Benchmade Knife Company, manufacturer of premium sports cutlery for 31 years, announced the addition of Mike Ulwelling as the company’s new vice president of marketing & sales.

With a well-rounded base focused on leadership development, Ulwelling brings a driven style of management that will further strengthen the Benchmade culture and brand. During his time at Blount International, Ulwelling led the development and implementation of a new product development process for externally vended items, development of a new product road map for three major categories and development and implementation of cross-functional business processes in support of management of the business, including product launch and product supply planning. Under Ulwelling’s leadership, Blount Internationals business grew 20 percent year over year. Ulwelling will bring a combined 19 years of executive experience from companies such as Hewlett Packard, Ideagility and Service Master Solutions.

“Mike’s success as CEO/owner of a former company will strengthen and reinforce our entrepreneurial approach,” said Les de Asis, CEO of Benchmade Knife Company. “We are all very excited to have the addition of Mike to our executive team!”

Benchmade Knife Company was founded in 1987 with its manufacturing facilities and offices are all located in Oregon City, OR.