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Kurt Gauss Rejoins Forces with GSI Outdoors as Director of R&D


Spokane, Washington – November 11, 2013 – Don Scott, co-owner of GSI Outdoors, a leading supplier of outdoor cook- and tableware, announces the addition of Kurt Gauss to their management team as Director of Research and Development. In his new position, Kurt assumes overall responsibility for research, development and design management including new product and brand development. 

Kurt is no stranger to GSI Outdoors. He was with the company from 1998 through 2002 as an independent consultant for design development, brand building and marketing for the company’s giftware brand, Outside Inside. During this period, he did so many special projects for GSI Outdoors that he closed his Canadian design company and moved to Spokane to become the company’s lead product designer. He returns to his roots after a three and a half year sabbatical as Associate Head of Department for the product design, electronics, electrical and robotics programs at the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK.

“The addition of a dedicated research and design development director to our management team will help launch us into a new and exciting time for our brand,” commented Don. “Kurt understands our products and our customers as well as the company’s business philosophy, so he can hit the ground running.”

Well versed in the challenges facing outdoor retailers, Kurt commented that, “I’m excited to be working again with GSI Outdoors. We have such great talent and dedication throughout the whole company and the brand is unsurpassed in its category. My goal is to utilize what I’ve learned over the past few years to develop exciting and highly desirable new products that build on this great foundation and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Kurt can be reached by phoning (509) 209-2924 or emailing

GSI Outdoors is in the business of making cookware and dining products that adapt the comforts of home to active outdoor lifestyles at the campsite, base camp, and anywhere in between. In 1985, brothers Don and Ian Scott and sister Kathy started the company in San Diego, and then moved to Spokane, Washington in 1995, where they have been ever since. In 2001, GSI Outdoors started distributing outdoor related gifts under the name of Outside Inside. What began as a small distribution company selling blue enamel tableware has expanded into the design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of an innovative array of outdoor cookware and a whole range of eating and drinking products that are technical, innovative and fun. GSI Outdoors products are distributed worldwide.


1023 S. Pines RD

Spokane, WA 99206

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