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NSSRA Names Tom Fuerst New Chairman

Featured , NSGA News • November 14, 2023


Marty Maciaszek, Director of Communications and Team Dealer Division 
(847) 296-6742, ext. 1260 

DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS (November 14, 2023) – The National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA) named Tom Fuerst of Pedigree Ski Shop in White Plains, New York as the new Chairman the NSSRA Board of Directors. Fuerst replaces Tracy Gibbons, who is no longer involved in the retail side of the industry. 

Fuerst’s family has been a part of the snow sports industry for more than 60 years. 

“Tom has been a tremendous asset to the NSSRA Board and It is exciting to have someone with his experience and understanding of the snow sports industry leading NSSRA,” said Julie Pitts, NSSRA President. “His excellent working relationship with the NSSRA Board will help to address the challenges facing snow sports retailers.” 

Fuerst leads one of the biggest ski and snowboard retailers in the United States. Fuerst’s parents John and Jay started Pedigree Ski Shop in 1962 and it has four locations, with two in White Plains, one in Bedford Hills, New York and one in Stamford, Connecticut. Fuerst is also the Chairman of the Board of the Snowsports Merchandising Corporation (SMC) buying group. 

Gibbons had been with Sturtevant’s (Bellevue, Washington) and Christy Sports. 

“NSSRA appreciates Tracy’s dedication, service and ideas to improve the snow sports industry,” Pitts said. “We wish her the best as she begins a new professional chapter.” 

About the National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association 
The National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA) is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to growing snow sports participation and to support and educate specialty snow sports retailers. Since its founding in 1988, NSSRA has served as the voice of specialty retailers, representing their interests in issues that concern the specialty snow sports retail channel. Visit for more information.  

About the National Sporting Goods Association 

Since 1929, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has been the leading voice and go-to resource for the sporting goods industry. NSGA helps the industry grow its businesses through research, advocacy and networking and has provided association management services to NSSRA since its inception in 1988. For more information about NSGA please visit


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