WASHINGTON (January 28, 2015) -The SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Board of Directors announced today that David Ingemie,SIA’s president for the past 34 years, would be stepping down as president following the 2016 SIA Snow Show.
Ingemie joined SIA in 1976 as marketing director and became president of the non-profit organization in 1981. Over the span of his 39-year career at SIA, David has worked diligently to grow snow sports participation and sales and has focused on strengthening the core organization and trade show.
“The industry has been incredibly lucky to have David Ingemie as the driving force behind SIA for 39 years. David has been instrumental in working with the Board on defining what SIA is today and next steps to guarantee its future success and a smooth transition,” said Bob Gundram, Chair of SIA’s Board of Directors and CEO of C3.
“I feel so fortunate to have been a part of an industry that represents one of my life’s greatest passions – snow sports. It has been a great run, working under twenty-one different Board chairmen/women and seeing so many changes within the industry; equipment, resorts, retailers, reps, and even ways to get down the hill,” said David Ingemie.
A transition plan comprised of a long range strategic vision for SIA and development of job description and recruitment strategy for David Ingemie’s successor became a top priority for SIA’s Board of Directors beginning in May 2014, when Ingemie advised the Board of his plans for stepping down as president. The transition plan included the creation of a strategic vision taskforce, chaired by David Currier, VP of Smith Optics USA, and led by an outside professional facilitator, Rob Smith.
Buffy Filippell of TeamWork Consulting was selected to work with a search committee chaired by Julie Garry, CEO of Outdoor Gear. Filippell has attended several committee and Board meetings to develop a comprehensive understanding of SIA’s future goals and the qualifications for an ideal candidate.
David Ingemie’s successor will begin in a transitional role in June of this year and assume the role of president following the 2016 SIA Snow Show. David Ingemie will remain at SIA in the role of Immediate Past President and lead an archival project preserving the organization’s 60+ years of history.
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Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is a non-profit member-owned trade association with a long history of working to support the snow sports industry. SIA, based in the Washington,
DC Metro-Area with offices in CO, OR and RI, works year-round with North American snow sports suppliers, retailers, resorts, reps and service providers to develop products and programs for their individual and collective business needs. With member support and industry participation, SIA annually hosts the industry’s largest core winter sports trade show, the SIA Snow Show, along with the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest and the Sourcing Snow supplier show. SIA also helps retailers and resorts connect with snow sports participants around the country through Snowlink.com. Learn more at Snowsports.org.