BostonVoyager | BostonVoyager Staff | May 1, 2017
Today we’d like to introduce you to Marty Parichand.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Marty. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I received my first job out of college, after I received a strong referral from a high level executive that went whitewater rafting with me.
Eight years later, I was definitely “broken in” to corporate life and living what I thought was my only reality. I had a family I cherished and received a substantial promotion at work, in which I was the youngest person in that position by almost a decade. This was validation for a “good life,” in my mind. I worked hard, kept my nose to the grindstone and proved myself as an asset to the company. However, the consequences of such unconditional dedication were neglect to the other areas of my life that I valued. My priorities were awry. My “success” was a fallacy. It took substantial change in my world to promote growth and the need for action. At the crux of my conundrum was un-fulfillment and lack of happiness with me and my personal life’s direction. I was living by other people’s expectations of me instead of my expectations for myself. At this point growth ensued, pushing me to no longer compromise what I love, my kids, my future & dreams.
My outlet and passion is paddling. It has been since the first time I rafted as a customer. It then adapted as I progressed. First as an extremely novice kayaker, to a raft guide, then on to a kayaker who is “in between swims.” As a New England paddler, I cherished the early education in rolling I received from then Suncook River Canoe & Kayak, as well as, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers, who continue to support local paddlers.
We believe in the concept of flow moments, social and environmental entrepreneurship. We also believe in comparison to states branded as outdoor destinations such as Colorado or North Carolina, New England has far less support, with a plethora of opportunities to get outside.
Millions of visitors come to our forests, mountains and beaches. We at Outdoor New England believe you need to take your fun seriously. Our business’s launch is the first step of a multi-phase approach to support healthy active lifestyles through environmental attachment. We will be working hard to provide the region with new and different outdoor amenities and outdoor educational programs, while uniting those New England companies already doing amazing things.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
If effort, pain and difficulty is 12,000 lbs. of trash, a common night hawk (which isn’t a hawk and isn’t common) incident, a water leak, brick work, concrete work, finishing a 140 year old floor, a difficult ceiling, one trip to the ER, countless snags and modifications to the plan…. then I guess this could be classified as a worthwhile project.
Nah… I know it was worthwhile! I came to this realization on January 1st with my munchkins, family, friends, community members and my fellow paddlers. Although, we had to go to Plan B (as far as the river is concerned), it was a special day for my family. The culmination of a lot of effort that was rewarded through the enthusiasm and laughs of the people we were able to meet and hang out with.
What is just as special is the relationships made along the journey. In just over a year, I have met countless individuals who sacrificed their time and energy to support this dream.
Outdoor New England (ONE) – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We believe in the concept of flow moments, social and environmental entrepreneurship.
We at Outdoor New England believe you need to take your fun seriously. Our business’s launch is the first step of a multi-phase approach to support healthy active lifestyles through environmental attachment. We will be working hard to provide the region with new and different outdoor amenities and outdoor educational programs, while uniting those New England companies already doing amazing things.
Outdoor New England is the only full service whitewater outfitter in New Hampshire.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My notion of success used to be based solely on money. Over time that has totally changed. Money does not bring you happiness. Having the flexibility to bring my kids to work whenever I choose, sharing all aspects of my life with them, and maximizing my time with them is what I define as success now while doing what I love in an environment that is a reflection of myself is what I love.
I work hard and play hard. I now get to do that with my children present. To me that is success.