The Meeting 2022 Conference Speakers

We're so excited for another year of The Meeting. See the 2022 speakers who will be challenging and engaging conversations about the ski industry and beyond.

2022 Meeting Speakers

Micah Abrams

Vice President, Content Strategy for the Adventure Sports Group at Outside Inc., where he works with the editorial teams at Backpacker, SKI, Climbing, Warren Miller, and National Park Trips to drive audience growth, engagement, and membership. A 24-year veteran of the outdoor media, Micah previously oversaw editorial and branded content for titles like Surfer and Powder, and helped ESPN execute its X Games editorial strategy. He's an accomplished skier, an avid surfer, and can still fall hard enough on a skateboard to make other skaters wince.

Steve "Stix" Nilsen

Vice President of Lifestyle Marketing at Liquid Death Mountain Water
A proven brand connector and profit generator, Stix’s background includes Lifestyle Marketing, Sports Marketing, Branding, Brand Loyalty, on domestic and global stages for Fortune 500 companies including Red Bull, Pabst Brewing Company and White Claw. He is recognized for directing creative projects and programming that significantly drove sales and brand awareness.

Brendan Gahan

Partner & Chief Social Officer at independent creative agency Mekanism, leading the agency's social division. Gahan has been at the forefront of social & influencer marketing since 2006, developing social campaigns for brands such as Mountain Dew, Unilever, Amazon, 20th Century Fox, and The Olympics.

Issa Sawabini

The owner of Fuse, Issa is widely considered one of the foremost marketing experts in youth culture, action and outdoor sports and marketing to millennials and Gen Z. Over the past twenty years he has worked to develop successful youth marketing strategies for over 100 brands including Mountain Dew, Nike, Gatorade, Converse, Amazon, Kraft, Harley-Davidson, Tik Tok, Puma, Burton Snowboards, Zip Car, Champs Sports and MasterCraft. Issa's professional experience is directly related to his personal passion. His sports interests include snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing and mountain biking.

Jason Brown

A thought-leader, mentor and innovator in the sports and entertainment marketing space, Jason Brown currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for the mobile-first entertainment and shopping platform, NTWRK. Throughout his 20+ year career in leadership roles at Foot Locker, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and Pepsico, Jason has maintained a focused and passionate approach to serving the multicultural youth market, bringing his strategic acumen and communications fluency to bear on a diverse range of sports, music, art, and urban culture activations.

Chris Miller

As Head of Global Activism Strategy at Ben & Jerry’s, Chris leads the ice cream brand in advancing social justice initiatives on a diverse range of topics, including criminal justice reform, voting rights, climate justice, campaign finance reform and LGBTQ+ rights issues. In addition to public facing initiatives such as issue-themed ice cream flavors, the values-driven, B-Corp Certified brand also focuses heavily on equitable ingredients sourcing and partnerships with activist groups and NGO’s across a variety of social justice issues, serving as a model for other business seeking to expand their reach and impact.

Vince Kadlubek

Vince Kadlubek is a Founder of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into an award winning
Art and Entertainment Production Company that specializes in immersive, open-world walk through
experiences. Vince acted as leader and CEO for Meow Wolf through its formidable years, having created
the business plan for Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return and leading the team towards the project's
completion in March of 2016. In January of 2017 Kadlubek formed Meow Wolf, Inc as a full fledged arts
production company and creative studio positioned to create the largest, most innovative, and audacious
monumental art exhibits in the world. After raising series A funding he announced two new Meow Wolf
exhibits in Las Vegas and Denver, opening in 2021. Kadlubek has been a force of vision in the realm of
experiential art, and in 2020 launched a creative consulting agency called Spatial Activations as a
platform to usher in a new era of experiential art in modern developments and everyday life. Vince is
most passionate about co-creating fully-realized alternative realities that bring paradigm-shifting
transformation and inspiration to the world.

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