Director of Colorado Out of doors Recreation Trade Workplace is stepping down


From: Luis Benitez <[email protected]>
Date: March 6, 2019


It’s with blended feelings that I’m writing to tell you of my transition out of my position as Director of the Out of doors Recreation Workplace on the Workplace of Financial Improvement and Worldwide Commerce for the state of Colorado.

4 years in the past once I accepted this job and moved right down to Denver from the mountains… I had no concept what number of extraordinary issues we’d accomplish collectively. Past the success in enterprise recruitment and retention we now have endeavored to assist our neighborhood and our business discover a voice, a voice that has begun to form the definition of not solely who we’re as a tradition, but in addition what we stand for as a neighborhood.

The progress we’ve made is because of your ardour, your dedication, and your perception within the soul of the outside business, and in me. I’ll treasure this time in service to our state and am struck by the valiant efforts of the general public servants and the civic and company management across the nation who’ve been devoted and selfless on this work to raise our business total. Our purpose after we began was to create a extra broadly outlined agenda to serve a larger goal. The creation of our 4 pillars helped set the tone and tempo for that effort.

Financial Improvement. Re-defining how entrepreneurs and innovators purchase entry to capital. Telling a broader story of the standard of life proposition that the ORec Trade creates for all financial sectors and areas of our state, and dealing alongside companions to outline the dimensions and scope of our financial system for Colorado and for the nation.

Conservation and Stewardship. We endeavored to deepen the acumen and data round stewardship by way of applications just like the Go away No Hint partnership with Tourism. Partnering with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to start the journey of reshaping how funds are collected and utilized for our most valuable pure assets.

Schooling and Workforce Coaching. Establishing in partnership with academia how the expertise pipeline for our multi-billion greenback financial system will likely be each educated and grown. Creating every little thing from ORec Trade workplace scholarships for particular applications to helping within the improvement and launch of the primary ORec Trade MBA within the nation.

Public Well being and Wellness. Creating the first complete, state-wide report exploring the intersection between public well being and the outside business with a purpose of influencing the dialog each in Colorado and throughout the nation relating to how we outline well being care and its intersection with pure areas.

All of these items in an effort to make sure that the thought management for our ecosystem in a roundabout way would reside inside our state borders. If this was the sum complete of our efforts I consider we’d have a lot to have a good time, however managing additionally to entice the Out of doors Retailer Present and VF Corp and a bunch of different corporations to maneuver to Colorado signifies that we additionally ensured the safety of the “bully pulpit” to inform our collective story for years to return.

We have now additionally ensured that the coalition of states will proceed to strengthen by way of our Confluence Accords. With eight signatory states and lots of extra slated to ratify in 2019, it’s clear that the nation agrees with our efforts. This work can and should proceed.

None of this might have been potential with out the help of Governor Hickenlooper and Governor Polis. Governor Hickenlooper created and believed in a imaginative and prescient that our business deserves a voice on the highest ranges, and Governor Polis stays steadfast that our huge daring imaginative and prescient can and should frequently evolve and enhance.

In a former lifetime as each an Outward Certain teacher and a mountain information, the saying went that your final job is to place your self out of a job, making certain that the individuals that you’re main have the abilities and the acumen to thrive with out you. I really feel like we now have reached that place collectively, and the time has come for me to step apart. I will likely be becoming a member of VF as the brand new VP of Authorities Relations and International Affect. My final day serving because the Director for the Out of doors Recreation Trade workplace will likely be March 22nd.

I do know you’ll be part of me in supporting our quickly to be new Director and Deputy Director Nathan Fey for the workplace as they are going to now be those liable for the over watch of our ecosystem. They bring about a depth and width of expertise to this workplace that I might solely dream of when pondering of successors for these roles. Attain out and share your encouragement and concepts, for that nice collective imaginative and prescient is certainly what makes us so highly effective. There may be nonetheless a lot work to do, as we proceed to deal with variety and inclusivity inside our business, uncover new modalities of “pay to play” to maintain our most treasured pure assets, and all the time above all else proceed to get the subsequent technology outdoors, educated, and engaged.

This position and these adventures that we now have had alongside the way in which will likely be a few of the most treasured reminiscences of my life so from the underside of my coronary heart, thanks on your belief, and your continued perception that the outside business really can change the world.

Yours in Service,

Luis Benitez
Director, Out of doors Recreation Trade Workplace
Colorado Workplace of Financial Improvement & Worldwide Commerce


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