Industry News 2/9/2009

Malakye Weekly: February 9, 2009

Malakye Weekly: February 9, 2009
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Looking for industry jobs, news, interviews and more?  Well, you're in the right place.  As usual, the JobWire (right) & Sales Rep Opportunities (below) will get you up to speed with the latest job opportunities nationwide.  You'll also find up-to-date Industry News, Forums' discussions, Industry Interviews and the new MalakyeB2B Update.

Also in the news: the Malakye Trivia winners have been announced!  Scroll down below for all the killer details, and keep an eye out for new trivia coming your way.

Who Got Hired!
"Just wanted to thank you for your site and give you a shout to let you know I was just hired on Nixon's Customer Service Team.  Huge thanks for all of the tools this site has provided myself and others as we pursue our dream careers!"

Stephen Chiaro



Globe has a new footwear developer in OZ!  Lucy Blackmore now joins the footwear team at Globe Australia.

Ocean Current adds two key additions to staff!  Kym Fox joins Ocean as its latest Apparel Development Coordinator in the production department, and Yoli Castillo is the new Quality & Assurance Director.
If you know who got hired, click here to let us know!
Malakye Trivia, Hyperflex: January's Winners!

Lacy Merrell, a Logistics Coordinator at Oakley, and and Justin Baar, a Graphic Designer from San Diego, take home January's prize.  Hyperflex Wetsuits is hooking up Lacy and Justin with a full suit, booties and gloves to help keep their britches toasty for the rest  of the winter session.  Congrats!

Last month's question: There’s only one professional surfer from New Jersey that has cracked the ASP Top 44, and he just so happened to grow up near Hyperflex Headquarters in Millville, New Jersey.  What's his name?

The correct answer: Dean Randazzo!

NEW - Industrial Profile: Michele Kimbrough
Sometimes following your dreams means packing up your bags and headin’ out west, and that’s exactly what Michele Kimbrough did.  Michele realized her best chance to break into the industry was 3,000 miles away, so she left Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to California in hopes of landing her dream job.  Michele now handles Athlete Relations for the Wasserman Media Group

By no means was this a text-book fairy tale come true.  Michele was holding down three jobs before she landed her first “industry” job at Sole Tech.  MORE >>

NEW - Company Q&A: Jetpilot
In 1986 Jetpilot started out in the industry as a company providing wetsuits and vests for the watercraft racing market.  Today, Jetpilot has evolved its product line across the board providing the surf, wake, FMX and BMX markets with unique and diverse products; however, this didn’t happen over night.

Brian Jellig, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, provides an in-depth overview of the roots of Jetpilot, its natural progression into different markets, the rationale behind providing such a wide range of products, some problems they faced along the way and how they were overcome.  Without further a due, here’s Brian to get you up to speed.   MORE >>

Sales Rep. Opportunities
If you are an established Sales Rep and you're interested in getting the word on available lines before it hits the streets, send us an email:!   Don't forget to include your name, e-mail and territory!

Every position listed below is COMMISSION ONLY.

Outside Sales Reps - Mulitple Territories.  View ad for all!
S.T.E.P. Athletics
Independent Sales Reps - Multiple Territories
Motive Boardwear
Independent Sales Reps - Florida
O'Quinn Clothing
Independent Sales Reps - East Coast
Independent Sales Representatives - Multiple Territories
Elwood Clothing (Outside Sales Reps)
Men's Line: Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, D.C.) & Hawaii.
Women's Line: Nor Cal, Central US, Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic & Hawaii

Independent Sales Reps - So Cal, Nor Cal, Pac NW, Rockies, Midwest, South, Northeast, Southeast, Mid Atlantic, Hawaii

