Industry News 11/3/2008

Malakye Weekly: Hoppin' JobWire, New Content, B2B Update, News & More!

Malakye Weekly: Nov. 3, 2008
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Now that the ghosts, ghouls and goblins have vanished and your candy high has finally worn off, Malakye is here to pick up your spirits this November with new content galore.  This week's newsletter features the new Industrial Profile with Dave & Carol Nielsen, a Company Q&A with Ergophobia, the latest Job Opportunities Nationwide, the New Malakye Trivia, and the MalakyeB2B Update.

This week's Malakye Weekly also features the latest MalakyeB2B Update, with vendors from all sides of the spectrum.  MalakyeB2B is the Business to Business Marketplace for the industry, so scroll down to view the latest vendors, news and services being offered in the ASI.

After you check out the latest goodies, dive into the Forums sections; they're off the charts lately!  Everyone must be feelin' the gift-to-gab, so you might as well jump it too.

Who Got Hired!

David Gross is the latest Independent Sales Rep for Hyperflex Wetsuits, covering Southern California.

Multi-talented Will Redd, most recently the Team Manager at 686, picks up his stride with Sauce Design, stepping across to the agency side as Project Manager.  If it's time for your company to outsource part of it's marketing/creative work, look up Will at Sauce!

Jeremy Conant is the new Online Marketing Director for

Thor Motocross has a new Graphic Designer in town! Congrats to Eric Sanabria.

Industrial Profile: Dave & Carol Nielsen
This month’s Industrial Profile explores new horizons in a sense that normally only one person is featured.  Keeping that in mind, what do you do when you find two people that have been involved in the industry for more than 20 years, and they just so happen to be happily married with children?  The answer: You interview them both!  Two is better than one right.

Dave ignited his career in 1982 by starting the famous surf accessory company, Pro-Lite, and is currently headlining Ocean & Earth as Vice PresidentCarol got her start in the retail sector as Newport Surf & Sport’s first buyer, then moved to NSS and Pacific Sunwear, and is now the Women’s Buyer for Becker, the largest most influential chain of core surf shops in Southern California.

Both have a wealth of industry knowledge and have watched the industry grow from its early stages of life to what has now grown into a world-wide phenomenon.  Dave and Carol shed some light on the past and current state of the industry, their adventures shared along the way, and provide feedback on staying afloat in the current state of the economy.  Now all you have to do is grab the Zinka, your towel and bathing suit, and dive right in!  MORE >>

Company Q&A: Ergophobia
Does the sight of your boss, the waffle grain cubicle fabric at your office, and your $20 wood grain IKEA desk send you screaming out the door?  If so, you’re a loyal Ergophobia customer and don’t even know it yet!  Confused perhaps?  Just Google their name and you’ll figure it out.

All nonsense aside, Ergophobia was launched in 2005 by Rob Sickel and Pete DiSpirito, and is the latest superstar in the lifestyle apparel market targeting the surf and skate industry.  To put things into perspective, Ergo walked away with Surf Expo’s “Best Booth” award and 60 new accounts their first exhibiting at the show in 2008—the numbers speak for themselves.  In a short period of time, Ergo now has distribution channels on the east and west coasts.  Rob and Pete took the time to break down the past, current and future endeavors of Ergophobia, so sit down, kick your feet up and soak it all in—if you survive work that is.  MORE >>

Malakye Trivia: November's Prize!
November's Malakye Trivia is off the hook!  That's right, if you're lookin' for a new setup this season, it's right here at your finger tips on  Flow Snowboarding is going to dial November's trivia winner with a new snowboard and bindings, so what are you waiting for?

Click here to take a shot at this month's question!

Malakye News Flash: Malakye Koozie's Get the Job Done!
Solomon Antonell, the General Manager at Resource Distribution, is pictured here with his new "This Is My JOB" Malakye beer koozie.  Nothin' helps you power through the night like a frosty "CL," and thank god Malakye was there to keep the frosting on the taste!

Resource is home to Riviera, Roger & Given Skateboards, Venom bushings, Paris Truck Co., Project Hardware and Affirmed Artes.

Click here to check out Resource!

