Industry News 11/10/2008

Malakye Weekly: Opportunity Knocks, New, B2B, Trivia Winner & More!

Malakye Weekly: Nov. 10, 2008
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If you're looking for job opportunities in the action sports industry, you know you're in the right place!  This is where Malakye Weekly comes into play.  Every week we provide you a "Week at a Glance" with content including: the current week's JobWire, Sales Rep Listings, the latest News and Interviews, the MalakyeB2B Update, Forum Discussions and more.  So take advantage of the resources at hand; the world is full of opportunity.  Now all you have to do is put your right foot forward and hop to it!

News flash: October's Malakye Trivia winner has been announced!  Kyle Kennedy from Snowboarder Mag takes home the Office Booyz jacket.  Scroll down below for all the juicy details!

This week's Malakye Weekly also features the latest MalakyeB2B Update, with vendors including: Lively and Motch, Platinum Logistics, Advent Creative and Ben DeCamp's imagery forte.  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.

Who Got Hired!

Liz Sapien is the new Receptionist at Famous Stars and Straps.

CCS has a new Team/Marketing Manager in town. Congrats to Paul Kobriger!

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: October Winner Announced!

Kyle Kennedy from Snowboarder Mag takes home the gold.  Kyle is the proud winner of the limited edition Office Booyz snowboard jacket, a collaboration from and 686 to commemorate the contest for desk jockeys in the industry.  Now Kyle has yet another collectable to add to his treasure chest.  Office Booyz memorabilia and fine Mexican art, what's next!

Last month's Malakye Trivia question was, "Office Booyz, a contest for desk jockeys in the action sports industry, was created by which crazed Canadian?"  The correct answer is: Karl Fuhre (picture below)!

For all of you who answered wrong, pictured below are the wrong answers and the pictures to match!

Karl Fuhre (CORRECT): Karl, aka "K-man," is the creator of the infamous contest for desk jockeys in the industry, OFFICE BOOYZ. Perry Pugh (ALMOST RIGHT): Perry is Karl's friend who was at the "original meeting."
Bob & Doug McKenzie (SERIOUSLY): These guys had a  TV show called "The Great White North" which played on Canadian stereotypes.'re a hoser - remember! Don Cherry (NOPE!  NICE SUIT THOUGH): famous Canadian hockey icon, Commentator and ex-pro hokey player.
Ross Rebagliati (WORTH A SHOT): First snowboarder to win Olympic gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Disqualified for having THC in his system, but given back the medal because marijuana is not considered a performance enhancing drug. John A. Macdonald (NOT EVEN CLOSE): He was Canada's first Prime Minister.
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 in 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!

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

UnderGroundProducts (UGP)
Outside Sales Representatives - All Territories

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

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
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

O'Quinn Clothing
Outside Sales Reps - P. NW, HI, Mid W, Rockies, Mid A, N. East
Elwood Clothing
Outside Sales Rep - Men's line: Midwest, Nor Cal, HI. Wmn's line: NorCal, Central US, Midwest, SE, Mid-Atlantic, HI.
Independent Sales Representative - California & NW 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
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Zoo York Surf Podcast Now Available
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FUEL TV Announces Nonstop November Programming Lineup
Acclaimed Artist Ben Woodward Joins FUEL TV’s Award Winning Signature Series
Quiksilver Announces Invitees for 2008/2009 The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
Oakley's REVTour is Headed to NYC Nov. 13th!: Attention New York: Oakley hosting a workshop to educate consumers and Oakley retailers on its snow products.  Click here for details!

When do you plan on going shredding this winter?: Winter's almost here folks.  What's the word on the mountain?  Let 'em know!

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.

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. 10, 2008
Brave New World Surf and Snow, located in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., is currently seeking a Retail General Manager who will supervise and manage all retail stores.

Nike, in Beaverton, Ore., is currently seeking a Retail Brand Manager (Action Sports) with 5+ years experience to build global strategic retail plans.

Oakley, in Foothill Ranch, Calif., is currently seeking a Sourcing Manager with 5+ years experience to partner with sales, development, merchandising, logistics, and quality to ensure the successful execution of Oakley apparel products.

Bell Sports, in Santa Cruz, Calif., is currently seeking a Sr. Mechanical Engineer with 3+ years experience to develop the mechanical aspects of new products while working in conjunction with industrial designers to combine function and aesthetics into great products.

Collective, located in Englewood, Calif., is looking for a Web Coordinator who is familiar with HTML, Flash, XML and CSS.

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.

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.

