Cascade Designs Announces 2005 Awards

Rep of the Year and Sales Achievement Awards Acknowledge Outstanding Efforts of the Sales Team
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SEATTLE, Wash. – Cascade Designs, a Seattle-based manufacturer of premier backpacking, recreation and medical rehabilitation products, announced today its 2005 Rep of the Year and Sales Achievement Awards. Cascade Designs recognizes the following individuals for their numerous contributions to last year's success. Their combined efforts propelled strong growth in the company's flagship brands: MSR®, Therm-a-Rest®, SealLine®, Platypus®, Tracks®, and Varilite®.

Rep of the Year for 2005

The Hi-Altitude Sales & Consulting team, including Ryan Overstake, Eric Miller, Jason Livingston and Lori Maddox, has been honored as the recipient of Rep of the Year for 2005. This distinction recognizes their commitment and passion for providing exceptional sales and service to Cascade Designs' retailers in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming & New Mexico) and for growing Cascade Designs' business relationships with key accounts (Sportsman's Warehouse, Sports Authority & Cabela's). Hi-Altitude also took a leadership role in improving cross-territorial account service for these and other national accounts by working with the Cascade Designs rep force throughout the country to ensure in-store service and clinics on a by-location basis.

Sales Achievement Awards for 2005

Earning Sales Achievement Awards in 2005 are the 225 employees that represent Cascade Designs Operations (Production, Purchasing, Facilities, Distribution, Safety and Quality). Their continued commitment to achieving service goals, and maintaining strategic reserves for Cascade Designs' best selling products allowed Cascade Designs to ship 95% of orders on-time and improve the company's order fill-rate by 20% over 2004.

Schuyler Horton, vice-president of global sales, and Dale Karacostas, Canadian and house account sales manager, are also being honored with Sales Achievement Awards for 2005. Horton is being recognized for his continued leadership of the North American sales department and the European Subsidiary, Cascade Designs Limited. Karacostas is recognized for his unending enthusiasm and passion for providing superior service to Cascade Designs' key accounts, including REI and Mountain Equipment Co-op.

About Cascade Designs, Inc.

For over thirty years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs® has led the outdoor industry in the design and manufacture of innovative gear and equipment, including the first self inflating camping mattress, the first multi-fuel stove and a revolutionary pen-sized water purifier. Today, Cascade Designs' products are in use around the globe providing outdoor adventurers and explorers with gear they can rely on, even in the most challenging environments.
For more information on Cascade Designs or links to our premium brands: MSR®; Therm-a-Rest®; SealLine®; Platypus®; Tracks® and VARILITE®, please visit www.cascadedesigns.com or call us at 1-800-531-9531.

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