Signing the Big Deal - MHW joins Columbia (3_13_03)
[From the Lost Zemitis Tapes: Lauren Herrera shaped Martin's footage into this narrative.]
[Note on the part with Robert Link: before the Colombians would buy MHW, Mt. Link had to be sold. They considered a guiding business risky and outside their business model. Robert gave Jack $1.00 to complete the purchase giving Robert complete ownership of Mt. Link. After the sale of Mt. Link was complete, we started signing the docs to sell MHW. I think it all happened on the same day. - Martin ]
Deal is agreed on.
Martin Zemitis: I always get yelled at for this.
Jack Gilbert: Cheers Martin. Beer-thirty.
MZ: Whatcha doin there, Jack? I don’t think this is just any beer-thirty.
JG: Well it's a...were waiting for a we’re waiting for word on a the rather important transaction that I’m sworn to secrecy. Martin, I can’t speak to the camera about this.
MZ: It's off, Jack.
JG: What’s off?
MZ: The camera...
Voice (Al?, Paul?): Martin’s gonna need a year off to edit all this stuff.
JG: Bill and I and a few more folks are sitting here so let me…. don’t say anything that you don’t want to be repeated, alright?
Are you still there?
Carl Davis: We’re here.
JG: Ok what happened in the meeting?
CD: Tim is in here and John is in here.
JG: Who else beside Tim?
JG: Oh good.
Bill Mandel: Hi, Tim.
Tim Boyle: Howya doin?
JG: So what the hell happened?
TB: Well looks like we got a deal!
All: Hey alright! (all)
JG: We preassumed that and we just cracked out a couple of Sierra Nevadas, so a....
TB: We’re very excited and we can’t wait for the future. So really good.
JG: Thanks for the call and we look forward to seeing you down here.
Various: Alright, Ok thanks a lot.
JG: We need to sit on this til Thursday and then all of the sudden...It’ll be for the outdoor industry, it’ll be pretty big news.
Hans Jones: It will be big news.
JG: Big news.
Paul Kramer: Although it’s probably less big than we always think ourselves.
JG: Martin, it’s going to be big news.
JG: Well for better or worse…
... and oh no I’m doing that in a month, I’m not gonna do that...
[Laughter. (This is a reference to Jack's upcoming nuptials.)]
HJ: For richer for poorer… he’s practicing. For richer for poorer, In sickness and in health.
JG: Oh no...
?: ...for the next couple of years.
JG: ...I can’t joke about that!
A "Martin, get to work" interlude:
MZ: Paul hows it going?
PK: Ok, how are you ?
MZ: Ahh, stressed.
PK: So what are you running around photographing things for.
Julie ONeil - hand in front of face.
Roberta Hernandez: What is up what is up with this video camera thing?
All right, Martin…
MZ: Good morning, Roberta, Don’t touch the lens
RH: I’m not going to touch the lens.
MZ: Hey, Roberta.
MZ: Thank you.
Robert Link signs some papers:
Robert Link: Hahah… it’s much calmer in here now, Martin. Sparks were flying.
MZ: Robert, what did you do to the big guy?
RL: Sparks were flying …. Hahaha… earlier…. Hahahahahaha. You know. (Robo)
MZ: So you getting the big guy all worked up.
RL: It’s the last time it’s the last time we get to get in his face really and stir him up.
We’re signing it off, Martin.
MZ: What’cha doing there, Robert?
RL: Signing some sponsorship agreements for both MountainLink and myself. So it’s a good thing.
RL: ...and we’re moving forward, baby!
RL: The official purchase of Mountain Link!
JG: Thank you Robert…. (Jack)
MZ: How much you have there?
JG: I hope I hope you make this into a few more zeros by the time you’re through. Alright.
MZ: Let me zero in on Jack, let me zero in on that real quick here. That’s one big smacker, huh?
Mike Wallenfels: Nothing, just Signing papers, that’s all.
Background voice: ...one fax came of the merger agreement and the voting agreement...
MW: So we can go back to work tomorrow or the next day or the next day….
(Merger signing footage to music)
Carl Davis and Rick Carpenter: Well guys, Congratulations!!! It’s going to be great
JG: … is everybody gathering is anybody gathering downstairs? (Jack)
JG: Today today is a very significant day in the history at Mountain Hardwear. And a it was actually about 9.5 years ago that we sent up on Gilman Street in Berkeley with a whole bunch of folding furnature and a fax machine… frankly the odds were somewhat against us being successful at that point. But as a couple of minutes ago a press release was just sent out to the world effectively announcing a merger between Mountain Hardwear and Columbia Sportswear.
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