Michael Gamble has been named the new Vice President of Sales for Exxel Outdoors Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of outdoor gear and apparel.

“As Exxel Outdoors is growing so quickly, we searched for that key sales executive who could lead our sales team to master this era of expansion,” remarked Harry Kazazian, founder and CEO of Exxel Outdoors. “With fuel prices rising, people are staying closer to home for their recreational pursuits, and our family camping and recreational gear sales are going full-throttle. Mike's extensive sales and marketing talents are a perfect match.”

Gamble was previously a Regional Territory Sales Manager for Rocky Brands, Inc, and held management positions with Skechers USA, Hartwell Industries and Georgia Boot Company.

Former Exxel Vice President of Sales Donald Sands will become Vice President of Production.

Exxel supplies major discount chains and sporting goods retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart/Sears, Dick's Sporting Goods, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Cabela's, Big Five Sporting Goods, and

Exxel's brands include Suisse Sport, X2O Water Sports, Master Sportsman, Prestige Apparel, and Exxel Outdoors for family camping. The company also manufactures OEM for numerous chain-store private labels and has a licensing agreement with Disney Consumer Products to distribute Disney camping and water sports gear.

The company's products for adults and children include sleeping bags, tents, camp sets, folding chairs, air beds, truck air beds, wet suits and life vests, as well as apparel for hunting, fishing, skiing, military and outdoor work. Headquartered in Haleyville, AL, with a corporate office and distribution center in Irwindale, CA, Exxel produces 1.4 million sleeping bags at their U.S. facility.