professional experience:outdoorlabsPORTFOLIO

Black Diamond


Outside Magazine Gear of the Year,Tents 2006
AMGA back pack endorsement - Quantum Pack
Volvo Design Award 2007
ISPO 06 European Ski Award
US and International Patents


Development Director - 2005-2007
Managed development of all sewn goods manufactured offshore including: gloves, tents, harnesses, big wall, packs, via ferrata, and climbing runners. Brought 95% of development into calendar conformity. Increased department output by 50% and supported sales increases in each sales category. Revised internal vendor protocol. Standardized communication collateral to improve relationship with existing vendors and facilitated effective bid process for multiple vendors. Provided conceptual direction and design services for Avalung Packs, tents and gloves. First Avalung Pack and welded glove offered to market.

"Dave implemented a model for product development at offshore vendors that has assisted us as we transition more and more to foreign manufacturing sources. This development cycle is one that Dave is very familiar with and his expertise has helped us to upgrade our system."

- Mark Ritchie, VP of Operations

Salomon Sports

"The result of our collaboration was a unique, profitable and highly technical line of products. His understanding of the international market, linked with an impressive technical knowledge has produced consistent results."

- Denis Maugain, Salomon Design Center Director


Design and Development - 1999-2002
Created new category of lightweight Adventure Racing and alpine backpacks with team in Annecy France. Designed and developed 20 styles for summer and winter seasons by working directly with elite company athletes insuring feasibility and authenticity. Created sizing and fitting standards for new apparel line. Primary international markets included Europe, North America, and Japan. First Adventure Racing packs to market.

The North Face

"Dave is the only guy I'd let dress me above 8000m."

- Bill Crouse, Everest Guide


Outerwear Development 1998-1999
Managed development of 100+ outerwear styles. Built spec platform to improve timing and adherence to development schedule. Standardized specifications and fittings of all styles based on the ideal body size and maximum layering potential. Implemented preliminary costing components to aid in company vendor negotiations. Worked with branded raw material vendors such as Gore-tex and Polartec.



Business Unit Director - Accessories - 2008
Increased sales 15% in a slumping ski market. Managed hats, gloves, base layer, belts, and socks. Introduced new belt and sock program to improve sales. Accomplished first welded ski glove and first wool base layer to market.



Outside Magazine, Gear of the Year Award


Line Planning, Design and Development - 2000-2002
Product development for the first two lines of Merino Wool based apparel for highly successful sock company. Re-defined next-to-skin market with the introduction of non-itch Merino Wool. Created mens and womens apparel from line conception through development in Asian factories. Defined new base layer technology that lead the way for Merino Wool's acceptance in US market.

"Working with David has been effective on both the practical side and inspirational level. He delivers expert technical design work and motivates with his skill as a visionary and administrator."

- Becky Lamphier - Product Manager

Easton Technical Products


Outside Magazine 'Design + Tech' Tent Feature 2010
Outdoor Magazine - Cover Article - OR Show - June 2010


Line Management, Design, Development, and Commercialization 2008-2011
Brought lightest self-standing double-wall tent to market. Easton's revolutionary new carbon tent poles eliminated over 50% of it nearest competitor's pole weight without compromising strength. This significant weight reduction in poles allowed the use of better performing fabrics designed by Outdoor Labs with final tents weights significantly below the competition.

"Easton Mountain Products' new pencil-thin Carbon Ion is 56% lighter than aluminum poles but more durable. The result? A new generation of insanely light tents, like Easton's freestanding Kilo, which packs in two-layer walls, a vestibule, and 26 square feet of floor space and still weighs a buoyant 2.2 pounds. "

- Outside Magazine 2011 - The World's Coolest New Gear


Sourcing, Design and Development 2009-2011
Secured manufacturing for Stoic brand of gloves. Initiated design process which was completed by in-house product team.

Great Divider


Patented Internal Club Protection


Golf Bag design, Development and Commercialization - 1999-2004
Managed scheduling, design, specs and product related documents with Asian vendors for 8 to 10 bag line and accessories. Provided mock-up samples and drawings for several injection molded parts. Implemented quality assurance plan used in factory and warehouse.

"Bringing David on board as a member of our team has been one of the best business decisions we ever made."

- Jimmy Thomas, Owner



International Fly Tackle Dealer Show - Kudos Award 1986


Development, Sourcing, Production and Quality Assurance - 1988-1990
At the time, Tarponwear introduced 2 ply taslanized apparel into the lucrative bone fishing market. Products were re-designed to answer manufacturing problems and infrastructure was improved to facilitate growth from $700K to $3.4M in three years. Responsibilities included all delivery and QA aspects including staff and methodology. Domestic sourcing was expanded to include Mexico, the Caribbean Basin, and Central America thus reducing net production costs by 24%. Started synthetic fishing apparel market.

Defined new synthetic fishing apparel category that grew into significant market segment.

Backpacking Light

"The Absaroka Pack is targeted to thru-hikers, expedition trekkers, and others who want maximum comfort and long term durability out of a pack. We have designed this pack to carry 40+ pound loads in comfort."

- Ryan Jordan - Owner


Back pack Design and Development - 2009 - 2011
Created a new component-based ultra-lightweight backpack for specialized fast-packing market. New suspension technology that provided increased comfort while matching competitor's weights.

JC Penney Bayly Corp

"David has a very compatible personality and is willing to put a great deal of energy into projects. He was chosen for this division because of his creativity, versatility and ability to learn"

- Mike Roberts, General Manager, New Brand Acquisition


Design and Development - 1985-1987
Initial responsibilities included managing all aspects of scheduling and tracking OEM Plain Pocket Jeans program that consisted of 26 OP pants and short licenses and thousands of JC Penney's Plain Pocket Jeans. Designed and developed transitional lines for newly acquired brands. Re-organized the sample room to gain 45% efficiency. Designed and developed children's sportswear.

Wildwasser/ Prijon Kayaks


Line Planning, Design, Development, and Sample-sewing - 1996-2002
Provided product support and costing for accessories, spray skirts, luggage and rescue gear for innovative US distributor of Prijon Kayaks. Designed and sewed first samples for domestic manufacturing and implemented welded construction for accessories line.

Triad Sportswear

"David is a born leader and is great to work with in a team setting. He has natural ability to assess problem areas and quickly find solutions."

- Annie Morgan, Product Development Manager


Consultant to VP of Product 1997-1998
Initially retained to improve effectiveness of manufacturing/ shipping arrangements for several vendors in Indonesia, Taiwan and China. Reduced late deliveries by 40% and miss-shipped orders from 20% to less than 5% by clarifying and augmenting product ordering and tracking system. VP implemented product development infrastructure to grow 100% per year. Managed complex international scheduling of licensed camo piece goods delivery in a cash tight environment. Implemented monthly staff training seminars to improve morale and effectiveness.