2021 Logan Outdoor Summit

Normally a large, three-day event, the 2021 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit will be two regional gatherings in Logan (September) and Kanab (October). The Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit is a gathering place for all sectors of the outdoor recreation industry in Utah to connect, learn, grow and build together with a vision for the future, health and vitality of outdoor recreation in Utah. The Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit focuses on how we strengthen outdoor recreation communities, the outdoor recreation economy, and improve health and quality of life for all Utahns.

Through programming, networking, and outdoor activities, this event focuses on how we strengthen outdoor recreation communities, the outdoor recreation economy, and improve health and quality of life for all Utahns.

Our theme this year is ``Outdoors Elevated`` and the Summit is meant to do just that — elevate the outdoors! We seek to build on the appreciation and admiration for the outdoors and continue to elevate the outdoors, outdoor communities, and the people and organizations who make outdoor recreation possible.

Scroll down to learn more about our schedule, breakout sessions, and speakers.


Utah State University

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Utah State University is a land-grant research university in Logan with nearly 20,000 students.

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The Summit is taking place in the Taggart Student Center (TSC), the Eccles Conference Center (ECC), and on the Quad. Click here to see a map with these locations highlighted.


FREE parking option: take the Aggie Shuttle! (Park at the Maverick Stadium, take the Stadium Express, and get off at the Taggart Student Center). The shuttle begins at 7:00 AM. For more information, please visit: https://parking.usu.edu/aggie-shuttle/files/ShuttleDayMap_20200820.pdf 

If you want to pay for parking, you can park in any visitor-paid parking.


All attendees will receive 30 percent off Wasatch Mountain Art’s November screenings with this code: SUMMIT30


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Toya EastmanToya Eastman
Toya Eastman
Toya EastmanAssistant Manager, YP coach |Momentum Diversity Equity
Toya Eastman traded in her flight attendant wings for a life on the ground a few years ago. She's currently living the dream in Salt Lake City, Utah working at Momentum Millcreek and climbing everything Ishe can outside! Her absolute favorite area is the Secret Garden in LCC.
Pitt GrewePitt Grewe
Pitt Grewe
Pitt GreweDirector| Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
A husband and father of three, Pitt Grewe is the Director of the office of Outdoor Recreation for the State of Utah.
Brian SteedBrian Steed
Brian Steed
Brian SteedExecutive Director| Utah Department of Natural Resources
Brian Steed was appointed DNR executive director in 2019 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He leads an agency of 1,300 employees from seven divisions, including Forestry, Fire and State Land; Oil, Gas and Mining; Parks and Recreation; Utah Geological Survey; Water Resources; Water Rights; and Wildlife Resources.
Brad WilsonBrad Wilson
Brad Wilson
Brad WilsonSpeaker of the House
Brad Wilson has represented Utah’s 15th district for nearly a decade and currently serves as Speaker of the House, a position he has held since 2019
Vicki VarelaVicki Varela
Vicki Varela
Vicki VarelaManaging Director | Office of Tourism in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
Vicki Varela is the managing director of the Office of Tourism in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.


