A little about our MTI sales reps:
We have one in-house sales rep, EMILY DEWIRE, five regional sales reps, and one tech rep. The tech rep, DAVID BLANDING, is brand new – just started working for us this month! David will help wave the MTI flag at events and help with staff training in the SE. He will support Emily’s in-house sales work for the region. Emily handles sales for all states that do not have a regional independent sales rep. Sitting just opposite from me at MTI head quarters in Plympton, MA, Emily worked for EMS as a manager and new store opener for 10 years before taking a break to become a mom. She joined our team ONE YEAR AGO this month.
[Happy Anniversary, Em! We love having you as part of our team!]
Our regional sales rep are:
NEIL TOTMAN for New England, New York, and New Jersey… if it has “NEW” in the front, NEIL covers it! Neil is also the EMOTION KAYAK rep, and often hits the road with his lovely and charming wife, PAIGE. She’s one of the TOP sales rep for TEVA footwear. So between the two of them, they are a SUPER SALES TEAM! We love them – and not JUST because they make a GREAT cocktail at the end of the day. But because they love what they do, and have fun doing it… a lot like us.
CRAIG RICHTER and his sales partner GREG DIDRIKSEN handle the WEST COAST from Washington to California, plus Montana, Idaho, and Nevada. Craig has worked longer for MTI than anyone – even longer than me and Gordon (9 years) and Lisa Chandler (accounts payable, 11 years and still counting!). Which means he’s worked for MTI since flotation was invented. OK… maybe not that long, but I bet it must feel like it for him! Thank goodness he has Greg to help him cover that HUGE territory! Greg is an adventure-hound. He loves sky diving, whitewater kayaking, and overseas travel. He and his wife Kristiana just got back from an AWESOME trip to the NEPAL! [yes.. we are very jealous here, Greg...but thanks for posting the cool pics on facebook as you were traveling!]
CHRIS SIME is our sales rep for a few key accounts like West Marine and Academy. Chris is based in Minnesota, and works for Takashina USA – the former owners of MTI. So we know Chris from TKUSA days. It’s nice to still be “on the same team.”
Last but not least, our man in the great state of TEXAS is TOM JESTER. Tom is the NATIVE KAYAK rep, and also handles Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. So he puts on a few miles covering his territory. But they are used to that in his neck of the woods! Tom’s been selling for MTI since 2005. He and his wife Debbie live north of Houston in the Hill Country of Texas. Their ranch is on 500 feet of the headwaters of the Guadalupe River – with excellent Kayak fly fishing on their doorstep. A nice place to come home to after a long sales trip.
So if you meet one of our reps in the field, please be nice to them for me, OK? They are neat individuals, hard working, and dedicated to Paddlesports. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them!