(Bozeman, Montana—November 5, 2015)—Oboz—the ‘True to the Trail’ outdoor footwear company—is pleased to announce it has hired Chris Rischke to its team in a newly created position of Business Analyst. Rischke started his job in October.
In his new role, Rischke will be responsible for all aspects of inventory management, with duties that span purchasing and warehouse management, creating analysis-based forecasting models, maintaining inventory and buying plans, as well as managing Oboz’ available-to-sell systems. Rischke will coordinate with the sales, operations and customer service teams within Oboz.
“Chris is an important addition to the Oboz team,” said Trim Tripp, Oboz’ Vice President of Finance and CFO. “As Oboz has grown, expertise in analysis, business planning and operational support systems that keep Oboz lean and serve retailers is key. Chris has brought all that and more to our table.”
Rischke is a native of Germany, and relocated to the United States in 2002 when recruited to run cross country at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, with a focus on accounting and entrepreneurship.
His career path led him first to public accounting, and next, he became a Senior Financial Analyst and Internal Auditor at Bemis, a packaging manufacturer located in the Midwest.
Rischke was frequently drawn to Bozeman to visit friends and made the move west to Montana in 2013. Since, he has served as a Senior Plant Accountant for Darigold and Director of Finance for the non-profit Central Asia Institute.
Rischke had already been on the Oboz team prior to the new job—playing on its recreational soccer squad for three years. He also enjoys pick up hockey, hiking, skiing and more in the surrounding mountains, sometimes adventuring with his dog Zoey.
Oboz (www.obozfootwear.com) creates ‘True to the Trail™’ outdoor footwear inspired by the wild environs surrounding the company’s Bozeman, Montana home. ‘The Oboz’ is a place for exploration, play and work, as well as a state of mind that has deep respect for the area’s rich natural heritage. Oboz shoes—which debuted in stores in 2008—are designed to have meaningful innovation, steadfast performance and recognizable quality and durability. Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes it sells through Trees for the Future (www.treesftf.org), an international organization that improves livelihoods in communities around the world through beneficial tree planting.