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Chris Metz Named Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Heartland Award
Vista Outdoor CEO was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria — entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth, impact and more.

ANOKA, Minn. — Chris Metz, CEO of Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), has been named a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Heartland Award. Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), is one of the preeminent competitive business awards “for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.”

Metz, who has served as CEO of Vista Outdoor since 2017, was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria — entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact — among other core contributions and attributes. Click here to learn more about the awards and all the finalists.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 9 at The Fillmore Minneapolis. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel, and National awards will be presented in November at the Strategic Growth Forum, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in June 2023. 

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In the Heartland, sponsors also include Twin Cities Business, Padilla, Salo LLC and Colliers International.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. We serve a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide these consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model leverages shared resources across brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be out of reach for any one brand on its own. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fiber Energy Products, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. For news and information, visit our website at

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