Schedule 2018-05-02T09:24:09+00:00


MAY 3, 2018

9:00 AM – Opening Remarks

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall (via video)
  • U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (via video)
  • Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

9:15-10:15 AM – Local Community Public Lands Marketing Successes
Moderator – Carrie Hamblen, CEO & President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce

  • Ralph Becker, Former Mayor of Salt Lake City & Utah House of Representatives
  • Anna Olson, President/CEO of the Jackson Hole Wyoming Chamber of Commerce
  • Kevney Dugan, President and CEO of “Visit Bend” Oregon
  • Mike Caldwell, Mayor of Ogden Utah
  • Suzanne Catlett, President of the Escalante & Boulder Utah Chamber of Commerce

10:30-11:30 AM – Outfitter & Outdoor Recreation Industry Leaders
Moderator – Nathan Small, Conservation Wrangler of New Mexico Wild

  • Ashley Korenblat, Western Spirit Cycling & Public Lands Solutions
  • Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, State & Local Policy Manager of the Outdoor Industry Association
  • Kenji Haroutunian, Director of the California Outdoor Recreation Partners
  • Devaki Murch, Trade Show Manager of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

Noon -1 PM

  • “Creating Jobs Through Conservation” – Dr. Ray Rasker, Executive Director of Headwaters Economics
  • Keynote Speaker – Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation

1:15-2:30 PM – State Offices of Outdoor Recreation
Moderator – Jeff Steinborn, Southern New Mexico Director of New Mexico Wild

  • Tom Adams, Director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
  • Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation
  • Jon Snyder, Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisor to the Governor of Washington

2:45-3:45 PM – New Mexico Monument Connected Businesses & LWCF Successes
Moderator – Renee Frank, Smart Living Team at Keller Williams

  • Chris Lang, Owner of Organ Mountain Outfitters
  • Cisco Guevara, Owner of Los Rios River Runners
  • Wayne Suggs, Owner of Classic Homes New Mexico and Wayne Suggs Photography
  • Dan Irion, Owner of Taos Mesa Brewing Company
  • Andrew Black, Director of Community Relations & Education, New Mexico Wildlife Federation

4:30 – Board buses for the reception in the Organ Mountains

5-7:30 PM – Reception in the Monument

  • Maricahi Aguilas
  • Food provided by La Nueva Casita

MAY 4, 2018

7:30-8:15 AM – Breakfast Discussion – Growing Outdoor Industry Manufacturing Jobs
Moderator – Dr. Renay Scott, President of Doña Ana Community College

  • Mike Caldwell, Mayor of Ogden Utah
  • Eric Montgomery, Vice-President of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA)
  • Jerry Pacheco, President/CEO Border Industrial Association
  • Giovany Danel, Senior Business Manager at Union Pacific

8:30-9 AM – “The Value of Public Lands”- U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

9 AM – Tours in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument for Conference Participants

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