Sales Rep. Opportunities
Creative Concept Industries
Independent Sales Reps - Multiple Territories

Vox Footwear
Outside Sales Representative - Midwest & Great Lakes

UnderGroundProducts (UGP)
Outside Sales Representatives - All Territories

Rip Curl (Mountainwear)
Independent Sales Reps - Mtn, Southwest, Mid West, East, South, New Eng.
AIRBLASTER (Outerwear, Accessories & Apparel)
Independent Sales Reps - New England, Eastern Great Lakes & Ontario, Canada

Luxottica (Arnette)
Sport Sales Rep - Pacific Northwest Region (OR, WA, ID, MT, AK)
Sales Representatives - Pacific Northwest, Southern California, Rockies, Midwest, Upper Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Puerto Rico
TSG Gear
Independent Sales Reps - Multiple Territories
S4 Optics
Outside Sales Reps - Multiple Territories

UnderGroundProducts (UGP)
Outside Sales Representatives - All Territories

Flexdex Skateboards
Outside Sales Representatives - Multiple Territories
GromBiz USA
Outside Sales Reps - Northern & Southern California, Florida and East Coast, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest
Photon Light Boards
Outside Sales Reps - Multiple Territories
DNA Distribution (Hardgoods & Apparel)
Outside Sales Reps - Nor Cal, San Diego, Pacific Northwest, Texas & Various Other Territories Throughout the U.S.

United States Bankcard Service
Independent Sales Reps - Multiple Territories

Sullen Clothing
Independent Sales Reps - Multiple Territories (Especially Midwest & East Coast)
Outside Sales Reps - Pacific Northwest, So Cal, Rockies, Midwest, Upper Midwest, Northeast, Mid East, Southeast
Eternal Unlimited
Outside Sales Reps - Multiple Territories
Outside Sales Representatives - New York/Mid Atlantic/Orange County/San Diego/Riverside County
Independent Sales Reps - Northern California, East Coast and Florida
Industry News
Sullen Clothing Adds Pro Skateboarder Chad Knight to Family of Sponsored Athletes
This Week on The Daily Habit
Artec Teams Up With Sony for 5th Design Contest
Turf Skateboards Signs Long Term Joint Venture with Pipeline Promotion
O'Neill Launches 2009 Cold Water Classic Series Gets Their Blog On
Helly Hansen Joins bluesign to Drive Environmental, Health and Safety Initiatives
Advice please: Need tips or have advice on landing your first job?  Click here to help out!

Urban/Streetwear Market in LA?: Sales reps jump in and lend some advice to your peers.

Changing horses in mid-stream?: Looking to change up the pace? Well, other are as well.  Join in to drop knowledge on changing careers mid-stream.

INDUSTRY BLOGS: Are they helpful?  What's your take!

AS Publicist Recommendation: Are publicists worthwhile?  Join in to add your recommendations.

Naked Women = Burton Love: Does sex really sell?  Check out what companies are doing.

Promotions: Have advice on promotional marketing?  If so, dive right in!

College Degrees vs. Experience: Which is more valuable?  You decide!

Is Kelly Slater bad for pro surfing?: Have and opinion?  If so, opportunity is a knockin'.

What do you think about FIDM?: Is it better than or equal to a four year degree?  You decide.

MalakyeB2B Update: Latest Vendors

"Diversity Reigns Supreme" is the theme of this update.  We're taking you from design, to streamlining warehouse operations, to a great website content management tool, and back to the creative side with photography.  Talk about something that you can forward to a few of your peers - this is it! You can click the links below to jump straight to the section that strikes your interest:


Diversity reigns Lively and Motch. Pictured above, deck graphics for Zero, album art for Jack Johnson's, Sleep Through the Static (L&M designed everything from the cover to the tour merchandise to every single piece of p.o.p.) and complete branding for Conserve Fuel, the only gas station in Los Angeles that sells biofuels and three grades of regular gasoline. Jordan Tappis, Owner of Record Collection has this to say about his experience with Lively and Motch, "I've worked with Jeff Motch and Dave Lively for about 5 years now. Whether they're art directing a marketing campaign, designing an album cover or laying out merchandise, Jeff and Dave have always conducted themselves in a highly professional manor. They are creative, easy to work with and, considering what they do, surprisingly affordable. I strongly recommend using them."

