MISSOULA, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America membership elected three members to the board of directors: Tom Keer (Massachusetts), Vicki Mountz (Ohio) and Paul Vang (Montana). All three members will take their board seats on June 28 in conjunction with the 2015 OWAA annual conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Tom Keer owns The Keer Group, a full-service outdoor marketing and communications company. TKG focuses on the active outdoors vertical markets, with fish/hunt, equestrian, boating, manufacturing, publishing, and travel as their areas of expertise. He is also an award-winning, full-time freelance writer and columnist.
Vicki Mountz is a freelance writer/outdoor consultant living with husband Greg in Centerburg, Ohio. A 30-year member of OWAA, she has been a writer and seminar speaker, managing editor of two statewide and regional outdoor magazines, a fishing guide, past-president of Outdoor Writers of Ohio, executive editor of the state magazine Wild Ohio, and the information and education chief for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Paul Vang is a native of Minnesota and after graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, he spent almost exactly one-third of the 20th Century in a career with the Social Security Administration, with over 21 of those years in supervision and management.
After retiring from government service he reinvented himself as a freelance writer, landing a gig writing a weekly outdoors newspaper column. He’s expanded beyond that with bylines with a lot of publications, though at age 75, he’s happy to continue doing that weekly column. He’s not making much money but he’s working about as hard as he wants to work.
He became a member of OWAA in 1997, went to his first conference in 1999, and has been to 13 conferences since then. He’s served on several OWAA committees, including finance and craft improvement.