My story couldn’t have happened without some key people who believed in me – Jeanne Wallace, Jeff Bowman, Joe Campisi, Mike Wallenfels, Paul Kramer and Jack Gilbert.
I had marketing in my blood with my grandfather and father both owning ad agencies, and that’s what I pursued (starting at Mullen and Polartec). But over time I discovered the importance of working with great people and having fun. Company culture is key – and Mountain Hardwear had a great one. I could feel it the first day I interviewed in 1997, because I learned I didn’t have to prove myself by wearing a business suit. My supervisors and coworkers trusted my ability, which allowed me to take risks and do things that I never imagined (like taking a crap at 12,500 feet on Mount Rainier). Because of Mountain Hardwear’s product, people and culture, I believed in the brand and was able to communicate it authentically to customers, athletes and the media.
It was the best job I’ve ever had.
Other co-workers connected with my story are: Jamie Tipton, Victor Ichioka, Joy Gray, Loren Sartain, Phyllis Grove, Julie O'Neil, Chris Strasser, Devin Swisher, Martin Zemitis.