The most-read industry stories of 2017

Consolidation, fires and hurricanes among stories that drove the most-read headlines of 2017.

As the year comes to a close, we count down the top 10 most-read industry stories of 2017.

10. Industry businesses and community affected by fires ripping through Ventura

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Ventura wildfire. Photo: Twitter

We checked in with several of the businesses in Ventura’s close-knit community that were affected by the Thomas Fire. Iron & Resin Founder Thom Hill also gave us an update on the Help California relief efforts he helped launch alongside many other companies in the surf and adventure sports space.

9. Steve Van Doren heads to Texas to provide shoes, clothes and support to those affected by hurricane

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Steve Van Doren (third from left) and the Vans support team head to Texas to provide relief aid to those who have been hit the hardest. Photo: Courtesy of Vans

In light of the disaster Hurricane Harvey left in its wake, Vans hit the ground with relief efforts in Texas. Not only did the company's parent, VF Corp, donate $50,000 to the Red Cross and match employee donations dollar-for-dollar, but they also put a personal set of feet on the ground: Steve Van Doren himself. We caught up with him to find out what that entailed.

8. K2, Ride Snowboards acquired as part of $240 million winter sports group sale

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Photo courtesy of K2.

In May, K2 parent company Newell Brands Inc. signed an agreement to sell its winter sports businesses, which include other brands Ride, Völkl, Marker, Dalbello, Madshus, Line, Full Tilt, Atlas, Tubbs and BCA, to Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C., a private equity firm specializing in middle-market investing.

7. Mountain Creek Resort files for bankruptcy

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Mountain Creek. Photo: Instagram

Popular New Jersey resort, Mountain Creek, filed for bankruptcy in May. This news was just a piece of the larger, overarching climate of resort consolidation, and followed suit this year in a stack of smaller resorts being swallowed up or driven out as larger resorts and corporations make huge land buys.

Aspen Skiing Co. announced in May it would purchase Mammoth Resorts and its four subsidiary California ski resorts, right on the heels of the announcement of its $1.5 billion purchase of Intrawest Resorts.

6. An insider’s look at Vans’ new headquarters

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The outside of the new Vans headquarters. Photo: Helms

On the heels of its 51st anniversary, Vans moved into a new office space. Totaling 180,000 square feet and housing 500 employees, it truly is a testament to the success Vans has enjoyed thus far. Take the tour.

5. Why industry vet Jordan Mead thinks the future role of sales reps is more important than ever

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Jordan Mead, repping “the best sales team ever.” Photo: JM Sales & Services

We caught up with Mead at his Encinitas, California-based showroom and offices for JM Sales & Service, to hear more about his story, the business strategy and what he thinks the future holds for sales reps.

4. Skullcandy and Stance Founder Rick Alden selling Park City home for $18.9 million

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A look inside Rick Alden’s 300+ snowboard collection. Photo: Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Imagine owning a house in Park City, with direct access to the lifts, plus inheriting a collection of boards to boot. For a cool $18.9 million, someone could call this dream home, owned by Skullcandy and Stance founder and industry entrepreneur Rick Alden, their own.

3. Burton Creative Officer Greg Dacyshyn steps down from role

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Greg Dacyshyn steps down from the Burton Creative Director role.

In March, longtime Burton Chief Creative Officer Greg Dacyshyn decided to venture out on his own after more than two decades at the company to start his own creative agency called ‘Camp High.’

2. Burton unveils U.S. Snowboarding Team uniforms for 2018 Olympics

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Burton unveil the U.S. Snowboard team uniforms for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. Photo: Burton

PyeongChang 2018 will mark the fourth consecutive Olympic Games where Burton has partnered with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to create one-of-a-kind uniforms for the halfpipe, slopestyle and first-ever big air snowboarding competitions. If you haven’t already, take a look at next year’s Olympic uniforms right here.

1. Highlights from the Miami Swim 2017 fashion shows

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The finale of SI’s show gave a nod to all the models and suits featured.

It was TransWorld Business’ first time at Miami Swim and we made the most of it. In addition to this recap of the top runway shows from our space, we also walked all of the shows to scope what’s new, taking a look at trends for Spring 2018 and beyond.

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