Director of U.S. Sales | Columbia Footwear

Early in his career Adam worked in a ski shop in Crested Butte, CO where his love for skiing and the mountains originated. He is grateful to have grown up in Cleveland, OH with parents and a large family that were always supportive and encouraging of his pursuits. Adam currently resides in Portland, OR with his wife and children who all share a love of the outdoors.

EDUCATION & DEGREE(S) ACHIEVED: Attended Cleveland State University majored in Economics; attended Western State Colorado University, majored in Business.

I COULDN’T DO MY JOB WITHOUT: The remarkable sales team I have had the pleasure to work alongside throughout my career. And the support and encouragement I receive from my wife and four children.

MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE LEARNED: You cannot control the uncontrollable.

BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN OR THAT I WOULD GIVE: Think big. “What would you attempt if you knew you would not fail?”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE OVERCOME: It’s always a monumental challenge to change someone’s perception when they are grounded in their opinions. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a great team that has helped reshape the perception of the Columbia brand within the minds of many retailers.

WHAT OR WHO (MENTOR) HAS ENABLED YOU TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL: I started working at a young age for my grandfather’s textile business and his drive, work ethic, and relationships help set the foundation for who I am today. My career in the outdoor industry is a result of my love for the outdoors that my parents instilled in me. I have been fortunate to work alongside my father at Columbia for two decades and, I continue to learn from him on a daily basis.

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE: My devotion to increase outdoor participation among youth.

BIGGEST LIFE LESSON: A happy personal life makes for a fulfilled professional life.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN TWO WORDS: Passionate and Optimistic