SIDNEY, Neb. — Cabela’s drew record attendance at its 2013 annual meeting of shareholders June 5 in Sidney, Neb., home of company headquarters.
A crowd of more than 3,000 gathered June 4 to catch a performance by Cabela’s ambassador and Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, with fellow country star Jon Pardi, at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds.
The next day, an estimated 1,500 attended the meeting of shareholders. They were treated to live music, celebrity appearances and new product displays and demonstrations.
The daylong celebration included a meet-and-greet with Cabela’s founders Dick and Mary Cabela, a presentation from Cabela’s CEO Tommy Millner, a performance by Home Free Vocal Band, a presentation from board of directors member Beth Pritchard and appearances by eight-time U.S. Open Sporting Clays Champion Jon Kruger and 2012 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team member and Cabela’s ambassador Frank Thompson.
Highlighting the event was a special tribute to Dick and Mary. The couple started Cabela’s from their kitchen table in Chappell, Neb., in 1961. They were honored for their longtime passion for the outdoors and guidance as Dick Cabela transitioned from chairman to chairman emeritus. Dick served as Cabela’s chairman since founding the company. Jim Cabela, Dick’s brother and company co-founder who joined the company in 1963, will assume the chairman role.
“The respect and admiration showed to Dick and Mary made this a truly special event,” Millner said. “Our shareholders continue to provide Cabela’s with unmatched loyalty and support, for which we are immensely grateful.”
Cabela's Incorporated is a leading specialty retailer and the world's largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. It operates 44 stores across North America and has announced the location of an additional 16 stores expected to open throughout the next two years.