Industry News 11/7/2014

EMP: Ocean Minded Closes San Clemente Office; Staff Members Hunt for New Homes

The long-standing Ocean Minded office in San Clemente is shuttered up and the Company, founded in 1997 by Gary Ward, is heading for Colorado high country.

As a result there's a great group of industry veterans available for hire. Ocean Minded had an outstanding group of people running operations in San Clemente.  Here are the profiles and link to connect with SIX former staff members who are actively seeking new positions.

src=Bob Tanner, Marketing Director

Sales/Marketing/Retail professional, with extensive experience across multiple channels of trade and distribution.  My well-rounded background also includes time spent outside the Action Sports industry, in the NYC mainstream fashion market.  I am looking to become an asset for a dynamic company in San Diego or Orange County, but am open to relocation for the right opportunity.


Trevor Wessman-Lavell, Marketing Professional

I am a marketing and sales pro with over 18 years of experience in the surf, action sports and fashion segments, at both retail and wholesale. I am seeking an opportunity to champion a brand with a passionate team who live the dream and work tirelessly to share it. I'm detail oriented and organized, and have developed a serious set of skills in concepting and deploying strategies that build meaningful connections and drive returns. I am experienced in business development and sales management, project management, vendor and agency management, cross-functional team leadership, budget planning, public relations, communications, content creation, and social media. From finding the voice to building the means to blast it out to the world at 100,000 watts, I am a consummate ambassador with my eyes on the prize and a firm belief there is no horizon out of reach.

src=Gino Beltran, Senior Level eCommerce Manager

Creative, Senior level eCommerce Manager with 20+ years of experience communicating highly effective creative campaigns in fast paced work environments while managing teams of print and web designers, film crews, and digital & eCommerce groups, large and small. I have also been a one man crew doing all that needed to be done to make the final result successful and profitable. Throughout my career, I have brought operations, creative direction, and digital marketing strategies with an emphasis in video production to multiple industries. I am looking to create success and collaborative creative strategies within a company that can benefit from my vast skill set, experiences, and my love for the outdoors and our environment.


Randal Sargent, Creative Designer

I am a creative designer with 15 years of extensive experience in action sports marketing. Above all, I am organized, detail oriented and have a strong work ethic. My ability to work efficiently under pressure with great insight, combined with my considerable knowledge of retail marketing has helped me successfully manage multiple teams of talented graphic designers, freelance artists, agencies and vendors in high paced, demanding and ever changing work environments.

Having worked within team environments as a prominent contributor where I utilized opportunities to constantly expand my knowledge, I am now searching out new opportunities with like-minded individuals that will offer me the same room for growth and achievement. Please contact me below! I look forward to hearing from you...

src=Scott Shannon, Sales & Marketing Professional

Dynamic, results oriented Sales and Events Manager with over 10 years of sales expertise and over 15 years within the action sports industry. Specializing in trade show management, marketing and sales. Looking for managerial opportunities in the Southern California region.

src=Levi Gregory, Customer Service & Marketing Staff
I was a team lead/ assistant manager for Ocean Minded for the last three years. I also have experience with trade shows, expos and special events. I have also assisted the marketing team with event set ups. I thrive on working with brands / companies where there is opportunity for growth and interfacing with the public. I enjoy gaining exceptional brand knowledge and sharing the brand information as key selling points and what is unique about the brand verses just selling a product, essentially inviting them into our brand family. This insures a lifelong client that believes and are investing into the brand rather than just selling a product.

I have been a competitive surfer for most of my life and competed on the San Clemente high school surf team where we won state and nationals and I was awarded most dedicated. I pride myself on bringing that dedication and drive to any team I am a part of.      I am not only looking for an opportunity to utilize my skills and passion for the action sports industry but to grow and expand on my skills and gain new ones. I am looking for an opportunity to expand and grow with a great brand.