Micro USA
Outside Sales Reps - Mid-Atlantic, South East, Midwest, Rockies, New England, Pacific Northwest, Northern & Southern California
Industry News
Ocean Current Proudly Welcomes Yoli Castillo to the Ocean Current Family
Ocean Current Welcomes Apparel Development Coordinator Kym Fox to Team
Smith Optics Shuffles Deck Introduces Retail Shop & Resource Community
FUEL TV Announces an Amazing February Programming Line Up
Denver-Based Introduces Retail Shop and Resource Community with
FUEL TV Reaches New Local Markets; Virginia Beach and More
Volcom Announces 2009 Motocross Team & Website
On Track! MX for Children's 3rd Annual Toronto SX Inside Line Experience
Oxbow Surfboards Expands With West Coast Presence
Life Rolls On Hosts Inaugural They Will Ski Again Event at Mammoth Mountain
Background Check
Finding reps for smaller brands.
Minimum Wage in CA
Action Sports Advertising/Marketing Size?
US Visas for Pro Athletes/Team Riders
Action Sports Association
The Marketing Paradox
John Frusciante's The Empyrean is now available
MalakyeB2B Update: Latest News & Vendors

MalakyeB2B is hot right now!  How hot is it?  It's so hot it might make your monitor sweat! MalakyeB2B connects suppliers and buyers across a wide variety of business needs, which are demonstrated here in this B2B Update. MalakyeB2B presents you with 4 Season Designs, an apparel design and development firm, and FMT Consulting, a business-process-optimization consulting firm that has helped companies such as Spy Optic streamline inventory, planning, and more.

Request for Proposals (RFPs) make it so easy to find the Vendor your company needs. Here's a simple example: a well established Australian surfboard manufacturer needs to find a PR firm to grow it's presence in the U.S. What's their answer? MalakyeB2B!

NEW B2B Vendors

4 Season Design - it's what every apparel design room needs

FMT Consulting - this is for you - IT, Ops, Finance, and Management professionals

Reakt - get to know this group of influencers

UPDATES from MalakyeB2B Vendors

AosA - at ASR to showcase recycled display - and it is impressive

InkFX - People are talking - what is being said?


Green printing options to save your company some green from PrintBetterBiz

4 Season Designs is an extension of your apparel and accessory design room. From full-line development to quick coloring jobs in crunch time to tech packs to creating your plaids, stripes, and patterns to inspiration boards or trend reports. In the apparel business for more than 13 years 4 Season Designs has proven to be a reliable resource for a full "who's who" of the action sports and fashion worlds.

Perhaps, beyond never missing a deadline and producing quality work, the company's ability to take on projects from small to large is a very key asset to any design room in need of assistance. Learn more.

Reakt - wants you to think of it as a group of influencers, not simply "marketers." Through insightful research, innovative strategic thinking and conceptually driven executions, the firm seeks to engage and inspire your company's consumers through design, marketing strategy, events and more. Reakt's team of artists, illustrators, designers, musicians, former bmxers and skateboarders is located in the heart of Chicago's scene.

Reakt clients range from hardcore motocross protective gear company EVS Sports to Lamar LTD to mega corp Burger King. Click here to learn more about the company and how it may fit into your company's marketing mix.

This is for you - IT, Ops, Finance, and Management professionals. Business Information Technology can even scare the IT Pros. Finding new technology solutions to improve business practices can feel like you're a plumber going in to perform brain surgery - that is NOT GOOD!

FMT Consultants can make it easy on you with it's expertise. And you can feel comortable talking with FMT right after you read it's case study of Spy Optic featuring none other than Mr. Fran Richards.

AoSA exhibited it's capabilities, and backed it's philosophy at the Action Sports Retailer show last month. Everything pictured above is made from "re-used" materials to back AoSA's philosophy of creating with planned re-use. To see full size images, and learn more about the mission, purpose, and construction of AoSA's display, check out the company's portfolio on MalakyeB2B.

People are talking about InkFX. Check out the most recent endorsment added to the InkFX Vendor Profile on MalakyeB2B. With this sort of commentary, it's no suprise that InkFX was viewed more than 2,600 times on MalakyeB2B last month. Coincidence? Perhaps NOT!

