The Vista Outdoor Foundation (the “Foundation”), the philanthropic partner of Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Diane Bristol as Board President. Bristol serves as Vice President of Culture & Community for Vista Outdoor brand Simms Fishing Products. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of employees from Vista Outdoor who represent a broad cross-section of the company’s diverse portfolio of brands, outdoor activities and consumers.
Bristol, who has worked for Bozeman, Montana-based Simms for 30 years and is part of the brand’s executive leadership team, was appointed director of the Foundation Board soon after Vista Outdoor acquired Simms in 2022. In the past year she has been the Board champion for several partnerships, including the Foundation’s support of such nonprofits as Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation.
Bristol is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors for Warriors & Quiet Waters, serves on the Board of Trustees for Casting for Recovery and serves on the American Sportfishing Association Board of Directors, currently chairing the newest committee, Sustainability & Community.
An avid fly fisher and enjoys adventure fishing travel with her family, Bristol will now bring her vast experience with Simms and her passion for outdoor recreation and conservation to this important Foundation leadership position.
“The Vista Outdoor Foundation reinforces our employees’ commitment to getting more people outdoors, diversifying participation in the activities we all enjoy and advocating for the outdoor space that we love,” Bristol said. “With its support of such a wide variety of nonprofits, the Foundation provides an opportunity for our teams to find a connection that resonates for them personally. In this role, I want to engage with Board members and identify opportunities to build awareness of the great initiatives that are happening because of the support the Foundation provides its grantees.”
In December 2022, the Foundation announced that its Board of Directors selected 12 nonprofit organizations to receive grants as part of the Foundation’s second annual grant cycle. The 12 organizations include nine that were part of the inaugural grant cycle and three that were new for Fiscal Year 2023. They represent a cross-section of organizations that promote conservation, encourage youth and veteran participation in outdoor sports, and work to improve diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.
Vista Outdoor will communicate the Foundation’s future funding activities once the company completes its previously announced separation in 2023. Please stay tuned to www.vistaoutdoor.com/foundation or sign-up for Vista Outdoor news to receive more information about the separation and future grant cycles.
About Vista Outdoor Foundation
The Vista Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt Delaware corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation supports non-profit partners and programs that seek to expand recreational access, encourage youth participation and diversity in outdoor sports, protect and conserve open space, and mitigate the effects of climate change. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of employees from Vista Outdoor Inc. who represent a broad cross-section of the company’s diverse portfolio of brands, outdoor activities and consumers. For more information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com/Foundation.
About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. Brands include Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fox Racing, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, Simms Fishing, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition, Remington Ammunition and more. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. As Vista Outdoor announced in 2022, the company is separating its Outdoor Products and Sporting Products segments into two independent, publicly traded companies. For news and information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com.