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Feb 12 2014

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The Shmooz: Three-Stop Winter Tour is Successful!

From our partner Malakye: 

Special thanks to the participating companies and to the attending jobseekers for getting involved in our recent stops at the Agenda Show, at Outdoor Retailer, and at the 2014 SIA Snow Show.

Manhattan Beach, Calif. (February 12, 2014) – Malakye (, the leading careers website for professionals and companies in lifestyle-driven industries, successfully brought the Shmooz to the Agenda Show in Long Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, to Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 24, 2014, and to the SIA Snow Show on Saturday, February 2, 2014.

The three FREE events combined brought together over 1,000 talented jobseekers eager to meet with nearly 40 of the most coveted brands in the action sports, streetwear, outdoor, bike, fitness and snowsports industries.

“The chance to meet employers and to discuss what their job entails was the highlight of my experience at the Shmooz,” stated Mike Aldini, a jobseeker at the Shmooz at SIA. “I was grateful the Shmooz provided the medium in beginning relationships and I walked away with a sense of confidence and an extremely optimistic view of the future.”

Since 2006, the Shmooz has served the purpose of bringing the Malakye website to life by creating an exciting environment for both companies and potential employees to connect.

“Companies in lifestyle-driven industries should participate in the Shmooz for the simple fact that you are able to connect with tons of potential employees face to face all in one place,” explained Gary Wyman, the Marketing Director at Icelantic Ski. “Bringing the talent to us as opposed to getting out there looking for it is a huge benefit. We were overwhelmed by the turnout of applicants and will definitely be working with Malakye in the future when adding to our team.”


The companies that participated in the Winter 2014 Shmooz tour were: Vans, Oakley, Fox, Volcom, PacSun. Asics, Quiksilver, Roxy. DC Shoes. Tilly’s, Swipe 4 The Kids, Bamboo Skateboards, The Clymb, Petzl, Enve Composites, CamelBak, Lowa Boots, Specialized, Carhartt, KEEN, Osprey Packs, JayBird, Black Diamond, Gregory, Deckers, Scott USA, Icelantic Skis, Windells, Specialty Sports Venture, ColdAvenger, KASK Helmets, Winter Park Resorts, Nite Ize, Sun & Ski Sports, Write Strengths Coaching, and



“We were overwhelmed by the amount of potential candidates that attended,” said Gary of Icelantic, who participated in the Shmooz at SIA. “Now comes the fun part of narrowing them down…”

Stay tuned for the next Shmooz – it won’t be too far off…

For any questions or for more information on how to get involved in the Shmooz, please contact

About, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., provides the lifestyle-driven industries with services in employment, recruitment and business & industry news. Throughout’s 10-plus year history, the company has provided a platform to connect passionate jobseekers with companies looking to hire in action sports, the outdoors, fitness, cycling, power sports, and beyond!
Learn more about the company at:

About the Shmooz

The Shmooz is’s version of a Career Fair and Professional Networking Event. The Shmooz features leading employers from the lifestyle-driven industries and is well-known for bringing together some of the most coveted brands in the industries to meet enthusiastic jobseekers with both the skill sets and mindset that would make them excellent candidates for positions within these unique organizations.
Learn more about the Shmooz by viewing a quick video recap at:

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Jan 21 2014

Posted by under Associate Members,HR,Industry,Trade Shows

Join Lifestyle-driven Brands at Malakye’s Schmooz Career Fair at Outdoor Retailer Jan 24 Presents the Shmooz at Outdoor Retailer on Jan. 24, 2014

The Shmooz is Back!’s Career Fair & Professional Networking Event will be held at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show in SLC. Don’t miss out on this amazing (and free) event! Shmooz nametag

Manhattan Beach, Calif. (January 15, 2014) – Malakye (, the leading careers website for professionals and companies in lifestyle-driven industries, presents the Shmooz at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, January 24th, 2014, from 11am-4pm.

