Andy Shepard, President/CEO, Outdoor Sport Institute
Andy Shepard spent 16 years at L.L.Bean in Freeport, Maine working on strategies, products and services to inspire people to spend time outdoors. While at L.L.Bean Andy developed a strategy to create a new economic and cultural model for Northern Maine, which became the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) in the Spring of 1999.
Over the next 18 years the MWSC evolved into a globally respected, year-round, statewide organization that used the challenge inherent in the outdoors and outdoor sport to preparing kids and adults for the challenges in life. But by 2016, what started out focused on getting people in Northern Maine on skis had evolved into so much more. It needed a new name that more accurately reflected that evolution—the Outdoor Sport Institute.
Andy was named the Outstanding Non-Profit Business Executive for Maine in 2010, recipient of the Russell Wilder Award by the US Ski and Snowboard Association in 2009 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine in 2005.
Andy is co-founder, Vice Chairman and trustee of the United States Biathlon Foundation and past trustee of Carrabassett Valley Academy and Pineland Farms.