Petzl America hired Rick Vance to the position of Technical Information Manager. Rick comes to Petzl with a background in engineering and a passion for climbing. A former senior research engineer at the University of Utah’s Orthopedic Research Laboratory, Vance understands engineering for practical applications. Additionally, he has extensive climbing and mountaineering experience, including first ascents in Alaska and Utah. His sharp, critical thinking skills and engineering background combined with his in-depth knowledge of the vertical world make Rick a superb addition to the Petzl team.
As Technical Information Manager, Rick will vet technical documents and communications from Petzl, develop and manage training programs for Petzl America personnel, and ensure that work and rescue equipment conforms to North American standards. Rick will also analyze unique applications of Petzl equipment with an eye toward emerging techniques in climbing, rescue and professional use.
“Education and safety have always been at the cornerstone of Petzl’s mission,” said Roody Rasmussen, President of Petzl America. “Rick’s background as a mechanical engineer and his extensive experience in the vertical world will help us carry out that mission,” he continued. “Having a position dedicated to analyzing and addressing users’ technical issues and requests speaks volumes about Petzl’s commitment to user safety,” said Vance. “My role is not simply about reacting to current safety concerns in the vertical world, but to proactively research and anticipate potential safety issues as vertical techniques evolve.”