OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

MEET THE PEOPLE LEADING THE CHARGE.

Our leadership team is comprised of industry veterans with decades of experience in manufacturing. This team is fueled by aggressive growth and successfully grew the business by 35% last year alone. Click here to learn a little bit more about them.

Chris Carlson, CEO

Chris Carlson, CEO

  • What is your favorite thing about working at Sportech?
    • I’m a huge fan of the great people that make up the Sportech Team, and interacting with this team on a daily basis is, without question, the best part of my job.
  • How long have you been here?
    • Well, I guess I’ve been here since day one. Or was Warren actually here before me?
  • Why are you proud to work here?
    • I’m proud of our corporate culture, and specifically, our reputation within the community and within the industries we serve.
  • Which of Sportech’s core values do you most align with and why?
    • Integrity: Our corporate operational philosophy is grounded in integrity, and this powerful approach drives us, defines us, brings us together and sets us apart.
  • Favorite movie line?
    • Caddyshack: Bill Murray telling the story of when he caddied for the Dalai Lama: “So I said to him, how about a little something…you know, for the effort? Then he told me, there will be no money, but on your deathbed you will receive total consciousness. So I’ve got that going for me…which is nice.”

Jim Glomstad, COO

Jim Glomstad, COO

  • What is your favorite thing about working at Sportech?
    • The passionate and committed people who support a growth and achievement culture.
  • How long have you been here?
    • Since November 2010
  • Why are you proud to work here?
    • Our values are the real deal. We are committed to delivering great value to our customers and protecting our great culture.
  • Which of Sportech’s core values do you most align with and why?
    • Integrity – It’s foundational and if you get that one right, the rest of them come easier.
  • Favorite movie line?
    • “My shoulder doesn’t hurt very much, but my face does. Right here. Not here or here so much – but right here.” (Tommy Boy)

Mike Merrill, CFO

Mike Merrill, CFO

  • What is your favorite thing about working at Sportech?
    • Each day, I have an opportunity to learn from some really smart and passionate people. There’s a “can-do” attitude that persists throughout the Sportech organization, making it a great place to come to work.
  • How long have you been here?
    • I joined the Sportech team in July 2018.
  • Why are you proud to work here?
    • I’m proud to work at Sportech because our company values align extremely well with my own personal values. We set the bar high in order to achieve excellent results, and our people consistently display high levels of integrity and collaboration to get the job done.
  • Which of Sportech’s core values do you most align with and why?
    • Integrity has always been an important value for me, and it can serve as a powerful differentiator for employees and companies alike. If we are honest, have strong moral principles, and hold ourselves accountable to high standards, we’ll develop trust and credibility among our co-workers, customers, and community stakeholders.
  • Favorite movie line?
    • “I guess it comes down a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.” (The Shawshank Redemption)

Mario Negri, VP of Engineering

Mario Negri, VP of Engineering

  • What is your favorite thing about working at Sportech?
    • The people are, by far and away.
  • How long have you been here?
    • I have been working with Sportech since 2007, (the past three as an “official” employee).
  • Why are you proud to work here?
    • I am proud to be working for a U.S. manufacturer that has been able to change, grow and stay relevant within the market. By focusing on people and differentiators, we have been able to create a customer list that is made up of the leading OEMs in their industry.
  • Which of Sportech’s core values do you most align with and why?
    • It sounds cliché, but I identify with all of the core values, and at Sportech I get the opportunity to live them every day.
  • Favorite movie line?
    • “They’ve done studies, you know. 60 percent of the time, it works every time.” (Anchorman)

Mike Campbell, VP of Operations

Mike Campbell, VP of Operations

  • Favorite thing about working at Sportech?
    • The people, passion, innovation and pace of change that is embodied within the organization.
  • How long have you been here?
    • I joined Sportech in August 2014.
  • Why are you proud to work here?
    • I am proud of our ability to support each other through teamwork and collaboration and that our core beliefs and values truly act as the foundation for us as a team and the business overall.
  • Which value are you most aligned with and why?
    • The core beliefs and values was one of the primary reasons that I joined Sportech. If I had to pick one, Integrity is the one that I am most aligned to. It is the foundation for any organization and successful business.
  • Favorite movie line?
    • “Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a miracle… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!” – Caddyshack

