David Baker, who founded Summit Hut in 1969, has sold the landmark Tucson outdoor retailer to long-time employee Dana Davis. Baker will stay on to guide Davis through the transition over the next 18 months.
Baker, who started the Summit Hut in Tucson as a teenager, will work three days a week as part of the 18-month transition. He will continue to work with Davis into the future to impress upon the vendor and public communities the viability of the transition. Baker has also been instrumental in the Tucson climbing and hiking community since his youth and plans to continue his influence in the outdoor space as well as spend much deserved time with his wife Irene and new grandson Silas.
“Dave's not really leaving yet,” said Davis. “He'll be spending a little bit less time here to spend more time with his family and getting out to hike more. But he'll be here at least three days a week to help out.”
“I think Summit Hut has just been a fantastic company to work for,” said Davis in an exclusive interview with Sports Executive Weekly. “I think the company culture is fabulous. I feel we're really dedicated and committed to running a sound and ethical business. We put so much value into our customers and their experience, as well as our employees and being a good vendor partner. The company and the people that work here have a great passion for the outdoors, the environment, and the gear. You really see the love in the work that we do. It makes it really fun and exciting place to be.”
She joked, “When I first started here I thought it would be a temporary job and that was 13 years ago.”
Dana Davis and her husband, Jeremy, who had worked for Summit Hut for six years, acquired full ownership of the business.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.