On the back of a successful Shmooz held at The Agenda Show earlier this month, this FREE event caters to the outdoor industry and will bring together some of the industry’s most coveted brands to meet with talented and enthusiastic job seekers for current and / or future job opportunities.

“I have seen a consistent increase in participation at the Agenda and Outdoor Retailer Shmooz events since I first started attending them in 2011; it is a growing attraction that is marketed perfectly for our industry and our company needs,” explained Rob Hanel of The Clymb. “The Agenda Shmooz in Long Beach [held on Jan. 8] was off the chain! The quality of vendor/retailers onsite was stacked and it was by far the biggest group of candidates I have seen yet.”

The Shmooz montage

Industry leading employers already committed to exhibit at the Shmooz include: The Clymb, Petzl, ENVE Composites, CamelBak, Lowa Boots, Specialized, Carhartt, KEEN, Osprey Packs, Jaybird, Black Diamond Equipment, Gregory Packs and DECKERS, with the possibility of more to be announced in the coming days. These companies will be recruiting talented individuals for a wide range of positions, including sales, marketing, product development, retail, product design & development, and more.

“We have interviewed and made hires sourced from past Shmooz’s at Agenda and Outdoor Retailer; they have quickly become must not miss events for us,” stated Rob from “We look forward to seeing everyone out at the Shmooz in Salt Lake for Outdoor Retailer next week!

Join us! Companies interested in participating can contact Kelly Bader ( for details.

Register! Job Seekers who wish to attend can order tickets on EventBriteregister now for FREE.

Get involved! Get the conversation started on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by hash tagging #Shmooz and tagging @malakyecareers. And be sure to stay connected by joining the event page.


About, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., provides the lifestyle-driven industries with services in employment, recruitment and business & industry news. Throughout’s 10-plus year history, the company has provided a platform to connect passionate jobseekers with companies looking to hire in action sports, the outdoors, fitness, cycling, power sports, and beyond!  Learn more about the company at:

About the Shmooz 

The Shmooz is’s version of a Career Fair and Professional Networking Event. The Shmooz features leading employers from the lifestyle-driven industries and is well-known for bringing together some of the most coveted brands in the industries to meet enthusiastic jobseekers with both the skill sets and mindset that would make them excellent candidates for positions within these unique organizations. Learn more about the Shmooz by viewing a quick video recap at:

For any questions or for more information, please contact

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Apr 04 2011

Posted by under HR,Industry,Trade Shows,Uncategorized

Board Retailers Association Names Vicki Vasil Communications and Events Manager

WILMINGTON, NC, April 4, 2011 – The Board Retailers Association (BRA),the preeminent non-profit organization representing over 550 specialty action sport retailers, has named Vicki Vasil their new Communications and Events Manager.

Vicki comes to the Board Retailers Association from Surf Expo, where she served five years as Boardsports Marketing Manager. There she developed branding and advertising, produced events and managed partnerships, forging strong relationships throughout the industry. In her new role she will be responsible for planning BRA’s annual events, program development and member recruitment, in addition to liaising with partner associations, manufacturers and vendors.

“Vicki’s enthusiasm for action sports combined with her strong background and education in marketing make her a natural fit to take on this BRA role,” says BRA President Mike Duncan.

A snowboarder and surfer, Vicki graduated with a B.S. in Advertising from Syracuse University. After building a strong foundation in retail marketing at Macy’s East, she went on to obtain a Master’s in Sports Management at Springfield College. Before Surf Expo she founded her own freelance action sports marketing company Powder Fresh Ideas, received hands-on retail experience at a snowboard shop, and worked on a product launch for SoBe. “Vicki is passionate about serving the action sports community and stoked to work on the front lines for boardsports retailers. She is poised to help take BRA to the next level,” says Duncan.

