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The sporting goods industry is complex and multifaceted. Rendering a one-size-fits-all approach when analyzing and adjusting to the impacts of supply chain disruptions is unrealistic.

“Navigating the Sporting Goods Landscape: Resources for What’s Ahead” will take a focused, deep dive on two key factors impacting the sporting goods industry: inflation and supply chain.

Internationally acclaimed economist Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D, will kick off the first segment by sharing his insights, expertise and perspective on inflation, labor supply and hiring practices to limit turnover and maximize output.

To provide our members with the most practical and relevant information for their business, attendees will be able to participate in one of the three supply chain breakout groups (hockey, ski & snowboard and hardgoods). Each group will focus on a different segment of the sporting goods market and the unique supply chain issues at play.


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Meet The Speakers

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational.  Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master’s and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.  Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, a Miami-based economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States.  He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70-word commentary on the economy that is available at

Dr. Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, serving as keynote speaker on topics including economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding, consequences of government regulation, and other current economic issues.  Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation.  His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications.  He is a regularly featured guest on talk, and public radio.

Dr. Eisenberg was formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C.  He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than 100 articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, financial institutions and investment advisory groups.

Elliot’s interests include walking at least five miles a day and reading as many newspapers as he can get his hands on. He loves ice hockey and talking economics with crowds large and small!

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Kendall Whitley is a 35-year veteran of the sporting goods industry who started a team dealership at 22 years of age in 1987. He transitioned from retail into sports marketing and footwear brand management in 1994 with Reebok and then on to Converse, specializing in the team sports industry with an emphasis on manufacturing, sports marketing, team sales management, sales training and university relations. Kendall was the west region team manager for adidas for 14 years and has been the Vice President of Team/Retail Athletics for NBS for two years.

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Event Schedule
  • Welcome from NSGA
    • Introduction by NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson
  • A Word From Our Sponsor
    • Chipply

Keynote Speaker

  • Triple Threat: Analyzing Supply Chain, Labor and Inflation Issues
    • Speaker: Dr. Elliot Eisenberg

Supply Chain Breakout Groups

  • On the Ice: A Look at Hockey
    • Speakers: Bill Terski and Kevin Sochi, CCM
  • On the Slopes: A Look at Ski & Snowboarding
    • Speaker: Tyler Lockard, Sports Specialists Limited (SSL)
  • Game On: A Look at Team & Retail
    • Speaker: Kendall Whitley, NBS
  • Thank You from NSGA
    • Closing remarks by NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson


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