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Shooting Industry September 2010 - Page 16
Newsmakers Industry newsmakers Radians has hired Divo Catozzo to be vice president of product development and supply chain management. Catozzo will manage Radians’ product development, marketing, supplier management and manufacturing. “Divo has a proven track record in driving superior sourcing solutions and product development processes,” said Ruth Tutor, Radians CFO. Radians Hires Vice President Prior to joining Radians, Catozzo served as director of sales and marketing at Thule Organizational Solutions — Case Logic in Hong Kong. Catozzo was also director of marketing at Philips Consumer Electronics. Catozzo earned an MBA in finance and international business D. Catozzo from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a bachelor’s degree from Drew University. Redding Reloading Equipment has named Robin Sharpless to the newly created position of executive vice president. Sharpless will assume broader responsibilities in the day-to-day operations of Redding, while retaining his current sales and marketing oversight. “As the company has broadened its market and product line, Robin’s long industry experience has been a great asset to the company through this period of very positive transition,” said Richard Beebe, president and CEO of Redding. Redding Reloading Selects Executive VP Sitka Gear Inc. has hired Jeff Simpson as its Midwest sales manager. He will work with key retailers in the Midwest as Sitka continues to increase its presence among whitetail hunters. “We were looking for a passionate, hardcore whitetail expert who understands the importance of quality hunting apparel and can effectively articulate that message to other whitetail fanatics. Jeff fits the bill perfectly,” said Kevin Sloan, Sitka Gear president. Simpson spends 90 days or more annually hunting whitetails. “As a Sitka athlete, I understand its value, and am excited about helping bring such a solid clothing solution to the whitetail market,” Simpson said. Prior to joining Sitka Gear, Simpson was president of Fencepost Films, as well as host and producer of “Heartland Bowhunter.” He also previously served as the sales manager for Cerner Corp. Sitka Gear Adds Sales Manager STAND OUT AND BLEND IN The camo-finished Prairie Panther AR-style rifle. Hunting will never be the same. ALL AT THE SAME TIME. The first camo-finished modern sporting rifle from DPMS. Available in Mossy Oak Brush® and King’s Desert® Shadow and equipped with a 20-inch 1x8 twist; stainless steel, fluted, Teflon®-coated heavy barrel; a carbon-fiber free-float tube; an A3 flattop; skeletonized stock; DPMS 2-stage trigger; and a Magpul® Enhanced Trigger Guard.TM Resist convention. Resist the norm. Be the first to own the attractive yet stealthy camo-finished Prairie Panther AR-style rifle from DPMS. Visit dpmsinc.com to learn more. dpmsinc.com 1-800-578-3767 After a 40-plus-year career in business and manufacturing, John A. DeSantis, president of Bushmaster Firearms, has announced his retirement. A major driving force behind Bushmaster, DeSantis helped grow the company into a successful commercial AR-platform rifle manufacturer. “Bushmaster will always have a warm place in my heart, and I have enjoyed my experience with Freedom Group. I look forward to spending more time with my family,” DeSantis said. “John is truly a world-class gentleman, and I am proud to call him a personal friend. John has been an invaluable asset to our company and me, personally. Bushmaster President Retires 16 SEPTEMBER 2010 Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com