Vicki will be working alongside with Elizabeth Peavy and Adrienne Belk. She can be reached at 910.509.0109 ext. 1005, or at

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Nov 03 2010

Posted by under HR,Industry,Internet,Resources,Skateboard,Snowboard,Surf,Trade Shows,Uncategorized,Vision


Contact: Melissa Clary (BRA)
Company: Board Retailers Association (BRA)
Phone: 910.509.7475  x. 1005


It is with great fondness in our hearts, and enthusiasm for what the future holds, that the Board Retailers Association (BRA) announces a change in the action sport industry tradeshow landscape on the West Coast. Since 1981, the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo (ASR) has been the centralized location for the surf and skate manufacturing and retail community. Nielson Media, the parent company of ASR, announced yesterday that Action Sports Retailer has ceased operations and will be cancelling all upcoming tradeshows including January 2011.

“The cancellation of ASR is certainly bittersweet for me,” said BRA Co-Chair and Co-Owner of Surfside Sports, Duke Edukas. “On one hand, an iconic tradeshow that has helped retailers like myself build their shop over the years is gone, and on the other hand, our industry has the opportunity to design an event format that meets the needs of our modern day business models.”

As an industry partner with ASR, BRA has been heavily involved in this decision, and has worked closely with ASR over the years, as well as SIMA and IASC, to meet the demands of a changing industry. This includes mass shifts in manufacturing production schedules, technological and product developments, an increased need for retail-focused educational programs, and the addition of Class@ASR, Crossroads and Sacred Craft. As the action sports industry continued to grow, evolve and become a multi-billion dollar business with global recognition, the 29 year-old ASR Tradeshow format no longer met the needs of our diversifying industry.

Despite necessary modifications, BRA recognizes first and foremost that it is essential to have an event on the West Coast where manufacturers and retailers can continue to come together to conduct business and we are committed to developing a model that meets the needs of retailers and manufacturers alike.  It is in that vein, that BRA is working with SIMA and IASC to continue the research we’ve been conducting for the past 18 months to re-invent the West Coast tradeshow format into a structure that accounts for the various needs of the action sports industry. We all recognize the importance and significance in having an event that serves as a place for buyers and vendors to meet face-to-face, for up-and-coming brands to grow and develop, for retailers to have a platform for educational initiatives and most importantly, a place for manufacturers to present their new products and accompanying marketing campaigns. BRA will continue to keep the action sports industry up to date as these initiatives materialize.

“As we move forward as an industry and embrace the changes that accompany the shift in the West Coast tradeshow landscape, I can’t help but look back on the close relationship between BRA and ASR,” said Mike Duncan, BRA President. “Without the support of ASR over the years, the association wouldn’t be where it is today. We are forever indebted to our friends at ASR for their long-term support of the specialty retail community, and the founding of BRA as a viable industry association, in particular.”

In addition to focusing on the development of a new West Coast tradeshow model, BRA will continue to serve the needs of our specialty retail membership. The association is the strongest it has ever been in its 10 years of existence, both financially and in terms of membership support. We remain committed to bringing retailers educational programs, industry research, discounts and benefits. Above all, we will continue to represent the interests of specialty retailers as we work with our industry partners and other associations to create an opportunity on the West Coast where we can continue to come together in a business focused environment.

About BRA
The Board Retailers Association (BRA) is a non-profit trade association representing almost 3,000 action sport storefronts across the country. The association serves as the preeminent voice, for independent retailers on a grassroots level with manufacturers, trade show representatives, and other associations. BRA also works to provide educational resources and exclusive discounts and savings from vendors on the day-to-day costs of business.  For a complete explanation and description of Retail Member benefits, visit


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Mar 17 2010

Posted by under HR,Industry,Surf

Urban Outfitters Announces Appointment of Steve Murray from Vans as Global President

Official press release:

PHILADELPHIA, March 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Nasdaq:URBN – News), a leading lifestyle specialty retail company operating under the Anthropologie, Free People, Leifsdottir, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands, today announced that Tedford Marlow, President, Urban Outfitters Brand, will retire and be succeeded by Steve Murray on April 12, 2010. Mr. Marlow, 58, joined the Company in 2001 and has led the Urban Outfitters brand through a period of significant growth and expansion.

