Industry News 9/29/2008

Malakye Weekly: JobWire, B2B, News & Burnin' Rubber with Salman Agah!

Malakye Weekly: Sept. 29, 2008
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It's that time again!  Malakye Weekly hits the stands with this week's JobWire, Malakye B2B Update, Interviews, News and more.  So what's the latest hot topic you ask.  Well, when you're finished job shopping and checkin' out the latest interviews, watch legendary pro skater Salman Agah fire up the drag strip at a 158 mph!  Click the image below to view the video and read his adventure as it unfolds.

Moving on, the new Company Q&A and Industrial Profile are set to go live October 1.  The anticipation is rising, so stay tuned for the up and coming content on

Who Got Hired!

Grendha Shoes Corp just hired a new Sales Manager. Congrats to Marcio Lucas!

Industrial Profile: Ryan Rush - O'Neill
If there’s one thing that rings true about the ASI, it's the fact that this industry is full of unique, talented and amazing people - more so than its corporate counterpart. Not only is it full of upbeat characters and board-sport enthusiasts, everyone seems to share one thing in common, the love for the action sports industry. Ryan Rush, VP of Men’s Merchandising & Design at O’Neill, is the perfect example of the latter.   MORE >>
Company Q&A: SnL Communications
SnL Communications is a full-service agency that handles PR for a multitude of companies within the action sports industry.  Don’t dare call it “Extreme” sports or Staci Levine, partner at SnL Communications, might have to exchange words with you!  All kidding aside, Staci realized early on that there was great potential in introducing PR to the industry, which in turn led her to create an action sports division under SnL.

So whether it’s putting on a surf contest at Mavericks or tackling the Ultimate Boarder triathlon, SnL has all sides of the spectrum covered.  Staci Levine dives into the backbone of the industry, while providing great insight into the PR aspect of the marketing mix.  Now all you have to do is grab a snack, a cup of “Joe” perhaps, and jump right in.  MORE >>

Malakye News: Speed Crazed Salman Agah Goes "Dragstar"

Legendary pro skater Salman Agah temporarily trades in the urethane to burn some good ol’ fashion rubber – grip it and rip it!  Salman recently attended Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School in Las Vegas, Nev., and had the time of his life.  Take his word for it, goin’ zero to 60 in 1.243 seconds is no walk in the park.  Not only do you have to be mentally prepared, you must remember and follow all guidelines to ensure your safety.  Salman breaks down his thought process step by step, so click the image above to watch him literally disappear in a blink of an eye.

Sales Rep. Opportunities

Confidential Sales Agency
Sales Representative (Sub) Southeast

Tum Yeto
Independent Sales Rep - Midwest, South

Jib Hunt (Apparel & Outerwear)
Outside Sales Reps - So Cal, Nor Cal & Multiple Territories
Rip Curl
Independent Sales Reps - MTN | S.W. | MID W | EAST | SOUTH | NEW ENG

Flat Fitty/Lavish Headwear
Outside Sales Representatives - So Cal, Nor Cal & Multiple Territories

Outside Sales Representatives - Mid Atlantic/ Orange County/San Diego/Riverside County
Fat Lip
Independent Sales Reps - NY, NJ, VT, THE CAROLINAS, FL, HI
Independent Sales Reps - Northern California, East Coast and Florida
Creative Recreation
West Coast Women’s / Kid’s Sales Representative
Glas Apparel
Outside Sales Representatives - Multiple Territories
Larry Hansel Clothing, LLC
Outside Sales Executive - Los Angeles

Solar Swim

East and West Regional Independent Sales Agents

Industry News
Volcom Welcomes Ebonee Spence
This Week On FUEL TV's The Daily Habit
Armada's Most Complete Streetwear Line Drops
Origin Design + Communications Markets New World Record-Setting PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
K2 Skis Presents First Annual Pink Chase Fundraiser
Save the Endangered SLC Mini-Ramp
Transworld Business Webcasts Live from Trade Shows

The Showcase Thread: Flaunt your work and check out others.  Click here and dive right in.