From ultra creative to ultra spreadsheet just like that? You betchya! That's how B2B works. It's a resource to meet a wide range of needs that exist within your business. Let's talk about these numbers. Platinum Logistics provides this as a sample of how outsourcing your warehouse operations can save your company money. In this economy, it pays to minimize overhead. Platinum can provide a wide range of solutions from taking over your existing warehouse space to moving it off-site for you, and make it as smooth and unobtrusive as possible. Platinum also provides full-service logistics, freight forwarding, and shipping. Keep on truckin'!

Obray, obray, obraaaayyy, obraayyy. Sing it like Dolly Parton sings her "Jolene" song and get into it! Because this tool will make marketing departments sing. It's about the easiest content management system you can imagine. What makes it so easy is you do "behind the scenes" updates but looking at the actual web page that your website visitors will see. Is that good, or what? No need to guess about how it's going to look or have to keep multiple windows open to update, then check - update - then check - toggle - toggle - toggle - you feeling the pain I'm talking about? Advent Creative can take that pain away!

Imagery like this can belong to you. Surfer Magazine staff photographer Ben DeCamp's watermen skills combined with a creative vision lead to some of the most progressive images and marketing campaigns in the action sports industry today. High-resolution, high-quality photos are available for a wide range of uses from an affordable use for internet all the way to a worldwide, unlimited buyout of an image.

JobWire: Nov. 3, 2008
Vans, located in Cypress, Calif., is currently seeking a Media & Advertising Manager with 3+ years experience to manage media planning, buying, and plan execution for all Vans marketing efforts.

A Confidential Company, in Los Angeles, Calif., is looking for an International Sales Manager with 3+ years experience in international sales and action sports.

Dubach Racing Development, in Norco, Calif., is currently seeking a Production Manger with prior management experience to handle the day to day operations of the production floor.

Fuse, an award-winning youth marketing agency, is seeking an experienced creative mind, aka a "Creative Director," to fill a senior position within the agency’s growing creative services group in Burlington, Vt.

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is looking for a Retail Marketing Manager with 7+ years experience developing and executing strategic direction and leading the implementation of marketing communications, promotions, and program development.

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is also looking for a Designer (Ascentials) with 3+ years experience who will execute designs in specific collections or categories.

N-Style, a leader in the motocross graphics industry in Valencia, Calif., is looking for a Lead Graphic Designer superstar with 4+ years experience.

Famous Stars and Straps, located in Ontario, Calif., is currently seeking a Receptionist with 3+ years experience to handle all customer service inquiries.

Famous Stars and Straps is also seeking an experienced, motivated and dedicated Customer Service Representative for their Ontario, Calif., headquarters.

October 31, 2008

CamelBak Products, in Petaluma, Calif., needs a Customer Service Manager with 5+ years experience to manage the forecasting and product allocation process in a manner that is consistent with our high expectations for customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.

Renegade Apparel, in Brea, Calif., needs an Inside Sales Representative with 2+ years experience to join its team.  Renegade Apparel was started roughly 18 months ago and is already available in over 300 locations worldwide and is growing fast.  Apply today!

Quiksilver, in Huntington Beach, Calif., is out on the prowl once again to find "3" lucky people to join its team.  These positions include:
Strategic Planner - lead all strategic planning decisions that impact the division’s top line and bottom line, relating to product.
QS Youth Technical Designer - provide technical leadership for product/categories for which responsible.

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is still on the radar looking to hire a Senior Designer (Equipment- Tents) with 8+ years experience who is comfortable designing whole collections.

The North Face, in San Leandro, Calif., is also looking for a Product Manager (Action Sports) to manage all information of assigned product category encompassing hang tags, workbooks, line lists, and CAD books.

Freestyle USA, in Newport Beach, Calif., is searching for an International Sales Manager with 5+ years experience to serve as a vital artery for all brand communication between Freestyle and over 30 countries.

