Movers and Shakers Naya Canadian natural spring water has signed Ross Powers to be part of the Team Naya ’99 lineup. Bottles of the water carrying his picture on the packaging will appear this fall.
Nixon announced the addition of Mike Hoefer as director of North American sales. Hoefer was the former sales manager for Salomon Snowboards, where he spent the last year and a half.
Polo Ralph Lauren announced that Jordan Wand has been named vice president of RLX. In this newly created position, Wand will be responsible for overseeing the design, merchandising, development, sales, and marketing of the RLX brand. Most recently Wand was senior director of sports marketing for Polo Ralph Lauren.
Morrow Snowboards welcomed Rebecca Herath as marketing manager and Kari Deitz-Wade as customer-service specialist to the Morrow team. Herath was the marketing manager of Santa Cruz while Dietz-Wade has been with Morrow in Salem, Oregon for the past six years. Hank Coppedge has also been hired as a sales rep to handle the Rocky Mountain area.
Salomon welcomed Rob McCutcheon as national sales manager for Salomon Snowboards and Bonfire snowboard apparel. McCutcheon previously served seven years as a rep with his own agency in the New England area.
Nidecker announced its international team, including Babs Charlet, Darius Heristchian, Norman Kerr, Charles Perrault, Mikko Rajakangas, and Tommy Czeschin.
Mike Shimkonis, who most recently served as Telluride’s director of sales and marketing, has been tapped to spearhead the 2000 I.S.F. World Snowboard Championships to be held in Telluride January 8—15.
Marmot announced the appointment of John Cooley of Breckinridge, Colorado, as the director of public relations for the company. In his fifteen years with the company, Cooley has held a variety of position such as sales rep vice president of sales, and vice president of marketing.
Rick Grush, director of vehicle maintenance at Purgatory Resort, Durango, Colorado, has been elected president of the Ski Area Vehicle Maintenance Institute (SAVMI). SAVMI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing technical education of mechanic personnel, and provides a forum for information exchange between resort areas and industry-associated vendors.
New England Winter Sports Representatives, Inc., announced the appointment of Maureen Bliss as executive director of the organization. Since 1993, Bliss was on the staff of the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
United Clothing announced the signing of Rob “Sluggo” Boyce to the team. Boyce joins Mike Page and Ben Davies on the snow team.
John West has been promoted to product manager of the Gen-X Equipment Action Sports Division based in Toronto, Canada. In addition to overseeing all product development, West will be handling the team, promotions, and advertising. The Action Sports Division also announced the appointment of Trevor O’Neill as graphic artist.
Brian Thien is now riding for Ambiguous Clothing.
Nitro USA is proud to announce that they have named John Eskow as vice president of sales. “Esky” has been with Nitro since the company was started in 1989. Having held the position of Northeast sales rep, he was promoted to sales manager in December of 1998. Ellen Dunn was also hired as Nitro’s credit manager. Dunn previously held the same position at Elan. Tim Wiesser is now Nitro’s product manager. Wiesser has been with Nitro for the past four years. Leah Hurst has been added for East Coast customer service, and Jon Neri for West Coast customer service.
Michelle Roy has been named Mountain HHigh’s new chief financial officer and director of finance. She brings with her more than fifteen years of experience and most recently worked at Snow Valley in California.
Sims Sports, Inc. announced the appointment of Jeff Krueger, also known as “Krueg,” as its new vice president of product. Krueger comes to Sims from Salomon North America where he recently held the position of product manager and key accounts/business development manager.
Julie Dunleavy has been promoted to the position of North American sales manager for Sims. Dunleavy most recently held the position of customer-service manager.
Aaron Moore is now the Sims’ sales rep in So Cal, covering everything south of San Luis Obispo, as well as Southern Nevada, Hawai‘i, and Arizona. He can be reached at: (425) 951-2735.
Tammy Spanswick has been appointed customer service manager, and is responsible for handling all Sims customers both foreign and domestic while managing three Sims customer service representatives. Spanswick brings to Sims a background in the snow-sports business with work experience in human resources, payroll, finance, customer service, and credit.
Legends USA, the distributor for Legend Eyewear of Australia, announced the addition of Greg Taylor as sales representative for Florida and Georgia. Taylor can be reached at: (904) 471-0776.
Technine Binding Company has added Scotty Whitlake to the team lineup. Whitlake resides in the Tahoe area and also represents M3 and Planet Earth. He can be seen in the new video The Revival from Kingpin Productions.
Wintersteiger, the U.S. distributor of Toko ski and snowboard wax, has hired Tom Parks as product manager. Parks comes from Völkl skis where he was the World Cup service manager for the last three seasons.
Sole Technologies has added Jean Baptiste Charlet to the 32 and Etnies team. It also added Becky Barton as division manager for apparel and accessories.
Chris Saydah is the new team manager at World Industries.
Eric Gaisser had been hired as the new boot and liner developer at Burton Snowboards. Gaisser was most recently boot developer at Ride Snowboards in Preston, Washington, a position he held since 1996.
Bryan Johnston, formerly Salomon’s director of snowboard, is now director of marketing cvommunications, replacing John Andreliunas. Lisa Vinciguerra and Mike DeCesaro stay on as marketing manager and director of sports promotion, respectively.
Voile has hired Ken Kelley as sales associate for the snowboard division. Kelley will be handling sales for snowboard accounts in the U.S. as well as Canada and Europe.