Entries by jeff

Show Trends and the Business of Snowboarding; “It’s Deja Vu All Over Again!”

In 1903, 57 companies were started to make cars. 32 left the business. I recently heard it on National Public Radio, so it must be true. Snowboarding, of course, is going to be different. In your dreams.   They say that when you die, your finger nails and hair keep growing for about three weeks. In Las Vegas I […]

The Joys of Consolidation; Managing the Transition from Growth to Maturity

It happened to skate boards and surf boards. Now, it’s the snowboarding industry’s turn. The transition from a fast growing, hot trend to a mature industry is about more than consolidation to fewer players. It means lower margins, slower growth for many companies and aggressive competition increasingly based on price and service, not to mention savvier consumers […]