(GOLDEN, CO) TARE7, owner of the airwalk, genetic, and ripzone USA brands, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Vance as General Manager of Apparel. In his new role at T7, Vance will be responsible for the entire product process as well as leading strategic direction for all apparel brands.

Most recently, Vance served as President and CEO of California-based surf company The Realm. His 27-year career in action sports also includes management positions in such notable companies as Quiksilver, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of its WinterSports division, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. Vance also served as General Manager for Corona California based 5150 Snowboards.

“With outstanding product knowledge, excellent leadership skills and deep roots in the action sports industry, John will be a tremendous asset and will continue to add momentum to all the T7 brands,” said Bruce Pettet, president and CEO of TARE7. Vance stated that “I can’t wait to work with the T7 management team and their stable of world class athletes. The continued growth of action sportswear as a lifestyle statement is extremely exciting and one in which I feel the T7 brands can play an important role in”.

In his free time, Vance enjoys snowboarding, surfing, bicycling and flying high performance aircraft. He currently resides in Laguna Hills, California and will be operating from a Southern California office.

TARE7 has a vision to lead and inspire the action sports industry through its airwalk, genetic, and ripzone 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 the industry original. The new performance-driven, skate-specific genetic brand was launched with an unprecedented response in September 2000. ripzone is well-known in the Canadian and Japanese snowboard and action sports markets as an outstanding apparel brand capturing the essence of lifestyle. airwalk and genetic are registered marks of TARE7. ripzone is the registered mark of RMP International. All endorsements of airwalk and genetic products by pro team athletes are compensated by TARE7. All rights reserved ©2001.