Sims has appointed Ian Singleton as its New England sales representative. Singleton has worked in snowboard sales as well as a technical representative for Sims on the East Coast.
Sungold Eyewear Inc. named Kurt Menslage as national sales manager for its Anarchy, Angel, and Stussy eyewear brands. Menslage previously held the position of Midwest and western region sales manager for Freestyle U.S.A.
Dryve Snowboards has acquired new riders Kristie Elder and Josh Wiener for its team. They join veterans Petri Carson and Roger Yu in entering as many competitions as they can this year.
Columbia Sportswear has promoted John Evans to general manager of its direct European Operations. Evans, most recently Columbia’s director of finance and operations in Europe, has been the acting general manager for Europe since July when the company decided to split its European and Canadian operations.
Columbia has also hired Kathy Gill as its public relations manager. Gill was most recently an account supervisor with Weggener Edstrom Inc. where she provided public relations counsel to Microsoft for a variety of its products.
MLY announced the addition of Rachel Haig as director of marketing. Haig previously worked for five years as marketing manager at Adidas in the Alternative Sports Division.
MLY Snowboarding announced the addition of Jimmy Halopoff, Noah Salasnek, and Nate Cole to its pro team to promote MLY’s new line of technologically-advanced Variable and EX snowboards. Brad Scheuffele, who has been riding for MLY’s M3 team throughout the season, will move over from the M3 team to ride the boards as well.
Rad-Air Snowboarding recently affirmed its commitment to the international market by signing Lori Gibbs to its team. Gibbs, a veteran with sixteen years’ of competitive experience, joins Reto Lamm, Jamie Haselton, Dani Kiwi Meyer, and Daniel Sappa.
Flux Binding Systems announced the company signed a multi-year contract with rider Jamie Lynn. Lynn joins Dionne Delasalle, Blaise Rosenthal, and Chad Otterstrom.
Shaun Palmer has joined No Fear wearing their custom line of technical jerseys and pants derived from their motocross gear.
After five years of running his own company, Apex Mountain Sports in Colorado, Jim Cameron has been appointed as sales and marketing manager for Wintersteiger/Toko. Cameron also was formally the product and marketing manager for Fischer Alpine Skis with RMUSA.
TDA Advertising and Design has recruited Tracy Faigin to become the agency’s director of client services. Faigin previously was marketing manager of Copper Mountain Resort.
Peterson Publishing announced the appointment of Rob Campbell as editor of Snowboarder magazine. Campbell was previously managing editor and has been with the publication since 1994.
Peterson has also announced a series of staff promotions in conjunction with an overall reorganization of the company’s Action Sports Group. Jim Savas is now Vice President and Executive Publisher of the Action Sports Group. Doug Palladini has been promoted to the new post of group publisher within the Action Sports Group, Kayte Peck-Guerrero is the new publisher of Snowboarder, Kevin Meehan is now publisher of Surfer, and Marc Sani has been appointed to the new position of editorial director for the Action Sports Group Titles.
Original Sin is introducing two new sales reps to its force. Original Sin’s Northeastern sales territory will now be serviced by Jim Wyker and Bill Levins. Chris McHale will continue to be an Original Sin sales associate, helping both Wyker and Levins service accounts. Working with Rob Mucci, Wyker covers eastern Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and, Rhode Island. Levin’s territory includes Connecticut, Vermont, and western Massachusetts.
New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort has named Mike Bettera to the position of Snowboard Coordinator. Bettera comes to this position from being head coach of the Freestyle Snowboarding Team at the Waterville Valley BBTS Club and head judge and organizer for the 1999 Stimilon Air and Style Challenge series.
The G-Shock snowboard athlete roster has been announced for 1999. This years team includes Terje Haakonsen, Jeff Brushie, Victoria Jealouse, Cara Beth Burnside, Matt Goodwill, and Roger Hjelmstadstuen.
Thomas Reed, formerly chief financial officer of Bollé North America, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Bollé, Inc. Reed replaces Ian Ashken, who will become Bollé Inc.’s vice chairman.
Volant Sports, LLC, has announced a re-organization of its sales management. Volant will now have two sales managers, one for eastern North America and the other for western North America. Volant has hired Brad "Schultz" Greenberg as the Western North American Director of Sales for snowboards and skis. Tom "TC" Collins, Volant’s director of North American ski sales, will become the Eastern North American director of sales.
