FAIRPORT, NY — April, 2003 — Sports Specialists Limited (SSL) announced the election of Brad Nelson of Hi Tempo Ski Snowboard & Sail, White Bear Lake, MN, to the Board of Directors. Nelson succeeds Roger Kahn who sold his business and, therefore, did not seek re-election. Steve Rogers, President & CEO of SSL said, “All of us at SSL are grateful to Roger Kahn for his many years of service to our organization as a director and officer. We also welcome Brad Nelson to the Board and look forward to the benefit of his experience as a retailer and advocate for our industry.” Nelson has served on the National Ski and Snowboard Retailers Association Board for three years and is currently NSSRA Chairman. He is also a member of the SIA Retail Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Debby, have owned Hi Tempo for twenty five years.
The following were elected offficers of SSL: Keith VanVelkinburgh, (Christy Sports, CO) Chairman; Bob Rudy (Rudy’s, MD), Vice Chairman; Steve Gall (Phillip Gall’s, KY), Secretary, and Mark Williams (Williams Ski Haus, IL), Treasurer.
Also serving on the SSL Board are Gary Cole, Cole Sport, UT; Gary Higley, Sports Page Shop, NY; Marsha Mather, Laacke & Joys, WI; and Larry Merkel, Roundhouse Sports, MT.
Sports Specialists Limited (SSL) also recently announced the addition of six new member retailers: Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Eugene, OR; Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, Bretton Woods, NH; Home Town Sports, McCall, ID; Mountain Bay, Appleton, WI; Plaine’s Bike Ski Snowboard, Pittsfield, MA; and Ski Barn, Durango, CO.
Founded in 1971, Sports Specialists Limited is a leading specialty sports buying group in North America. SSL membership consists of 55 retail organizations in 27 states and the District of Columbia with over 140 outlets selling primarily winter sports products.