Outdoor Sports Marketing Adds to Sales Team

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Hendersonville, N.C. — Outdoor Sports Marketing has hired Tony Turner to join their sales team. Turner, a veteran in the outdoor industry, is charged with driving sales for the entire portfolio of brands in eastern North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Outdoor Sports Marketing represents manufacturers such as MSR, Therm-a-Rest and Chaco.

UCO Corp. Co-Founder Dies

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Seattle, Wash. — UCO Corporation co-founder Gregory Lee Draper died on Sept. 14 at the age of 80.

Born in Bremerton and a native of the Pacific Northwest, he led the company until its sale in 2005 to Industrial Revolution, Inc. He is credited with a number of unique products UCO still carries such as the Original Candle Lantern and the YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball.

UCO, a division of the Seattle-based Industrial Revolution, Inc., has a product line that along with Original Candle Lantern, includes LED Lighting, Stormproof Matches, StakeLights and portable grills.

Hydro-Photon, Inc. Appoints V.P. of Global Sales

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Blue Hill, Maine — Former vice president of sales with Jetboil, Inc. Christopher Lussier will take over as second in command of global sales for Hydro-Photon, Inc (HPI).

As vice president, Lussier will be responsible for the growth of the SteriPEN brand within the outdoor retailer industry as well as oversee worldwide sales and marketing for the brand.

He comes to HPI with more than 25 years of experience in the outdoor, sports and cycling industries.

HPI manufactures and distributes SteriPEN handheld ultraviolet (UV) water purifiers.

Petzel Names New Sports Division Manager

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Salt Lake City, Utah — Petzl has named Brian Block as the brand’s sport division manager for North America.

Prior to being hired, Block served as sales director for Gregory Mountain Products and High Sierra Outdoor. He was also principle rep for Osprey, Marmot, SOLE and Scarpa.

Smartwool Hires on VP of North America Region

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Steamboat Springs, Colo. – Smartwool has announced Dane Howell as its new vice president of North America Wholesale Sales and Marketing.

Howell comes from Oakley, Inc., where he served as commercial sales manager in its tactical/outdoor division and before that as global brand manager for its government sales division.

JanSport Founder Dies at 69

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St. Peter, Kan. — Skip Yowell, who along with a cousin founded JanSport in 1967, died on Wednesday at 69.

Yowell and Murray Pletz started JanSport in a spare room of an office building belonging to Yowell’s uncle. JanSport quickly became a multimillion-dollar business.

ExOfficio Appoints VP of Global Sales

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Seattle, Wash. — ExOfficio has announced the appointment of Bill Conradt as the company’s new vice president of global sales. Conradt has more than 20 years of sales leadership experience in the cycling and outdoor industries.

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