Peter Metcalf, lead founder and CEO of Black Diamond Inc., has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award, an honor given by the Utah Valley University Center for the Study of Ethics and its advisory boards. Metcalf is the ninth recipient of this prestigious annual award.
Metcalf will be presented the award Tuesday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center's Ragan Theater by Ian Wilson, UVU vice president for academic affairs, and later, by President Matthew S. Holland. Metcalf will then speak on "Mission and Style: The "Sustainable Why" Behind the "What" in Business." Prior to the talk the community is invited to a free reception to personally introduce and honor Metcalf to members of the faculty, student body and public. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.
The Englehardt Excellence in Business Ethics Award is presented annually by the UVU president and Board of the Center for the Study of Ethics to an individual who displays exemplary ethics in their life, both professionally and personally.
"Peter Metcalf is one of the foremost leaders in outdoor recreation business strategy in the world today," said David Keller, director of UVU's Center for the Study of Ethics. "Metcalf understands that a company doesn't stand alone but belongs to a larger environmental community. He has tirelessly been a champion for this community."
Black Diamond (NASDAQ: BDE) is a global provider of outdoor recreation equipment and active lifestyle products. Black Diamond Inc. is the parent company of Gregory Packs, POC (Sweden), Pieps, (Austria) and Black Diamond Equipment, the company Metcalf co-founded in 1989 in Ventura, Calif., and moved to the Mill Creek area of Salt Lake City in 1991. The Engelhardt Excellence in Business Ethics award is one of many major awards he has received. Metcalf has also been named Small Business Person of the Year from Utah and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Metcalf, a former board member of the Outdoor Industry Association, was very influential in bringing the Outdoor Retailer trade show to Salt Lake over a dozen years ago (which brings $24 million in revenue to Utah annually).
The day-to-day production and sustainability practices at Black Diamond are only a small part of Metcalf's work. He has been profiled in articles for Inc. Magazine, Outside, Mountain and High Country News and authored numerous articles for national business, trade and environmental press. Metcalf has a long history of political advocacy for both the outdoor industry and the public lands of Utah, and has often united outdoor companies against policies that threaten public lands and outdoor recreation.
As the ninth recipient of the award, Metcalf joins past awardees Patricia Werhane, endowed chair at DePaul University; BYU-Idaho president Kim Clark; international corporate business developer Joel Peterson; Close to My Heart president and CEO Jeanette Lynton; Orin Woodbury, former president and CEO of Woodbury Corporation; David Ulrich author, professor and CEO of RBL Group; Timothy P. Stratford, assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, and Omar Kader, founder and CEO of PaL-Tech Inc., a government contracting firm that focuses on Training and Technical Assistance.
"Exemplary ethics demonstrate a sustained commitment to understanding the necessity of integrity and humanity in business pursuits. This individual demonstrates strengthening business ethics through fiscal responsibility, leadership, civic activity and personal example," Keller said. "We believe that Peter Metcalf goes beyond the necessary traits of Excellence in Business Ethics as a recipient of this award."
The award is named for local businessman Kirk R. Englehardt who died of cancer in 2003. An astute businessman, he was president of Businessman Planning and Investment Research, Inc. for 24 years, specializing in securities and retirement investing. He also served during that time as a lobbyist and spokesman for the investment industry and testified before the U.S. Congress. Throughout his life he was known for his integrity, wisdom, intellect and commitment to honesty. His family helps the Center for the Study of Ethics sponsor this annual lecture in an effort to promote and strengthen awareness in business ethics.