SIA Newsletter

Derek Hale

*Derek Hale also won for British Columbia.

I’ve been snowboarding since I was 10 years old. That’s what started everything. After I finished high school, I immediately jumped in my car and drove to Vancouver finding a job at Mount Seymour. All I wanted as a kid was to be around mountains with lots of snow on them; this is what inspired me to make the move out west. After working on my shred skills at Seymour, I ended up landing a job at Option Snowboards working in the factory and tech rep job with Peter Lefroy. Three or four years later, I moved on to retail and worked for Pacific Boarder in Vancouver for a few years. At that time I was helping sales reps on the side and learning the business. After this, I worked with Ed Lachelt and he was the one who really taught me the ins and outs of being a sales rep. You’re a good man Ed!! Since 2001, I have been working for Rome Snowboards and I have been taking care of Neff Headwear for the past 6 years. My territory goes from Vancouver Island to Manitoba.

Snowboarding is my life and has been for many years. I will be involved in the snowboard industry as long as I live.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years!! Thanks to Aby Schupp for helping me for the past two years, love ya man!! I would not be where I am today without the amazing group of retailers I have in my territory. THANKS!!