Business briefs: Local outdoor manufacturing companies continue to grow |

Business briefs: Local outdoor manufacturing companies continue to grow

Ryan Van Ness

The staff at Honey Stinger and Big Agnes has grown to more than 90 employees for the first time in the company’s history.

In a news release, the companies announced several new hires and promotions.

Steph Kohlhardt has been promoted from an inside sales representative position to a key account representative position.

Jack O’Brien will make a transition from a warehouse position to inside sales representative for outdoor accounts.

Jordan Edwards is joining Honey Stinger as marketing coordinator/sponsorship and will manage Honey Stinger’s Hive Grassroots athlete and team sponsorship programs and social media, as well as contribute to a variety of marketing projects.

As a longtime Honey Stinger employee, Pete Kraska leaves his key account management role and joins Big Agnes as direct sales coordinator. In this new role, he will focus on web, institutional and industry courtesy sales.

Lauren Nypaver is joining the Big Agnes product development team as product development coordinator. She recently graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a degree in fashion design with an emphasis on technical design. She has previous experience at Marmot and Timbuk2.

New hire Andy Dittgen will join the Big Agnes customer service team, where he will assist consumers with product inquiries and technical questions.

“We’re excited to strengthen our sales, marketing, product development and customer service teams with these new hires and promotions,” Bill Gamber, co-founder and president of both brands, said in a news release. “They all bring relevant work and specialty outdoor experience and will be an important part of our continued growth.”

Yampa Valley Bank hires new VP

Ryan Van Ness has joined Yampa Valley Bank in Steamboat as vice president/chief lending officer. In this new role, Van Ness will be responsible for building and strengthening new and existing commercial lending relationships and also will lead the bank’s mortgage department and marketing initiatives.

Prior to joining the bank, Van Ness was vice president and senior relationship manager with First Western Trust. He brings more than 15 years of community banking and financial services experience to the team at Yampa Valley Bank.

Van Ness, his wife Meredith and their three young boys recently relocated here from the Vail Valley.

“I am excited to join such a strong team,” Van Ness said in a news release. “My wife, Meredith, and I are outdoors enthusiasts in all seasons — running, biking, skiing — so we are looking forward to raising our boys here and becoming a part of this very active community.”

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