Jewell is inspirational, "mission-driven" and a consensus builder who nearly doubled REI's revenues to $1.8 billion since joining REI in 2000 and will raise the profile of the industry, said company chairman John Hamlin, managing partner of the private-equity firm Bozeman Limited Partnership.Among the issues Jewell will need to navigate is the collision between a record-setting energy boom â¿¿ which has led to sharply increased drilling over the past decade â¿¿ and the desire of western communities to lure tourists and information-age workers who want to be able to play outdoors, using the gear the industry makes.
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