“Ted is a powerful leader, stewarding the Urban brand’s most successful period in its 39 year history,” said Glen T. Senk, Chief Executive Officer. “He built a strong global team and provided a creative vision and foundation that will carry the brand for years to come. I know Ted is thankful for the passionate commitment of those that have been part of the Urban Outfitters brand during his time with the Company. Personally, on behalf of the board and all URBN employees, we thank Ted and wish him all the best in retirement.” Mr. Marlow is expected to remain at URBN through the spring of 2011 in the role of Executive Director of Business Development focusing on international expansion and special projects.

Steve Murray, 49, will join the Company on April 12, 2010 from VF Corporation, where he served as President, VF Action Sports Coalition since February 2009 overseeing the Vans and Reef brands. Prior to assuming that role, Mr. Murray was President of VF’s Vans brand from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Murray had been the Chief Marketing Officer for Vans, Inc. from 2002 to 2004 and Senior Vice President, International from 1998 to 2002. Prior to joining Vans, Inc., Mr. Murray held various leadership roles in the US and abroad for Reebok International, LTD from 1991 to 1998. Mr. Murray holds a BA in Business Studies from Middlesex University.

Mr. Senk commented, “When Ted notified us of his interest in retiring, we commenced a search for an outstanding merchant leader for the business. Steve is more than we expected with his vast global experience and brilliant track record in growing lifestyle brands and retail concepts. He is a perfect fit for Urban Outfitters, and brings tremendous creativity and leadership to our organization, along with a deep familiarity of global youth culture from his nearly two decades of work with the Vans and Reebok brands. I am thrilled to have Steve join our executive team and am confident he will play a pivotal role in the future development of the Urban Outfitters brand and URBN.”

Urban Outfitters, Inc. is an innovative specialty retail company which offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise to highly defined customer niches through 155 Urban Outfitters stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe; 2 websites and a catalog; 137 Anthropologie stores in the United States, Canada and Europe, a web site and a catalog; Free People wholesale which sells its product to approximately 1,400 specialty stores and select department stores; 34 Free People stores, a web site and catalog; Leifsdottir wholesale, which sells its product to approximately 65 specialty and select department stores; and one Terrain garden center as of January 31, 2010.

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Jan 20 2010

Posted by under HR,Industry,Internet,Point of Sale

New Credit Card Rules Go Into Effect in February

Among the new credit card regulations scheduled to go into effect on February 22, 2010, banks can no longer issue credit cards to anyone under 21 years-old without a young person proving the ability to make the payment or the signature of a parent or guardian. This could be a good thing in that there may be less young people in debt in the future at such an early age, but the rules will also clearly effect how youth culture shops, particularly for online goods.

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Nov 04 2009

Posted by under HR,Industry,Internet,Point of Sale,Resources,Skateboard,Snowboard,Surf,Trade Shows,Uncategorized,Vision

BRA Retailer Survivor Series Returns

Retailer Survivor Series
Tools for Succeeding in Today’s Economy
BRA Retail Certification Program

The Board Retailers Association (BRA) is hosting two Retailer Survivor Series one day prior to the opening of the Surf Expo trade show on January 13, 2010 and the ASR trade show on February 2, 2010. Retailers are encouraged to take advantage of the trip to the trade shows by attending a full-day of certified retail education focused on current market issues facing specialty retailers. The primary purpose of the Retailer Survivor Series is to educate retailers and provide the tools necessary to continue to survive the market and increase profitability. The Retailer Survivor Series is an eight track program with two tracks running simultaneously at each show:

Surf Expo – January 13, 2010

Course I – Marketing & Brand Management
Includes community centric retailing, customer service strategies,
media management, special events and advertising.

Course II – Store Design & Operations
Includes visual merchandising, retail design, store environment,
fixtures, rental shop efficiency, real estate and lease negotiations.

To register, please visit

ASR – February 2, 2010

Course I – Merchandising
Includes analytical trends, pricing and promotion, OTB, inventory
budgeting and control, cash flow structuring and private label

Course II – Digital Retailing
Includes online retailing, driving web traffic, web analytics, social
marketing and targeting the youth market.

