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Shmooz: Stop Two at OR in SLC for's Shmooz Trio of Winter 2013 Events is a Success

January 28, 2013

Shmooz: Stop Two at OR in SLC for's Shmooz Trio of Winter 2013 Events is a Success

Addition of Discussion Panels; Enthusiastic Attendees Major Contributors to Success


On Friday, January 25th The Shmooz by returned to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Outdoor Retailer's continued support of and belief in the Malakye event enabled The Shmooz to bring together 16 of the industry's leading employers and well over 100 attendees for a day of discussion and Shmooz.


Malakye introduced a new element to The Shmooz earlier this year in the form of discussion panels. Two panels featuring human resources professionals from industry leading companies covered topics focused on making the event more productive for the 100+ people in attendance during the panels. The topics included:


Above The Cut, featured: Chris Infurchia of Ragnar Relay Series, Nancy LaRocque of Specialized, Mike Spaulding of and was hosted by's own Chad Mihalick.


Making the Most of The Shmooz, featured: Steven Kennedy of Cabela's, Lena Laakso of Petzl, Rob Hanel of the Clymb and was hosted by's Kelly Bader.


The addition of Panel Discussions to begin the Shmooz established a professional tone for the day.


“We’re always thinking on how to improve everyone’s experience at The Shmooz,” explained’s Chad Mihalick. “The idea of including discussion panels was something we believed was in reach and with the support of all the panelists it turned out great. Everyone I talked with about the panels really enjoyed them and found them productive.”


The action picked up after a 15 minute break following the end of discussions at noon – and The Shmooz was on! More than 100 eager job-seeking candidates came through during the Job Fair and Networking portion of the event to visit 16 of the industry’s leading employers including: CABELA's, SPECIALIZED, BEMIS, INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, GLIDE SUP, TALUS, RAGNAR RELAY, CUSTOM LEATHER CRAFT, PETZL, PEARL IZUMI, HORNY TOAD INC., BIG AGNES, ATHLETA, BACKCOUNTRY.COM, CHUMS, THE CLYMB. As The Shmooz wound down, many of the employers reported a turnout of great people.


The Shmooz tour of Winter 2013 is not over yet! Coming up next is round three as The Shmooz is headed to Denver, Colo. for SIA Snow Show. Join us!


The action picked up after noon when the Shmooz was on!


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