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SNEWS – Osprey Packs Announces new Product Line Manager Erik Hamerschlag – April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011

Cortez, CO – April 27, 2011 – Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Erik Hamerschlag has been named their new product line manager, effective immediately. He is rejoining Osprey, where he held several leadership positions from 1994 through 2001, after nine years with Mountain Hardwear, Inc.

During his first tenure with Osprey, Hamerschlag was instrumental in establishing the brand as an innovative technical pack company. He joined Osprey in 1994 as business manager and over the next seven years helped guide it through a tremendous growth period in which sales more than doubled and the employee count grew by over fifty percent. He became marketing manager in 1996, and served as CEO from 1999 through 2001.

After leaving Osprey, Hamerschlag spent nine years with Mountain Hardwear as product manager, guiding product strategy and managing design and development processes for a diverse range of products, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, gloves and gaiters.

As Osprey product line manager, Hamerschlag is responsible for collaborating with the company’s highly creative design team to identify market opportunities and create innovative, successful products. He will be based out of Osprey’s design studio in Mill Valley, California, with several trips per year to the Osprey headquarters in Cortez, Co and the company’s product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Packs Announces new Product Line Manager Erik Hamerschlag – April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Erik Hamerschlag has been named their new product line manager, effective immediately. He is rejoining Osprey, where he held several leadership positions from 1994 through 2001, after nine years with Mountain Hardwear, Inc.

During his first tenure with Osprey, Hamerschlag was instrumental in establishing the brand as an innovative technical pack company. He joined Osprey in 1994 as business manager and over the next seven years helped guide it through a tremendous growth period in which sales more than doubled and the employee count grew by over fifty percent. He became marketing manager in 1996, and served as CEO from 1999 through 2001.

After leaving Osprey, Hamerschlag spent nine years with Mountain Hardwear as product manager, guiding product strategy and managing design and development processes for a diverse range of products, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, gloves and gaiters.

As Osprey product line manager, Hamerschlag is responsible for collaborating with the company’s highly creative design team to identify market opportunities and create innovative, successful products. He will be based out of Osprey’s design studio in Mill Valley, California, with several trips per year to the Osprey headquarters in Cortez, Co and the company’s product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

SNEWS – Osprey Extends its Support of 88bikes Foundation – April 19, 2011

April 22, 2011

On May 3, 2011, 200 young people attending the Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek on the Navajo Nation will be given their bikes at the “Moment of Happy.” As part of the endowment, they will also receive the training to maintain them, and have the opportunity to take a guided bike tour with Osprey team members through the southwest desert.

Additionally, 88bikes will unveil their first sustainable 88bikeshop, made entirely from locally-foraged materials, including the hoods of junked cars. Portable and elegant, with ample workspace for workshops and clinics, it will be located in Montezuma Creek.

“We are very grateful to Osprey for their continued support of our mission and of the children of the Navajo Nation,” said Dan Austin, co-founder of 88bikes. “We can’t wait for Osprey team members and the kids of Montezuma Creek to hop on their bikes and head off for a ride together!”

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Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Extends its Support of 88bikes Foundation 
and its Work with the Navajo Nation – April 19, 2011

April 22, 2011

Osprey Packs, Inc. has announced their continued support of the nonprofit 88bikes, a micro-philanthropy project that gives bikes to kids in developing countries, and their upcoming endowment of 200 bikes and a sustainable bike shop to the Navajo Nation.

Osprey first pledged their support for 88bikes in 2010, when they raised $2500 for the Navajo endowment through sales of their cycling-specific Raptor hydration packs at Interbike Dirt Demo, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to 88bikes.

In 2011, Osprey plans to repeat their successful fundraiser at the Interbike Dirt Demo. In addition, Osprey will recruit employees and friends to volunteer at repair and maintenance clinics for the bike recipients, and help lead the kids on a local bike tour. Additionally, they will help launch 88bikes’ first sustainable bike shop, to be located in the Navajo Nation.

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