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Who's Who: Charlie Wilson

Who's Who: Charlie Wilson

Postby GregS » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:17 am

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Re: Who's Who: Charlie Wilson

Postby GregS » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:58 am

From the ACA website:
Charlie Wilson left the University of Illinois with Masters degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Organizational Theory to enter the outdoor sports industry. He operated a small chain, then a retail shop before designing portage packs and sewn accessories for paddlesports application. He was a principal in Bell Canoe Works, developing many of the companies solo and tandem paddlecraft with David Yost, a relationship that continued when he co-founded Placid Boatworks. While at Placid he introduced infusion lamination techniques and developed an integral gunwale system. Retired from manufacturing, Charlie continues as an industry consultant on marketing, hull and trim design and infusion processes.

Charlie has written articles and submitted images on paddling and camping for CanoeSport Journal, Paddler and Canoe & Kayak Magazine, co-authored FreeStyle Paddling and contributed chapters to several other books on paddleport topics.

Charlie become involved in FreeStyle paddling in the mid '80s and helped promote Conclaves, a series of paddlesport industry events which eventually brought him to the ACA as FreeStyle became an ACA discipline in 1990. Chairing the ACA FreeStyle Activity Committee placed him on the ACA Board of Directors and the National Instruction Committee.

The National Instruction Committee was transformed into the Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC) via the ACA National Bylaws revision of 1995 which came from a Board Committee Charlie chaired. While Board Secretary and SEIC Vice-Chair under Kim Whitley, Charlie chaired SEIC sub committees that rewrote SEIC Bylaws and policies to bring them into line with the national initiatives and to improve function through simplification. The 32 page policy document was reduced from 32 to 8 pages.

Elected SEIC Chair in 1997, Wilson encouraged the Council to embrace the broader paddlesports market, specifically by developing instructional programs for recreational kayaking, touring canoe and kayak, and emerging groups of multi-sport enthusiasts. The broad acceptance of the essentials programs is, perhaps, the most visible result of those initiatives.

After serving his second term as SEIC Chair, Charlie was elected President of the ACA Board of Directors for two successive terms, continuing the philosophy that the ACA needs to address the needs of all paddlers.

Charlie was an inclusive chair who could run a meeting and initiate structure and programs, but his most important contribution to ACA instruction was a green coconut curry scallop dinner served over soba noodles to the SEIC one Friday evening at the Washington Suites in November 1999. For once, everyone smiled.
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Re: Who's Who: Charlie Wilson

Postby GregS » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:58 am

From Colden Canoe:

Charlie Wilson conceptualized the original Fire series of boats back in 1993 in collaboration with renowned designer David Yost. Charlie’s involvement with canoes began 10 years earlier and in the mid 80’s he helped promote the budding sport of FreeStyle canoeing. Throughout the years he has been instrumental in the promotion of canoe sport through his writing, speaking and teaching. He held leadership roles in both the instruction and governance functions of the American Canoe Association and is a certified Instructor Trainer Educator.

Charlie is a sought after presenter at canoe and paddled shows, festivals and gatherings. He has contributed thousands of pages of writing on canoe techniques, canoe camping, gear reviews and paddle trips in a variety of publications including Canoesport Journal, American Canoeist, Canoe Magazine, Currents, Paddler, Paddling, Paddlesport, River and Wooden Canoe magazines and several event and club newspapers. He wrote a
chapter for Cliff Jacobson's Basic Essentials of Solo Touring, co-authored FreeStyle Canoeing, and Introduction to Canoeing and re-edited Appalachian Whitewater for Menasha Ridge Press. Editor and principal author of the ACA FreeStyle Instruction Manual, Charlie is working on three books on Modern Paddling Technique.

Charlie served as marketing director and sales manager for Bell Canoe Works, before retiring to Lake Placid where he was bitten by the building bug again and co-founded Placid Boatworks. There he developed Infusion Technology which yields 20% lighter hulls, no voids and is much, much greener for the environment. He is currently expanding this technology through working with other canoe companies and an auto parts manufacturer. He retired from Placid Boatworks in early 2009. Shortly thereafter, during one of their conversations, Paul Meyer asked Charlie about the future of the Fire boats. It was then that Charlie realized that he had found an individual with the love of the sport, a craftsman’s commitment to quality and a keen business mind, a perfect match for the reintroduction of the single blade members of the Fire series.
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