Joe Pulliam joins Jackson Kayaks Mgmt's team...
For several out there, this won't mean much, but for those that know who Joe Pulliam is... they will know how important this is for JK and excited EJ and I are to have Joe on our team.
Joe will be a "head coach" if you will to EJ and I (EJ whitewater, and I rec/touring) and will be a huge bonus to our business and the decisions we make going forward. Jackson Kayak has been super lucky to land some of the best talent that exists in paddlesports and Joe is kinda the icing on the cake...
Pulliam joins senior management at Jackson Kayak
Pulliam brings 27 years paddlesports leadership experience
06.16.2009 – Rock Island, TN - Paddlesports industry veteran Joe Pulliam has joined the senior management team of Jackson Kayak. Tapped to bring insights gleaned from building kayak brands and sales to industry-leading positions, Pulliam describes his role with Jackson Kayak as a generalist who will be influencing decisions across a broad swathe of company operations.
Jackson Kayak founder Eric “EJ” Jackson touted Pulliam’s arrival as an endorsement of the Jackson Kayak team and company, “We are very proud that Joe has found Jackson Kayak worthy of his time, energy and commitment,” Jackson said. “Everyone in the industry loves to work with Joe. He knows the business and has a lot of integrity plus he’s great fun and a great boater.”
Pulliam and Jackson have known each other for years but Pulliam, who has been a consultant for the past four years, said three key factors drew him to working exclusively with Jackson: the size of the company, that it’s family-owned rather than corporately owned, and that whitewater, still a big passion for Pulliam, is more than “just a sideline image piece.”
“Being part of Jackson Kayak reminds me of my Dagger days except I get to work from home now,” Pulliam said. “This company has a lot of potential.”
Pulliam got his start in the paddlesports industry in 1982 as marketing director for Perception, Inc. Six years later, he left to co-found Dagger. Ten years later, Dagger merged with Perception to form Watermark Paddlesports. In 2005, Confluence Watersports acquired Watermark’s paddlesports division brands, including Dagger.
During the course of his career, Pulliam has given back to the paddlesports industry through membership on the boards of paddlesports trade associations, the American Canoe Association and American Whitewater. He also served on the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Marketing Committee as well as myriad local and regional business and river-oriented non-profits.
Founded in 2004, family-owned and operated Jackson Kayak is the leading manufacturer of whitewater kayaks. For further details about the complete line of Jackson Kayak whitewater and recreational boats, visit JacksonKayak.com.
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