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We have our winners! BRO’D TO SIA offers two up-and-coming shop employees the ultimate opportunity

01/21/2015

Congrats to Skiing Magazine’s Bro’d to SIA Winner, Anthony Garbarino, and TransWorld Business Winner, Ted Rung! Both entered our Bro’d to SIA Contest in December and will be joining us at the Show to find out what it’s like to have a career in the Snow Sports Industry. In addition, our new Canadian contest with SBC MagazineThe Road to SIA, brings Tom Honey of One Boardshop and Kaitlyn Hagen of Pro Skateboards & Snowboards to SIA for their first ever Show experience!

First, we asked Ted and Anthony to share a little bit about themselves, what motivated them to enter Bro’d to SIA and what their thoughts are about their win:
 
Ted RungSIA: Tell us a little bit about your jobs at Stratton’s Burton shop and Syd & Dusty’s (Ted) and Next Adventure (Anthony): how long you’ve been there, what your responsibilities are, and what’s great about working there?
Ted: I have been at Stratton for a little over 3 years now.  I started as a seasonal employee and then got the supervisor position when I came back for my second season.  It’s my job to make the store run from day to day.  I get to choose the staff, make the schedule and help a little with keeping the right product in the store.  Stratton is an awesome place to work.  They have given me a lot of room to run the stores how I want and learn along the way.  We also get some good perks and can ride almost every day of the week.
Anthony: I’ve been at Next Adventure since the end of June; my first day was directly a week after I graduated from the University of Oregon.  I’m the content manager, so I’m responsible for all digital marketing, social media, e-mail marketing, etc. The best perk of working at Next is the company culture. Our two owners and our management have immense faith within their staff, so many ideas and campaigns are sourced from a “bottom-up” method which provides my coworkers and me a great amount of creative freedom.

Antony GarbarinoSIA: In your contest entry, you talked about your goals in the snow sports industry. Tell us a little bit about your goals, and how you think coming to SIA could help you reach them.
Ted: I think being a buyer is the next step.  I have been front line in a shop for 12 years now. It’s time to learn something new, but the idea of leaving the snowboarding community to do it doesn’t work for me.  SIA is the “big show” that seems to set everything up for the next season.  It’s the place to see things and make decisions, so I want to be there.
Anthony:  The greatest appeal (to me) is the progressiveness of the production and design side of the industry. So much influence is pulled from outside factors and then applied to our industry providing endless potential for groundbreaking products and services. It’s extremely fascinating. SIA will be a huge help since all the innovative thinkers and designers will be in attendance showing off their hottest new products and visions of future *Gary Busey Voice.* It’ll be a great chance to meet and connect with these folks.

SIA:  What are you most looking forward to about the trip?
Ted: The thing I am looking forward to most is finally seeing the show.  It’s been a long time trying to find an opportunity to get there.  It might not be the good old Vegas days I have heard about, but I bet it will still be an awesome time.
Anthony:  I’m looking forward to the entire experience and taking it all in for the first time. Aside from that, I’m excited to meet and connect with the fine folks at Skiing Mag and SIA who provided me with this awesome opportunity! Thanks again guys!

Bro'd to SIAIn the new Road to SIA contest, Canadian owners and buyers were encouraged to enter in order to win a first-time trip to the Show with SBC Business. We are super excited to welcome Tom Honey of One Boardshop and Kaitlyn Hagen of Pro Skateboards & Snowboards to the Show for the first time. We asked them about their shops, and about what they’re looking forward to when they get to Denver.

SIA: Tell us a little bit about your shop:
Tom: I am from ONE Boardshop in the Kelowna, BC. ONE is a result of the merging of Deviate Boardshop and Island Snow. Combined we have over 40 years of Skateboard and Snowboard sales experience. We are now one of the largest specialty boardshops in Western Canada.

Tom HoneySIA: What inspired you enter the Road to SIA contest?
Tom: SIA has always looked like a fun time and a way to link directly with brands. With the addition of the On-Snow Demo it made it something not to miss so I jumped on the chance to enter.

SIA: How do you think attending the Show for the first time will be a benefit to your shop? 
Tom: Attending the show for the first time will benefit the shop in that it will allow me to directly connect with brands at their source which is especially important with the emergence of lots of smaller brands.

SIA: Is there anything specific you’re looking forward to doing or seeing at the Show?
Tom: I am going to take this opportunity to focus on checking out all the split/touring specific brands as that is my main buying responsibility. I am also really looking forward to the on snow demos and trying out some boards from my favorite brands such as Capita/Union/DWD. SIA:  Tell us a little bit about your shop, and anything that’s special about it or makes it extra fun to work there. 
Ted: The thing I am looking forward to most is finally seeing the show.  It’s been a long time trying to find an opportunity to get there.  It might not be the good old Vegas days I have heard about, but I bet it will still be an awesome time.
Anthony:  I’m looking forward to the entire experience and taking it all in for the first time. Aside from that, I’m excited to meet and connect with the fine folks at Skiing Mag and SIA who provided me with this awesome opportunity! Thanks again guys!

SIA:  Tell us a little bit about your shop, and anything that’s special about it or makes it extra fun to work there.
Kaitlyn: I work as a buyer for Pro Skates in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Along with skate, we also do snow and surf. Though the shop has been in business for almost 30 years, we’ve recently undergone some big changes. About six months ago we teamed up with our friends Dean Petty and Zane Kelsall of Anchored Coffee (@anchoredcoffee) and opened a café in our store. Around the same time, our friend Joel Martell took over our back room and opened Oddfellows Barbershop (@oddfellows_barbershop) next to our mini ramp. We’ve got a lot of fun stuff going on.

SIA: What inspired you to enter the Road to SIA contest?
Kaitlyn: I frequently read SBC Business to keep up on what’s happening in our industry. I saw the contest on the front page and entered. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I had won!

SIA: How do you think attending the Show for the first time will be a benefit to your shop?
Kaitlyn: Attending SIA will give us an opportunity to see everything that’s out there under one roof. We have certain brands that we will always do business with season after season, but we are always looking for new and exciting products that we think will fit well in our store.

SIA: Is there anything specific you’re looking forward to doing or seeing at the Show?
Kaitlyn: I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making new connections. I’m always interested to hear what business is like at other shops around North America. Hear what works, and what doesn’t. This is also my first trade show and my first time visiting Colorado, so that in itself is pretty exciting.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Ted, Anthony, Tom and Kaitlyn and welcome them to the Show!

Thanks to Skiing Magazine and TransWorld Snowboarding for hosting Bro’d with us, and congrats again to Ted and Anthony, on getting Bro’d to SIA – and thanks to SBC Business for hosting the Road to SIA with us,  and congrats Tom and Kaitlyn for being our first-ever winners!