The Board of Directors of Escalade Inc. announced the appointment of Walter P. Glazer, Jr. as CEO and president effective January 1, 2022. Glazer has been serving as interim CEO and president.
“The Escalade board has appreciated Walt’s willingness to step in and serve as interim CEO since February of this year,” said Ned Williams, Escalade’s lead independent director, “and we are pleased to have his leadership as we begin our 100th year in business!”
“I have been a shareholder since 1991 and board member for the past 6 years,” commented Walt Glazer. “Stepping into the interim role this year gave me a great appreciation for the complete Escalade organization. I’m energized and excited for the opportunity to work with our talented teams as they create value for our consumers, trade partners, communities and shareholders. Escalade’s leading brands help families and friends have fun and create lasting memories while engaging in healthy activities.”
Glazer joined Escalade’s Board of Directors in 2015 and was elected Chairman on May 16, 2018. Glazer also founded Speedball Art Products Company, a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of fine art materials (1997-2021) and he founded Nandina Properties, building it to a portfolio of over 60 industrial properties comprising 2.5 million square feet (2008-2021). Earlier in his career, he was senior vice president, Equity Research Group at Wheat First Securities (1996-1997) and Equity Securities analyst and director of research, J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons (1986-1995).
Escalade’s brands include Bear Archery, Stiga table tennis, Accudart, Rave Sports, Victory Tailgate, Onix Pickleball, Goalrilla, Lifeline fitness products, Woodplay, and American Heritage Billiards.