PrintBetter.Biz is a digital print house which specializes in quick turn around with an emphasis on green printing solutions. This month the company is wheeling and dealing with deep discounts on digital printing. Whe asked how deep, BJ Ralphs of PrintBetter.Biz responded, "too low to publish"

To test the validity of that statement, check out PrintBetter.Biz on MalakyeB2B to submit your request for a quote. PrintBetter.Biz is also big on it's efforts to provide a "green" printing solution. Click here to learn more about that.

JobWire: February 9, 2009
Chrome Industries, in San Francisco, Calif., is searching for 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

ASICS, a footwear and apparel manufacturer, is seeking an Assistant Manager of Production with 5+ years experience to join their apparel division based in Irvine, Calif.

Metal Mulisha, in Irvine, Calif., is looking for a motivated and organized Assistant Merchandiser with 2+ years experience to manage the sample calendar, insure accuracy of purchase orders, track proto development and manage spec/tech packages.

Fuse Interactive, located in Laguna Beach, Calif., is looking for a Videographer / Video Editor with 3+ years experience to work on video-to-web based projects.

Are you a product designer with a passion for barrels and neoprene?  If so, O'Neill is looking to add an Associate Product Designer (Wetsuits) with 2+ years experience to its team.  Apply today!

A Confidential ASI Brand Distributor is seeking a highly motivated Inside Sales Representative with 2+ years experience to join its team in Costa Mesa, Calif.

A Confidential Action Sports Company, based in San Clemente, Calif., needs a part-time Executive Assistant to help out the CEO.  AND, you'll be able to work out of your home, office that is, so apply today!

Skateboarding is not a crime, and neither is wanting a job that supports the cause!  Sole Technology, located in Lake Forest, Calif., has "4" openings for the following positions:
Etnies Brand Manager
Public Relations Intern
Retail Marketing Intern
Web Intern

February 6, 2009

Paragon Sports needs a Soft Goods Buyer with 3+ years buying and merchandising experience to join its location in New York City.

O’Neill Clothing, in Irvine, Calif., is seeking a Men’s Sportswear Design Director with 7+ years experience who will be responsible for managing the creative process from start to finish for all sportswear categories including denim, walkshorts, woven tops, knits, sweaters and jackets.

Giant Bicycles, in Newbury Park, Calif., is currently seeking a Global Category Manager (Parts & Accessories) with 4+ years experience to manage products from concept to first delivery.

The Outdoor Recreation Group, in Los Angeles, Calif., currently needs a Senior Product Developer with 5+ years experience to join its team.  If you have an AA or BA in fashion design, manufacturing, or related field, you're on your way to landing a great job!

Alstyle Apparel, in Anaheim, Calif., needs a Customer Service Representative with 2+ years experience to handle heavy CSR needs.  If you have the skills and experience, give Alstyle a shout today!

Sole Technology, in Lake Forest, Calif., is looking for "4" soletecheers!  Maybe that's you, maybe it's not!  You'll never know unless you apply...
Environmental Affairs Representative - If you have at least one year experience in environmental planning and corporate sustainability, apply today!
Etnies Brand Manager (5 yrs exp) - to develop and effectively communicate brand strategy.
éS Brand Marketing Manager (5 yrs exp) - will create the brand marketing plan, develop brand strategy, and ensure the brand integrity is executed globally.
Sales Operations Specialist (2 yrs exp) - support needs of both inside and outside Sales Reps.

Quiksilver Retail is now hiring Supervisors for their locations in Winnipeg, Banff, and New Westminster, Canada.

Quiksilver Retail is also looking for a Part Time Supervisor for their location in Winnipeg, Canada.

February 5, 2009

NPX Wetsuits, a division of Neil Pryde, Inc. is looking to make major changes with the assistance of a Freelance Product Design Consultant (Wetsuits).  This position requires 6+ years experience and is open to people in any area across the globe!

