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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs’ Mike Pfotenhauer Named 2015 OutDoor Celebrity of the Year – July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear is proud to announce that Mike Pfotenhauer, the brand’s founder and designer, was named 2015 Celebrity of the Year at last week’s OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Pfotenhauer is the tenth recipient of this annual award, known as the Outdoor Oscar®. The coveted award celebrates an individual, who has made a special contribution to the outdoor industry.

“Mike is one of the most highly talented pack designers,” said award presenter Frank Wacker of Outdoor magazine. “Thanks to his vision, Osprey has gone from being a small high-end outfit to one of the most influential backpack brands in the world – a very impressive achievement.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Athlete Majka Burhardt Announces 2015 Lost Mountain Next Gen Symposium to Build Community Driven Conservation – July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015

Osprey Packs is pleased to announce that Osprey sponsored climber, Majka Burhardt, is traveling to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique to lead the 2015 Lost Mountain Next Gen Symposium this month. The twelve-day symposium is the brainchild of Burhardt and fellow professional climber Kate Rutherford. The goal is to bring together an international group of university students, scientists, conservation leaders and professional adventurers to launch a conversation on “disruptive” conservation, a new model for building community-driven conservation in some of the world’s most remote and biologically diverse places in the world.

“Osprey supports community-driven environmental education, outreach and dialogue both here and abroad,” said Rob BonDurant, Director of Marketing, Osprey Packs. “Who better than Majka and Kate, two world-class climbers and environmental stewards to inspire and empower our future generation of conservation leaders.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Names Mountain Stuff Agency of the Year – May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015
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Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is proud to announce that Colorado based Mountain Stuff has been awarded Agency of the Year. While this award reflects Mountain Stuff’s achievement for 2014, Osprey’s partnership with Mountain Stuff spans more than two decades of consistent sales growth.

“We are thrilled to honor Mountain Stuff with Agency of the Year for 2014,” said Brad Bates, Director of Sales, Osprey Packs. “Last year was unprecedented for Osprey and Leta and her team were significant contributors to our success. Equally important is the attention, care and detail they extend to every one of our retail customers. We value all our agency partners and feel so fortunate to work with such a professional, dedicated and passionate agency as Mountain Stuff for the past 21 years.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Taps Industry Veterans to Lead Marketing Team – May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce two notable additions to the marketing team. Rob BonDurant joins the company as Director of Marketing and Kurt Metternick fills the newly created position of Web Manager. The hiring of these two industry veterans is an integral component of Osprey’s focus on continued growth and points to the brand’s investment in a next generation, global communications strategy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rob and Kurt to the Osprey team,” said Kenny Ballard, COO of Osprey Packs. “In the short time they have been on board, they have provided valuable direction, creative thinking and a clear understanding of the Osprey brand, its heritage and culture. With their extensive experience in the outdoor industry, we are poised to further amplify Osprey’s rich history of innovation while reinforcing Osprey’s quality and value commitment to our consumers and retailer partners.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Launches Matching Donation Program with dZi Foundation to Raise Funds for Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction Efforts – May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced today their support of Nepalese earthquake reconstruction efforts through collaboration with the dZi Foundation. Osprey’s matching program, “Double Down for dZi”, will raise funds to help Nepal’s most remote communities recover from the recent, devastating earthquake.

“Based in Colorado, the dZi Foundation is a trusted friend and neighbor to the Osprey family,” said Sam Mix, Osprey Packs Marketing Outreach Manager. “With a full time staff of Nepali nationals on the ground, dZi is uniquely positioned to aid in the long term, reconstruction efforts that will be needed in these underserved communities in remote regions of the Himalaya.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Featuring Ozone Convertible Series and Shuttle Series – March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015
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The differences between an adventure and luxury traveler are decreasing, thanks to efforts by apparel and gear companies to bridge the gap between the two groups…

During a trip to Mexico with his wife a few years ago, Neff had an epiphany. They were standing in the lobby of a high-end, luxury hotel, when he saw something that inspired his entire brand.

“A couple came with big Osprey rolling duffels,” Neff said…

For starters, travel gear has to be versatile, like Osprey’s Ozone Convertible and Shuttle series. The Ozone Convertible acts as a large backpack that can carry a load for multiple days, or it can break down into two smaller backpacks that work for day hikes and shorter missions. The Shuttle line, meanwhile, adds all-terrain wheels to a backpack for easy maneuvering in airports and gravel roads…

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Prepares to Open U.S. Distribution Center in Ogden, Utah This Month – March 19, 2015

March 19, 2015

Osprey Packs, Inc., category leader in top-quality, technical packs for outdoor, cycling, travel and urban pursuits, announced today the company’s new distribution center is set to open in Ogden, Utah later this month. While Osprey company headquarters, which includes sales, customer service, marketing, finance, quality assurance, and other core functions, will remain in Cortez, Colorado, warehousing and shipping functions will operate out of the new Ogden facility.

“As a Colorado-based brand, we have long felt a kinship with Utah, a neighboring state with strong recreational values and the host of Outdoor Retailer trade show,” said Kenny Ballard, COO of Osprey Packs. “After a thorough study of several potential locations, Ogden rose to the top as our number one choice for Osprey’s new distribution center. We are excited to join this vibrant community and welcome new team members to the Osprey family.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Expands Headquarters in SW Colorado as Wasatch Front Distribution Center Prepares to Open – February 11, 2015

February 11, 2015

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, announced today the expansion of the company’s headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, as the brand readies for the opening of its new distribution center in Ogden, Utah.

The expanded corporate headquarters in Cortez, slated to open through the second half of 2015, will offer a creative work environment for Osprey Team Members and allow for continued company growth. Fourteen new positions will be added to Osprey’s Cortez headquarters in 2015 including increases to the Sales, Marketing, Quality & Returns and IT departments. Additionally, Mike Pfotenhauer and Diane Wren, founders of Osprey Packs, recently relocated back to Cortez from California to be closer to the company at the brand’s headquarters.

“This is an exciting time for Osprey,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs. “We just concluded our 40th anniversary year where we enjoyed double digit sales growth and started several important initiatives, including expanding to our new distribution facility in Ogden and a further commitment to Cortez as our world headquarters. 2015 will surely be a year of opportunity and growth for the brand. Opening a new Distribution Center allows us to better serve our customers but our primary home remains in Southwest Colorado around our Cortez main offices.”

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SNEWSNet.com – Osprey Packs Named REI Vendor Partner of the Year in the Camp/Travel Division – February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015

Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that it has been named REI’s 2014 Vendor Partner of the Year in the Camp and Travel division. This is the sixth time Osprey has been honored by REI, having previously won the Camp/Travel division for 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 as well as top honors as the overall category winner in 2007.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by REI with this award,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs. “We have developed an outstanding partnership over the years that continues to grow and contribute to the success of both brands.”

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