Gander Mountain has named Jay Tibbets, who officially joined the company earlier this month, as its new VP of hardlines merchandising. He will be responsible for overseeing sales, procurement and replenishment of all firearms, ammunition, security, hunting supplies and fishing gear.
"We are excited to welcome Jay to the Gander Mountain team and we will benefit greatly from having his experience and expertise in the fold," said Mike Owens, Gander Mountain president and COO, in a statement. "Jay joins us at a time of unprecedented growth for the company, and we look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow the Gander Mountain brand and focus on our core business in hunting, fishing and shooting sports."
Gander Mountain operates a total of 156 stores, 40 of which have opened since 2012, so Tibbets' experience in strategy and business development should add to the retailer's expansion plans. Before joining the company, he worked as senior VP and president for ATK Sporting Group, where he also acted as VP of strategy and business for ATK Armament Systems and director of business development for conventional munitions. Previously, he spent 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an ammunition officer. Press release