Author: Eric Smith

Celebrating SMC’s 50th Anniversary With President Tom Gately

Celebrating SMC’s 50th Anniversary With President Tom Gately

“Specialty retail is the lifeblood of our industry, said Tom Gately, president of Snowsports Merchandising Corp. (SMC), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, SGB Executive spoke with Gately about the importance of the longtime buying group, changes in the industry, and what’s on tap for the organization and the channel in the next 50 years. (Read More)

Nick Sargent Unpacks SIA’s Ambitious 2020 Goals

Nick Sargent Unpacks SIA’s Ambitious 2020 Goals

Snowsports Industries America (SIA) is preparing for one of the busiest years in the trade association’s history. With so much new activity brewing, and on the cusp of Outdoor + Snow Show later this month, SGB Executive checked in with SIA President Nick Sargent, who dished on what the organization has accomplished in recent years and its priorities moving forward. (Read More)

Michael Kadous Outlines Vision For New-Look Adidas Terrex

Michael Kadous Outlines Vision For New-Look Adidas Terrex

Michael Kadous, head of the North American Outdoor business unit for Adidas (Terrex and Five Ten), spoke with SGB Executive about all the changes happening at the company. Not only is Kadous spearheading its transition from Agron Inc. to Adidas corporate and from LA to Portland, but he has outlined big plans for 2020 and beyond. Here’s what he shared about the new-look company. (Read More)

December M&A Roundup: Pelican, Powdr, Thule And More

December M&A Roundup: Pelican, Powdr, Thule And More

Pelican International’s acquisition of Confluence Outdoor headlined a busy December for M&A in the active lifestyle market. It also saw ski resort operator Powdr Corp. expand into Canada and Thule Group add a maker of fly fishing rod vaults to its portfolio. SGB Executive's monthly roundup breaks down the deals from December and includes the full list of transactions for the month. (Read More)

Nike CEO Mark Parker Bids Farewell (Sort Of) As Succession Looms

Nike CEO Mark Parker Bids Farewell (Sort Of) As Succession Looms

Mark Parker isn’t exactly riding off into the sunset with his pending retirement from Nike Inc.’s top post—he will, after all, stay on the board and assume the title of executive chairman. But Thursday afternoon served as a swan song of sorts for the longtime leader. Nike's chairman, president and CEO ran his final quarterly earnings call, and before he delivered the good news of Q2, he reflected on his 40 years with the footwear and apparel giant. (Read More)

Industry Veteran Bill Sinoff Tapped To Lead Evolv’s Next Chapter

Industry Veteran Bill Sinoff Tapped To Lead Evolv’s Next Chapter

Bill Sinoff has been named general manager of the climbing shoe brand Evolv, which was acquired by Oberalp Group earlier this year. Though Sinoff faces a lofty goal at Evolv—lead the brand into a new chapter of domestic and global growth—he feels his background has prepared him for the challenge. Here’s what this climbing legend shared with SGB about his latest venture. (Read More)

Conversation With Hibbett’s New CEO Mike Longo

Conversation With Hibbett’s New CEO Mike Longo

In his first interview since being appointed CEO of Hibbett Sports Inc., Mike Longo tells SGB Executive how he ended up in the role, his goals for the Birmingham, AL-based company and the retail leadership priorities he learned most recently as CEO of “city specialty” retailer City Gear. Longo also admitted that, like his predecessor Jeff Rosenthal, he’s a bit of a sneakerhead. (Read More)

Tracking Peloton’s Climb Out Of Advertising Stumble

Tracking Peloton’s Climb Out Of Advertising Stumble

Peloton Interactive Inc. appears to have ridden out the controversy surrounding its recent ad that took social media by storm and sent the company’s shares plummeting. When the company’s leadership took to the presentation circuit last week, the focus was not on that perceived misstep but instead on the potential Peloton is eyeing a few months after going public. (Read More)

Conversation With Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO Jon Barker

Conversation With Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO Jon Barker

From market-shifting acquisitions to doubling down on the sales of firearms and ammunition, a lot has been happening at Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc., the Midvale, UT-based sporting goods retailer. We recently spoke with CEO Jon Barker about these topics and more in our latest executive conversation. Here’s what he shared about the state of the company. (Read More)

Camping Business Drives Johnson Outdoors In Q4

Camping Business Drives Johnson Outdoors In Q4

Johnson Outdoors leveraged a nice performance from its camping business in the fiscal fourth quarter, which bolstered 14 percent companywide revenue growth in the period to go along with 3 percent companywide revenue growth for the fiscal year. Said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Johnson’s chairman and CEO: “There’s real opportunity for growth in this space long-term.” (Read More)

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