Caleb Hansen, VP of Sales

Caleb Hansen, VP of Sales

  • What is your favorite thing about working at Sportech?
    • The people we work with are the best! We have such an awesome group of people that come to work here every day. Also, our customers are really fun to work with on a personal level as well – so I find both equally very rewarding.
  • How long have you been here?
    • March 2003
  • Why are you proud to work here?
    • I’m super proud of what we stand for and our commitment to integrity. It’s great knowing we’re never going to intentionally deviate from our values and that the business stands for so much more than just making parts. Seeing our customers win after working with us is also very rewarding for me.
  • Which of Sportech’s core values do you most align with and why?
    • I really appreciate the commitment to passion and integrity in the business. Passionate people are way more fun to work with and really understand our industry. I also really believe that truth is absolute and compromising it is never OK; so it’s awesome to have a high-accountability culture of integrity.
  • Favorite movie line?
    • I love the scene in Tommy Boy when Chris Farley is in the restaurant and convinces the waitress to turn the fryer back on for wings. I think every sales guy resonates with that movie. “Hey what’s your name?” “Helen.” “You look like a Helen. Let me tell you why I suck as a sales guy.”

KEY LEADERS

MEET THE PEOPLE LEADING THE CHARGE.

From left to right:

Dennis Mooney – Supply Chain Director
Roxy Stekelenburg – Sales Operations Director
Chad Coulson – Value Stream Engineering Manager
Will Stipe – Value Stream Engineering Manager
Billy Sanderson – Director of Training & Development
Helen Swanson – Director of Quality
Tom Coleman – Operations Director
Sheila Swancutt – HR Director
Matt Klein – Director of Finance & Controller

Not Pictured:

Taylor Carlson Schroer – Marketing Director
Erik Shallbetter – Value Stream Engineering Manager

OUR HISTORY

CHANGING THE POWERSPORTS LANDSCAPE IN 25 SHORT YEARS.

Sportech was founded on a simple idea and a passion for snowmobiling. The creative spark behind Sportech – the Lightshield – transformed us from a garage-based company to one that has produced a lineup of revolutionary products that have changed
the powersports landscape. Innovation and passion started this company and it remains the lifeblood that fuels us today.

  • March 1993

    Prototype

    Dallas Carlson creates first Lightshield prototype in his garage.

  • September 1995

    Game-Changer

    The best-selling Cobra Flared Windshields are introduced and change snowmobile windshield design forever

  • November 1998

    Four Seasons

    Rapid growth continues as Sportech diversifies with ATV Windshields that feature the first “Quick Release” mounting hardware.

  • October 2002

    New Products

    UTV Market shows early growth, Sportech begins developing windshields and roofs.

  • January 2004

    Cab Systems

    Designed and introduced the first complete UTV Cab Enclosure for the Polaris Ranger.

  • October 2008

    Moving Up

    Built and moved into new, state-of-the-art 96,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility with approximately 75 employees.

  • July 2012

    Even More Expansion

    Expanded manufacturing and assembly footprint to 150,000 sq. ft. and completed transition to 100% tier-one OEM business model.

  • January 2014

    Higher Learning

    Sportech Leadership Academy launched, addressing need to develop employees.

  • March 2016

    Diversification Continues

    New state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly facility constructed, bringing total footprint to over 200,000 sq. ft.

  • December 2017

    25 AMAZING YEARS

    Sportech wraps up the year with 260 employees and 18 major OEM accounts in 4 industries.

OUR PASSION

FROM COMPETITIVE NATURE TO A COMPETITIVE EDGE.

The competitive nature of powersports will always remain an important part of our culture. Carlson Motorsports races at the highest level in both snocross and off-road truck racing, and much like Sportech, Carlson Moto is driven to achieve excellence in everything they do.

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