SLC Bans Backyard Sports: Utah bans backward mini ramps.  What's next?

Marketing to "Tweens": Why is this market so important?  Find out here.

Finding reps for smaller brands: Good info for brands just getting started, and sales reps alike.

Obama Speech: Keep it coming!  Malakye goes political.  Click here to read more and add your two cents.

MalakyeB2B Update: Latest Vendors

Highlights in this B2B update include new vendors! Please take a moment to enjoy and familiarize yourself with these companies as potential solutions to your business needs. MalakyeB2B presents you with: Tangram International Exhibitions, Platinum Logistics, Creative Concept, Oletta HK, and Origin Design + Communications

Tradeshows inspire ideas. Walking the aisles, creative ideas surround you from all sides, thoughts start bubbling up about what to do next. Tangram International Exhibitions is a company that can bring ideas into reality. Pictured above are two ideas turned reality: Nike SB "Nothing But the Truth" premier and a pleasently green feeling Converse booth for the WSA show. Tangram's offices in Los Angeles, Calif, New York, NY. and Cannes, France give it the ability to serve your comany's needs. In addition to tradeshow exhibitions and special events, Tangram specializes in Branded Environments, Museum Exhibitions, Retail Executions, and Pop Up Retail. To see more of Tangram's work, click here.

Tradeshows create a need to ship more! Platinum Logistics debuts on MalakyeB2B with a mission to “keep our customers happy” by providing logistics and warehousing services that are intended to “make it easy, and lower cost.” Platinum has been in business for more than 20 years working with a variety of customers including large, big box retailers all of which have some of the strictess EDI requirements in the business. Platinum has produced high levels of shipping accuracy for retailers such as Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, Ross and many more.

Additional services from Platinum include expedited freight services throughout North America and around the world. Same Day, Next Day, Second Day, and Economy Services to accommodate a variety of needs - and budgets. Platinum also provides LTL/FTL Services, 'Hot Shot', International Services. And not to be overlooked, Platinum offers warehouse storage, pick pack and distribution services.

Anticipating inventory in excess of your warehousing capacity for holiday shipping? Platinum has 70,000 square feet of warehouse space in San Diego, Calif. ready to go for short-term lease and / or pick pack operations.

Tradeshows bring production! Pre-books are in, and it's time to produce and ship on time. Whether it's apparel, accessories, or technical sports apparel (i.e. - boardshorts) Creative Concept can help! It's Lake Forest, Calif. office and Hangzhou City, China office of more than 2500 employees are poised and ready. Creative Concept knows change can be difficult, and to ease that pain the company offers "to sample your current products at no charge - delivered to you within 30 days!"

Tradeshows create curiosity. For example, "Hmm, who made those labels and hang tags?" One company that can help, and produces both regular and environmentally friendly products is Oletta HK. Oletta HK, based in Hong Kong, makes labels, hang tags, and a whole host of other products. Oletta states competitve "made in China" pricing and minimums start around 1,000 pieces.

Need a break from tradeshows? Or reading the word? Me too! Take a moment to enjoy the new "Peak to Peak" campaign created by Origin Design + Communications for Whistler's new gondola that travels almost 3 miles from one peak to another, and reaches a height of nearly 1,500 feet above the valley floor. The very first crossing took place on September 18th, 2008. It might be a safe bet to believe the first car to cross was empty, but not in this case! That's right, the very first car to go for it was manned by an engineer from the engineering / construction company Doppelmayr! Put your life where your mouth is! Origin created both a youth focused campaign as well as a more "traditional" focused campaign for Peak to Peak. To see more of Origin's recent work, click here.

JobWire: Sept. 29, 2008

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is currently seeking a Business Manager (Adult Outerwear) with 8+ years experience to manage the costing process and represent the category specific product teams in global sourcing decisions.

Osiris, in San Diego, Calif., is looking for a Girl's Footwear Colorist with
3+ years experience to join its team.

Black Box Distribution, in Carlsbad, Calif., has an immediate opening for a full-time Receptionist.

