Highgear Adds Strength to the Summit Team Hires New V.P of Sales

To celebrate the addition of Jay Curwen as new VP of Sales and celebrate the senior management team, Highgear will host a reception for Curwen at the Outdoor Retailer show on August 8th from 4 – 6 pm.

Asheville, NC – July 16, 2008 – Leading outdoor instrument brand Highgear is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Curwen as the new Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. To celebrate the addition of Curwen and the enhanced strength of the senior management team, Highgear will host a welcoming reception for Curwen at the Outdoor Retailer show on August the 8th from 4 – 6 pm at their dynamic new trade show booth. All are invited to stop by 36157 to enjoy their first cold one of the show and to meet Curwen. Noted as a Southern gentleman and world-class athlete, Curwen will be instrumental in driving Highgear to new heights.

“We are extremely excited to have Jay on board,” says Highgear founder and President Mike Hosey. “He is extremely well-respected in our industry both as a successful athlete and accomplished businessman. Jay will be a tremendous asset to Highgear as well as our dealer base, I am confident our customers will thoroughly enjoy working with him.”

Curwen's overflowing athletic zeal and extreme dedication has led him to accomplish several notable feats giving him recognition as a world class athlete; first as an accomplished runner receiving sponsorships from the likes of Nike and Asics, to completion of the IronMan triathlons, to joining the realm of adventure racing. In his first ever Adventure Race, Curwen received a notable podium finish at the Mild Seven race in China. As a long time member of the Team LiteSpeed, Curwen served as their navigator, leading the team to a national championship in 2002.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Curwen is a seasoned professional, working with several industry powerhouses. He began his career in retail for the renowned southeast climbing shop, Black Dome, where he stayed for eleven years before joining The North Face. At TNF, Curwen worked as the southeast sales manager for five years. Eventually he joined Patagonia as a southeastern territory rep before becoming their head territory rep. After a six year stint with Patagonia, returned to Black Dome to honor a friend's request.

“Highgear is a company with huge potential both in the core outdoor altimeter market and within the general instrument market,” says Jay Curwen, V.P. of Sales. “I am anxious and eager to reconnect with old friends and meet new contacts at OR as I begin to develop long-term, strategic programs that are mutually beneficial for all.”

The full collection of Highgear products can be viewed throughout the summer Outdoor Retailer trade show at booth 36157. To pre-book an appointment with Jay, please contact him at jcurwen@highgear.com



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