Footwear start-up Oboz has hired a former NOLS employee, MBA and CPA as its VP of Finance.  Tim Tripp assumed his duties on Aug. 1, 2008. 

Tripp comes to Oboz after eight years as director of finance at Simms, the fishing products manufacturer also based in Bozeman, MT.  At Simms, Tripp had oversight of all finance, accounting, IT and human resources functions.  During his eight-year tenure at Simms, the company doubled its revenue and more than doubled its number of employees. 

“Tim can see Oboz through growth and transitions from small to big,” said Oboz founder John Connelly. “His experience in finance and beyond will be essential to our smooth operations and efficiency, which in the end, benefits our retailers.” 

Tripp, who enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and running said, “I’m thrilled to join Oboz on the ground floor and be able to see Oboz flourish.  Oboz has clarity and they are excited and motivated toward their goals.”

Additionally, Tripp was a public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, a corporate controller with a Laramie, WY manufacturer of water monitoring equipment for mine reclamation, and worked with the National Outdoor Leadership School.  He earned his MBA and accounting degree at Northeastern University in Boston, and is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont.  Tripp is a Certified Public Accountant.