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Bentley Pontoons announced the hiring of Joe Antonneau to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Antonneau will report directly to Ryan Marcott who serves as President of Bentley Pontoons. “Since acquiring Bentley in August 2017, we have been assembling a strong management team, focused on offering high quality pontoons at the best value on the water,” Marcott explained. “We’re excited to have Joe join our talented team. He has spent his entire 35-year professional career in the boating industry. Working alongside our leadership team, I look for Joe to continue building and executing our plan while keeping our Company’s momentum, products, quality and customer service best-in-class.” Antonneau joined Yamaha Marine out of college and then in 2003 moved to Mercury Marine. In 2014, he left Mercury to join Crest Marine as SVP Sales & Marketing.   “I’m thrilled to be back at it and joining the Bentley team,” Antonneau said. “The team that Ryan and his brother Damon have put together here is phenomenal.” Tedd Moore, Bentley Sales Manager states, “I’m really excited for Joe to join the Bentley team. Bentley has been growing at a tremendous pace and demand for the product is at an all time high. Joe’s prior sales and marketing experience will be an invaluable asset in the continued growth of Bentley Pontoons.”         Employers, if you would like to submit your company's new hire announcement press releases to be published here free of charge on our  Outdoor Industry Jobs News and Career Blog  and Outdoor Occupations' social media, or if you are interested in posting jobs on our cost effective job board marketplace dedicated to the outdoors, please take a look at our services for Outdoor Industry Organizations on our  Employer Overview Page
Outdoor industry veteran Lane Tobiassen to join the team in April Buck Knives is pleased to welcome outdoor industry veteran Lane Tobiassen to the role of President. Taking the helm of companywide leadership for all core business elements from sales, marketing, finance, product development, and operations, Tobiassen will look to accelerate growth and further strengthen the iconic Buck Knives brand and its 120+ year knife making legacy. Most recently, Tobiassen was President of the Firearms Division of American Outdoor Brands, better known as Smith & Wesson. In that capacity he led the marketing, product development, and sales functions at the industry-leading firearms manufacturer, which included Smith & Wesson, M&P, Performance Center, and Thompson / Center firearms brands. Prior to that, he spent 14 years with Crimson Trace, a leading tactical laser sight and sport optics company in the roles of Marketing Director, President and CEO. Buck Knives, a fourth-generation family owned company, sought outside expertise as part of an overall company strategy to improve business-wide operations and secure additional market share. Buck Knives has spent the last three years focusing on segmented sales channels, price and value initiatives, and refining product development and manufacturing processes. “The final piece of the puzzle was to bring in outside expertise to lead the daily operations. This is the first “non-family” president in the history of our company. It is a testament to the family’s commitment to make our company more robust and less vulnerable to fluctuations in our marketplace or the broader economy. We continue on with the strategies we have been implementing over the last three years with a renewed clarity on flawless execution,” said CJ Buck, CEO & Chairman of Buck Knives. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, and product development at industry-leading outdoor brands, Tobiassen will further optimize the new product development cycle to continually bring exceptional products to fruition, while widening the market for Buck Knives. “I am very excited to lead the team at Buck Knives,” said Tobiassen. “It’s such an honor to be welcomed into this family, and my experience in the outdoor industry and firearms market gives me the insight and perspective needed to drive growth strategies forward and execute on an exciting period of growth for Buck Knives,” he added. Before Crimson Trace, Tobiassen served as Vice President of Marketing with LaCrosse Footwear for both LaCrosse and Danner, Inc brands. He also served on the Board of Directors for Nosler, Inc., a premium ammunition and hunting rifle manufacturer, and was a founding member of a Vistage CEO Group, the world’s largest executive coaching organization for small to mid-size businesses. ### About Buck Knives: Behind every Buck knife is over 100 years of experience and craftsmanship. The very best materials and state-of-the-art technology are used to create knives that meet the exacting demands expected of a high quality knife. Buck stands behind every knife made with their famous Forever Warranty.         Employers, if you would like to submit your company's new hire announcement press releases to be published here free of charge on our  Outdoor Industry Jobs News and Career Blog  and Outdoor Occupations' social media, or if you are interested in posting jobs on our cost effective job board marketplace dedicated to the outdoors, please take a look at our services for Outdoor Industry Organizations on our  Employer Overview Page