If you're a Production Manager with 3+ years experience, Earthpack is looking for YOU to join its team in Irvine, Calif.  The candidate will work with distribution operations, sourcing and sales operations to align delivery targets and manage inventory control; work with Logistics Coordinator to ensure on time delivery of direct shipments; track inbound PO’s, etc.

Premise Immersive Marketing, Inc. needs a Youth Marketing Doer/Account Manager with 5+ years experience to join its location in San Diego, Calif.  Your primary focus will be on project managing and contributing to creative development of innovative on/offline youth marketing campaigns.

ONE Industries, in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., is looking for "2" lucky people to join its team.  These positions include:
Men's Apparel Designer - (3+ yrs exp) with strong graphic art abilities.
Juniors' Apparel Designer - (3+ yrs exp) ability and experience of managing ideas from concept to completion.

Surfer Magazine, in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., needs a Graphic Designer with 3+ years experience to design and produce art and copy layouts for material to be presented by visual communications media such as magazines and electronic media by performing the following duties.

A Confidential Company, in Pasadena, Calif., is seeking an Entry level / Junior Web Designer who is looking to expand their web design and maintenance skills.

Quiksilver Retail is searching for Sales Associates to join its store in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

October 30, 2008

Quiksilver is currently seeking a Sourcing Manager with 3+ years experience to join the Rossignol team in Park City, Utah.

Creative Recreation, located in Los Angeles, Calif., has an immediate opening for a Material Specialist with 2+ years experience to be responsible for research, development and commercialization within a focused area of footwear materials.

Origin Design + Communications is looking for a Business Development Specialist with 5+ years experience to develop new business by identifying, qualifying and contacting potential customers.  This position will be based out of Whistler, BC or Montreal, QC Canada.  Fluency in French a plus!

If you've got 11+ years experience as a Product Line Director, here's a goody for you!  180s, based, in Baltimore, Maryland, needs you to develop the creative vision for future 180s product offerings.  If you fit the wrap, click here to apply.

Zero Motorcycles, a manufacturer of high performance electric motorcycles based in Scotts Valley, Calif., is looking for a full-time Electrical Engineer (Analog Design) with 5+ years experience to join their manufacturing and product development teams.

A Confidential Company is seeking a Senior Apparel/Accessories Designer (Freelance) with 3+ years experience to join its team.  You will be responsible for the concept, design, and creation of complete apparel and accessory lines including # of sku’s and sku types, ensuring the use of 100% sustainable fabrics and trims and fair trade labor.

Are you anxious to start working on “real life” work experience?  If so, Lost Clothing has an excellent opportunity for you to build your resume as their Graphic Department Intern in Irvine, Calif.

October 29, 2008

Quiksilver, located in Huntington Beach, Calif., is currently seeking an Art Director with 5+ years experience to be responsible for the management and production of ads, posters, brochures, catalogs, online consultation / direction, packaging and various collateral projects for the ROXY brand.

Sole Technology, located in Lake Forest, Calif., is looking for an Apparel Production Coordinator with 2+ years experience to be responsible for apparel and accessories production with international suppliers, insuring the highest quality and timely deliveries.

A Confidential Apparel Company, located in Orange Country, Calif., is looking for an enthusiastic, hard charging Sales Rep who is ready to drive sales for their numerous strong brands. This position is primarily local office based, but will include regional selling trips.

Vans, located in Cypress, Calif., is currently seeking an Associate Buyer (Skate Hardgoods) with 2+ years experience to maintain purchase orders, manage receipt flows, create and execute pricing strategies, and react to the various needs of the business.

Vans is also looking for an Associate Footwear Developer with 5+ years experience to join its location in Cypress, Calif., managing footwear projects from establishment of the tech package to final confirmation.

S&M Bikes / Fitbikeco. is currently seeking a Customer Service Representative to join their team in Santa Ana, Calif.

Surf Fanatics, in Jacksonville, Fla., is looking for a Senior Buyer with 2+ years experience to manage merchandising, assortments and buying.

EVS Sports, in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., is currently seeking "3" stylish and passionate individuals for the following positions:
Head of Design (11+ yrs exp)
Product Designers (4+ yrs exp)
Product Developer (3+ yrs exp)
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