Convention Agenda

Below is the show agenda. Outfitters – bring your buyers for as there is plenty of time for appointments.

Please note that CROA is offering a dedicated full-day employee session on Wednesday. This comprehensive training day will focus on helping your employees manage employees who were formally their peers. Enroll your managers and employees for this intensive training program.

The Tuesday Night Social Event is a Cornhole Tournament. If you have played cornhole, then you will know what to wear!

The Wednesday Evening Banquet and Silent Auction should be another fun event!

Monday, Nov 6th Schedule of Events
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM Vendor Setup
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM CROA Board of Directors Meeting – All Members Welcome
Tuesday, Nov 7th Schedule of Events
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM Vendor Setup
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Show Registration
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM The High Value of Getting Biocontrol and Restoration Material into the Hands (and heads) of River Guides
Dan Bean | Program Director, Biological Control | Palisade Insectary Conservation Services | Colorado Dept. of Agriculture | Palisade
10:45 AM – 12:00 AM General Membership Meeting Part 1 – RESTRICTED TO MEMBERS ONLY
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch on Your Own
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CROA General Membership Meeting Part 2 – RESTRICTED TO MEMBERS ONLY
This meeting will include updates for recent association activities, upcoming legislative and legal work, public relation efforts and plans for 2024. The Board of Directors Election will be held at this meeting.  A more detailed agenda will be available the day of the meeting.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM I-70 Floyd Hill Project – How Will It Impact Your 2024 Clear Creek Season?
An overview of the project, the anticipated work schedule for 2024, and the effects on highway and river travel will be discussed.
CDOT Personnel
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Trade Show Opens
Opening Reception in Tradeshow Hall
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM +++ Tuesday Night Social. Cornhole Tournament at the Hyatt.
Only one team will win and take home the prize. Better get practicing!
Wednesday, Nov 8th Schedule of Events
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee in Lobby
Trade Show Open – Make Appointments
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM River Outfitter Licensing Office Update. Review of the ROL Application and Database Program and Review/Clarifications of the Coast Guard PFD Classifications.
Grant Brown | Boating Safety and Registrations Program Manager | Colorado River Outfitter Office | Littleton
Michael Haskins | ROL/Swiftwater Investigator | Colorado River Outfitter Office | Littleton
Marathon Leadership® Training Session. The focus of this class is to discuss the challenges of and best practices for managing employees who were formally your peers.

David Knapp | Facilitator | The Denver Training Group | Denver
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legal Liability Issues and Labor Law Updates – What’s the Latest
Peter Middleton, & Tyler Baker | Attorneys at Law | Hall & Evans, LLC | Denver
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Legislation to Watch – What is Anticipated at the Colorado Legislature in 2024.
Adam Eichberg | CROA Lobbyist | Headwaters Strategies | Denver
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch for Attendees and Vendors
Keynote Speaker:  Connor Hall | Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry | State of Colrado | Denver
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM Trade Show Open – DEDICATED VENDOR TIME
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Banquet
Keynote Speaker: Dylan Roberts | Colorado Senator from District 8 | Eagle County
9:30 PM – 10:30 PM Silent Auction and Door Prize Drawing
Thursday, Nov 9th Schedule of Events
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee in Lobby
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Trade Show Open
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM  America Outdoors Association Update
Aaron Bannon | Executive Director | America Outdoors Association | Lander, Wyoming
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Money Talks – Your Ticket to a Stong Employee Ownership Culture
Zebulon Smith | CEO | | Durango
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM 12 Insurance Program Mistakes to Avoid
Ruthie Rivers | Adventure & Entertainment Risk Consultant | Granite Insurance | Boone NC
11:15 PM – 12:15 PM The Confluence of AI, SEO, and Paid Media
Ben Waymire | VP of Business Development | Booyah Advertising | Denver
Melissa McKay | VP of Business Development | Booyah Advertising | Denver
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch in Vendor Hall
2:00 PM Trade Show Closes
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Vendor Take Down