Big Leadership Changes At Mystery Ranch

Dana and Renee Gifts
| February 17, 2022
Categories: Assorted Ramblings

It comes a time in most businesses when you need to step back and let the people who helped make the company what it is run things for you. In this case Dana and Renée. They aren’t gone though as you can read from the release below.

Dana is far easier to get pictures of. Renée can be a bit more illusive.

Dana is far easier to get pictures of. Renée can be a bit more illusive.

Bozeman, Mont. (Feb. 17, 2022) – MYSTERY RANCH, the industry-leading pack company built on a heritage of comfortable load carriage, function, and durability for people who have a mission to accomplish, announces changes to its organizational structure and executive leadership roles. Dana Gleason and Renée Sippel-Baker founded MYSTERY RANCH in 2000 with the vision to build the best load-bearing packs in the world. Twenty-two years later, the founding duo will pass the baton of senior leadership and assume roles as Board of Directors. They will oversee the strategic vision and execution of the annual plan of operation through a new Executive Team structure.

Alex pictured above the long time VP of Sales and Marketing will be taking the reins.

Alex pictured above the long time VP of Sales and Marketing will be taking the reins.

“MYSTERY RANCH forever!” said MYSTERY RANCH Co-Founder Dana Gleason. “For 22 years, we’ve been committed to doing things right. Doing it right means building the best loading bearing packs in the world, meeting our customers’ needs and the needs of the people right here, the Ranchers. We are still a deeply weird company, and our mission remains the same.”

Renée Sippel-Baker echoed Gleason’s sentiment in saying, “We are actually a human resources company that happens to make great backpacks. It’s the people here that make the difference, and together, we make a difference for our customers, and that’s not going to change.”

In the spirit of meeting the company’s growing needs, Gleason and Sippel-Baker will remain complete owners and oversee the company’s strategic vision. Alex Kutches, the long-time VP of Sales and Marketing, will assume the role of President and will work closely with the Board and the rest of the Executive Team to implement the Board’s strategic direction and execute the annual plan.

Alex Kutches shared, “We have an excellent team here at MYSTERY RANCH. This team has successfully accomplished our original set of strategic objectives, and we have our sights set on sharing our brand promise with more people across the globe in our core businesses of Outdoor, Military, Hunting, and Fire.”

The new organizational structure will include Bob Freeman as VP Product and Operations and Steve Fink as the VP of Finance. Ben Nobel was recently promoted to Director of Sales for North America’s Outdoor and Hunting business channels.

Dana doing one of the things he does best... making great gear.

Dana doing one of the things he does best… making great gear.

“What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
~ Jerry Garcia and Dana Gleason

We wish everyone the best of luck with the transition and look forward to see where the company goes over the next years. The Duo awaits to see what Mini Dana will be doing with the company.


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