Life Time Announces Panels for Sea Otter Classic Summit

Life Time, a healthy way of life brand, and the Sea Otter Classic have announced speakers and discussion leaders who will lead conversations on sustainable business, climate change and e-mobility at the Sea Otter Classic Summit, April 5-7 in Monterey, California, immediately prior to the Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental.

“Bringing panels and sessions such as this to our first-ever Sea Otter Classic Summit will provide much needed conversation and movement as the outdoor categories are part of an economic sector that employs 4 million people, is worth more than half a trillion dollars, and have expanded rapidly over the past two years,” said Kimo Seymour, president of events and media at Life Time. “Historically, each category has been viewed as an individual industry, yet experience shows that they are intimately connected by a rapidly-evolving, shared customer.”

The summit features a panel on the outdoor recreation community’s role to shape policy, to reverse the scale of climate change and to create a more inclusive outdoors experience through public and private partnerships. The discussion will be led by Katie Hawkins, California Program Manager at Outdoor Alliance and California’s Outdoor Recreation Commissioner. The panel includes:

  • Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
  • Marc Berejka, Director, Community Advocacy & Impact, REI Co-op
  • Vipe Desai, Executive Director, Surf Industry Members Association

A three-part session on e-mobility will begin with venture-capital executive Dennis “DJ” Jenson with MidOcean Partners, who will speak to the opportunity of e-mobility and findings from a research project designed to anchor a new investment fund in e-mobility. From there, Fox Racing CEO Jeff McGuane will share why Fox Racing is about to enter its biggest growth curve to date, hinging on e-bike and e-moto. McGuane will be followed by a leading RV brand executive, who will present the path to launching a new e-RV chassis.

Through the Sea Otter Classic Summit, Life Time is providing the resources and inspiration needed to grow the outdoor recreation industry’s collective impact by providing a place to meet and share ideas.

Summit guests will leave Monterey with strategies for how these demands will affect future business and how they can modernize to stay on pace with consumer evolution. In addition, attendees will grow their networks beyond their endemic categories and learn from peers at leading companies in tertiary outdoor recreation industries.

Futurist’ Chris Riddell is the Summit’s opening keynote speaker and will discuss the changing global economy and business landscape driven by ongoing consumer evolution, providing a forward view to executives.

Registration for the Summit is open. Attendee numbers will be limited to ensure the most productive, in-person networking and learning possible. Executives interested in attending are encouraged to register at


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