Hoyt Archery announced that Zak Kurtzhals has been named the new company president. Currently Hoyt’s VP of operations, Kurtzhals will succeed Randy Walk, effective July 19.
Greg Easton, president of Jas. D. Easton and owner of Hoyt Archery, shared the news with Hoyt employees in a company meeting, explaining that after a thorough search, Kurtzhals’ qualifications, leadership skills, and passion for archery and bowhunting make him the ideal candidate to lead Hoyt. “Zak has a proven history with the company and a strong vision for Hoyt’s future. I am excited about this new opportunity for Zak and for Hoyt,” said Easton.
Kurtzhals, a native of Nebraska, is an accomplished target archer and bowhunter who joined the Hoyt team as a product engineer in 2003 and has held several key leadership positions with the company, including engineering manager, director of engineering, VP of engineering, and currently, VP of operations. Kurtzhals has also served on the ATA Technical Committee since 2014.
Hoyt has an executive team in place with over 85 years of combined experience working for the company. Todd Erickson, VP of finance joined Hoyt in 1998; Tom Driffill, VP of sales, joined Hoyt in 2001; Gideon Jolley, director of R&D and intellectual property joined Hoyt in 1996; and Jeremy Eldredge, director of marketing, joined Hoyt in 2004.
Photos courtesy Hoyt Archery, Zak Kurtzhals