September 11, 2011

Gone, but never Forgotten…

by bryansmeltzer in Uncategorized 0 comments

On this 10th anniversary of  September 11th, I would like to thank our brave souls who sacrificing their lives, so many others could live. We are all forever grateful and humbled by such heroism.

What they taught us all are lifelong lessons in sacrifice and courage, both of which many of us may never experience. In the face of terror, they put the fate of many lives on their shoulders and carried the burden. Through the smoke, ashes and cries for help, they were the ones who knew a job had to be done, regardless of the risk. Through the needless loss of life, a new life was born and a nation bonded stronger than steel. It is through the hottest fires, the strongest steel is created. 

Thank you first responders, and all of those who sacrificed their lives so others could carry on with family and friends. Just always remember, we will never forget and are forever indebted for your sacrifice. Hopefully one day we will be able to thank you personally…

Enjoy each and every day..!

Bryan Smeltzer

“Product Innovation and Marketing Success Blog..”



The author

I have a passion for living balanced life and a strong faith...each equally important for thriving and excelling…I love crushing mountain bike trails, exploring and finding ways to grow beyond the “status quo”. I am a dedicated, innovation driven team leader with a passion for establishing a disruptive vision and executing a market dominating strategy… Our industry has always been about creating innovative, market driving solutions that enhance performance or provide for a better life beyond sport. It has also been about culture, fit and passion for the brand. When these foundational pillars are removed, the brand starts to crumble. Being part of an industry that bridges talent between product creation, marketing, sales, finance and operations is formula for success, because every function is about building a foundational performance brand. It’s galvanizing when elite athletes wear and endorse our creations, but the real strength is leading the teams that combine their creative forces and technical expertise to make the engine roar. I am always passionate for defining and leading the next industry revolution… Extensive executive level experience across globally recognized brands, each number one in their respective  markets, along with having founded and successfully sold my own branded apparel company. Whether establishing new product lines, building global marketing strategies, leading design/development teams, I have a passion for building and growing brands.  Some examples; • Built Zamst from start up to achieving nationwide North American distribution, and 845% revenue growth over a 3 1/2 year period. • With Gathering Storm, grew TaylorMade/adidas Golf Accessories from $11M to $48M over 3 years. • K-Swiss, global executive management of $38M in international licensee’s and domestic apparel/accessories division. • OAKLEY, built and successfully developed “Athletic Division” NCAA licensed team eyewear/apparel product lines achieving $1.4M in initial season.


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