OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Hobie, the leading manufacturer of premium kayaks and watersport products, has appointed Kelley Woolsey as Vice President of Global Sales, Service, and Marketing. Kelley will work diligently with the dealer and sales teams in Oceanside and looks forward to connecting with many of Hobie’s valued dealer partners and distributors across the country as well as internationally.
“We could not be more thrilled to have Kelley join the Hobie team,” says Mike Suzuki, CEO of Hobie. “His passion for the brand is unmatched, and his strong industry and leadership experience will have an immediate impact.”
“I was drawn to Hobie due to the authentic, grassroots culture, in combination with ownership’s unwavering commitment to the business,” said Woolsey. “The team at Hobie lives and believes in their message and their culture, and I was eager to become a part of it. I am thrilled and excited to have this incredible opportunity.”
Woolsey brings over 30 years of water sports and lifestyle brand experience to Hobie. His career is highlighted with executive leadership roles, and a track record of delivering results. Most recently, Woolsey worked with Bonafide, YakAttack and Big Adventures as Vice President of Marketing & Sales. Prior to this, Woolsey spent several years with Montreal, Quebec-based Pelican International as well as a decade with Greenville-based Confluence Watersports (now Confluence Outdoor) as their EVP of Marketing & Sales.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water and quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes and markets an impressive collection of watercraft worldwide. These include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedaldriven recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks and fishing boats, standup pedal and paddleboards, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. To learn more, visit hobie.com.