Fred Ferguson has long been a force on Capitol Hill. The former policy adviser and legislative director for multiple politicians has spent the last four years advocating for issues critical to both the company and the outdoor and shooting sports industries.
Ferguson, Vista’s VP of Public Affairs and Communications, was recently named one of the Top Lobbyists for 2021 by The Hill. It was the third consecutive year that Ferguson was named as one of the best lobbyists in the “corporate” category.
“It’s an honor to represent Vista Outdoor and our brands before Congress and federal agencies,” said Ferguson, who joined Vista in 2017. “Management of public lands and waterways, recreation planning and conservation are intertwined with federal rules, legislation and funding. It’s important that we have a seat at the table so that we can influence positive outcomes while advancing our mission of bringing the world outside so that we can bring it closer together.”
One of Ferguson’s most recent and highest-profile efforts included his Dec. 2 testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. There, he made a strong business case for Congress to pass nine outdoor recreation bills currently up for consideration.
“The time to invest in the outdoors is now,” Ferguson told the committee. “Millions of people ventured outdoors over the past 20 months. Some reconnected with their favorite pastimes, such as hunting or biking, while others engaged in a recreational activity for the first time, including more than 10 million first-time campers. This resurgence in outdoor activity has continued in 2021 and isn’t expected to slow down. With so many new and existing participants venturing outside, it’s incumbent upon leaders in the private and public sectors to adjust to these changing trends and creating an outdoor ecosystem that is more accessible, diverse and streamlined.”
The Hill, which publishes its prestigious list each December, recognized lobbyists in four categories: corporate, associations, hired guns and grassroots.
“In one of the busiest years on record for the D.C. influence world, these are the people who wielded their connections and knowledge most effectively for their clients,” The Hill wrote. “The list highlights the broad range of talents needed to achieve success in the industry. The ranks of policy experts, influencers and advocates run deep in Washington, but these are the people who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and the administration.”