Jill Layfield, Sheila Shekar Pollak bring decades of brand-building experience to support outdoor retailer in refining its omnichannel strategy and consumer experience.   MANCHESTER, Vt. (Feb. 23, 2020) —  Orvis, the family-owned and operated outdoor retailer that specializes in fly-fishing and wingshooting gear, dog products and active lifestyle apparel, welcomes former Backcountry and Athleta executives, Jill Layfield and Sheila Shekar Pollak to its board of directors, effective immediately. Both Layfield and Pollak bring extensive experience from renowned retailers and will provide key support as Orvis seeks continued growth and leadership in the outdoor industry. This announcement comes on the heels of recent executive leadership appointments of Reenie Benziger as chief product officer and Simon Perkins as president. “We are thrilled to welcome Jill and Sheila to our board and are excited to leverage their combined perspectives and deep knowledge and expertise in developing our digital and omnichannel brand strategies,” says Orvis President, Simon Perkins. “We have made exciting additions to the Orvis team in the last nine months. Adding Jill and Sheila to the Orvis “family” as board members is another demonstration of our commitment to reinventing the digital experience our customers seek in today’s world. Our entire team is committed to an omnichannel approach and providing meaningful moments with consumers wherever they interact with our brand.” Jill Layfield joins the Orvis Board as an accomplished executive in the digital space and is currently the co-founder and CEO of Tamara Mellon, a digitally led women’s luxury brand. Prior to Tamara Mellon, she served as president and CEO of the outdoor e-commerce leader, Backcountry.com. During her 11-year career at Backcountry, Layfield facilitated several private brand launches, e-commerce brand acquisitions, and saw the business grow from $30M to $500M. “Orvis is at a very intriguing and unique moment considering its current momentum and the opportunity ahead. Orvis possesses that elusive mix of innovative product, a fervent fanbase and an appetite for reinvention. I am looking forward to working with the board and management team to go after the exciting opportunities that await the brand,” says Layfield. Sheila Shekar Pollak joins the Orvis board as an innovative, purpose-driven marketing executive, and is currently the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the sustainable skin care brand, Biossance. Pollak spent 16 years of her career at Gap Inc., and most recently served as chief marketing officer at Athleta, where she played a key role in the brand’s evolution from a catalog-led marketing model to a best-in-class omnichannel and digital experience. “For years, Orvis has shown a remarkable ability to build meaningful connections with consumers. A lot of brands yearn for the deep relationships Orvis shares with its customers. I am looking forward to working with leadership to identify new ways to build upon and deepen these relationships particularly as we continue to expand Orvis’ digital marketing capabilities and grow the Orvis community in the future,” says Shekar Pollak.   About The Orvis Company:  Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world.           Employers, if you would like to submit your company's new hire announcement press releases to be published here free of charge on our  Outdoor Industry Jobs News and Career Blog  and Outdoor Occupations' social media, or if you are interested in posting jobs on our cost effective job board marketplace dedicated to the outdoors, please take a look at our services for Outdoor Industry Organizations on our  Employer Overview Page    
Independent survey ranks outdoor company in the top 10 among America’s 500 largest firms SPRINGFIELD, Missouri  – Bass Pro Shops is once again being recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers. The outdoor company ranked number nine out of 500 employers that qualified for the award, ranking ahead of respected companies including Google, Disney, Lowe’s, Target and Amazon, among others. The results are based on an independent survey of 50,000 employees in 25 different industries working for companies with at least 1,000 people employed in U.S. locations. Employees were asked open-ended questions about their employer. “Our friendly, knowledgeable and passionate team members have rightly earned the reputation as, ‘World’s Foremost Outfitters’ for their incredible commitment to helping our customers connect to nature,” said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO Johnny Morris. “We are honored to receive this recognition as we strive to take care of our Outfitters as well as they take care of our customers.” Treating team members like family Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s has cultivated a remarkable culture with a pioneering spirit built on fundamental respect and genuine appreciation for its team members, who are treated as members of an “outdoor family.” The company offers a series of industry-leading perks and benefits including generous discounts up to 45 percent on merchandise. Outfitters also enjoy flexible hours, holiday and vacation pay, paid leave, and health and retirement programs, among other benefits. During the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company implemented a series of measures to protect and support its team members including implementing safety measures while extending additional benefits and paid time off. