Practically unbreakable watch made specifically for the rugged outdoor enthusiast

Knoxville, Tennessee - While attending the 2014 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, I spent one afternoon weaving through the aisles of the Product Showcase. The Product Showcase is where corporate partners showcase their wares in front of the nation’s most influential outdoor communicators. For me, it’s a great way to talk to partner representatives about new products, developments and story ideas. Simply said, it’s the perfect way to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not.

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Professional Outdoor Media Association names All Star team in Tennessee

Tony Bynum, Bill Miller, Kevin Tate, Tammy Sapp, J. Wayne Fears and J. Craig Haney during POMA's Pinnacle Award Ceremony in Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee - Everyone appreciates a pat on the back. A 'well done' or 'atta boy' from friends, family and coworkers is usually enough for more. But for some, those driven few who can't help but shine, whose work exceeds expectations at every glance, a pat on the back only goes so far. It is their work, and not their ego, that demands recognition. In the Outdoor Industry, those individuals receive such recognition in the form of the Pinnacle Awards.

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Latest gadgets, guns and gear hit the stage at the Knoxville Convention Center

Rifles on display during POMA's 2014 Product Showcase at the Knoxville Convention Center in Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee - When members of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) get together for their annual business conference, it's more than meetings, meals and seminars. Sure there's the opportunity to reconnect with friends, colleagues and business partners, but there's also time to show off a little. Especially at the Product Showcase.

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Opening ceremony at Ijams Nature Center sets groundwork for Outdoor Communication celebration

Bluegrass trio plays during POMA opening ceremony at Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, Tennessee - With a banjo, guitar, and mandolin trio strumming away, there was plenty of picking and a grinning as opening ceremonies for the 2014 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference landed at the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. A gathering of the finest outdoor writers, producers, and personalities in the United States, Ijams was the perfect location to say hello to Tennessee.

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Your AR-15 rifle shoots pellets with Crosman's MAR 177 attachment

Crosman's Chip Hunnicutt with the MAR .177 at the POMA Conference in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina - Patiently waiting by the Crosman table, I overheard their Web and Social Marketing Manager (Chip Hunnicutt) absolutely gushing over one of their products. Usually I'm good about waiting my turn, but my patience waned soon enough as I began climbing over another writer's shoulder for a better look.

"Step on up son," said Hunnicutt. "Let me tell you about the Crosman MAR 177."

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How much are your fingers worth? Blade comes with built-in lights for night work

The Real Avid Revelation knife at POMA

Columbia, South Carolina - During this year's Professional Outdoor Media Association Business Conference down in South Carolina, manufacturers brought out some of their best and brightest for the world to see. Rifles, packs, deer stands and grills were just a few of the items out on display. But the thing that caught my eye was the Real Avid's new Revelation knife.

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South Carolina range welcomes outdoor writers and photographers for morning shoot

Shotgun shells discarded across the path to the elevated station

Swansea, South Carolina - The bus arrived so early last weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, that there was time for a second coat of morning frost to dance across the diesel stained windows. A ragtag collection of outdoor writers, photographers and tv producers trudged from the breakfast bar to the doors in zombie-like fashion.

Though exhausted from a week's worth of lessons, seminars and workshops, our sunrise trek held the promise of gun powder — making the early AM awakening all the more worth while.

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South Carolina's Pine Island Club sees new outdoor gear in action

Two ladies take part in the 2013 POMA Camp Cook Off in South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina - The second full day at the 8th Annual Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Business Conference split time between two specific locations — the Columbia-Greystone Embassy Suites for a series of educational seminars and the Pine Island Club for POMA Camp.

POMA Camp's allow media professionals the opportunity to give a few of the latest outdoor products a try in the field. Those products included a variety of hunting sights from Aimpoint, a collection of outdoor grills from Camp Chef, and a handful of Ram Trucks from Dodge.

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Professional Outdoor Media Association Business Conference brings in the best of the outdoors

Aimpoint sights on display at the 2013 POMA Conference in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina - The first official day at the 2013 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Business Conference in Columbia kicked off with a selection of seminars on everything from Why Social Media is a Must to Practical Photography to What Outdoor Television Networks Want. Held at the Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone, the conference runs from Wednesday March 7th through Saturday March 10th.

In addition to the educational seminars, attendees are invited to a variety of "hands on" experiences including POMA camps, a trip to the local gun range and the product showcase.

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