Snowboard company founder, entrepreneur lectures at business-ethics forum

ST. GEORGE—Ryan Monson, president and founder of Monson Snowboards and American Gear Company, will be coming to Dixie State University’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business at its semimonthly Business and Ethics Forum series Thursday at noon in the Boeing Auditorium, Room 121, of the Udvar-Hazy Business Building on the university campus. All are welcome to attend this free forum.

A successful entrepreneur, Monson will discuss how he turned a small snowboard shop into a million-dollar company. He founded Monson Snowboards in 1997 in a small shop in southern California. Fifteen years later, he created American Gear Company, which includes Monson Snowboards, along with two other companies – Humanity Snowboards and Spot Sports. American Gear Company specializes in designing, developing and building various outdoor recreation products made out of composite or wood, including custom snowboards, wakeboards, shot skis, shot hockey sticks and skimboards.

The series will continue Nov. 6, with a presentation by Scott Colton, president of Cache Valley Bank. In addition, Paul McMullin, national sales manager with Conduit Repair System, Inc., will address the forum Nov. 20; and Nate Staheli, DSU associate professor and senior partner at Staheli & Jacobsen CPA, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 4.

About the Business and Ethics Forum

The DSU Business and Ethics Forum is held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how ethics are introduced into the discussion.

The semimonthly forum, along with DSU’s Institute for Business Integrity, was created in 2006 by former DSU President Robert Huddleston as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

Huddleston said the business forums will give students – and current and prospective local business owners – an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today’s business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.

The Dixie State University Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the DSU Udvar-Hazy School of Business, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

Event details and resources

  • What: Ryan Monson, president of Monson Snowboards and American Gear Company lecture
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 23, at noon
  • Where: Boeing Auditorium, Room 121, Udvar-Hazy Business Building, Dixie State University campus
  • Admission is free; General public are invited to attend.
  • For questions, contact Dr. Huddleston by email or by phone 435-652-7740.

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