DPS Skis, the U.S.-based ski manufacturer announces the hiring of Stu Gleason as ski and process engineer and Zach Clayton as global marketing manager. These additions round out DPS Skis’ product and marketing departments as the company pushes ski innovation and design in new directions and expands into global markets.
Gleason joins the DPS team with almost two decades of product engineering experience to help guide the next generation of DPS ski innovation. Gleason was most recently with Black Diamond, where he was the design and development engineer specializing in avalanche backpacks, transceivers, and composite design for special projects in the ice axe and helmet category. Prior to Black Diamond, Gleason was program manager and designer for Rock West Composites, a full-service composite technology company, where he specialized in the aerospace and drone business.
“Gleason’s experience will be a tremendous asset to our ski engineering team and we’re confident he will push DPS’s design progression forward. His deep knowledge of the composite space will be a valuable contribution to our research and development process and he’s already working hand-in-hand with Peter [Turner, DPS’s co-founder] to build the next generation of models,” says Thomas Laakso, vice president of product and operations at DPS Skis.
In addition to Gleason, Zach Clayton joins DPS as global marketing manager. Clayton brings a decade of sports marketing experience with him and will focus his efforts on DPS growth, strategy and expansion into markets. Clayton joins DPS from CAKE 0 Emissions, where he was the brand manager, leading the brand marketing strategy for the company in North America. Before his time at Cake, Clayton spent seven years at POC Sports, specializing in snowsports and sports marketing, leading brand marketing programs and initiatives
“Together, Stu and Zach’s experience will add great value to DPS as we continue to strengthen our team and enter a new phase of growth. It’s an exciting time to be at DPS as we scale for demand and continue to introduce new, innovative and sustainably-minded skis to the market. We’re thrilled to have these two join us on our journey,” says Steve Kropf, vice president of sales and marketing at DPS Skis.
DPS also welcomes two new dealer services team members. Harry Brown joins DPS as dealer services manager and Bridger Royce accompanies Brown as dealer services coordinator.