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Tibbets named Gander Mountain VP of Hardlines Merchandising


 ST. PAUL, MN, March 9, 2015 --- Gander Mountain, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing network of outdoor specialty stores, announced today that Jay Tibbets will be joining the company’s executive team. Tibbets has been named Gander Mountain’s Vice President of Hardlines Merchandising, and officially joined the company in early March. 

“We are excited to welcome Jay to the Gander Mountain team and we will benefit greatly from having his experience and expertise in the fold,” said Mike Owens, Gander Mountain’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Jay joins us at a time of unprecedented growth for the company, and we look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow the Gander Mountain brand and focus on our core business in hunting, fishing and shooting sports.” 

Tibbets brings to Gander Mountain a wealth of experience in strategy and business development. Previously, he worked for ATK Sporting Group as the Senior Vice President and President. While at ATK, Tibbets also served as the Vice President of Strategy and Business for ATK Armament Systems and as the Director of Business Development for Conventional Munitions. Before joining the corporate workforce, Tibbets served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Ammunition Officer. He holds a degree in operations management from the University of Minnesota. 

With Gander Mountain, Tibbets will oversee the sales, procurement and replenishment of all firearms, ammunition, security, hunting supplies and fishing gear. 

“This is an exciting time of growth for Gander Mountain, as the company solidifies its reputation as the top name in this business and reaches countless new customers through the on-going expansion,” Tibbets said. “For me, joining the Gander Mountain team is a real honor, and I look forward to working to meet the needs of hunting, fishing and shooting sports enthusiasts everywhere.” 

Founded in 1960, Gander Mountain is in the midst of a sizeable expansion, with more than 40 new stores opened since 2012. 

About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, is the nation's largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a "We Live Outdoors®" culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. There are currently 127 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 states. For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton's (, a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.