Farmington—Vista Outdoor Inc. announced that Chairman and CEO Mark DeYoung is retiring from the Company and the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Michael Callahan, Vista Outdoor’s Lead Independent Director, has been named Interim Chairman and CEO. The Board of Directors is conducting a search for a permanent CEO and has retained a leading executive search firm to assist in the process. The Board intends to consider both internal and external candidates for the position. Callahan, 67, has more than 40 years of experience in the sporting goods industry, and has served as Lead Independent Director of Vista Outdoor since the Company spun off from ATK in February 2015. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Partners, a Utah-based consultant to the outdoor sporting industry, since 2008. From 1990 until his retirement in 2008, Callahan served in various merchandising, marketing, management and senior executive positions with Cabela’s, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President Business Development & International Operations where he was responsible for M&A and spearheaded Cabela’s expansion into Canada. Callahan is a member of the Board of the Midway USA Foundation and formerly served as a member of the Board of Bushnell Outdoor Products, Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Outdoor Business Council of the US Sportsmen’s Alliance.
Salt Lake City—The Buckner Company is pleased to announce that Keith Braxton, the former President of Buckner of Colorado, has taken on a new role with The Buckner Company. As the Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Braxton will be responsible for helping the entire organization grow externally through identifying and developing growth opportunities through strategic acquisitions, book purchases and talent development. His particular focus will be in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico and Montana.
Lehi—Maritz CX announced the appointment of Charlotte Blank to Chief Behavioral Officer (CBO) of Maritz and the formation of the Maritz Field Research Collaborative. In this new role, Blank and her team will lead thought leadership, academic research partnerships and direct application of behavioral science across all the Maritz companies. Blank will work specifically with MaritzCX’s leadership, research, and product teams to infuse behavioral best practices into its offerings. Blank brings her expertise to Maritz after leading programs in neuromarketing, social media, and global branding during her ten years in the media and automotive industries, including stints at Turner Broadcasting, and General Motors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Salt Lake City—Richard Hickmon has been named Vice President of Intermediary Relations at VFI Corporate Finance, a Utah equipment-leasing company primarily involved in leasing capital assets throughout North America. In his new role, Hickmon will serve the intermediary market and the middle market arena for VFI. He will be tasked with expanding VFI’s presence within the broker community in which they are an industry leader. Hickmon previously served as Vice President of the Lease Advisory Group of Varilease Finance, Inc. from 2005 to 2017, and earlier as National Sales Manager of ACC Capital Corporation. He has worked in the leasing industry for the past twenty years, garnering valuable experience in all facets of the leasing industry, and leading Varilease Finance, Inc. as one of the premier leasing companies in the market. He is a graduate of the College of Eastern Utah with an Associate Degree in Communications. He later attended the University of Utah.