(Golden, CO) TAR”7, parent company to the airwalk® (including genetic® airwalk skateboarding), and andy mac„¢ skate brands, and licensee for the ALPHANUMERIC„¢ Footwear and ripzone® outerwear brands, announces the appointment of Dave Dobbels to the position of national sales manager. As the former corporate accounts manager for Saucony, Dobbels brings years of valuable sales and management experience to T7.

“Dave is a proven sales leader in the footwear industry,” said Scott Cain vice president of sales — North America. “His excellent reputation among retailers coupled with his energy and optimism makes him a great fit for T7.”

During his tenure with Saucony, Dave saw consistent growth and sell through at nearly all of his retail accounts and was able to provide a creative approach to fulfill his retailers needs. His strong relationships with retailers along with his keen knowledge of the competition have helped him stay steps ahead of rival brands. Dobbels began his lengthy career at Saucony in 1989 as a sales representative, and has spent the past 13 years moving his way through the corporate sales division.

“TAR”7 has a unique corporate culture and spirit for their brands that really appeals to me,” said Dobbels. “I look forward to the opportunity to help grow the retail presence for all the T7 brands.”

Although Dobbels has called Chicago home for the majority of his lifetime, he is enjoying his new residence in Evergreen, Colorado located conveniently near T7′s corporate headquarters. When he’s not hitting the pavement on sales calls, he is out enjoying all that the mountains have to offer; skiing, running, mountain biking and spending time with the future Mrs. Dobbels, whom he will wed in September 2003.

TAR”7 has a vision to lead and inspire the action sports industry as parent company to the airwalk® (including genetic® airwalk skateboarding), and andy mac„¢ skate brands, and as licensee for the ALPHANUMERIC„¢ footwear and ripzone® outerwear brands. Founded in 1986, as the leader in marketing, sales and manufacturing of action sports and youth lifestyle products, the company’s airwalk® brand remains recognized as an industry original. All endorsements of airwalk® products by pro team athletes are compensated. ©2003, All rights reserved.