Snowbound Festival, sustainability at trade shows and welcoming newcomers to winter sports with Brian Stephenson
Episode Highlights: After in-person events were cancelled in 2020, SIA names tradeshow and event veteran, Brian Stephenson Director of Snowbound Festivals What changes can consumer trade shows like Snowbound make to minimize the negative environmental impact of such large in-person events? Hear how offering educational and relevant content year-round through SIA’s membership portal creates a barrier-free entry point for newcomers to the sports and bridges the gap between experts and novices Description: In the summer of 2020 and in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brian Stephenson was named Director of the Snowbound Festival, an event that many of us have always considered the kick off for the winter season. Brian was hired by SIA and brings with him an extensive background in consumer events like Comicon, Star Wars Celebration with Disney and Lucasfilm, and many others. The cancellation of in-person events was our reality over the past year, and though we can’t say for certain what the next year will bring, developing a whole new ecosystem and expanding on the concept and community facet of an event like Snowbound is what Brian will bring to the table. A membership site is a platform we haven’t discussed here much on Channel Mastery, but our consumers are continuing to evolve and become even hungrier for our content. Similar to email lists, memberships create an audience willingly engaging in what we have to say and offer a community. SIA and Snowbound are widening the portal for the newcomer to winter sports, bridging the gap between an expert and a novice and bringing all of these components together under one portal and then the literal, roof, of the consumer shows. Also on the minds of so many of our evolving consumers is sustainability and how their favorite brands, businesses and organizations are aligning their practices with that of the consumers. Brian shares what Snowbound Festivals of the future are doing to ensure they’re practicing what they preach and keeping the environment and sustainability at top of mind. Brian Stephenson is the Director of Snowbound, the new consumer platform of Snowsports Industries of America (SIA). Brian started his career in the winter division of Airwalk and then became the Sports Marketing Manager for SoBe Beverages at PepsiCo and oversaw the partnership with Burton Snowboards including the US Open of Snowboarding and the winter athlete program. After leaving Pepsi, Brian helped create a new consumer pop culture event division at Reed Exhibitions called Reedpop. Reedpop runs some of the largest consumer events in the world including New York Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, ComplexCon, PAX, Emerald City Comic Con, and many more. While at Reedpop Brian built and maintained relationships with global partners including CBS, Crunchyroll, Disney, DC Entertainment, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Microsoft, Warner Bros, and many others. Brian joined the SIA team in 2020 and is bringing his multi-faceted brand and event experience together with his love of Snowsports to build the new Snowbound Festivals.
123: Brian Stephenson - Building A Powerful Inner Circle
Changing Lives Selling Knives
Brian Stephenson is Division Manager for both the Southern Tide and Southeast Coast Divisions for Cutco/Vector Marketing, headquartered in Birmingham, AL. After a period of uncertainty in his career, Brian truly leveraged the impact of the leaders in his life to establish a compelling vision for himself and for his team. By enrolling many others in this vision, Brian has been able to become one of the most prolific developers of talent in the company today, responsible for over $XX million in sales, and a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He has developed a talented, strong, and committed inner circle, with his wife Elizabeth — herself a Hall of Fame achiever — at the center of it all. Together, Brian and Elizabeth are powerful role models for a new wave of young leaders. For the complete show notes and access to all episodes, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com
CONEXEC - ACE-Consulting with Brian Stephenson at Ward, Hocker and Thornton
CONEXEC - ACE - CONSULTING
A podcast that steers conversation for current and aspiring executives in the construction industry on hot topics, overcoming adversity, challenges, and successes.Host: Dr. Scott Arias, President of ACE Consultinghttps://www.ace-consulting.net/Guest Speaker: Brian Stephenson at Ward, Hocker and Thornton