Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
David C. Pratt was elected Chairman of the Board in December 2006. Mr. Pratt was elected as a director of Gander Mountain in August 2005 and named Vice Chairman of the Board in December 2005. He was appointed interim chief executive officer in September 2008. Mr. Pratt is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Industries, which he founded in 1969. He also is president of Rex Realty in Clayton, Missouri, and is a minority owner of the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team. A generous supporter of St. Louis charities, he is on the Board of Directors of the Sisters of Mercy Health System and serves on their executive committee.
Michael J. Owens
President and Chief Operating Officer
Michael J. Owens was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in October of 2013 where he is responsible for Merchandising, Store Operations, Finance and IT. Mr. Owens joined Gander Mountain in January 2009 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Gander Mountain, he served for 27 years in positions of increasing responsibility for Anheuser-Busch, where he led efforts to expand the company’s product offerings. He most recently served as Anheuser-Busch's vice president of business operations, which required him to lead the company’s procurement materials program and other finance and planning matters. Previously, Mr. Owens served as Anheuser-Busch’s vice president of sales and marketing.
Eric R. Jacobsen
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Eric R. Jacobsen was promoted to executive vice president, general counsel and secretary in January 2009. He joined Gander Mountain in May 2005 as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Mr. Jacobsen is responsible for legal, human resources and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Jacobsen also leads the company's new store real estate site selection, financing and leasing process. Prior to Gander Mountain, he served as senior vice president and general counsel for Northwestern Corporation and from 1995 to 1998 served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Lodgenet Entertainment Corporation. Previously, he was a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Los Angeles, California, specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Jacobsen holds a JD-MBA degree from the University of Southern California.
Robert J. Vold
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Robert J. Vold joined Gander Mountain in October 2005 as vice president, finance. He was appointed senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer in January 2007. Mr. Vold previously spent seventeen years in positions of increasing responsibility in finance at Norstan, Inc., including chief financial officer. He began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Executive Vice President; Retail Store Design and Development
Lisa Schmidt was promoted to Executive Vice President; Store Design and Development in October 2014 and is responsible for the look, feel and design of the internal and external store design, visual merchandising, overall facility development and merchandise space planning. Ms. Schmidt has been with Gander since 2000, spending 9 years in Gander Mtn. stores in roles with increasing responsibility as Department Manager, Assistant Manager and Store Manager. In 2009, Ms. Schmidt joined the headquarters team and has held roles of increasing responsibility as Visual Merchandiser, Manager of Visual Merchandising, Director of Visual & Store Design, Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Store Design and most recently Senior Vice President, Facilities, Visual and Store Design.
Executive Vice President, Operations, Marketing and Merchandising
Derek Siddons was promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations, Marketing and Merchandising in October 2014 and is responsible for operations for both retail and e-commerce, merchandising, as well as marketing of all channels. Mr. Siddons joined Gander Mountain in 2009 as a Store Manager and has held the roles of District Manager, Director; Firearms Super Center where he was instrumental in the success of the Firearms Super Center store format and Vice President, Omni Channel Strategy where he was responsible for driving sales through all channels. Most recently he was Senior Vice President; Retail and e-Commerce Operations. Prior to joining Gander Mtn., Mr. Siddons was with Circuit City for 14 years and held roles of increasing responsibility in the store operations organization.
Vice President, Hardlines Merchandising
Jay Tibbets joins Gander Mountain as Vice President Hardlines Merchandising and is responsible for the sales, procurement and replenishment of all firearms, ammunition, security, hunting supplies and fishing gear. Previously, he held several positions at ATK Sporting Group including Director of Business Development for Conventional Munitions, Vice President of Strategy and Business for ATK Armament Systems, and most recently, Senior Vice President and President. Before joining the corporate workforce, Mr. Tibbets served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Ammunition Officer.