O'Neill Wetsuits, in Santa Cruz, Calif., is seeking a Product Designer (Wetsuits) to assist in the design and development of all wetsuits and selected accessories including the testing and selection of raw materials, executing the design process within the seasonal calendar, and working with production design and prototyping to ensure well-engineered, cost-efficient products.

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

Creative Recreation, in Los Angeles, Calif., is currently seeking a young outgoing intelligent individual, interested in working in a fast pace growing company, to be their West Coast Women’s / Kid’s Sales Representative.

Billabong, in Irvine, Calif., needs a Junior's Accessories Designer with 2+ years experience to responsible for the design of all categories in the junior’s accessories line including Headwear, Belts, Beanies, Bags, Wallets and all other related accessories.

November 7, 2008

Famous Stars and Straps, located in Ontario, Calif., is seeking a Senior Artist to join its creative team.  This person will be responsible for the development of the creative direction, design, management and execution of Famous Stars and Straps products and projects as directed by the Art Director.

Oakley, in Foothill Ranch, Calif., is looking for a Customer Service Supervisor to manage and oversee a group of Customer Service Representatives who receive inbound calls from dealers, consumers, and potential consumers.

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.

Specialized Bicycle Components
, in Morgan Hill, Calif., has "3" exciting opportunities for the following positions:
Women's Brand Manager (4+ yrs exp)
Retail Services Marketing Coordinator (4+ yrs exp)
USA Retail Services Sales Manager (2+ yrs exp)

Top Heavy Design Studios, in Temecula, Calif., is looking for an energetic, experienced QC/QA Coordinator with 3+ years experience and is well versed in what it takes to have textiles pass retail testing requirements.

Alpinestars, in Torrance, Calif., needs a Production Coordinator with 2+ years experience to join its clothing production department.

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.

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)

S&M Bikes / Fitbikeco., a BMX manufacturing company, has an opening for a Purchasing Assistant to join their team at their headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif.

November 6, 2008

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.

ZERO Motorcycles is also looking for a Channel Sales Manager (North America) with 5+ years experience to take on, continue to expand, manage, and hold accountable the direct sales partnerships across North America.  This position will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakley, in Foothill Ranch, Calif., is looking for a Sales Associate with 3+ years experience who will be responsible for the management of directives, balance of planning, and organization of time management while carrying out the needs of the sales department, supervisors, and sales managers.

Quiksilver, located in Huntington Beach, Calif., is currently seeking a Web & Flash Production Artist with 3+ years experience and advanced knowledge of mocking, creating and developing Adobe Flash interactive applications and websites.

Quiksilver, in Huntington Beach, Calif., is also currently seeking a Jr. Customer Service Rep / Data Entry  to help out with daily product transfers between Latin America and wholesale data bases.

Fox Head has an immediate opening for an Enterprise Account Executive based at their Morgan Hill, Calif., office.  You will serve as a key liaison between the Enterprise account and Fox, and assist in building and executing the sales plan and operational systems necessary to provide each customer an increased level of service and support.

Fox Head, in Irvine, Calif., is also looking for a Technical Designer / Product Developer (Swimwear) with 4+ years experience and a solid understanding of the entire development process from design hand off through production.

Famous Stars and Straps, in Ontario, Calif., has an open position for an in house Color Separator who is proficient in simulated process or index color separations for light and dark garments.

November 5, 2008

DC Shoes, in Vista, Calif., has "3" exciting opportunities for the following positions:
Sourcing Manager - (5+ yrs exp) Handle sourcing, execution and production delivery of category product.
Director of Finance - Generating financial performance reports for the President of the company and executive management.
Application Support Specialist I - Support EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and various IT systems and processes such as reporting, monitoring and documentation.

DC Shoes is also seeking an Online Merchandiser with 4+ years experience to work at their offices in Huntington Beach, Calif.  This position will combine buying skills and online merchandising skills to drive online and store sales.

Tilly's, in Irvine, Calif., is currently seeking a Web Designer / Graphic Designer (E-Commerce) with 2+ years experience to be responsible for the look and feel of

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.

Chrome Industries, in San Francisco, Calif., needs a Sales Manager with 5+ years experience to be responsible for helping the company achieve its annual top line sales goals specifically in the wholesale channels.

A Confidential Company, in Newport Beach, Calif., is seeking a Design Associate with 3+ years experience for product development of private label for major surf & skate brands.

Nikkelkrome, a digital design studio in Hermosa Beach, Calif., is looking for an Intern to assist with a variety of tasks related to design, web development, and some marketing/PR.

Quiksilver Retail is currently seeking Sales Associates for their factory store in Miami, Fla.
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