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This profile was last updated on 8/3/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Charlie E. Wilson

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Colden Canoe

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Masters degrees , Outdoor Recreation and Organizational Theory
    University of Illinois
  • Master's Degrees , Forest Recreation and Public Administration
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Charlie ..., 3 Aug 2015 [cached]
Charlie Wilson
It was his collaboration with Charlie Wilson at Bell that first created the Fire Series and now David will be advising Colden Canoe during the setup and production of these hulls as they are brought back once again.
Charlie Wilson
Untitled Document, 25 Dec 2014 [cached]
Together with cofounder Charlie Wilson, Joe developed a unique vacuum infusion system that is used to build Placid Boatworks.
Charlie had the idea of building composite canoes and bonding separately molded composite gunwales to them to cut weight and maintenance.
The American Canoe Association Dixie Division, 11 Jan 2007 [cached]
The new logo, created under the direction of JS Mandle and Co. of New Jersey, is a symbol of ACA's dedication to kayaking, canoeing, and rafting," says Charles Wilson, ACA Board President.
Under Charlie Wilson's ..., 12 Nov 2012 [cached]
Under Charlie Wilson's leadership, the name was changed to its current title, Safety Education & Instruction Council.
Charlie Wilson
1997 - 2000: Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson left the University of Illinois with Masters degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Organizational Theory to enter the outdoor sports industry. He operated a small chain, then a retail shop before designing portage packs and sewn accessories for paddlesports application. He was a principal in Bell Canoe Works, developing many of the companies solo and tandem paddlecraft with David Yost, a relationship that continued when he co-founded Placid Boatworks. While at Placid he introduced infusion lamination techniques and developed an integral gunwale system. Retired from manufacturing, Charlie continues as an industry consultant on marketing, hull and trim design and infusion processes. Charlie has written articles and submitted images on paddling and camping for CanoeSport Journal, Paddler and Canoe & Kayak Magazine, co-authored FreeStyle Paddling and contributed chapters to several other books on paddleport topics. Charlie become involved in FreeStyle paddling in the mid '80s and helped promote Conclaves, a series of paddlesport industry events which eventually brought him to the ACA as FreeStyle became an ACA discipline in 1990. Chairing the ACA FreeStyle Activity Committee placed him on the ACA Board of Directors and the National Instruction Committee. he National Instruction Committee was transformed into the Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC) via the ACA National Bylaws revision of 1995 which came from a Board Committee Charlie chaired. While Board Secretary and SEIC Vice-Chair under Kim Whitley, Charlie chaired SEIC sub committees that rewrote SEIC Bylaws and policies to bring them into line with the national initiatives and to improve function through simplification. The 32 page policy document was reduced from 32 to 8 pages. Elected SEIC Chair in 1997, Wilson encouraged the Council to embrace the broader paddlesports market, specifically by developing instructional programs for recreational kayaking, touring canoe and kayak, and emerging groups of multi-sport enthusiasts. The broad acceptance of the essentials programs is, perhaps, the most visible result of those initiatives. fter serving his second term as SEIC Chair, Charlie was elected President of the ACA Board of Directors for two successive terms, continuing the philosophy that the ACA needs to address the needs of all paddlers. Charlie was an inclusive chair who could run a meeting and initiate structure and programs, but his most important contribution to ACA instruction was a green coconut curry scallop dinner served over soba noodles to the SEIC one Friday evening at the Washington Suites in November 1999. For once, everyone smiled.
American Canoe Association ACA, 14 Sept 2006 [cached]
C. E. WilsonAmerican Canoe Association ACA
Charlie Wilson (Lake Placid, NY)
Charlie joined ACA in 1990.He has chaired the FreeStyle Activity Committee and served as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Instruction Council.As Chair, he encouraged new curricula initiatives, including recreational kayaking, and pushed to simplify policy.Charlie has written one book, co-authored four, including the ACA Introduction to Canoeing (1996) and penned over 60 published magazine articles on paddling technique.An ACA Board Member since 1992, Charlie chaired the bylaws committee and was that document's principal author.During two terms as ACA Secretary, and one as Vice President he chaired several workgroups and is known for both humor and completing tasks.A former principal and Marketing Director of Bell Canoe, Charlie contributes a unique perspective on industry and market demographics.He holds Master's Degrees in Forest Recreation and Public Administration.Charlie encourages streamlined and strengthened Board Committees, Councils and Divisions, and tailoring ACA instruction to include entry paddlers.He is dedicated to increasing the ACA's relevance to paddlers.
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