Mike “Gags” Gagliardi graduated with a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Lafayette College in 1981. He spent 10 years in the corporate headhunting business in Chicago. In 1987 he discovered his true love of Snowboarding, receiving a board as a wedding present from his wife while on honeymoon in Breckenridge. Leaving Chicago for Colorado in 1991, he worked at Aggression Snowboards in manufacturing before finding his way back into sales with Barfoot Snowboards. Gags is married to Dorothy Ownes and has one son, Paul. He has a rep group with Micah Cook, Sara Cook and Joey Herman, along with several team riders that all help to sell and support the brands they ride for. He currently is in his third term as a board member of the Western Winter Sports Reps Association.
“I’d like to thank all the retail shops who back the products I sell them, the sales managers, inside reps, team riders, company owners and the WWSRA staff that have given me support and a chance to work and play with them. It’s easy to sell what you love and believe in working with your friends. I also want to thank my wife, Dodie, for introducing me to the joy of skiing and snowboarding, and putting up with me and my travel schedule; my son, Paul, for giving me inspiration to look at things from a different perspective; and my partners in snow Micah, Sara and Joey, for being the backbone that I need when it’s crunch time.”