To register, please visit

The Retailer Survivor Series utilizes interactive seminars, presentations, workshops and roundtables designed to encourage dialogue, education, interaction and involvement among all sectors of the industry. Make the most of your visit to Surf Expo and ASR by registering for the BRA Retailer Survivor Series – the preeminent educational and networking opportunity for show attendees.


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Oct 15 2009

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Sports Authority CEO Retiring

Sports Authority announced Wednesday that Doug Morton, 59, will be retiring as chief executive. Morton, who has been with the sporting-goods retailer for 22 years, will remain as chairman.

The Englewood-based company will be operated by an interim executive operating committee until a replacement is named. Morton joined Sports Authority in 1986 and was named CEO in 1995. During his tenure, the company acquired multiple sporting-goods retailers and created the nation’s first national full-line sporting-goods chain.

“When I began my career with Sports Authority, we were a small chain of stores and no one could have imagined the transformation of our company into a multibillion-dollar retailer with a national footprint. As chairman, I will continue to champion our brand and our people,” Morton said.

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Sep 30 2009

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‘Carryback’ Legislation Would Help Struggling Retailers Survive Holiday Season

Some retailers could be forced to lay off workers or close stores unless Congress moves quickly to pass “net operating loss carryback” tax legislation that would give them the cash they need to buy inventory for this year’s holiday season.

“Because retail sales have fallen so dramatically over the past year and access to capital has been so limited, retailers are struggling to find the cash they need to operate their businesses as the economy moves toward recovery,” NRF Vice President and Tax Counsel Rachelle Bernstein said. “If struggling retailers cannot finance inventories for the 2009 holiday season – their greatest opportunity for revenue for the year – they could go out of business. Extension of the NOL carryback period would provide an important source of capital to finance ongoing operations and retain employees. If NOL carryback is not enacted soon, tens of thousands of additional retail jobs will be lost.”

Congress needs to pass H.R. 2452, the Net Operating Loss Carryback Act, sponsored by Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Select Revenue Subcommittee. Under the legislation, businesses suffering losses during 2008 or 2009 would be able to “carry back” those losses to offset profits from up to five years ago. The companies would then receive tax refund checks that would provide an infusion of cash to help keep doors open and workers on the payroll. Losses can already be carried back for up to two years, but in the current economic climate some companies have seen low profitability for several years.

The five-year carryback period was included in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Obama in February, but was limited to companies with up to $15 million in annual gross receipts and applied only to losses suffered during 2008. Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2010 would allow the five-year period to apply to companies of any size and to losses from either 2008 or 2009, as provided under the Neal legislation.

Most companies are not on the brink of survival, but some could face additional downsizing without sufficient operating capital. For others, extension of NOL carryback would allow them to make improvements to their stores and other new investments that would create badly need jobs, Bernstein said.

In addition to being carried backward, tax law allows net operating losses to be carried forward and applied against future profits for up to 20 years. That means the proposed five-year carryback period is “merely an advance on a tax refund that would be due to them in the future” but would come in time to make a difference in whether a company survives.

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Jul 14 2009

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Mininum Wage Hike To Take Effect July 24 in 31 States

Millions of American workers are about to get a federally-mandated raise, which will go into effect on July 24. The raise, which was implemented two years ago before the recession, represents the final wage hike in a three-step boost to the federal minimum wage increase passed by Congress. The minimum wage will rise 70 cents — or about 11% — to $7.25 per hour from $6.55. (Last summer, it went up 70 cents from $5.85.)

Whether Congress would have approved the wage hike had legislators known how dismal the economy would look two years later is an open question. But there’s no doubt the timing is awkward.

The hike will give about 4.5 million workers a raise and boost hourly wages by $1.6 billion a year, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

The final phase of the federal minimum wage hike will impact 31 states whose minimum wage levels are below $7.25, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and New York. Firms in these states will have to match the federal minimum. The increase has no bearing on 20 states (including Washington, D.C.), which already mandate an hourly wage of $7.25 or more.

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