Osprey Packs Announces Company Promotions and New Team Members

Innovative outdoor pack company Osprey Packs, Inc. has announced several staffing changes and additions at their Cortez, Colorado headquarters.

Cortez, CO – May 2, 2011 – Innovative outdoor pack company Osprey Packs, Inc. has announced several staffing changes and additions at their Cortez, Colorado headquarters, with two promotions and five new hires within the operations, finance, customer service and warranty/repair departments.

“This is an exciting time at Osprey with growing sales and an ever expanding product line,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs. “We feel very fortunate to be experiencing this type of growth, even in a down economy, and are pleased to continue to create jobs opportunities in our community.


Osprey has recently restructured their operations department, integrating their shipping and warehouse departments into a single entity to streamline the global distribution process. As a result are two promotions within the Osprey operations department and one internal hire.

Joel Rouse has been promoted to Osprey assistant shipping manager. He has been with Osprey for five years as the lead in the shipping department. Jeanette Stefanik, a four-year Osprey veteran, has been promoted from warehouse lead to assistant warehouse manager. Thellisa Williams has been hired as a warehouse assistant to support growth and operational reorganization. Her past Osprey experience includes more than five years as an Osprey temporary hire, assisting in the operations department, quality assurance and elsewhere.

Osprey's continued growth and success has driven the need to hire four new team members in other departments as well. Jason Strickland has joined Osprey as a technology and data mining associate. He will be working closely with Osprey CIO Phil Schmitt, advancing the company's growing technology and data mining needs. Strickland was most recently a data analyst for Vanguard in Scottsdale, Arizona. His past outdoor industry experience includes Osprey Packs product specialist at both Cortez and Ho Chi Minh locations and retail buyer for Charbon's in Athens, Georgia.

Blair Volpe has rejoined Osprey as a customer service representative, servicing the growing needs of Osprey retailers, sales representatives and consumers. His past experience includes 12 years in the outdoor industry, including former returns manager for Osprey Packs and supervisor of retail sales and the flagship REI store in Denver.

New to Osprey is Stephanie Waechter, who has been hired as finance associate, supporting the company's growing accounts receivable/accounts payable and general finance needs.

Iris Canyon has joined Osprey as a repair associate within the warranty/repair department. An expert seamstress, Canyon will provide quality repairs in support of Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee.

Osprey Packs
Independent since 1974 and anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs has long set the standard for creating innovative, high quality gear carrying equipment. The collection includes packs and bags designed to help adventurers enjoy their outdoor, biking and travel pursuits.

The location of company headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, near the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of desert canyon country, provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for Osprey products. Osprey also maintains a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, near the factories where they manufacture their products, ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with their suppliers. In 2010, Osprey opened a design office in Mill Valley, California, a hub of design talent and the birthplace of mountain biking. All three of these offices play a crucial role in creating Osprey gear that lasts a lifetime.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2009, Osprey launched the All Mighty Guarantee, an enhancement of a lifetime warranty that was already one of the most robust in the industry. Free of charge, the company will repair any damage or defect in its product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Every Osprey product reflects the company's commitment to protect the wild places its customers love to explore. For more information, visit www.ospreypacks.com.