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America Outdoors

"I thought the conference was great.  I met a lot of great people and connected with many of them. The information was useful and I thought over-all it was money very well spent.  I hope to attend next year. I also thought it was scheduled very well, with some down time, and focus time. Really great!"
Lani Love, Allagash Canoe Trips, Greenville, Maine

"Before joining AOA I was overwhelmed and isolated while dealing with seemingly endless forest service and park service permitting issues. America Outdoors has been instrumental in helping my company work through numerous permitting problems and the connections and friendships I have made at Confluence have helped me grow my business."
Mike Cottingham, Wilderness Ventures, WY

"I am a canoe rental/cabin rental company in Arkansas and have been in business for 35 years. My company saved thousands of dollars over the years ($15,000 in one year alone) as the direct result of attending the America Outdoors Association annual trade show. AOA provided access to Washington DC political and administrative issues and proceedings that I could never have gotten on my own. Finally the relationships that I have formed over the years have been of a greater value than all the money saved. I met my best friends attending AOA meetings."
Mike Mills, Buffalo Outdoor Center, AR

"With over twenty years in the adventure travel business in Costa Rica, America Outdoors has been the best source for marketing, networking, equipment updates and great friends. I would encourage everyone in the International market to visit Confluence every year and be up to date with the North American Market situation."
Rafael Gallo, Rios Tropicales Costa Rica

"About the only investment we made last year that paid big dividends and increased the value of our business was our membership in A.O."
Bob Volpert, ID & OR River Journeys, CA

"There is no conference I attend that gives me more information and ideas that I can use in my guest ranch than America Outdoors. The education is top-notch and the relationships gained have been invaluable."
Bob Foster, Colorado Dude Rancher

"Confluence has got to be the deal of the century as professional development conferences go!
I attend several each year and find that the value of Confluence is by far the best. First, the educational sessions are top notch and the speakers top of their class. The motivational speakers are always inspiring and I never fail to find some great material to take back to my staff. Finally, the camaraderie of seeing friends, new and old, sharing news and sharing ideas is priceless. I always bring as many members of my staff as I can and find that it is highly beneficial to them as well."
Peter Grubb, ROW Adventures

"Great conference. I really enjoyed the reminder of putting Wow factor back into our services and creating a unique experience for our guests." Janette Schneider, Wilderness Voyageurs, PA

"Thanks you for a wonderful show. As a growing outfitter with increasing exposure the tools & tips are very valuable. The show brings inspiration, increased tools to reach the best trip possible and reduce risks. Thanks for the great job, looking foward to 2012." Michael Cohen, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, CA