FAIRPORT, NY — November 4, 2002 — Sports Specialists Limited announced that Ken Griffin has been hired as Hardgoods Coordinator. In this newly created post, Griffin will be responsible for developing product offerings and programs with snowboard and alpine suppliers for the buying group.

For the past seven years, Griffin has been general manager of Nichols Ski and Patio, Dearborn, MI. Previously, he was the mid-West sales representative for Salomon and is a PSIA/AASI certified ski and snowboard instructor. Griffin is a member of the NSSRA Board of Directors and has served on the SSL Hardgoods Committee for the past six years.

“We are pleased to add someone with Ken’s experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to our organization,” said Stephen R. Rogers, president of Sports Specialists. “Ken’s background as a sales rep and his tremendous knowledge of retailer operations will be a great benefit to our retailers and our preferred suppliers.”

Griffin is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing and Economics. He resides in White Lake, Michigan with his wife, Kristen, and two children.

Founded in 1971, Sports Specialists Limited is a leading specialty sports buying group in North America. SSL membership consists of 50 retail organizations in 26 states and the District of Columbia with over 140 outlets selling primarily winter sports products.