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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 12, 2021) – Big Agnes, the Steamboat-Springs-based outdoor equipment brand, today announced a several new hires to its product development team. As the brand continues to grow and evolve in its twentieth year of operation, it is proud to continue to expand its team and level of expertise. Joining the company’s product development team are Bryan Davis, Leanne Thompson and Monica Welcker, while Tim Leroy joins the sourcing team.
“We’re thrilled to add such a talented and creative group of industry veterans to our product development and sourcing team,” said Bill Gamber, co-founder and president of Big Agnes. “Their combined experience across a variety of industries and product categories will absolutely help us push innovative design and produce award-winning gear.”
Davis, the brand’s new Director of Product Design and Development, brings nearly 30 years of product development experience within the snowsports and outdoor industry. Most recently a Senior Director in hardgood design innovation at Burton Snowboards, Davis is an experienced leader in product design and brand strategy. In his new role, he will be leading the company’s team of designers and collaborating with development and sourcing teams to maintain Big Agnes’ positioning within the market. Davis will also oversee development and execution of product, assortment and strategy for the product line.
Thompson, a new Senior Product Designer at Big Agnes, has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a background in hard goods design. Thompson previously held design roles at Black Diamond and Blue Ice, before joining the Big Agnes team, and she’s excited to continue a career within the outdoor industry.
Welcker joins Big Agnes as a Senior Product Designer. With a degree in Industrial Design from Virginia Tech, Welcker previously worked for Ruffwear, designing outdoor adventure products for dogs, including packs, harnesses, outerwear and accessories. Welcker is thrilled to join the team and to make the shift from designing canine gear to human gear.
Leroy joins the sourcing team as a Manager of Quality, Compliance and Sustainability, with over 12 years of experience. Leroy previously managed quality and social compliance for PetSmart, Inc., and, most recently, Smartwool. Big Agnes is excited to leverage Leroy’s experience to continually enhance the brand’s focus on quality and sustainability.
About Big Agnes
Named for a peak in the nearby Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, Big Agnes®, Inc. is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2021. The company produces award-winning sleeping bags, pads, tents, insulated apparel and camp furniture. For more information, visit www.bigagnes.com or call 1-877-554-8975.
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Calvin Bond, Backbone Media