Metal Mulisha, in Irvine, Calif., has an opportunity for a dynamic, creative Apparel Designer (Juniors) with 4+ years experience to join their design and development team and execute designated styles from inception to completion while maintaining constant communication with managers and vendors in order to meet tight deadlines.

No Fear, located in Carlsbad, Calif., is looking for a Buyer (Retail) with 3+ years experience to assist in achieving financial objectives and merchandising procurement by selecting, purchasing, and promoting merchandise.

DC Shoes, located in Vista, Calif., is looking for an Apparel Product Manager with 2+ years experience to be responsible for the development, execution and production delivery of category product.

A Confidential Company, located in Westwood, Calif., is looking for a Marketing / Project Manager with 2+ years experience to develop grass roots marketing programs and develop high impact/low cost marketing campaigns.

Quiksilver is currently seeking a Senior Sales Assistant for the Roxy Sales Department to provide support to two East Coast key account managers for junior sportswear and Roxy girl. This position is based out of the showroom in New York.

A Confidential Company is looking to stay up on the latest trends in viral marketing and is in need of a Freelance iPhone Application Developer.

February 4, 2009

Deluxe, located in San Francisco, Calif., has an exciting opportunity for a veteran Sales Director with 6+ years experience and a solid background in sales management and a thorough knowledge of the skate industry.

Deluxe, in San Francisco, Calif., is also looking for an experienced Licensing Manager to develop cohesive licensing programs that support and complement their brands.

Specialized Bicycle Components, in Morgan Hill, Calif., is looking for a Road Product Manager with 4+ years experience and a broad knowledge of USA bicycle factory manufacturing and bicycle products.

Specialized is also looking to fill its Associate Women's Road Product Manager position in Morgan Hill, Calif.  This job will enable you to put your finger on the pulse of everything in the Women's category.

Sanuk, located in Irvine Calif., puts out fresh and creative footwear and designs year in, year out.  Today, Sanuk is looking for a standout Interactive Designer with proficiencies in Flash and Adobe CS3/4 to create awesome and inspiring content, not actual site-build. It’ll be a ton of fun for the right person...but they’re looking for ridiculous skills. That's you, right?!

Hurley, in Costa Mesa, Calif., has a Paid Internship opportunity for a business or MBA candidate to work on a special project in their merchandising and planning group.

L-R-G, located in Irvine, Calif., is looking for an Internet Specialist Intern who can design HTML web pages, Flash elements, and email blasts along with doing the design, programming and action scripting for interactive flash mini-sites.

February 3, 2009

A Confidential Company that specializes in high quality, large volume screen printing for the action sports industry, is seeking a Production Manager (Screen Printing) with 5+ years experience who will have complete responsibility for scheduling, shipping and receiving, packaging, printing, relabeling, and inventory.

O'Neill, located in Irvine, Calif., is currently seeking a Sourcing Manager with 2+ years experience who will be responsible for the development, execution and production delivery of category product.

Bravo Sports, in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has an opening for a Product Development Senior Manager with 5+ years experience who will be responsible for the overall strategy, sourcing and delivery of a sporting goods product line.

Creative Recreation, in West Hollywood, Calif., has an immediate opening for a Luxury Line Developer with 5+ years experience in developing men’s and women’s dress shoes and bags.

Creative Recreation, in West Hollywood, Calif., is also looking for an Entry-Level Developer who will create specifications using CADs, order salesman samples, and work with factories to maintain pricing from sample stage to production.

Transworld Media, the leading action sports content company, is searching for a Web Developer (PHP & WordPress MU) with 2+ years experience to join their team in Carlsbad, Calif.

An industry leading Surf Media Company, in Oceanside, Calif., is looking for a part-time Surf Forecaster to work remotely to create daily surf reports.
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