Michel Schnaas

Michel Schnaas

Sales and Marketing Expert | Global Business Development & Strategy
Location: Huntington Beach CA
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Michel is a visionary sales and marketing expert with a proven track record in global business development for industry-leading sports, action sports, and lifestyle brands. Michel’s cultural diversity provides him with a deep understanding and calculated approach to diverse and multicultural business environments. He was born in Mexico City and educated in the US.

A strategic thinker, with an inherent intuition for identifying opportunities in any given market, Michel has led teams in the launching of brands in multiple markets. Michel has a deep understanding of how social, political, and economic environments affect business decisions, and he has developed a dynamic mindset when it comes to establishing business strategy through the application of his extensive experience in the areas of operations, finance, sourcing, and planning.

Expertise and Skill-set: Strategic Business Development | Sales and Marketing for Business and Brand Development | Commercial Calendar and Go To Market integration | Annual Operating Plan, Budget, and P&L | Foreign Markets and Global Trade | Contract Negotiation | Pricing and Business Models | Team Leadership & Development | Retail Merchandising | Retail Math | Product Merchandising and Segmentation | Channel Segmentation | Cross-functional Integration | Operations | Sourcing and Manufacturing | Logistics.

As someone who embraces challenges as a source for growth, Michel is also a marathon finisher, an avid surfer, snowboarder, sailor, MTB rider, and triathlete; and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Work Experience



Interests & Groups

  • World affairs
  • Economics
  • Sustainability
  • Clean sources of energy
  • Guitar
  • Art in general
  • Surfing
  • Snowboarding
  • Golf
  • Triathlons
  • Sailing
  • MTB
  • Skateboarding
  • Karate(black belt)
  • no groups

Education History





Owner, Malakye.com  
Talent Acquisiton Professional  
Global Brand Manager  
Production/Product Management/Purchasing & Logistics  
Product Developer  
Sales & Operations Executive  
SVP Global Sales, Product & Brand Management  
Independent Sales Representative- New England  
Graphic Design / Creative Consultant / Digital Marketing / Photography  
Sales, Marketing, Leadership  


Rhythm USA
Happy Shovel, LLC (Rusty North America)
Deckers Brands
Kaenon & OluKai