February 5, 2019

147: Sally McCoy- from growing up outside Charlotte North Carolina to a career in the outdoor industry

Show Notes

Rick Saez
147: Sally McCoy- from growing up outside Charlotte North Carolina to a career in the outdoor industry

Sally and I talk about how she grew up outside Charlotte North Carolina and went on her first backpacking trip at 5 years old on the Appalachian Trail. We talk about her career in the Outdoor Biz and plenty more.

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Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina back when it was not nearly the city it is now and all my great aunts and great uncles and grandfather had a farm and so we would spend part of every weekend at one of these farms and the weekends in the mountains actually near Asheville. So I almost grew up outside. I went on my first backpacking trip when I was five, it was a 10-mile overnight trip. So I was sort of hooked from then on.

Things we talked about

The Nature Conservancy

Student Conservation Association



The North Face

Mt Everest

Sierra Designs



Jack Gilbert

Ingrid Harshberger

The Outdoor Foundation

Conservation Alliance

The President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors, 1986

Advice, tips

I’ve always believed in targeting the companies that interest you. Figuring out what they want and how you can help fit what they want. I think that’s the most important thing. How could you bring it to a company? What’s the best way in? What’s your real interest? How flexible are you on where you want to live and all that? I think any aspect of it,  just like I had exposure at UPS and retail and everything else, I think it’s good to learn about the business, but I’m always a big proponent of picking the companies that you think have something you’re particularly interested in and targeting several of them.

Other Outdoor Activities



Mtn Bike

Favorite Books

Smart Choices by John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeny, Howard Raiffa

Educated, a Memoir by Tara Westover

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