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 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.
Derek Siddons was promoted to the role of President in October 2015. As President, Mr. Siddons is responsible for leading Gander Mountain across all channels of retail and direct operations, including direct responsibility for Merchandising, Marketing, IT and Human Resources. Mr. Siddons has been with Gander since 2009 and held roles of increasing responsibility including Director of Retail Operations, Vice President E-Commerce, Senior Vice President of Operations & E-Commerce and most recently Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.
Eric R. Jacobsen
Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Eric R. Jacobsen was promoted to Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel in October 2015. He joined Gander Mountain in May 2005 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and was promoted to Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in January 2009. Mr. Jacobsen is responsible for cost center optimization, real estate site selection, financing and leasing, legal and regulatory affairs, and risk management. Prior to Gander Mountain, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Northwestern Corporation and, before that, 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.
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Jay Tibbets was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2015 and is responsible for Merchandising, Planning and Supply Chain Management across all channels. Mr. Tibbets was promoted in June 2015 to the role of Senior Vice President; Planning, Supply Chain and Hardlines Merchandising. Mr. Tibbets joined Gander Mountain in March 2015 as Vice President Hardlines Merchandising and was previously the President of ATK Sporting Group, a leading supplier of ammunition, firearms, and accessories to the outdoor market. Before joining the corporate workforce, Mr. Tibbets served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Ammunition Officer and is a certified Defense Systems Acquisition Professional in Program Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management Science from the University of Minnesota.
Executive Vice President - Store Operations, Store Design and Development
Lisa Schmidt was promoted to Executive Vice President - Store Operations, Store Design and Development in October 2015 and is responsible for Retail Store Operations, Store Design, Visual Merchandising, and Merchandise Space Planning. Ms. Schmidt has been with Gander since 2000, spending 9 years in Gander Mountain 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.
Brian D. Kohlbeck
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Brian Kohlbeck joined Gander Mountain as Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer in October 2015. Mr. Kohlbeck is responsible for all aspects of financial and business reporting, budgeting and forecasting, audit and treasury, business analysis and capital allocation. Mr. Kohlbeck comes to Gander Mountain from Lands’ End where he was Vice President – Business Finance responsible for overall financial management of that firm’s direct and retail business units. Prior to that, Mr. Kohlbeck served 10 years in roles of increasing responsibility in finance with Best Buy, most recently as Senior Finance Director – Best Buy Stores, and prior to that at General Mills, most recently as Senior Finance Manager. He is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Kohlbeck holds an MBA from the University of Dayton.
Senior Vice President Softlines Merchandising & Product Development
Rachel Smith was promoted to Senior Vice President, Softlines Merchandising and Product Development in June 2015, and is responsible for Apparel, Footwear and Camping Merchandising and all Product Development. Ms. Smith has been with Gander since 2014 in roles of increasing responsibility from Director; Footwear Merchandising, Sr. Director; Softlines Merchandising and Vice President; Softlines Merchandising. Prior to Gander, Ms. Smith spent 7 years at Payless Shoes and 7 years at Target. At both companies, she held positions of increasing responsibility including Merchandise Replenishment & Planning along with Buyer and Senior Buyer roles.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Carissa Rollins joined Gander Mountain as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in September 2015 and oversees all aspects of the Company’s technology and information systems, omni-channel initiatives, cyber-security, and enterprise data and business analytics. Ms. Rollins comes from Kohl’s Corporation where for the past five years she served in roles of increasing responsibility in the Information Technology department, most recently as Vice President - IT, Enterprise Information Management. Ms. Rollins holds MBA and Bachelor of Science - Management Information Systems degrees from Marquette University.