SGMA International is pleased to announce the election of a new chairman and vice chairman. The new chairman of the Board of Directors is Tom Rogge of Cramer Products (President; Gardner, KA) and the new vice chairman is Steve Furniss of TYR Sport, Inc. (Executive Vice President; Huntington Beach, CA). The former chairman is Dick Kazmaier of SR Industries (President; Concord, MA). He remains on the board as the immediate past chairman.

Greg Hege of Porter Athletic Equipment Company (President; Broadview, IL) is SGMA's new Secretary/Treasurer. Hege is a former SGMA chairman. Current SGMA President/CEO John Riddle was re-elected by the board of directors to his current position.

These appointments took place during SGMA International's Board of Directors meeting earlier this month in Orlando, Florida.

Bill Sherman of Riddell, Inc. (CEO; Chicago, IL) was elected to an initial term on the SGMA Board of Directors.

The membership of the association has re-elected the following board members:

  • Bob Monroe – Senior Vice President/GM; Reebok USA; Canton, MA
  • Tony Palma – President/CEO; Easton Sports; Van Nuys, CA

  • Greg Hege – President; Porter Athletic Equipment Company; Broadview, IL

  • George Napier – President; Prince Sports, Inc.; Bordentown, NJ

  • Kerry Kligerman – President; Vital Apparel Group; Huntington Station, NJ

According to SGMA President John Riddle, all members of the board have “a strong interest in SGMA and a willingness to serve the industry.”

Other board members are: Jim Baugh (P.E.4Life); Dan Bower (Century, Inc.); Bob Corliss (The Athlete's Foot Group); Jim Davis (New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.);Carl Ferraro (Regent Sports); Larry Franklin (Franklin Sports, Inc.); Dave Haggerty (Head/Penn Racquet Sport USA); Carol Hochman (Danskin, Inc.); George Horowitz (Everlast Worldwide); Kerry Kligerman (Vital Apparel Group); Kevin Lamar (Lamar Health Fitness & Sport); Jon Letzler (Russell Corporation); Wayne Merck (K2 Sports); Doug Morton (The Sports Authority); Kevin Plank (Under Armour); and Kirk Stewart (Nike, Inc.).