Lustig will collaborate closely with The North Face leadership in his new role, including Tony Erlick, Vice President of Sales, Steve Cuthbert, Director of Sales for the East, and Johnny Hawthorne, Director of Sales, Footwear. Lustig will be responsible for the growth and leadership of the brand’s partnerships with outdoor specialty retailers, running, action sports and sporting goods stores in the south east territory (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, KY and Puerto Rico). Lustig will be assuming responsibilities for John Fellers, previously Principal Sales Representative and owner of First Ascent Sales, LLC.
“Scott’s history with The North Face as Sales Director, and with our sister brand, Timberland, as Vice President of Sales gives him a unique insight and understanding of our business,” said Erlick. “I am confident that his broad experience with The North Face and our parent company, VF Corp., will enable Scott to continue to foster strong relationships with existing partners and propel dynamic growth in his territory to the next level.”
Growth in the Midwest
Outdoor Product Sales Association, one of The North Face brand’s current sales agency partners, is splitting into two agencies to more comprehensively serve the Midwest territory, which encompasses sixteen states. Partnerships with outdoor specialty retailers, running, action sports and sporting goods stores have grown significantly during the past 12 years, and the agency change will enable added leadership and resources for each region.
Outdoor Product Sales Association’s Dallas, Texas office, will remain under the same name and will continue to cover eight southern Midwest states (AR, IA, KS, MO, NE, TX, OK and LA) with Michael Benedetto continuing to lead as Principal Sales Representative for the company. In his role, Benedetto will take a deeper focus on the southern region as a priority, bringing insights and experience from having previously managed the entire Midwest, the largest territory for The North Face, for twelve years.
The newly formed agency, Lakeshore Outdoor Sales, will be based in Chicago, Ill., and will cover eight northern Midwest states (IL, IN, MI, MN, ND, SD, OH and WI). Alex Brown will serve as Principal Sales Representative. Brown will collaborate closely with The North Face leadership including Erlick, Troy Sicotte, Director of Sales for the Midwest and National Specialty, and Johnny Hawthorne, Director of Sales, Footwear.
“Alex has proven himself in the Outdoor industry since launching his career in a well-known Midwest specialty shop. He’s progressed as a leader amongst the sales force, bringing great ideas and solid strategy,” said Sicotte, “We’re excited to elevate and partner with a leader like Alex who has significant passion for core specialty retail in this role.”
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