Cortez, CO – August 27, 2014 –Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce the hiring of industry veteran, Bill Chandler. Chandler joins Osprey Packs as Outdoor Sales Manager, a new position created to enhance Osprey’s focus on customer service while supporting programs at retail.
“Bill brings more than 25 years of experience as an owner of an independent rep agency,” says Brad Bates, Sales Director of Osprey Packs. “His experience and know-how will further enhance our retailer partnerships in the outdoor channel.”
Previous to joining Osprey, Chandler was the owner of Nomad Inc., an independent wholesale sales and marketing agency in the Southeast focused in the specialty outdoor, run, and ski channels. Most recently, he served as Director of Sales for Sherpa Adventure Gear.
“I absolutely look forward to joining the Osprey family and putting my years of outdoor sales experience into play,” says Chandler. “My focus is to increase sales volume, retailer profitability, brand presence and the overall sustainability of the Osprey brand in the specialty arena. Not to mention a fabulous opportunity to relocate my family to the Four Corners area!”
Independent, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, and still 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, active everyday and travel pursuits.
The location of company headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, near the rugged San Juan Mountains 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 2009, 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.
Osprey’s customers identify with the brand in many ways, including the product lifetime All Mighty Guarantee, category leading sales, worldwide distribution, dynamic social media communications and content, a strong commitment to the environment and partnerships with inspiring and interesting organizations. Above all, the brand encourages and maintains a direct line of communication on product performance, durability and functionality, which is then incorporated and reflected in every future Osprey pack.
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.