JAMES L. EASTON
Jim Easton worked in the family business (Jas. D. Easton, Inc.) from an early age and became Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1973. His father developed the aluminum arrow shaft in 1946 and with creative application of the cutting edge process, Easton moved new markets from wood and steel sports equipment to lightweight, high-strength, aluminum and carbon composite products—arrow shafts, ski poles, and baseball, softball, hockey and cycling equipment.
Easton served as chairman of Easton-Bell Sports after the 2006 merger of Easton Sports and Bell-Giro. He also served as chairman of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., the world’s largest archery equipment company—owner of Easton Technical Products, Hoyt and Delta Sports.
Easton is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (1959) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Easton is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Anderson School at UCLA, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Archery Association Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the LA84 Foundation.
Easton was president of the International Archery Federation (now known as World Archery) from 1989 to 2005. He was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1994, and in 2002, was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board and one of the four Vice Presidents of the IOC. He is also a member of United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GREGORY J. EASTON
Greg Easton joined the Easton companies in July 1989, and has held various positions throughout the company. Mr. Easton is the President and Chairman of the Board of Jas. D. Easton, Inc. – owner of Easton Technical Products and Hoyt Archery.
Mr. Easton serves as a board member for several foundations and organizations, including: The Easton Foundations, Archery Trade Association, USA Archery, and an Executive Committee Member of World Archery. Through these roles, he was able to bring World Cup Archery events to the United States for the first time, as the President of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 World Archery Youth Championships, and the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Third Leg of the Archery World Cup.
Mr. Easton holds an MBA and a BA in Economics, both from UCLA. He lives in Utah with his loving wife and two kids. He enjoys watching international competition, is an avid bow hunter, and enjoys other outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, golf, and skiing.
Karen Griffin is the Corporate Risk Manager for Jas. D. Easton, Inc., the parent company of Easton Technical Products and Hoyt Archery. Karen started her career as court clerk for a Utah circuit and district court, as well as a case manager at the Utah Court of Appeals. She also worked for a Salt Lake City-based law firm and for Ernst & Young before joining Easton in 1992.
Karen serves as the corporate secretary for the Easton Foundations, as well as a member of the Boards of Directors. She also serves on the Board and as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Archery Association Foundation, as well as President and Board member of the Utah Chapter of Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS).
Karen holds a B.S. degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Utah. She and her husband, Gray, live in Utah and enjoy hiking, golf, and snowshoeing.
Daren Cottle is VP and Chief Financial Officer of the outdoor products company Jas. D. Easton, Inc., parent company of Easton Archery, Hoyt Archery, Beman, Fuse and Delta McKenzie. Daren began his career with the CPA firm Deloitte before spending 11 years with Huntsman Corporation and Huntsman Packaging. After Huntsman, he was the Controller of Specialized Bicycle and CFO of Sun Optics before joining Easton in 2004.
Daren serves on the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee to the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Daren enjoys bowhunting and target archery and spends as much time as possible in the backcountry mountain biking, backcountry skiing, trail running, climbing, hiking and camping.
Daren is a CPA and holds a Masters degree from Weber State University.
Randy Walk joined Hoyt in 1985. During his first ten years, Randy worked in and led the engineering, product development, and production efforts. In 1995 Walk assumed the role of President of Hoyt Archery, Inc.
Randy has contributed significantly to the growth of the Hoyt Archery Company including the development of two additional brands managed by Hoyt. He has ten archery product patents and several archery patents pending. Two of these patents make up the core design elements used in all current Hoyt compound bows which has set Hoyt bows apart from the competition in both feature and performance.
He was inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame in 2003 for his Design and Manufacturing Expertise and contribution to the Archery Industry and recognized by Outdoor life in 2010 as the top 25 most influential people for his innovation in bowhunting gear.
Randy is a recognized leader in the archery market and industry and has served three consecutive terms as a Board of Director of the Archery Trade Association and served 30 years on the Archery Trade Associations Technical Committee.
Randy is also a Board Member of Hoyt Archery, Inc., the Utah Bowmen’s Association, and serves on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources equipment regulation committee.
Randy is an avid Archer and Bowhunter. He has hunted all over the world and enjoys his time afield with his family and Hoyt co-workers. Walk holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah.
Erin is currently the Regional Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross Utah/Nevada region, which works every day to prevent and alleviate human suffering. She is the former Chief Executive Officer for Utah Community Action and has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector.
Erin has worked with numerous corporations and foundations on philanthropic giving and assists donors to make strategic decisions with their giving platforms. She has developed initiatives on homeless issues, teen parenting, and nutrition. Erin is currently launching the Beta for the American Red Cross titled “One Red Cross” that strategically merges the blood business with the humanitarian services. This Beta will be launched to the rest of the Country in 2019.
Erin has a Master’s degree in Family Development and Social Policy and an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate all from the University of Utah. Erin serves on a variety of Boards in the community and her true passion lies with issues related to women and children facing adversity. She is a Board member of the College of Social and Behavior Science at the University of Utah, and Board member of the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics. Erin was named one of Utah Business’ “30 Women to Watch” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young.
Danielle Timmerman-Gertsch’s history is wrapped around camp. At an early age, she knew she wanted to work in the camp industry so pursued degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Administration to make her a better camp professional. Danielle’s professional experience includes working with day and residential YMCA camps, spearheading education initiatives with the National Recreation and Park Association, building partnerships around play with KaBOOM!, consulting with international camping organizations and teaching at nationally accredited Universities. Currently, she serves on national and local boards while consulting on strategic planning and risk management issues. Danielle looks forward to working with ESDF to advance the incredible sport of Archery.