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America Outdoors Association

October 23, 2009

Welcome to AOA's New 2009 Members

Outfitter Members
Adventure Treks,  NC
Buffalo River Canoes,  AR
Canyonlands Field 
    Institute,  UT
Clays Park,  OH
Cruise & Tour, WI
Diamond R Guest
    Ranch,  MT
Elk Ridge Outfitters,  MT
    Adventures,  CO
Front Royal Canoe,  VA
GEO Tours/Whitewater
    Raft Trips,  CO
Gore Range
    Adventures,  CO
High Country
    Expeditions,  OR
Indian Head
   Canoes & Rafts,  NY
Kennedy Meadows
    Resort & Pack Sta.,  CA
Kleintours,  Ecuador
Los Rios River
    Runners,  NM
Mother Lode River
    Center,  CA
Mountain River
    Outfitters,,  Idaho
North Umpqua
    Outfitters,  OR
River Wrangellers  AK
Sage Outdoor
    Adventures,  CO
Santa Barbara
    Adventure Co.,  CA
Seven D Ranch,  WY
Solitude Float Trips, WY
Wahoo's Adventures,  NC
     EcoTours,  CA
Wide Open
    Adventure,  CO
Wisconsin River
    Outings,  WI
WomanTours,  NY

Commercial Members
Adventure Office,  CO
Brochure Buddies,  IL
David Design,  CA
Donihe Graphics, Inc.,  TN
High Point Ventures,  CO
Menath Insurance,  NV
MTI Adventurewear,  MA
Pacific River Supply,  CA
    Productions,  NY
Sunday Afternoons,  OR
Teddy's Tees / Digital
    Silver,  MO


America Outdoors Association Bulletin

Take Advantage of a Recovering Economy. 
Join Us at AOA’s Marketing and Management Conference

Nominees Announced for AOA Board of Directors

These exciting programs are designed for today’s operating environment and give you an unmatched advantage to make the most of a recovering economy. Forward this email to a friend. 

Strategic Issues and Opportunities in a Recovering Economy
Topics include:
• Managing Cash Flow in Tough Times
• The Lending Environment - What Bankers Want to See
• Merger/Acquisition
• Strategic marketing and positioning
In the first part of a two-part session, presenter Patrick Tabor will look at the broad strategic issues that come to play in these trying times.  While several companies seek only to survive, the current climate also leads to opportunities for companies to expand or reposition.  Pat will also be speaking on Tax Structure and Planning Opportunities to Save Money and Improve Profitability. Patrick Tabor is an outfitter, accountant and owner of Swan Mountain Consulting. 

The Business of Innovation -- Terry Jones, Founder of Travelocity and Chairman of
Terry Jones, the founder of Travelocity and the current Chairman of will give the keynote address on The Business of Innovation at AOA’s Marketing and Management conference in Reno on December 8th.  An innovation exercise will also be part of the presentation so participants will walk away with strategies necessary to start the change process in their business.  Many speakers talk about the future, Terry gives audiences step by step plans to create it.  Jones knows the outfitting business having spent his family vacation this year on an outfitted trip.

Check out the full agenda at on our web site. AGENDA

Nominees Announced for AOA Board of Directors

The nominating committee headed by AOA President Greg Henington is proposing the following slate of officers for the America Outdoors Association Board of Directors with their 3-year term beginning immediately after the election at lunch on December 8th at the AOA annual meeting in Reno, Nevada.

Mike Mills, owner of the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Arkansas is the nominee for President.  Mike served as the Director of Tourism for the state of Arkansas in the 1990’s, is a NPS concessioner and outfits on the Buffalo National River.  He is an accomplished builder of luxury cabins and an airplane pilot.

We are very grateful to the Board members who have served the association and industry over the past 4 years spending countless hours to develop a clear mission statement to guide the organization in the coming years.  Special thanks to Greg Henington who guided the organization as President through this period.  For more information about the nominations and election contact Greg Henington at 

The new nominees are:

  • President
    Mike Mills,  Buffalo Outdoor Center, AR
  • 1st Vice President./Vendor Rep,
    David Costlow,  Rocky Mountain Adventures, CO
  • 2nd Vice President
    Brian Campbell, Adventure West Virginia Resort, WV
  • Treasurer
     Valynda Henington, Far Flung Outdoor, TX
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