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also awarded its team members with significant cash bonuses throughout the company in response to Outfitters’ unprecedented efforts to help customers get outside in the wake of the pandemic. Nationally recognized for excellence The award is the latest honor in a growing list of accolades in recent years: In 2020, Newsweek recognized Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s was recognized with “ America’s Best-In-State Customer Service ” awards. Bass Pro Shops ranked as the  No. 3 Most Reputable Retailer in North America  in 2019 by Reputation.com, measuring the most reputable brands in the world for overall customer experience. In 2018, the National Retail Federation named Bass Pro Shops as the  No. 2 “Hottest Retailer in America.” In 2017, Forbes named Bass Pro Shops as one of  “America’s Most Reputable Companies”  in recognition of the public’s trust in the organization. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is currently hiring for open positions in its retail locations, distribution centers, call centers, manufacturing plants, resort destinations and at Base Camp in Springfield, Missouri. More information can be found at  basspro.com/careers . # # # About Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops  is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired  Cabela’s  to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates  White River Marine Group , offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and  Big Cedar Lodge , America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”         Employers, if you would like to submit your company's new hire announcement press releases to be published here free of charge on our  Outdoor Industry Jobs News and Career Blog  and Outdoor Occupations' social media, or if you are interested in posting jobs on our cost effective job board marketplace dedicated to the outdoors, please take a look at our services for Outdoor Industry Organizations on our  Employer Overview Page
Egersund, Norway – Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad Yachting, B&G® and C-MAP® brands, announced the hiring of its first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer this week as the company has made sustainability one of its core strategic pillars globally across its brands, products, operations and production. Tara Norton joins Navico as Chief Sustainability Officer from French multinational Engie Impact, where she worked with its Corporate and Government clients to accelerate their energy transition to cleaner energies. “We are dedicated to being an environmentally-responsible company,” said Knut Frostad, CEO of Navico Group. “We believe there is a common mutual interest within the marine industry and our consumers to drive this forward, and we care deeply about protecting the very environment in which we all work and play. With the hiring of Tara, Navico is poised to be a leader in this on-going paradigm shift as our industry moves towards more sustainable practices.” Norton’s expertise includes driving sustainable procurement and supply chain projects on issues including supply chain traceability and transparency, supplier engagement, climate change, human rights, labor rights, and supply chain finance. “Tara is recognized internationally as an expert in supply chain sustainability,” continued Frostad. “We have made sustainability one of our company’s core pillars going forward and made some strides with our sustainable packaging initiative this past year, but we know that commitment needs to be matched by action company-wide. Tara’s expertise will no doubt help formalize Navico’s strategy and drive initiatives forward at a global level.” “I’m excited to be joining Navico, a company with heritage, and with strong technology, products and brands,” said Norton. “In many ways, Navico has sustainability already in its DNA, so it’s a matter of building on the successes and enthusiasm to date to contribute to sustainable development for ourselves and the planet.” All four of Navico’s brands have already begun integrating sustainability into their go-forward strategies and plans, while Norton’s global perspective and know-how will create vertically-integrated policies across the company. For more information on the Navico brands, please visit  www.lowrance.com ,  www.simrad-yachting.com ,  pro.simrad-yachting.com ,  www.bandg.com  and  www.c-map.com .       Employers, if you would like to submit your company's new hire announcement press releases to be published here free of charge on our  Outdoor Industry Jobs News and Career Blog  and Outdoor Occupations' social media, or if you are interested in posting jobs on our cost effective job board marketplace dedicated to the outdoors, please take a look at our services for Outdoor Industry Organizations on our  Employer Overview Page
