In partnership with SnowSports Industries America, Skiing Business is sending shop employee Brandon Bunnewith to the 2013 SIA Snow Show.
Bunnewith, whose shop hasn’t attending the SIA show since 2007, will get a free flight to Denver, transportation to and from the airport, lodging, and a few meals.
Bunnewith, a 21-year-old who has worked at Competitive Edge Ski and Bike in Holyoke, Mass. for three years, has ski industry career goals of working in sales or marketing.
“I have dreams of owning my own brand management/sales firm, consulting firm for shops, mountains and travel, or an event management firm,” he says in his contest submission. “I would love the opportunity to travel to SIA in order to get my foot in the door of the ski industry and make new connections inside the industry.”
He’s a senior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst majoring in sport management with a minor in economics. At the shop, he’s done everything from tuning and mounting skis to sales, running the register and social media work.
Bunnewith was among more than 30 young shop employees who entered the Skiing Business Bro’d to SIA contest via Facebook. Entrants submitted a 150-word essay detailing why they want to attend the SIA Snow Show, and what their career goals are in the ski industry.
“The next generation will always be the future of our industry,” says Mary Cecile Neville, SIA’s association marketing and communications director. “A history has been built through years of experience and stories at the SIA Show, the one place we all come together under one roof. Giving a young shop employee the chance to meet the players, see the trends and find this passion turned career is the purest classroom of our industry.”