Garmont steps forward with Joshua Gibbs as Footwear Sales Manager

Garmont USA -- distributor for Garmont ski boots, Garmont technical footwear, Bridgedale socks, Life-Link backcountry equipment, NTN New Telemark Norm and 7tm telemark bindings -- today announced the addition of Joshua Gibbs to their management team.

WILLISTON, VERMONT: Garmont USA (www.garmontusa.com), the North American distributor for Garmont ski boots, Garmont technical footwear, Bridgedale socks, Life-Link backcountry equipment, NTN New Telemark Norm and 7tm telemark bindings, today announced the addition of Joshua Gibbs to their management team.

Overseeing the outdoor divisions of Garmont footwear and Bridgedale socks, Gibbs will take the role of Footwear Sales Manager, starting on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

“Josh brings an unquestionable passion for the outdoors and a strong industry background to the Garmont team,” said Gord Bailey, president of Garmont USA. “His personal background and professional talents are unique in the marketplace, and are exceptionally suited to our highly technical specialty brands.”

Gibbs is a veteran of the outdoor industry, having worked in specialty retail for 14 years. Prior to joining Garmont, Gibbs was the lead buyer at Mast General Store, a nine-store group based in the southeastern United States. Gibbs' specialties included product evaluation and development of purchasing strategies for both footwear and socks. Gibbs also managed the store's private label program.

Gibbs' footwear industry experience includes technical representation for Phil Oren Fit Clinics – a legendary training seminar for specialty footwear retailers.

A former outdoor educator at the University of Arkansas, Gibbs is an avid ultralight backpacker, ultra-marathoner, bicycle commuter, and Leave-No-Trace advocate. In 2007, along with his wife Sara, Gibbs successfully thru-hiked all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 160 continuous days.

ABOUT GARMONT: Pushing the limits of performance and design, Garmont is known worldwide for the creation of high-performance ski boots and technical outdoor footwear. Their exceptional product line includes award-winning alpine, alpine touring and telemark ski boots; and outdoor footwear for mountaineering, backpacking, hiking and trail sports. For more information on Garmont and their diverse collection of performance designs, please visit www.garmontusa.com.

ABOUT BRIDGEDALE: Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd is the market leader in the manufacture of technical Outdoor socks for walking, hiking, mountaineering, running, skiing and everyday use. Creating performance socks since 1910, the company is based at the tip of the Strangford Lough, Newtownards, near Belfast in Northern Ireland. Bridgedale is committed to the design and manufacture of the most comfortable and technical socks on the market; using innovative technology and progressive designs to achieve rigorous standards for performance and comfort. For more information on Bridgedale, please visit www.garmontusa.com/bridgedalehome.html.

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