Who’s on the move: Kelly Blake at Verde PR; Joel Heath at Deckers; and more …

Find out who’s on the move in the outdoor industry with the latest new jobs, appointments and promotions.
  • Big Agnes Inc., in Steamboat Springs, Colo., hired The Horton Co., headed by Jerry and Lois Horton, to handle Big Agnes’ sales in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana from its home base of New Braunfels, Texas.
  • Gramicci in Agoura Hills, Calif., hired Lori Nuss as its regional sales manager for the mountain states. Nuss was the former Rocky Mountains territory manager for Costa Sunglasses.
  • Polarmax in West End, N.C., promoted Doris Hinson to HR manager, and Michelle Conley to assistant marketing manager.
  • Lilypond and Fishpond co-founder David M. Thompson sold 50 percent ownership interest in the two fly fishing accessories and lifestyle brands to Denver, Colo. businessman Charles H. Kurtz, making Kurtz equal partners with John Le Coq, co-founder and co-owner of the brands since 1999. The two brands will move headquarters to Denver this month.
  • Minox USA in Meriden, N.H., has announced the addition of Elite Outdoor Sales and Marketing, headed by Todd Curell, as its sales agency in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest. The move is part of their overall strategy to greatly expand and better service the growing Minox dealer network.
  • Terra Public Relations in Jackson Hole, Wyo., hired Caitlin Welter as a senior enthusiast and Maddie McQueeney as an enthusiast to the boutique communication agency’s team.
  • Deckers Outdoor Corporation in Goleta, Calif., promoted Pete Worley, former president of the Teva brand, to president of Deckers Asia Pacific; and promoted Teva’s former Global Brand Marketing Director Joel Heath to president of the Teva brand.
  • Lole Europe in Montreal, Canada, promoted Isabelle Mille to the new role of vice president of retail and marketing. Mille will oversee the development of the Lole brand, focusing on growth of the retail platform and linkage with the strong lifestyle component of the brand. The company promoted Pierre-Louis Lacoste to vice president Lole Europe.
  • Mammut in Shelburne, Vt., appointed Rand Whitney as its new North American sales manager. Whitney will head up the sales force of the Mammut Sports Group. Whitney has more than 20 years experience in teh outdoor industry, most recently as vice president of NBS Retail Buying Group.
  • Verde PR & Consulting of Durango, Colo., recently hired Kelly Blake, formerly of Outside Public Relations, as its vice president. As VP, Blake will work with the team to oversee clients strategy and broad market outreach and will work with President and Founder Kristin Carpenter Ogden on acquisitions.
  • Mountain Khakis, a mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand, recently hired outdoor industry-veteran Dale Bard as its national sales manager. He will focus initially on overseeing the Southwest, Northwest, Rockies, North Central and Great Lakes territories.
  • Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit that connects scientists doing climate change research with adventure athletes and citizen scientists to collect data for projects, hired Brendan Weiner as its new research director.
  • Backbone Media of Carbondale, Colo., hired four new members for its media and PR team: Alex Aufmann, media planner; Erin Rolston, design coordinator; David Demartini, media coordinator; and Carl Johnson, PR account coordinator. This addition brings the total number of employees to 29, more than doubling the company’s size in the last three years.
  • The National Ski Patrol in Lakewood, Colo., hired Melanie Hood as its director of marketing and development. Hood comes to the NSP after working as a director of youth marketing at the American Heart Association.
  • Easton Mountain Products in Salt Lake City, Utah, promoted Rich Packer from marketing and media coordinator to marketing manager.
  • Momentum Media PR in Boulder, Colo., and Boston, hired Thomas Seymour as assistant account executive. Seymour comes to Momentum with a business degree from the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.

Have news of a new hire or promotion within the outdoor industry? Let us know at news@snewsnet.com.

--Compiled by Ana Trujillo



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