Burton Snowboards, in Burlington, Vt., is currently seeking a Senior Product Manager (Men's Outerwear) with 5+ years experience to assist in conceptualization, development, and manufacturing of the Burton men's technical softgoods product lines.

Select Design, in Burlington, Vt., has an opening for an ambitious, energetic, and organized
National Sales Associate with 4+ years experience who will thrive in a creative, fast-paced team environment.

The Program, in Irvine, Calif., is looking for a Sales Director with 7+ years experience to establish territorial sales objectives and develop and implement sales strategy.

Vans, in Cypress, Calif., is currently seeking a Graphics Apparel Designer (Mens) with 3+ years experience to assist, develop, conceptualize, design, and execute graphics for tee shirts, apparel and accessories for all Men's Apparel.

DC Shoes, in Vista, Calif., is currently hiring for the following "8" positions:
Snow Footwear Developer

Footwear Production Planner
Footwear Production Director
East Coast Director of Footwear Sales
Footwear Developer 2
Product Manager (Accessories)
Freelance Video Producer
Film / Animation Intern

Resource Distribution
, in Costa Mesa, Calif., has an immediate opportunity for a part time in-house General Internship.

September 26, 2008

Volcom, in Costa Mesa, Calif., is looking for a
Girl’s National Sales Manager for our specialty account base. This position requires at least 3+ years experience in sales management and broad awareness of the girl’s surf & skate market.

RAJ Manufacturing, in Tustin, Calif., is now hiring a Head of Sales for its Luxury Swim Division.  RAJ is looking for an individual with 5+ years experience that has broad-ranging familiarity and understanding and experience working with high end department stores and boutiques., in New York City, is looking for an Associate Editor with 2+ years experience to work under the general editors, editor and site director, assisting in all aspects of site production.

Roxy, in New York City, needs a Sr. Sales Assistant to provide support to two East Coast Key Account Managers for Junior Sportswear and Roxy Girl.

Quiksilver, in Huntington Beach, Calif., has "10" openings for the following positions:
Product & Marketing Liaison (Temporary)
HR Administrative Assistant
Majors Sales Representative (Roxy Girls)

HRIS Analyst
HRIS Programmer Analyst
Knits Designer
Boardshort Designer
Interactive Content Artist
Footwear Designer (Sandals, Casual, Skate)
Roxy Fashion Athletic Footwear Designer (3+ yrs exp)

HPI Racing, n Foothill Ranch, Calif., needs a Brand Developer with 3+ years experience to work with a variety of departments including Research and Development, Marketing, Accounting, and Warehouse and Manufacturing.

Sept. 25, 2008

Fox Head, in Morgan Hill, Calif., is currently seeking a Product Developer (Bike Performance Products) with 5+ years experience to create and maintain comprehensive spec packages that meet the product’s goals for performance, innovation, image, function, and commercial viability

JanSport, in San Leandro, Calif., is looking for a Sales Coordinator with 5+ years experience who will facilitate communication between corporate sales and the sales team.

Billabong, in Irvine, Calif., is currently seeking a creative and detail oriented Junior’s Accessories Designer with 2+ years experience.

Collective Licensing International, home to Airwalk, Vision Street Wear, Sims and more, is looking for Graphic Designer with 3+ years experience to join their team in Englewood, Colo.

Oakley, in Foothill Ranch, Calif., is currently seeking a
Public Relations Manager with 5+ years experience to be responsible for the strategic planning, execution and launching of new product releases including writing press releases, identifying target publications, writing pitch letters and coordinating media follow-up.

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is looking for a Sr. Product Developer (Outdoor-Sportswear) with 5+ years experience to manage the assigned development team and initiate strategy for product development.

Top Heavy Design Studios, in Temecula, Calif., is looking for a
Technical Designer (Apparel) with 5+ years experience to provide technical leadership from the initial stage of design through production.

Active Ride Shop, in Ontario, Calif., has immediate openings for the following "2" positions:
Active Icon Private Label Planner & Analyst - (3+ yrs exp) Develop, execute and communicate store planning and allocation strategies that support the merchandising and financial objectives of all products produced under the Active Private Label.
Lead Merchandise Planner - (3+ yrs exp) Maximize sales by developing sound merchandise plans that support company goals for sales, turn and margin.

