Did you hear?... Confluence Canada has a new manager

Confluence Canada, the subsidiary of North Carolina-based Confluence Watersports Company, has a new general manager.

Confluence Canada, the subsidiary of North Carolina-based Confluence Watersports Company, has a new general manager. James Malcolm was on the job at Summer Market. He was hired after a year-long search, said Confluence Canada President Harrie Tieken, who will now have more time to devote to promotion, PR, and new business development. Malcolm is a paddlesports industry veteran, having worked for Current Designs Brian Henry at Henry’s Ocean River Sports, located in Victoria, BC.


Did you hear?... Confluence to aquire Whetstone Inc.

Confluence Watersports announced it has reached an initial agreement to acquire Whetstone Inc, a manufacturer of carbon fiber paddles designed for touring and whitewater use. Once acquired, Whetsone paddles, until now distributed directly, will be sold only through Confluence ...read more

Did you hear?... Medlin ousted at Confluence

Bill Medlin is no longer the CEO of Confluence Watersports following a 4 p.m. decision Monday to oust him. This decision comes only five days after Confluence was forced by the company's new majority owner, American Capital Strategies (ACS), to eliminate approximately 30 percent ...read more

Confluence Lays off 18 percent of Staff

Confluence Watersports Company has laid off 48 employees in its North Carolina facility and 7 employees in Vermont, Andy Zimmerman, CEO of the Trinity, North Carolina-based company, confirmed with SNEWS on March 29. That leaves 250 employees. Zimmerman insists that despite rumors ...read more

Did you hear?... Andy Zimmerman of Confluence launches new venture

Founder and former Confluence CEO Andy Zimmerman, who is still on the Confluence board, is launching a new venture, he told SNEWS® last week. "Right now we have incorporated under Great Idea Development Inc., and it's a company that operates as a think tank for product ...read more

Did you hear?... Mike Ryberg named new general manager for Type 20 Inc.

Type 20 Inc. has named Mike Ryberg as the company's new general manager. Type 20 holds the U.S and Canadian marketing and distribution rights for Briko products, along with the licensing rights for Arnette softgoods, motocross and snowboard products. ...read more


Did you hear?…Epic Kayaks hires new general manager

John Radel, former general manager of Epic Kayaks (www.epickayaks.com), has left the company, and Vince Bechet was named the new general manager on March 22, according to Greg Barton, president of Epic Kayaks. “Yes, John Radel and Epic are parting ways,” Barton told SNEWS®. “John ...read more

Did you hear?... Toko USA has designed a new website

Toko USA has designed a new website -- www.TokoUS.com. According to the company, the new site was necessary to address the specific needs of the U.S. market. Toko's new website shows all cross country, snowboard, and alpine related products, shows a tour of the factory, has a ...read more

Did you hear?... Mike Hooks promoted to director of sales at Mad River Canoe

Confluence Watersports has promoted former East Coast regional sales manager Mike Hooks to the new position of director of sales at Mad River Canoe. It also named former Headwaters, Inc. president (later, an independent paddlesports business consultant) Buff Grubb, as Mad River ...read more

Did you hear?... Shock Doctor Footbeds has a new sales team

Shock Doctor Footbeds has a new sales team, Jay Turkbas, vice president of sales and marketing for the company, announced on Sept. 28. And the new team and their associated territories are: John Alarie (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut); ...read more