- Mountain Hardwear and Montrail in Richmond, Calif. have made several changes within the brands’ marketing and sales departments, leading off with the appointment of Tom Shores as its new national sales manager for the brands. Justin Gill replaces Shores as Western Regional Sales Manager for Mountain Hardwear. Troy Trimmer has been hired as Mountain Hardwear’s REI Key Account Manager, after previously working with Adventure 16, Montrail, The North Face and Mammut. Trimmer replaces Jaime Buyagawan, who is transitioning to an independent specialty rep position within The Sherpa Group, where he’ll continue to work with the Mountain Hardwear and Montrail brands. Mike Kelly has been promoted to sales representative for Mountain Hardwear and Montrail in the Northeast territory covering the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Mountain Hardwear also announced the departure of Bill Chandler, after he represented the brand through Nomad Inc. for 19-plus years in the Southeast territory. Chandler will be transitioning into co-ownership of River Sports Outfitters in Knoxville, Tenn., where he will partner with industry veteran Ed McAlister. John Harvey and Hunter Orvis, who both previously represented Mountain Hardwear and Montrail with Nomad, Inc., will join Chris Hayes as part of a new in-house Southeast territory team as sales representatives for the brands.
- AKU appointed KGPR Ink, headed by Katy Gaenicke, to manage the Italian footwear company’s public relations, including all media communications, and consult on brand strategy in North America.
- Great Outdoor Provision Co. promoted its veteran technical buyer Bob Sears to the title of “Special Ops.” All who know him can appreciate Sears' new title as he continues to equip Great Outdoor Provision Co. through his services in the technical equipment category, Owner Tom Valone said. Rich Chisholm will take over the role of technical buyer, and Darren Schwartz will take over for Chisholm as the new manager of the Winston-Salem store.
- Sportube named Clay Zimmerman and Zim Group in Vail, Colo. as its new rep in the Rockies. Zimmerman will cover Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
- The American Alpine Club in Golden, Colo. hired Leigh Goldberg as its new conservation and advocacy director. Goldberg will focus on how to best support the organization’s local sections and chapters with consultation and funding for the conservation projects and policy concerns they face and partner with federal and state land managers and fellow advocacy and environmental organizations to help further shared goals. Most recently, Goldberg was the access director of the American Mountain Guides Association.
- Hi-Tec Sports USA in Portland, Ore. named Rick Randleman as its new Director of Operations. Randleman is responsible for overseeing the customer service, IT and distribution departments of the company’s two U.S. brands, Hi-Tec Sports USA, and Magnum, which produces tactical footwear and clothing. Prior to Hi-Tec, he worked as a project manager for CompuCom, a billion dollar systems integration company in Dallas, Texas.
- The Outdoor Industry Association hired Kirk Bailey as its new vice of government affairs. Bailey will establish and lead a new OIA government affairs office in Washington, D.C., helping establish public policy goals and positions, directing OIA’s lobbying efforts, overseeing the activities of the OIA Political Action Committee, and directing grassroots initiatives. He will also oversee the organization’s government affairs staff in Boulder, Colo. Bailey is an attorney with more than 14 years of senior-level experience in government relations, legislative advocacy and political strategy.
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--Compiled by David Clucas