Tom Dempsey and Noah Wilson were among the greatest exponents for a state outdoor recreation recruitment director. Dempsey is president of SylvanSport, a manufacturer of recreational vehicles; and Wilson is director of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, a collaboration of local manufacturers. Due to their efforts, the North Carolina General Assembly agreed to fund the position, beginning in the 2018-19 fiscal year. It will be the job of the director, working out of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, to recruit new outdoor business to the state, much like his counterparts already do in Utah, Colorado, and Washington. Also lobbying were Ross Saldarini of Mountain Khakis, Will Morgan and John Hardin of Manning Fulton & Skinner, and Bruce Nofsinger of Topics Education. They worked with Senator Rick Gunn (Alamance) to bring the position into the last budget discussions, where it received broad bipartisan support. The Outdoor Industry Association celebrated victories in the creation of two such positions this year, Vermont being the other state to run a successful lobby. Outdoor sports already constitute a growing $19.2 billion industry in the state, accounting for 192,000 jobs.