Connect Outdoors, Inc is headquartered in an Opportunity Zone at the East Tennessee State Innovation Lab in Johnson City, TN. The company was formed in April of 2019 and acquired the assets of its predecessor ConnectScale. ConnectScale started in 2015 and created a first of its kind bluetooth scale for the fishing industry.
Ben Arnold - Founder
Ben is a process oriented entrepreneur and professional with an analytical mindset and a passion for the outdoors. He holds a Business degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN and a MBA degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He has a diverse background in Technology, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement, and Financial Analysis including 20+ years professional experience managing multiple large scale technology and product development projects. He has spent the last 10 years working as a consultant and tech program manager for a Fortune 30 company.
John Cannon - COO - Co-Founder
John's career has spanned corporate developments projects (Texas Instruments and Ericsson) and a number of entrepreneurial ventures. His background includes experience in operations, technology management, growth strategies, marketing, new product development. John has worked in startups in early-stage Internet, e-Commerce and software firms.
W. Scott Morris - VP Tournament Operations - Co-Founder
W. Scott Morris is Vice President of Connect Outdoors Tournament Operations and brings 20 years of experience in IT and the outdoor industry. Scott grew up as a son of a manufactures representative and traveled around for several years to dealers, industry shows, and manufacturers and has established great relationships with many of the professionals that make up the hunting and fishing industry.
Jeff Bunch - National Sales Consultant
Jeff comes from the healthcare industry with nearly 30 years focused in renal care. The last 10 of which he spent as a National Account Manager in sales for 3 largest dialysis providers. He also has 4 decades of fishing tournament experience from being a Tournament Director, to fishing large scale events all over the country.
Garry Mason - Business Development Advisor
Garry is 8 Time National Champion Head Coach of Bethel University Fishing Team, Executive Director of Northwest Tennessee Tourism and Founder/Owner of Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. Garry created America’s premiere collegiate bass fishing program at Bethel University with Bethel becoming the first college in America to offer scholarships for collegiate bass fishing. The “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame has been established to recognize those outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen who, through countless hours of hard work and devotion to the outdoors, in both hunting and fishing, have played an integral part in setting the standards and guidelines for the rest of the outdoor world to follow.
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