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The Acquisition Environment Heats Up Again…

The pace of acquisitions in the Outdoor, SnowSports, and Action Sports industries appeared to have eased after two years of heavy activity, but just when the tempo seemed to have peaked, a flurry of new deals came through that surpassed what many thought

Shoe Pavilion Names Watanabe as CFO

Shoe Pavilion, Inc. announced the appointment of Neil Watanabe as its EVP and CFO reporting to CEO, Dmitry Beinus. Mr. Watanabe will be replacing John D. Hellmann, VP-finance and CFO, who resigned effective November 21, 2005, in order to remain in Norther

CamelBak Promotes Three From Within

CamelBak Products has promoted three key executives to new roles with promotions for Mac Tillman, Jonathan Austen and Shawn Cullen, the first two in the company’s Recreation Division and the third on the company’s Government, Military, Industrial (GMI) Di

Timberland Increases Anti-Counterfeit Efforts

The Timberland Company unveiled several new components of its program to combat the distribution of imitation Timberland products. The program is designed to raise awareness about counterfeit goods and the importance of product authenticity, and also incl

Quiksilver Appoints Four New Board Members

Laurent Boix-Vives, Timothy Harmon and Charles Exon have been appointed to the Quiksilver Board of Directors effective December 1, 2005. Douglas Ammerman was previously appointed to the Board of Directors on June 3, 2005…

K2 and Marmot Complete Apparel Consolidation in Santa Rosa, Calif.

All sales, marketing and product development operations of the K2 Snow apparel brand have fully transitioned from K2 Sports in Vashon, Wash., to operate under Marmot in Santa Rosa, Calif. K2 Inc., parent company of K2 Sports, acquired Marmot in 2004 to es

NRF Ups Holiday Sales Forecast

The National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that it has revised its holiday sales forecast as a result of a recent flurry of healthy economic indicators including strong October retail sales and falling gasoline prices. NRF now expects total holiday r

Johnson Promoted to CFO at Johnson Outdoors

Johnson Outdoors Inc. promoted David W. Johnson to the position of Vice President – Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Johnson has served as interim chief financial officer since August 2005 during which time the Company conducted an extensive executive search

Volcom Adds Recco to Snowboard Apparel Line

Volcom has integrated RECCO reflectors into their snowboarding apparel this winter season. For the '05-'06 season, RECCO reflectors will be integrated into the Omega line, as well as incorporated into select Nimbus and Thermonite group pieces. I

Hurricanes Hit Gander Mountain’s Bottom Line…

While the full-line sporting goods chains are reporting solid quarters, the Hunt/Fish retailers were impacted by the heavy hurricane season during the third quarter of 2005. At the end of October, Cabela’s reported slower sales due to “the CNN effect” fo

Coleman Rolls Out New Sales Structure…

The Coleman Company is launching initiatives to strengthen its mass store sales organization, while refocusing the sales force mandate to better support its enhanced specialty store sales initiatives. Under the new structure, the mass retail effort will b

Foot Locker Still Sees Europe Drain; U.S. Pleases…

Foot Locker, Inc. looked to strong growth in the Champs and Footaction businesses in the U.S. and hints of a turnaround in the Europe business as positive long-term indicators for the company. But a decline in gross margins attributed to a promotional st

Riddell Bell Sees Strong Q3; Builds War Chest to Build Portfolio…

Riddell Bell Holdings relied on acquisitions to fuel the majority of its fiscal third quarter growth, but also managed to drive strong organic growth in both of its divisions. While reported sales more than doubled during the quarter because of these acqu