “Shmooz” events – free job fairs for the outdoor industry.  While this isn’t an MBA-specific job path, it’s an opportunity to learn about the industry and get that foot in the door!  And remember, Foster MBA students get up to $300 reimbursed for travel to job conventions, and I think snowboards/skis fly free on Southwest (just saying).  They tend to have these events in conjunction with major industry conventions.  I’ve outlined a list of the conventions where Shmooz events have been held in the past, the scheduled 2015 dates (as they come available), and estimated times when you can register to Shmooz.  

Note:  The Shmooz itself is free, but if you’re not in the media (personal blogs don’t count..boo) or in the industry, you can’t attend the industry conferences.  You can, however, go do some post-conference networking while enjoying some Wasatch powder.  I’m counting on some forward-thinking snowsports company to do on-mountain interviews.  Somebody get on that!


Winter (check in December):

Agenda (5-6 Jan 2015, Long Beach, CA) 

Categories include lifestyle, streetwear, contemporary, women’s, accessories, action sports, outdoor, footwear, and both surf and skate hardgoods. The show also includes peripheral marketing events, industry parties, and the Agenda Emerge conference. Agenda Long Beach is attended by 10,000+ buyers, media, distributors, and influencers from 49 states and 50 countries. If you are only able to attend one trade show this year, it should be Agenda Long Beach!

Previous year’s Shmooz event info

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (20-24 Jan 2015, Salt Lake City, UT) 

Discover new winter sports products, apparel and gear. This popular outdoor gear trade show featuring the best of the sports market, is held twice a year so leading outdoor industry manufacturers can introduce winter and summer outdoor products. Attracting thousands of buyers, top winter and summer sports manufacturers and the newest innovative outdoor gear, this outdoor market is the place to be! 

Previous year’s Shmooz event info

SnowSports Industries America Snow Show (29 Jan – 1 Feb 2015, Denver, CO)

For six decades, the SIA Snow Show has been bringing the entire snow sports market together in one place, making it the most important trade event for the entire industry. Showcasing the latest trends, innovations, product lines and styles, the SIA Snow Show represents the only global event where over 1,000 brands are presented in an authentic environment both on and off the snow; all powered by the passion and culture of snow sports.

Previous year’s Shmooz event info


Summer (check in June): 

Agenda (TBD July 2015, Long Beach, CA) 

Previous year’s Shmooz event info

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (4-8 August 2015, Salt Lake City, UT) 

Summer Market is committed to delivering the widest and most comprehensive outdoor buyer demographic that has open-to-buy and a passion for the outdoors. Summer Market is the largest outdoor sports show of its kind, and caters to a specialty audience. OR Summer Market takes pride in the outdoor conference offerings – providing education to retailers, reps and manufacturers to improve business.

Previous year’s Shmooz event info


Fall (check in August):

Interbike (September 2015, Las Vegas, NV)

The Largest Annual Gathering of the Bicycle Industry in North America.  The Annual Interbike International Bicycle Exposition is where the bicycle industry gathers to to celebrate, educate and conduct the business of cycling. 

Previous year’s Shmooz event info

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