SNEWS® Live: Skip Yowell continues the adventure after 40 years at JanSport

JanSport co-founder Skip Yowell sits down with SNEWS® Live to discuss the creation of the business designed to sustain his adventure lifestyle
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SNEWS® Live: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you likely know the name Skip Yowell. But nearly every kid who has toted books to classes on his back will know the JanSport company he co-founded four decades ago. Starting like most in the outdoor industry Yowell along with his cousin Murray Pletz and friend Jan Lewis set out to establish an enterprise that would support their adventure lifestyle. Who knew in the decades to follow that they would create a multi-million dollar brand recognized throughout the world?

At Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah, SNEWS® Live met with Yowell at the JanSport booth to learn how this self-described hippie mountain guide began his climb up the corporate ladder.


Profile of Skip Yowell, smiling.

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Skip Yowell, co-founder of JanSport, left behind an incredible legacy when he died Oct. 14. A pillar of the outdoor industry, Skip was many things to many people. We reached out to Skip's family and friends for help in creating this tribute in his memory. We miss you, Skip! Skip more