SnowSports Industries America’s President David Ingemie to Step Down in 2016

January 29, 2015

After 34 years as president of SnowSports Industries America, David Ingemie will step down as president following the 2016 SIA Snow Show.

“The industry has been incredibly lucky to have David Ingemie as the driving force behind SIA for 39 years,” said Bob Gundram, chair of SIA’s Board of Directors and CEO of C3.

He added, “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.”

Ingemie joined SIA in 1976 as marketing director and became president of the non-profit organization in 1981.

During 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.

“I feel so fortunate to have been a part of an industry that represents one of my life’s greatest passions - snow sports,” Ingemie said.

He added, “It has been a great run, working under 21 different Board chairmen/women and seeing so many changes within the industry; equipment, resorts, retailers, reps, and even ways to get down the hill.”

The SIA Snow Show runs Jan. 29-Feb. 3 at the Colorado Convention Center and Copper Mountain Resort. The show ranked NO. 56 on the 2013 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show List, with a 340,475 net square feet and more than 6,400 buyer attendees.

A transition plan comprised of a long range strategic vision for SIA and development of job description and recruitment strategy for 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, vice president 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.

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. 

Ingemie will remain at SIA in the role of immediate past president and lead an archival project preserving the organization’s 60-plus years of history.

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