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Team

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Stephen Barnes Senior Director

Growing up in northern New Hampshire instilled an appreciation of being outdoors and the value of our wild places. As a long time mountain guide and sponsored skier, I got to travel the world, testing new gear and experiencing all sorts of cultures and places and discovered a real passion for making great outdoor gear. Sierra Designs was my equipment sponsor back 20+ years ago and has always held a fond spot in my heart, as the quality of craftsmanship always supported my crazy endeavors and never let me down. I am thrilled to bring my years of brand and product building experience back to a company that feels like home.

  • Favorite Drink: a West Coast style hoppy IPA!
  • Favorite Place to Camp: Wow! Too many amazing places, but it is pretty hard to beat the sunset view from Muley Point (southern Utah), overlooking Monument Valley.
  • Bucket List Adventure: Motorcycle trip around the world.
  • Best part of Camping: Sunsets and early morning quiet.
  • Spirit animal: Raven!
  • Terrified of: Not much, but how about a Trump presidency. For us in the outdoor industry, the environment is paramount. The backcountry is where we all can go to escape the chaos of our daily lives, breathe deeply and clear our heads and simply enjoy the vistas and quietude. Without these wild places, there is no escape.
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Casey SumnichtEquipment Product Manager

Born under a bridge, growing up on government cheese in the foothills of Wisconsin gave Casey a true understanding of hardship and appreciation for expired dairy products. Barely avoiding a FBI sting operation, he escaped to the Front Deranged of Colorado where he moonlights as an exotic dancer at a men’s club. In his spare time he drifts into our office to offer up stories of distant lands...that he learned about while watching Nat Geo Adventure TV and the interpersonal relationships of folks on the Jerry Springer Show.

  • Favorite Part of my Job: The variety and creativity.  We have a VERY small team which means getting to wear lots hats from Product Management, to Product Development, to Product Design and everything in-between. I also get to work with awesome people both in our office and around the world with our factory partners.
  • Favorite Frosty Beverage: Tie between New Glarius Spotted Cow and New Glarius Totally Naked  (only sold in Wisconsin)
  • Favorite Place to Camp: As a relatively new parent, camping anywhere is great.  My wife and I try to get our daughter out camping with us as much as possible.  We love camping and playing in Salida & Crested Butte.
  • Bucket List Adventure: Definitely want to explore New Zealand with my wife and daughter.
  • Best part of Camping: Being completely unplugged so I can clear my head and focus on what’s really important.  Additionally, nothing better than kicking back in a camp chair with a beer after a long day of adventure.
  • Terrified of: Tornadoes, no idea why, but always been very weirded out by them.
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Sako ShahinianCreative Director

Graduated from Art Center College of Design, Sako is an artist designer with a multi disciplinary background. He has a deep love for outdoor adventures from backpacking, traveling, and hunting, to overlanding. Growing up and living in LA has provided a refreshingly different perspective to the outdoor experience.

  • Favorite Drink: Mexican beers, good wine and quality whiskey
  • Favorite Place to Camp: Anywhere in the Eastern Sierras
  • Bucket List Adventure: Exploring the Caucasus’s: backpack in Armenia, road trip through Georgia and climb Mt Ararat in Turkey.
  • Best part of Camping: Good food and good company around the campfire
  • Spirit animal: Liger
  • Things i hate: Celery and dill herb in my food.
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Candyce HedlundMarketing Manager

Candyce is all things marketing for Sierra Designs. She has 12 years of experience with a BA & MBA in Business Marketing and a huge love for the outdoors. She love all things summer, Colorado, Instagram, running, and mountain adventures with her Husky pup.

  • Favorite Drink: Wine. Coffee. Wine. Not necessarily in that order.
  • Favorite Place to Camp: The 4 Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells
  • Bucket List Adventure: Backpacking The Lost Coast, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Best part of Camping: Campfire Time
  • Spirit animal: A cheetah
  • Terrified of: Opening Pillsbury dough canisters
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