Huntsville, AL – January 27, 2021 – T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama, announces that it has selected Chris Drahman for the position of National Sales and Marketing Manager. In this role, Chris will put his considerable experience to work in meeting the needs of T-H Marine's customers, identifying business development opportunities, leading T-H Marine's sales strategies, and growing the company's brand. He will work alongside T-H Marine's veteran VP of Sales and Marketing, Greg Buie. “I've had the pleasure of knowing T-H Marine and many members of their team for more than 20 years and it’s truly an honor to join them,” Chris Drahman said. “Few companies can compare when it comes to innovative product development, dedication to taking care of their customers, and having a game plan and a desire to continue their robust growth. They made joining an easy decision and I look forward to contributing for many years to come.” Before his recent work in the world of marine components, Chris had over 14 years working for T-H Marine's OEM and distributor sales reps at William F. Miller & Associates. Now, as T-H Marine's National Sales and Marketing Manager, Chris will be leveraging his sales and sales leadership experience, his work history in the marine industry, and his strong ability to drive new business development and expansions into new markets. “We are pleased to welcome Chris Drahman to the team!” T-H Marine President and CEO, Jeff Huntley said. “We have known Chris for many years and he is exactly what you expect from a true sales professional — a great fit with our boating-centric culture and our aggressive business attitude. With over 25 years of sales roles in the industry, he brings a lot of knowledge, experience, and relationships to the table.  "T-H Marine is building our next generation of executive-level leaders and Chris is a big part of that plan coming into place. We are very excited about the future as we continue to outpace industry growth and we are proud to have Chris’ horsepower to help push that dynamic growth, both organically and through acquisitions.” Imbued by T-H Marine's commitment to supplying boaters with the gear they need, from TRANSOM TO TROLLING MOTOR®, Chris will work to ensure that the brand thrives across its various sales channels. With his experience in the marine industry, his long-standing familiarity with T-H Marine, and his love of the water, Chris brings a solid foundation to his new role. “T-H Marine has always had a motto that 'Fridays are for Fishing', fostering an appreciation for why the company exists,” Chris added. “Especially as it is interwoven with a love of being outdoors and my own passion for saltwater fishing, I look forward to reinforcing T-H Marine's ability to put current products to the test, produce ideas for new products, and make the boating and fishing experience even better for everyone." Now including more products for an even wider variety of boats, check out the full range of T-H Marine's growing product line at  thmarine.com/products . For tips about T-H Marine products, company news, and more, including information to improve your boating and fishing experience, follow T-H Marine Supplies (@thmarineteam) on social media.   #  #  #  #  # About T-H Marine With nearly 50 years in business, T-H Marine has grown to be one of the largest manufacturers of boating and fishing accessories in the United States. T-H Marine provides parts to virtually every boat manufacturer in the country and distributes them through virtually every major distributor and retailer of boating and fishing products. These products include jack plates, outboard tilt and trim controls, rigging components, boat plumbing, hatches, lights, livewell aeration, and much more. To learn more about T-H Marine, please visit  thmarine.com/about-us .   # # # # # For For More Information About T-H Marine's Growing Team and Innovative Marine Products For additional information about T-H Marine's growing team and history of supplying innovative marine products, please visit us at  thmarine.com/THMarineTeam .   _____________________________________________________________ Employers, if you would like to submit your company's new hire announcement press releases to be published here free of charge on our  Outdoor Industry Jobs News and Career Blog  and Outdoor Occupations' social media, or if you are interested in posting jobs on our cost effective job board marketplace dedicated to the outdoors, please take a look at our services for Outdoor Industry Organizations on our  Employer Overview Page
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