Michael Corvino, president of JanSport, was killed Saturday in a car accident. Corvino, who was 46 years old, died when he lost control of the 1970 Dodge Charger he was driving, veering off the road and hitting a tree, according to a California Highway Patrol statement. The driver's side of the car struck the tree, killing Corvino, the CHP said.
Mr. Corvinos daughter, Alexandra, and a friend, John Shaner, both 16, were in the car at the time of the accident and were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The CHP said all three were wearing seat belts.
Corvino was promoted to president of the Jansport brand in 2004 after serving as VP sales and merchandising for VF Corporations VF Imagewear division and VP/General Manager for VF Solutions, based in Nashville. Before entering the industry, Corvino played professional football for the Washington Federals in the USFL. In college, he played linebacker for the University of Maryland Terrapins, where he held a school record for sacks.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and daughters Alexandra and Elizabeth. “He was a wonderful, wonderful man. There was something so special about him,” said his wife, Joyce, in an interview with the Contra Costa Times. “He made everyone laugh.”