John V. Schaefer has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director since August 2009 and served as our Secretary from August 2009 until December 2013. Before joining us, Mr. Schaefer served as the Chief Executive Officer of Team Express, an internet, catalog and retail marketer of sporting goods from December 2008 through August 2009. From August 2007 to December 2008, Mr. Schaefer was with Pierre Foods, a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of pre-cooked and ready-to-cook meals, including as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer from July 2008 to December 2008. From April 2007 to August 2007, Mr. Schaefer was Managing Director of Lightning Management, LLC, an executive management services firm. From February 1998 to April 2007, Mr. Schaefer held various positions, including that of President and Chief Executive Officer (April 2005 to April 2007), President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director (July 2004 to April 2005), and Chief Financial Officer (April 2001 to July 2004), with Cornerstone Brands, Inc., a family of catalog companies for the home, leisure and casual apparel, including Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Improvements, Smith+Noble, The Territory Ahead and TravelSmith. From August 1992 to February 1998, Mr. Schaefer served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Eastbay, Inc., a direct marketer of footwear, apparel, equipment and licensed and private label products. From September 2007 until January 2009, Mr. Schaefer was a director and member of the Audit Committee of The Parent Company, a commerce (toys, baby products and electronics), content and new media company controlled by D. E. Shaw Laminar Portfolios, L.L.C. that ceased operations in 2009. From February 2008 to July 2010, Mr. Schaefer was a director and member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating/Governance Committee of Kid Brands, Inc., a company that designs and markets branded infant and juvenile products in a number of categories. Mr. Schaefer received a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and was formerly a certified public accountant. Mr. Schaefer has been our President and Chief Executive Officer for over four years, and his leadership and strategic vision over these years have been critical to our success. Mr. Schaefer brings his knowledge of the day-to-day operations of our company to the board of directors, providing invaluable insight to the board of directors as it oversees our operations, growth and finances.
Kevan P. Talbot has served as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2009 and as our Secretary since December 2013. Mr. Talbot joined us as our Controller in June 2002 and also served as our Vice President of Finance from November 2005 to June 2009. Prior to joining us, Mr. Talbot served as an audit and business advisory manager at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Talbot also currently serves as Treasurer and Secretary of Utah Wildlife in Need, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to help Utah’s native wildlife. He has served in this capacity since 2008. Mr. Talbot is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Accountancy degree from Brigham Young University.
Mr. Barker is a highly accomplished executive with 25 years of multi-channel retail experience. He held leadership positions with several high profile retail companies, most recently as VP Global Officer for Walmart. At Walmart, he served in dual roles including President and CEO of Hayneedle.com, a leading online Home Furnishings retailer, as well as group leader for Home and Outdoor furnishings categories for U.S. ecommerce across Walmart.com, Jet.com and Hayneedle.com. In this position he helped develop a strategic vision for Hayneedle.com, including realigning structure and resources for a more merchandise focused strategy. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Barker was Chief Operating Officer of Hayneedle.com.
During this time, he was instrumental in building Hayneedle's supply chain, fulfillment network, care center, customer advocacy and the overall business platform. Prior to Walmart from 1999 to 2008, Mr. Barker served as SVP of Distribution-Logistics at Cornerstone Brands, which is comprised of home and lifestyle brands including Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements. While at Cornerstone Brands, he was responsible for all supply chain facets of the business. Mr. Barker also held various leadership roles in operations and business development for United Parcel Service.
Jeremy R. Sage has served as our Senior Vice President, Stores since April 2008. Mr. Sage is the chair of our real estate committee, has overseen the opening of all of our current and planned stores during the last four years and oversees the training of all store personnel. Mr. Sage joined us in 2001 as a Store Manager and served as a District Manager from October 2003 to July 2005 and as Vice President, Stores from July 2005 to April 2008. Previously, from January 1995 to September 1999, Mr. Sage worked as a Store Manager for a local outdoor retailer and, from September 1999 to April 2001, was a Branch Manager for Washington Mutual Bank. Mr. Sage is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Larry W. Knight has served as our Senior Vice President, Merchandising since November 2013. Mr. Knight also served as our Vice President, Hard Goods from December 2007 to November 2013 and as our Vice President, Merchandise Manager and Buyer from April 1997 to December 2007. Prior to joining us, from 1991 to 1997, Mr. Knight was an independent sales representative serving both retailers and wholesalers in the mountain states region. Mr. Knight has 28 years of experience in the sporting goods industry and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University.
Michael L. Van Orden has been our Chief Technology Officer since January 2001. Prior to joining us, Mr. Van Orden worked in information technology for various industries, including high-tech and mortgage banking. Mr. Van Orden has worked in the information technology field for more than 25 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Utah.
Matthew G. French has served as our Vice President, Compliance since December 2003. Mr. French joined us in 1997 and has worked in various positions in the management of the hunting department. Mr. French has more than 20 years of experience in the sporting goods industry and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Montana State University.
Travis Mann has served as a Vice President since January of 2014. During this time he has overseen our EComm and most recently Real Estate and Field Merchandising. Mr. Mann also served as a District Manager from June 2005 to December 2013, as a Store Manager from February 2003 to April 2007, and as a Hunting Manager from February 2000 to January 2003. Prior to joining us, from 1990 to 2000, Mr. Mann worked for H. J. Heinz Company in various positions, including six years as a Production Manager.
Jeremy Williams has served as the Director of Operations since February, 2016. Prior to this role he has served in various management positions within our organization, including DC General Manager, Warehouse Manager as well as various retail positions within our company. Mr. Williams has over 23 years of retail and distribution management experience.
Stephen Coffey has served as the Vice President of Marketing since February 2017. Prior to this role he served in various management positions within our organization, including as Vice President of Field Merchandising, Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Merchandising of Fishing and Soft Goods and Vice President of Fishing as well as various other positions at our retail stores. Mr. Coffey has over 23 years of retail experience.