Ken Meidell New President, COO at Outdoor Research

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OutdoorResearch LogoSeattle, Wash. – Outdoor Research has hired Ken Meidell to be the new President and COO of the company, in a move that will allow owner and CEO Dan Nordstrom to focus on customer relationships, brand development and long-term strategy. To further this goal, Meidell will take over the day-to-day operations, and will manage the sales, product development, marketing, operations and finance departments.

Meidell worked for 12 years at Cascade Designs, most recently as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He's also held positions as the Vice President of the Outdoor Group and the Chief Information Officer. As VP of Sales and Marketing, he helped direct strategy for growth in the European and Asian markets, and overhauled the marketing department to bring it more in line with business goals.

Jerry Stritzke Named President and CEO of REI

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Jerry Stritzky webSeattle, Wash. – After a national search, REI has chosen Jerry Stritzke to lead the company as president and CEO. He will join the company on Oct. 1.

Most recently, Stritzke served as president and Chief Operating Officer for Coach and resigned on Sept. 2, after five years with the company. At Coach, Stritzke is credited with increasing sales from $2.6 billion to $5.1 billion. He also worked at Limited Brands, in a variety of positions from 1999 to 2008.

A trained attorney Stritzke transitioned from private practice to a consulting firm specializing in retail. He has been a board member of lululemon atheletica for 14 months.

Leatherman Group Names Scott Pugliese VP of Product Engineering

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Portland, Ore. - Leatherman Tool Group appointed Scott Pugliese to Vice President of Product Engineering. He will work out of the Portland manufacturing headquarters and lead the engineering department, custom manufacturing, product development and product design.

He has been with the company for eight years and has held a number of positions in Leatherman. Most recently, Pugliese served as the Director of Product Engineering. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Executive MBA program at the University of Oregon.

Leatherman Names New VP of Manufacturing

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charles calvin VP manufacturingPortland, Ore. -- Leatherman Tool Group recently appointed Charles Calvin to the Vice President of Manufacturing of Leatherman Tools, after five years with the company. Calvin will report to Leatherman Tool President Ben Rivera, in the company’s Portland headquarters.

In his five years with the company, Calvin has been involved in many strategic decisions regarding the manufacturing process and flow; including the implementation of automation and lean practices. Calvin has an extensive background in the automotive industry as well as a BSME from Michigan State University and a Masters in Manufacturing from University of Michigan.

Ian Anderson Named Partner at Backbone Media

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Ian AndersonCarbondale, Colo – Backbone Media's roster of partners grew with the recent appointment of Ian Anderson. Anderson joins partners Penn Newhard, Nate Simmons and Greg Williams He currently serves as the firm’s public relations director. Before joining Backbone Media, Anderson worked as the director of marketing and communication for the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau.

Bergans USA Hires Dan Ducey to Serve the West Coast

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Longmont, Colo., – With sales on the rise, Bergans USA recently hired Dan Ducey to handle sales in Southern California, Southern Nevada and Arizona. Ducey comes to Bergans USA after working as an independent sales representative, a technical representative and retail store manager. His past work with companies like Lowepro, Lowe Alpine, Metolius Climbing and other companies, translates into expertise that Bergans executives think will translate into success as part of the company’s overall strategy.

Ted Manning Joins Ibex Outdoor Clothing as CEO

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7DP1VnWh8vTKSoAKJe3PT5VVtHBtK0uuwtBrvyis8 kWhite River Junction, Vt. – Ibex Outdoor Clothing is announcing the appointment of outdoor industry veteran Ted Manning to the company CEO position. Manning comes to Ibex after 18 years with Eastern Mountain Sports, where he worked his way up from the sales floor to executive vice president. At Ibex, he will be responsible for building the company’s wholesale operations, building on existing product, strengthening brand visibility and developing relationships with consumers.

Baffin Adds Four to Sales and Marketing Team

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Baffin New Hires group photoStoney Creek, Ontario – As footwear innovator, Baffin, expands its warehouse, the company is also adding to its staff with four new hires – two in sales and two in marketing.

Chris Kabas and Chris Penn will join the sales team, while Alicia Gies and Kristi Boulton join the marketing team. Kabas will handle primarily industrial sales, and Penn will focus on Southern Ontario’s outdoor market.

In the marketing department, Gies will take on the role of Baffin’s communications coordinator. Working as the company’s graphic designer, Boulton will focus on communicating the style of the brand.

Baffin designs, develops, and manufactures cold weather, full-season footwear and apparel products.

Vibram Promotes New Marketing Manager from Within

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Concord, Mass. – Vibram has named PJ Antonik as marketing manager. Antonik joined the company in 2011 as a customer service representative and was promoted to pr and communications associate within 6 months.  This month he was recognized with a promotion to marketing manager. Antonik’s duties will include managing the marketing team and creative agencies.  He is responsible for overseeing and executing all aspects of the marketing plans for FiveFingers, Vibram soling and Vibram Disc Golf. Additionally, Antonik will identify opportunities for growth; analyze market research to determine the value of marketing communication programs and manage additional projects as assigned by the CEO.

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