Scott BahrScott Bahr
Scott Bahr
Scott BahrConsultant | Cairn Consulting Group
Scott Bahr has over 25 years of market research and analytical experience in marketing, product development, and strategic planning.
Alan BergstromAlan Bergstrom
Alan Bergstrom
Alan BergstromTraining Officer; Former Commander | Salt Lake County Sheriff Search and Rescue
Search & Rescue
Keili BellKeili Bell
Keili Bell
Keili BellActing Executive Director, Development Director | Bike Utah
Keili brings over 8 years of experience in outdoor recreation advocacy and fundraising on the local, state, and national levels.
Gary BowenGary Bowen
Gary Bowen
Gary BowenCFO | Cotopaxi
Gary Bowen is the CFO of Cotopaxi and has over 30 years of finance & operations experience primarily in Consumer Products and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Matt CaldwellMatt Caldwell
Matt Caldwell
Matt CaldwellExecutive Director | Tread Lightly!
Matt Caldwell is the executive director of Tread Lightly!
Dustin CederholmDustin Cederholm
Dustin Cederholm
Dustin CederholmExecutive Director | Utah Outdoor Association
Dustin Cederholm is a founder and Executive Director of the Utah Outdoor Association, an independent business association representing Utah’s outdoor brands.
Sarah CrockettSarah Crockett
Sarah Crockett
Sarah CrockettChief Marketing Officer | BackCountry
Sarah leads marketing efforts for the North American portfolio of brands at Backcountry
Evan CurtisEvan Curtis
Evan Curtis
Evan CurtisSenior Budget and Policy Analyst and Strategic Planner | Governor's Office of Planning and Budget
Evan has been with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) since 2007 and has a unique background in both planning and budgeting.
Sus EdmundsonSus Edmundson
Sus Edmundson
Sus EdmundsonBivy & ACR Electronics | Director of Sales and Marketing
Sus brings both creative and analytical talents to the table and is seasoned and adept in sales and marketing.
Kim FrostKim Frost
Kim Frost
Kim FrostExecutive Director| Utah Clean Air Partnership
Kim Frost is the executive director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR). Kim is passionate about improving Utah’s air and leads UCAIR’s efforts statewide in their mission to clear the air through public education, community partnership, and grants.
Chanel FloresChanel Flores
Chanel Flores
Chanel FloresDeputy Director | Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI)
Chanel Flores joined UAMMI in January 2021 as the deputy director for the organization.
Elisa GarnElisa Garn
Elisa Garn
Elisa GarnVP of Thought Leadership & Brand Marketing | GBS Benefits
Elisa Garn is the VP of Thought Leadership & Brand Marketing for GBS Benefits, a full service broker based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Elaine GizlerElaine Gizler
Elaine Gizler
Elaine GizlerEconomic Development & Visitor Services Director | San Juan County
Elaine Gizler is currently the San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services Director. Prior to holding the position, she spent six years in Grand County as the Executive Director of Tourism and Economic Development.
Jim GreweJim Grewe
Jim Grewe
Jim GreweOwner | Peterson Equipment
Jim Grewe operates Peterson Equipment Company, the #1 Dealer for Pistenbully Snowcats worldwide. With the help of a dynamic team, they work to provide the best surface at ski areas across the state.
Pitt GrewePitt Grewe
Pitt Grewe
Pitt GreweDirector | Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
A husband and father of three, Pitt Grewe is the Director of the office of Outdoor Recreation for the State of Utah.
Ben GrossBen Gross
Ben Gross
Ben GrossChief People Officer & General Counsel, Backcountry
BEN GROSS is Chief People Officer and General Counsel at Backcountry.com, LLC, a global direct-to-consumer outdoor outfitter, headquartered in Park City, Utah.
Jamie HackbarthJamie Hackbarth
Jamie Hackbarth
Jamie HackbarthDeputy Economic Development Representative | Economic Development Administration
Jamie Hackbarth serves as a Deputy Economic Development Representative for the Economic Development Administration supporting Colorado and Utah communities pursue funding for their economic development needs.
Chris HaramotoChris Haramoto
Chris Haramoto
Chris HaramotoPark Manager | East Canyon State Park
Chris Haramoto is the current Park Manager at East Canyon State Park and has served in the state park system since 2003.
John HarrisonJohn Harrison
John Harrison
John HarrisonVice President of Engineering | Lucid Software
With over 20 years of experience in software development and architecture, John leads a broad range of engineering teams dedicated to expanding advanced product functionality.
Rebecca Chavez-HouckRebecca Chavez-Houck
Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Rebecca Chavez-HouckNational Board Member of Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO)
Rebecca Chavez-Houck served as a public affairs staffer for a number of local Utah nonprofits from 1985 to 2007 and cultivated a parallel “career” as a volunteer for myriad local and national nonprofits. She serves on ORAC as a national board member for HECHO, Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, a
Jib HuntJib Hunt
Jib Hunt
Jib HuntCEO | Kemper Snowboards
Kemper Snowboards fuses the best materials and tech with neon colors and funky designs. Back in the early 1990s, Kemper did more than simply introduce a new sport, we created a counterculture that was energetic, youthful, unapologetic, and a complete deviation from the mundane.
Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson
Paul Johnson
Paul JohnsonAttorney & Shareholder | Maschoff Brennan
Paul is an outdoor enthusiast with years of experience helping companies achieve their goals. He focuses on helping his clients identify, protect, and monetize their intellectual property.
Sarah KinnisonSarah Kinnison
Sarah Kinnison
Sarah KinnisonFounder & Director | Park Rx Utah
Sarah currently serves as the Healthy Living Health Educator for the Salt Lake County Health Department and her position primarily focuses on diabetes management in Salt Lake County and promoting physical activity through parks prescriptions to decrease the impact of chronic disease
John LeBaronJohn LeBaron
John LeBaron
John LeBaronChief Revenue Officer | Pattern
John LeBaron oversees go-to-market activities for the company and its partners.
Spencer LovelessSpencer Loveless
Spencer Loveless
Spencer LovelessCEO | Merit3D/Dustless Technologies
