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Godfrey hired as Outdoor Gear Builders director

Matt Godfrey. Matt Godfrey.

Outdoor Gear Builders, an outdoor industry association in Western North Carolina with more than 75 members, has hired Matt Godfrey as its next executive director. 

Godfrey has spent most of his life in WNC, having studied business and outdoor recreation management at Appalachian State University and earning an MBA at Western Carolina University. He is responsible for developing the Waypoint Accelerator, an outdoor entrepreneurship and innovation accelerator program for early-stage, outdoor-focused companies, and will continue to manage that program in his new role. He will also spearhead OGB’s involvement with the WNC: Made by Mountains brand initiative to build up outdoor communities across the region. 

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the OGB and I feel like I’ve come full circle from past volunteer roles to now serving as the Executive Director,” said Godfrey. “Our outdoor economy is vibrant, and our member companies are strong and growing.  I’m fortunate to work with such a dedicated, talented and energetic board of directors.”

Godfrey follows Brad Taylor, who was hired as OGB’s first-ever full-time executive director in January. Godfrey assumed the rule on June 1, six months later.

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