Author: Eugene Buchanan

Catching Up With Simms CEO Casey Sheahan

Catching Up With Simms CEO Casey Sheahan

Going on four years as CEO of Simms, Casey Sheahan, 65, took the helm to spearhead its wader, outerwear and technical fishing apparel and accessory lines out of its 80,000-square-foot facility in Bozeman, MT. SGB Executive caught up with Sheahan for his take on the fishing industry, manufacturing in America, surviving the pandemic, and its new brand mission, Fish It Well. (Read More)

A Look Behind GOA’s Final 2020 Retail Sales Numbers With VP Gabe Maier

A Look Behind GOA’s Final 2020 Retail Sales Numbers With VP Gabe Maier

When GOA released its final 2020 year-to-year sales numbers from its 94 retailers operating 195 doors, it showed the up and down swings associated with the pandemic. SGB Executive caught up with Gabe Maier, vice president, GOA, to go behind the numbers, talk about the upcoming launch of its Switchback retail data tool, the outlook for 2021, and more. (Read More)

Surf Expo Hosts First In-Person Trade Show Of The Year

Surf Expo Hosts First In-Person Trade Show Of The Year

When Surf Expo staged its winter tradeshow January 6-8, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, it marked the first in-person outdoor tradeshow in nearly a year since the pandemic began, bringing exhibitors and retailers together facemask to facemask. Did attendees, both vendors and retailers, feel it was a successful event worth attending? For that, SGB Executive canvassed the trenches for input from show attendees. (Read More)

One-On-One With Polartec President Steve Layton

One-On-One With Polartec President Steve Layton

In 2019, textile manufacturer Milliken & Co. acquired Polartec from Versa Capital Management. This year Polartec celebrates the 40th anniversary of inventing synthetic fleece and the 30th anniversary of the brand. SGB Executive caught up with Polartec President Steve Layton for his thoughts on the company's new owner, the pandemic and what's next for Polartec. (Read More)

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