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Gander Mountain names new vice president

Gander Mountain, a network of outdoor specialty stores, said Jay Tibbets will join the company’s executive team.

Tibbets was named Gander Mountain’s vice president of hardlines merchandising. He officially joined the company in early March.

“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,” Gander Mountain president and COO Mike Owens said 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.”

Tibbets previously worked for ATK Sporting Group as the senior vice president and president. While at ATK, Tibbets also was vice president of strategy and business for ATK Armament Systems and director of business development for conventional munitions.

Before joining the corporate work force, Tibbets served 22 years in the Marine Corps as an ammunition officer. He has a degree in operations management from the University of Minnesota.

At Gander Mountain, Tibbets will oversee the sales, procurement and replenishment of all firearms, ammunition, security, hunting supplies and fishing gear.

“This is an exciting time of growth for Gander Mountain as the company solidifies its reputation as the top name in this business and reaches countless new customers through the ongoing expansion,” Tibbets said. “For me, joining the Gander Mountain team is a real honor, and I look forward to working to meet the needs of hunting, fishing and shooting sports enthusiasts everywhere.”

Gander Mountain, which was founded in 1960, said it is expanding and has opened more than 40 new stores since 2012.

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