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Photos from Day One of Board Retailers Association Summit

By Tiffany Montgomery
April 23, 2009 10:23 AM

The annual BRA Summit got underway Wednesday with a full day of speakers, seminars and networking. 

Luis Santori, Tommy KnappLuis Santori of Bora Bora and Tommy Knapp

Keynote speaker Tommy Knapp, founder of Club Sportswear and co-founder of Honolua Surf Company and the retail columnist for Shop-eat-surf, gave an inspiring keynote address about overcoming adversity, the power of a positive attitude, and setting firm goals.

Other speakers included Glenn Brumage of Tum Yeto on the state of skate industry, a lively panel and audience discussion about pricing and discounting, and a seminar by Paul Schmitt on making skateboards and the CreateAskate curriculum he has developed that can be taught in school. 

The BRA Summit runs through Friday night.

Like any business conference, some of the most best discussions took place at lunch, dinner and in the bar. Here are some photos from the networking on Wednesday:

Roy, Per, StevenRoy Turner of SurfExpo, Per Welinder of Blitz Distribution and
Steven Fisher of SurfExpo
Ron and TomRon Abdel of Jack's Surfboards and Tom Ruiz of Volcom
Dave and BobDave Nash of Sun Diego inspects the ring that Bob Mignogna
received at his induction to the East Coast Surfing Legends Hall of Fame.
Mikke, Mark, KayMikke Pierson of ZJ Boarding House, Mark and Kay Richards of Val Surf
D, his parents and TomDee Nachnani of Coastal Edge with his parents
and Tom Holbrook of Quiksilver
Volcom teamShawna Evans with other members of the Volcom team
Bruce and MikeBruce Beach and Mike Carter of Electric Visual
Sean and moreSean Smith of SIMA, Glenn Brumage of Tum Yeto,
Melissa Clary of BRA and Leanne Milliken of ASR
Jason, BruceJason Steris of Volcom and Bruce Beach of Electric Visual
Greg, Sean, TomGreg Macias of Quiksilver, Sean O'Brien of SurfExpo
and Tom Holbrook of Quiksilver
JohnJohn Bernard of IASC
Lunch crowdThe lunch crowd

 


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