NMMA and other leading recreation industry groups announced today the formation of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), a powerful unified entity that will provide a strong voice for outdoor recreation across America. The new organization combines the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations, which was formed in 2017, and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), an organization of recreation interests that has had a significant and positive impact on outdoor recreation for more than three decades.
The newly elected chair and vice chair of ORR spoke about the importance of the new organization and its mission.
“Protecting, promoting and enhancing recreational experiences on America’s public lands and waters are core values for those of us who are privileged to work in the outdoor recreation industry,” said Thom Dammrich, ORR chair and president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “We not only have the most at stake when it comes to preserving outdoor spaces, we also have the most at stake when it comes to moving policy forward and providing visitor services that meet the needs of the modern outdoor lifestyle.”
“Outdoor recreation is rising in popularity and diversity,” noted ORR Vice Chair Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association. “Consumer expectations have radically changed while public land and water management have not kept up with their needs. Because of this, industry leaders have searched for new ways to strengthen the collective voice of the outdoor recreation industry to ensure it remains a critical economic engine and growing pastime for all Americans.”
Joining Dammrich and Hugelmeyer as ORR officers are Glenn Hughes, president-elect of the American Sportfishing Association, who will serve as secretary, and Phil Ingrassia, president of the RV Dealers Association, who will serve as treasurer.
Whats more, NMMA's Vice President of Federal and Legal Affairs, Nicole Vasilaros serves as co-chair of the Government Relations Committee and NMMA's Chief Communications Officer, Ellen Bradley, serves as vice chair of the Communications Committee.
The formation of ORR comes as the group hosts the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Progressinve Insurance Miami International Boat Show on Friday for a special briefing on their new data that for the first time looks at how outdoor recreation contributes to GDP. To learn more about the briefing contact Sarah Salvatori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The transition to ORR will be guided by an expanded board of directors chaired by Dammrich. Implementation of programs and activities will be overseen by ORR’s new Chief Staff Officer Derrick Crandall, who had been president of ARC. Expanded communications efforts, supported by new staff resources, will begin by mid-2018. The ORR Board will announce further details as they become available. Most ARC programs will continue uninterrupted, including Great Outdoors Month® and Partners Outdoors, along with regular policy briefings and other communication.
- Achieve recognition that outdoor recreation is a major economic player and that growth of the outdoor recreation economy is a necessary and bipartisan goal;
- Persuade the federal government to embrace a pro-recreation “culture change”;
- Increase recreational access to public lands and waters;
- Advocate for sustainable funding and increased usage of public-private partnerships;
- Boost infrastructure modernization and reduce backlogged maintenance to produce better visitor experiences;
- Continue to support responsible conservation efforts; and
- Encourage the next generation’s participation in outdoor recreation activities.