Last year was all about stepping outside of our comfort zones and trying new things. Jean, our Digital Marketing Specialist, strapped in and competed at the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, winding her way through the course in style. Billy, our Sales Forecasting and Analytics Manager, laced up and ran the Highlonesome 100—finishing this whopper of a race in 30 hours. Katie, our Content Coordinator, hopped on a fat bike and bivvied in an epic Idaho snowstorm (she says it was all for the blog story).
Thirteen new Smartwool riders joined 59 co-workers, retailers, sales reps and advocacy partners to pedal the 300 miles from our Steamboat Springs headquarters to Outdoor Retailer in Denver. For the occasion, Ryker, our Copywriter, even shaved his legs. You know, for speed. Joelle, our Planner/Buyer, climbed one of the most technical and iconic Colorado 14ers—while raising more than $2,300 for our advocacy partner, Big City Mountaineers. Robert, our Senior Product Line Manager, launched a handmade pottery company. Anne, our VP of Merchandise, won best honey in Boulder County, during her very first year of beekeeping to boot. Susan, our Ecommerce Analyst, had her first book published—a coming-of-age suspenseful romance story.
There were engagements, weddings and babies (two-legged and four-legged). We taught each other fly fishing basics, bike maintenance and the value of connecting mind, body and breath with yoga. 2018 saw so many firsts—and while these are just a few—we really set out to push boundaries and exceed expectations. Hats off to the entire team.