Spencer Loveless is the 2nd generation CEO/Owner of Dustless Technologies and founder/ CEO of Merit3D. He is an entrepreneur at heart and loves growing businesses in rural Utah.
Tara McKeeTara McKee
Tara McKee
Tara McKeeProgram Manager | Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Tara McKee has worked for the Office of Outdoor Recreation since August 2013. She currently serves in the role as Program Manager and administers the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant program.
Dianne MeppenDianne Meppen
Dianne Meppen
Dianne MeppenDirector of Survey Research | The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Dianne Meppen is the director of Survey Research at The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute,
specializing in aspects of survey research.
Landon MiddaughLandon Middaugh
Landon Middaugh
Landon MiddaughTrooper/Tactical Flight officer | Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau
Currently full time tactical flight officer with the DPS aero Bureau.
Noah MiterkoNoah Miterko
Noah Miterko
Noah MiterkoSenior Policy Associate | HEAL Utah
Noah Miterko began at HEAL as an outreach intern and soon became a full-time Grassroots Organizer for over two years before transitioning into his role as a Senior Policy Associate. Noah leads our energy and climate work and helps our other Policy Associate with air quality and radioactive waste issues.
Representative Doug OwensRepresentative Doug Owens
Representative Doug Owens
Representative Doug OwensUtah State Legislature
Doug Owens was born and raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah and Yale Law School.
Paige PagnuccoPaige Pagnucco
Paige Pagnucco
Paige PagnuccoAwareness Program Manager/ Avalanche Forecaster | Utah Avalanche Center
Paige joined the Utah Avalanche Center in 2004, first as a volunteer then as an Avalanche Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Logan area.
Jake PowellJake Powell
Jake Powell
Jake PowellExtension Specialist | Utah State University
Jake Powell is an Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University.
Ryan RiggsRyan Riggs
Ryan Riggs
Ryan RiggsVice President of Business Development | Pattern
Ryan Riggs was born and raised in Portland to school teacher parents who instilled a love of the outdoors. Growing up, he spent a lot of time in Utah and graduated from BYU with a degree in International Studies. Riggs has 10 years of international business development experience at Columbia Sportswear and 5 years of outdoor product management at KEEN Footwear.
Chelsy SchneringerChelsy Schneringer
Chelsy Schneringer
Chelsy SchneringerHealth Educator | Bear River Health Department
Chelsy Schneringer is a health educator for The Bear River Health Department.
Jordan SmithJordan Smith
Jordan Smith
Jordan SmithDirector | Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University
Jordan W. Smith is the Director of the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University. Jordan’s outreach work focuses on using data, information, and science to inform the management of outdoor recreation across the American West.
Elizabeth SodjaElizabeth Sodja
Elizabeth Sodja
Elizabeth SodjaCoordinator | The GNAR Initiative
Elizabeth Sodja is the Coordinator for the GNAR Initiative. She has almost a decade of communications and marketing experience and has worked in both federal and state land management agencies.
Matt SterbenzMatt Sterbenz
Matt Sterbenz
Matt SterbenzGM of Wintersports Checkerspot, Inc. | WNDR Alpine
Matt has focused on building what is known as the Checkerspot Design Lab in Salt Lake, focused on fusing material science and fabrication, alongside launching and hosting Checkerspots's consumer brand, WNDR Alpine.
Jared StewartJared Stewart
Jared Stewart
Jared StewartEconomic Development Coordinator | Grant Administrator, Tooele City
Jared Stewart works as an Economic Development professional for Tooele City. This includes operating small business programs and trainings, corporate recruitment and retention, and partnering with the Tooele Chamber of Commerce.
Greg SzewczykGreg Szewczyk
Greg Szewczyk
Greg SzewczykPartner, Ballard Spahr
Greg Szewczyk assists clients in creating privacy and information security programs tailored to their specific needs. He is also an Advisory Board member of Protect Our Winters.
Flint TimminsFlint Timmins
Flint Timmins
Flint TimminsDestination Development Lead | Utah Office of Tourism
Flint Timmins is the destination development lead with the Utah Office of Tourism where he assists local governments to develop and manage the amenities, infrastructure, and leadership necessary to become welcoming destinations for visitors.
Kai TohinakaKai Tohinaka
Kai Tohinaka
Kai TohinakaSenior Planner | Parametrix
Kai is an experienced active transportation user and is passionate about the role has within the larger active transportation system.
Rachel TokerRachel Toker
Rachel Toker
Rachel TokerOHV Program Grant Administrator | Utah Division of Parks and Recreation
Rachel Toker began working with the Department of Natural Resources after moving to Utah in 2017. She worked seasonally as a Quagga MusselTech for Wildlife Resources and spent her spare time volunteering for the Division of State Parks & Recreation
Stephanie TomlinStephanie Tomlin
Stephanie Tomlin
Stephanie TomlinTransportation Planner | Utah Department of Transportation
Stephanie Tomlin is a Transportation Planner at the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) specializing in active transportation data analytics, multi-modal transportation planning and the integration of big data in planning initiatives.
John C. WalbrechtJohn C. Walbrecht
John C. Walbrecht
John C. WalbrechtPresident | Black Diamond
John C. Walbrecht has served as the president of the Company’s Outdoor Group since October 2017, and president of Black Diamond Equipment since October 2016.
Jasmine WaltonJasmine Walton
Jasmine Walton
Jasmine WaltonCommunity Engagement Coordinator | NeighborWorks Salt Lake
Jasmine currently works for a local non-profit organization called NeighborWorks Salt Lake as their Community Engagement Coordinator, where she helps keep communities connected and engaged.
Beth YetterBeth Yetter
Beth Yetter
Beth YetterDirector | Alta Environmental Center at Alta Ski Area
Beth has been the Alta Ski Area Environmental Director for 2 years. Previous to Alta, Beth was in environmental consulting for 6 years before Alta working primarily with utility scale energy clients.


