Montreal – Kamik, the Canadian footwear maker, announced the appointment of Michael Benoit as the chief marketing officer for the brand. According to Kamik, Benoit will oversee product development, sales and marketing initiatives.
Benoit is joining Kamik with over 30 years of consumer good experience. He comes from a global sales and business development position at the breadmaking company, Boulart. Before that, he held positions at Reebok-CCM Hockey and Bauer/Nike Hockey.
Bozeman, Mont. – Fishing gear company Simms has chosen Steve Bendzak as its new vice president of global sales, the company reported in November. Starting in January, Bendzak will manage for Simms both the company's sales team and its external reps and partners around the globe. He will also be responsible for the customer service department, the Customer Care Center and e-commerce.
Bendzak has worked in the outdoor industry for 22 years as ExOfficio's vice president of sales and then the brand's General Manager, under parent company Jarden Corp. To his new role at Simms he brings a lifelong love of fishing, familiarity with specialty retailers and experience at growing companies from his time at ExOfficio.
Bend, Ore. – Three new people have joined the Hydro Flask team: David Visnack, Vice President of Marketing and Product; Tom Trissel, Customer Service Manager; and John Ogle, IT Manager. Visnack specializes in brand leadership, marketing, product development and e-commerce programs. He has previously worked as General Manager for Far Bank Enterprises, and served as the VP of Marketing and Product for Far Banks Sage, Redington and RIO Fly Lines brands. Trissel spent the past six years as Customer Service Manager and Assistant Store Manager at Altrec.com. Ogle was previously a consultant for NetSuite Development and Optimization Solutions.
Racine, Wis. – Industry veteran Christopher Martens will oversee brand and product management, marketing, research and development, quality control and customer service in his new role as business director for Johnson Outdoors Gear's camping division. The division includes brands Eureka, Silva and Jetboil.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Backpack and adventure travel gear brand, Gregory Mountain Products, has brought on Colleen Nipkow as the new marketing director. The brand also announced several new hires to support the marketing department: Aaron White (marketing coordinator) and Allaina Jeffreys (graphic designer).
Nipkow previously worked as the marketing manager for Scarpa based out of Boulder, Colo. Prior she spent almost ten years in a marketing role at Black Diamond Equipment. Her experience spans brand ambassador management, public relations and advertising campaigns, brand identity development, social media and product marketing support.
Dallas, Texas – Roka Sports, the multi-sport endurance brand, has hired Rylan Dolan as the new VP of sales and marketing. Dolan joins ROKA from DJO/GlobalCompex where he was director of sales and marketing. Prior to that he spent ten years at TYR Sport holding multiple management positions including VP of sales – he oversaw the launch of TYR's triathlon wetsuit and swimskin categories.
Sheboygun, Wis. - On November 18, Wigwam announced its appointment of Margaret Newhard as director of product management, website and e-commerce. Newhard has worked for the company since 2006, beginning as field marketing manager and then most recently as director of sales for the western United States. Now she returns to Wigwam headquarters in Sheboygan where she joins her father Robert Chesebro—CEO and owner of Wigwam—to continue the family’s more than 100 year operation of the business. Newhard will bring to the role marketing and e-commerce experience, as well as familiarity with the outdoor market from her time with the Gander Mountain retail chain.