DENVER, Colorado — Wright & McGill is mourning the recent loss of an industry icon, Donn Schaible. Schaible was the CEO of Wright & McGill for two decades, guiding one of the nation’s most recognizable fishing brands from the 90’s until January 1, 2018.
The news was announced via a statement from Wright & McGill, published in full below:
To All the Employees, Many Business Associates, and Friends of the Wright & McGill Co.:
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the recent and sudden passing of Donn Schaible, our former President and CEO. Donn passed away quietly on Friday, March 30, 2018, in his lovely mountain- home town of Evergreen, Colorado. He is survived by his wife, his son, his daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter.
Donn led the Wright & McGill Co. as CFO and then President from April 6, 1998 to December 31, 2017. Donn’s leadership, vision and commitment to all the employees allowed the company to experience strong growth and profitability over his near twenty-year tenure. These qualities extended beyond our company and into our community and the manufacturing industry as Donn also served on a number of Boards including the Boards of CACI, CAMA, and was an active member of NAM. Donn’s work ethic and commitment to the fishing industry was exemplary and impactful as he served also on the board of ASA. Donn had recently stepped down from his position of President of Wright & McGill Co. turning the leadership position over to our current President, Michael Jackson, in January of this year. Donn remained on staff operating as Advisor to the Executive Team.
The entire Wright and McGill Co. family is saddened by his passing and will remember him as the great leader that he was for each and every one of us and the organization collectively. His down to earth personality and friendly style will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Donn’s wife and family and we ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well during this difficult time.
We also ask that you kindly respect the wishes of the family to honor their privacy.
With thoughts and prayers,
The Wright & McGill Co.