September 22 Agenda

10:00 AM – ~1:30 PM A guided hike of Crimson Trail, led by Stokes Nature Center, begins at 10:00 AM and will last 3+ hours. Learn more.

12:15 PM – 4:30 PM Utah Trails Forum classes begin at 12:15 PM. Read more about each workshop class here.

2:30-4:00 PM A Macroinvertebrate Science and a Fly-Tying Demo, led by Stokes Nature Center, will run from 2:30-4:00 PM. Learn more.

3:00-5:00 PM An e-bike tour of Logan and the “Cache Bikeway” will begin at 3:00 PM and last until about 5:00 PM. (More details coming!)

6:00-6:30 PM Pre-dinner networking at Malouf

6:30 PM VIP welcome

6:30-7:15 PM Dinner

~7:15 PM – 8:30 PM (film begins at sunset)  Screening of PBS’ “Call of the Canyon: Zion National Park”

Learn more about our activities and stewardship.

Learn more about the Utah Trails Forum.

September 23 Agenda

Activity! 6:00-6:45 Sunrise yoga with Granogi – on the Quad!

8:00-9:30 AM Breakfast Keynote + Awards

9:30-10:00 AM Networking break

10:00-11:00 AM Breakout sessions

11:00-11:15 AM Networking break

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout sessions

12:15-12:30 PM Networking break

12:30-1:45 PM Lunch Keynote + Awards

1:45-2:00 PM Networking break

2:00-3:00 PM Breakout sessions

3:00-3:30 Networking Break

3:30-4:00 Closing session

Stewardship! 4:30-6:30 Service Project

Learn more about our activities and stewardship.

Find our 2021 schedule.


Healthy & Active Lifestyles

Outdoor Industry & Business

Outdoor Recreation Community Development

Policies & People

Trails, Towns, & Tourism

Additional trails-focused programming and workshops are available through the Utah Trails Forum add-on package. Learn more here!


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For this year’s sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

E: skyle@utahbusiness.com
P: 626.660.6320