X-Nix snowboard clothing has announced the formation of its North American rep team. Paul Speirer, Northern California and Nevada: (702) 823-5380; Dave Pattison, Southwest: (949) 631-7900; P.T. Wood, Rocky Mountains: (719) 539-3174; Doug Hoyt and Britt Wetzell work the East Coast at (908) 231-0100; and Mary Tarinelli, New England: (802) 896-6573.
Nike ACG announced the appointment of Lee Turlington as apparel director for All Conditions Gear (ACG). Turlington comes to ACG from Fila, U.S.A., where he was senior vice president and general merchandising manager.
Wave Rave has made a few additions to its regional sales force. Tim Schwab is taking the Northwest at (541) 386-5398; Mike Reilly covers New England at (207) 363-5646; Derek Grauer is in Southern California at (760) 634-8299; And Dennis Hack chops away the Mid-Atlantic at (757) 422-0537.
Santa Cruz Snowboards has a new line of reps starting with Scott Delamore covering New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Southern Nevada: (970) 259-9832. Carrington Sydnor is the down home southern rep from Alabama to Delaware and can be reached at (301) 698-9101. Dean Wooden works west of lakes from Iowa to Wisconsin at (608) 259-0434. Molly Adranson, works east of the lakes with Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio: (248) 549-1774.
Australian apparel makers Kaotic Adventure LLC have hit the United States this season with a team of reps starting with Roger and Barbara Whitaker handling California and Nevada; Ray Shannis handles New England; Lewis Bernard handles Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana; Kathleen Buchan handles New York, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania; Brett Rose and Jim Buderus handle Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming; and Ted and Pam Wegener handle Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.
American Skiing Company announced that Christopher S. Diamond has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and managing director of the Steamboat Ski Resort near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Diamond is a 27-year veteran of the ski industry.
Jamey Stone is getting fat in more ways than his weight. Transworld Media is welcoming Stone as new advertising sales representative to its legions of hard workers. Stone replaces Paul Bassett and comes from Ezekiel where he served as team manager for both skateboarding and surfing. His new number is: (760) 722-7777, ext. 194.
Former Defacto Snowboard manufacturing founder and CEO Mark M. LaPointe has joined Evo
lution Ski Company as snowboard production manager. LaPointe’s appointement coincides with Evolution Ski Company’s acquisition of Defacto’s single base snowboard press and assorted materials. With the addition of LaPointe to its staff, Evolution ski company will soon begin producing a full line of snowboards from its newly opened Salt Lake City showroom and manufacturing facility at 1435 South State Street.
Evolution Ski Company has named John D. Getchell as its new vice president and general manager of its retail division. Getchell has worked in the ski industry for over fifteen years and was most recently the director of retail operations for Purgatory Resort/Durango Ski Corporation in Colorado.
Sims Sports, Inc. announced the appointment of Micah Kornberg to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Kornberg previously held the position of vice president of finance and administration at Sims. In conjunction with this appointment, Sims also announced that a leading shareholder, Wyndcrest Partners, has committed an additional 2.5-million dollars to the company.
Spy Optics has recruited Ulises Thomas as East Coast Sales Manager. Affectionately known as "Useless," Thomas comes from a background of twelve years experience in young men’s sportswear. Spy has also hired new rep Ben Artis to cover Florida. Artis can be reached at: (904) 304-7101.
Peter Martini has been named as president of Raichle Molitor USA, Inc. Martini most recently held the position of executive vice president/general manager for Raichle Molitor.
Mike Olsen and his wife Dina had a baby girl named Palonia Blue Pacific Olsen, on 2-2-99 at 2:00 a.m. Delivery took two-and-a-half hours, on ground hog day, with a full moon. The baby is eight pounds-one ounce and was delivered at home with the midwife barely making it the last twenty minutes of delivery. Palonia is name after a Chinese tree with purple flowers and giant leaves……typical Mike Olsen style.
Airwalk has hired Noah Brandon to be its North American team manager.
Oxbow has added Jerry Lowe as its Northeastern rep. He’s located inKillington, Vermont.
Steve Dewar has been named Sims vice president of sales. He was most recently director of sales.
Dave’s Ski’s and Boards has added Marina Roberts as a limited partner. Roberts, a former Dave’s bookeeper, has been named Vice-President and Controller with limited partnership. As Dave’s Controller her duties involve budgeting and financial forecasting.