Creative Recreation, in Los Angeles, Calif., has "3" openings for the following locations:
IT Programmer - (4+ yrs exp) Responsible for SAP Business One, customized reports that need to be created and programming customized software.
Allocation Coordinator - (3+ yrs exp) Provide support for allocations manager and monitor inventory levels.
EDI Assistant - Assist shoe company by entering orders and working with all sales rep inquiries.

Adio Footwear, in Vista, Calif., is currently seeking a
Footwear Designer with 3+ years experience to work hand in hand with senior footwear designer and brand manager on the future of the product line.

Resource Distribution, in Costa Mesa, Calif., has an immediate opportunity for an experienced full time In-House sales Rep.

Quiksilver Retail is now hiring Supervisors and Sales Associates for their location in Montreal, Canada.

Bo Bridges Photography, in Hermosa Beach, Calif., is currently seeking an Intern (Graphics / Photography) to learn the ropes of action sports, advertising, and lifestyle photography.

September 24, 2008

K2 Sports, located in Seattle, Wash., has an opening for a Category Manager with 10+ years experience to be in charge of the timely execution of sportswear and outerwear apparel design and development.

Woodward at Copper, in Copper Mountain, Colo., is currently seeking a Woodward at Copper Coach / Lead Coach with 3+ years experience to provide on hill coaching in park and pipe, as well as indoor cross training including jumps to foam pits, trampolines, and basic gymnastics.

Copper Mountain, in Copper Mountain, Colo., is looking for a Marketing Coordinator who will ensure that the Copper Mountain brand and associated sub-brands are accurately communicated both in design and messaging

Copper Mountain is also looking for a Ski / Snowboard Instructor for their location in Frisco, Colo.

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is currently seeking a
Textiles Graphic Manager with 5+ years experience to execute the aesthetic vision of the print design, understand technical limitations and suggest best methods.

Volcom is looking for a Helpdesk Technician (2nd Shift) with 3+ years experience to join their warehouse facility in Irvine, Calif.

Volcom, in Costa Mesa, Calif., is also looking for a Men's Creedlers Designer with 3+ years experience in the design of men’s open-toe footwear.

Fox Head, in Morgan Hill, Calif., is currently seeking a 
MX Boot Developer (Performance Products) with previous boot development experience in technical trail, hiking, snowboard or ski boots preferred.

Fox Head, in Irvine, Calif., is also looking for a 
Footwear Developer (Performance Products) with 3+ years minimum footwear development experience.

Vans Retail has "2" openings for the following positions:
Assistant Store Manager - Mission Viejo, Calif.
Assistant Store Manager - Carlsbad, Calif.

September 23, 2008

Origin Design + Communications, a marketing and design firm in Montreal, QC Canada, is currently seeking a talented Art Director / Senior Designer with 5+ years experience in an advertising or creative agency environment and both strong conceptual and design skills.

Sole Technology, in Lake Forest, Calif., is looking for a Sales Operations Group Manager with 5+ years experience to be responsible for coordinating and executing the annual revenue goals for each brand, product line & region.

Chaos, an expanding apparel brand located in Anaheim, Calif., is seeking a creative T-shirt Graphic Artist with 3+ years experience to work with their men's apparel design team.

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is still on the radar looking to hire "5" lucky people!  Check out the following positions:
Technical Services Manager
Senior Interactive Marketing Manager
Product Manager (Action Sports)
Assistant Designer (Action Sports)
Senior Designer (Equipment- Tents)

Rip Curl, in Costa Mesa, Calif., is currently seeking a Girl's Fit Model to be an integral part of the apparel development process.

Arthouse Skateboard Distribution, in Costa Mesa, Calif., is looking for an experienced and highly motivated Sales / Marketing Intern to join its in-house sales and marketing team.

Flow Snowboarding, in San Clemente, Calif., is looking for college age 
Graphic Design Interns.

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