- Sarah Freeman
Outtech, Inc. Names Scott Blackwell President
Updated: Jul 1, 2020
Outtech, Inc announced today that its board of directors unanimously approved the promotion of Scott Blackwell from executive vice president to president, effective immediately.
In 2017 Outtech created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), transferring the ownership of Outtech to the employees of the company. Since that time, Outtech President Jay Scholes has worked closely with board members, Ron Rette, John Seliga, and Scott Blackwell to help drive the strategic vision of Outtech and expand beyond the traditional markets - focusing not only on hunting, but also expanding its presence in fishing and outdoor recreation. Outtech is now re-aligning its internal leadership structure to leverage each board members’ strengths and experiences to provide a more directed focus to grow our vendor partners’ business.
Jay Scholes, co-founder of Outtech and former president, will remain active as Outtech’s Chairman of the Board and CEO. Scholes is taking an engaged position as chairman where he will continue to be involved day-to-day and drive Outtech’s vision to be the best sales and marketing company in the outdoor industry.
Scott Blackwell will assume the role of president, where he will leverage his past experiences leading significant outdoor industry brands, to drive the growth of Outtech and our manufacturing partners. In his new capacity, Blackwell will be responsible for the day to day operational leadership of Outtech along with helping to develop and implement both internal and external facing processes to further enhance the use of data and business intelligence in helping our partner brands grow across all channels of sales.
John Seliga will assume additional responsibilities of expanded business development as well as continue to provide oversight of brands and internal personnel. Ron Rette will continue overseeing key retailer teams as well as lead the development of additional new key retailer channels.
“We are all excited to have Scott expanding his role at Outtech. I know, through working closely with him for the past four years, that he has the experience, strategic vision, and passion to help take Outtech to the next level. Scott will work closely with myself, the board of directors, and our entire team to drive productivity and make sure that Outtech is performing at the highest standard for our manufacturing partners” explained Scholes.
“Scott has shown a great degree of leadership since joining the team. I am confident in the future growth of Outtech with Scott at the helm, contributing his acumen as a business operator while preserving the entrepreneurial vison that Outtech was created on” continued Rette.
“Outtech has always taken a team approach to leading this company and that will not change going forward. I am honored to take on this role at Outtech and excited for the opportunity to continue to push Outtech to expand our resources, increase our productivity and create growth for our manufacturing partners” explained Blackwell.
Established in 1989, Outtech Inc. is an 100% employee owned company. Outtech is widely considered one of the outdoor industry’s leaders in sales & marketing, maintaining a portfolio of brand leaders across hunt, camp, fish, shooting sports and outdoor lifestyle categories. For more information about the Outtech Team please visit www.teamouttech.com.
Sarah Freeman, Outtech Inc.
(330) 562-9929 or SFreeman@outtech-online.com