Hi-Tec Sports CEO van Wezel Receives 2012 "40 Under 40” Award

Ed van Wezel, the 34-year-old CEO of Hi-Tec Sports, has been named an honouree of the 2012 SGB 40 Under 40 Awards. This annual trade award recognizes sports and outdoor industry leaders making a difference in their businesses and the market.
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Ed van Wezel, the 34-year-old CEO of Hi-Tec Sports, has been named an honouree of the 2012 SGB 40 Under 40 Awards. This annual trade award, now in its fifth year, recognizes sports and outdoor industry leaders making a difference in their businesses and the market. The forty recipients were selected by a panel of SportsOneSource analysts, editors and industry executives from more than 450 nominations received from around the sporting goods industry.

"These awards are a way to recognize the great work done by younger leaders in our industry," said James Hartford, president, CEO of The SportsOneSource Group, which publishes the SGB trade publication. "The extraordinary and diverse talent nominated again this year made it difficult to narrow the list to just forty people. We drew very strong support from prior honorees and other industry leaders to select a prestigious group of individuals and it is our pleasure to honor the next generation of leaders."

“I am very appreciative of this recognition. Now is such an exciting time to be in the outdoor and sports industry where so much opportunity exists. Our industry is constantly changing and evolving in leaps and bounds, facilitating new ideas and allowing leaders of all generations, but especially the younger ones, the fantastic opportunity to make a difference. This is inspiring and highly motivational,” said Ed van Wezel.

Son of Hi-Tec Sports' founder Frank van Wezel, Ed was born into the family business of outdoor and athletic footwear, but that's not how he became head of the company his father founded in 1973. He had to earn that position by proving himself to the company through hands-on work in all aspects of the business, from the warehouse and production lines to being a retailer shoe representative.

Ed's hands-on experience provided him with a multi-faceted insider's view and a keen understanding of the intricacies of its global business, and he was named Global General Manager in 2009. In that role, he headed the relocation of Hi-Tec's global headquarters from Southend on Sea, UK to Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2010.

In 2011, Frank van Wezel, as chairman of the Hi-Tec board, turned the running of the company over to his son. Today Ed oversees a company with annual sales of more than $250 million, over 500 employees worldwide and sales in over 80 countries. He has an aggressive plan for growth in the U.S. market that is based on making substantive structural changes, both in his executive team and product design teams. Since he became CEO, Ed has added industry veterans to the Hi-Tec team, including Hi-Tec USA & Magnum USA CEO Brad Gebhard.

About Hi-Tec Sports

Founded in 1973 by company Chairman Frank van Wezel, and with annual sales exceeding $250 million, Hi-Tec created the lightweight hiking category with the introduction of the Sierra Sneaker and Sierra Lite hiking boot. Today, Hi-Tec remains true to its heritage, offering technical footwear and apparel for outdoor adventure. With over three decades of product and performance technology innovation, Hi-Tec is committed to making rugged, durable products for work, trails and life, authentically inspired by the real outdoor experience.

Hi-Tec Sports USA is a subsidiary of Hi-Tec Sports, PLC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hi-Tec products are sold in over 80 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.Hi-Tec.com and follow us on facebook.com/hitecusa and twitter/hitecusa.

About Magnum

Since 1982, Magnum has been providing high-performance tactical and service product with credibility second to none. It is the mission of Magnum to be the best in class by delivering unsurpassed product designed for its end user. Distributed in over 100 countries, Magnum attacks the marketplace with unmatched comfort, technology and value in uniform footwear and apparel used by law enforcement, military, fire/rescue, emergency medical, work/safety and service agencies around the world. For more information, visit us online: www.magnumboots.com.

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