About Us — The Crew
Associate, Eric Fitch
Eric was born and raised in Kane, PA. Being in the heart of the Allegheny
National Forest Eric was able to recreate outdoors in all seasons and enjoys everything from Fishing to Mountain Biking, just get him outside. Striking out west to attend college in Parks and Recreation Management Eric immediately fell in Love with Flagstaff, Arizona's wide open skies, beautiful Mountain Peaks, and huge one forests (being close to Sedona didn't hurt either.) Now with Kahtoola for three years you can find Eric on the other end of the line if you need anything regarding sales or product questions. That little fella in the picture, that is Eric's son Nolan,...Coolest guy on the planet! Both love bacon and cookies!
Associate, Chris Bunch
Chris was born in California, and raised in Phoenix, AZ. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design, he headed straight to Kahtoola where he does product design and engineering. He has fun spending time with his girlfriend Sue and their two dogs, Sasha and Spock. Although Chris enjoys just about every outdoor activity, he favors climbing and backpacking, and loves exploring the Grand Canyon. He also enjoys traveling and so far has made trips to Brazil, Taiwan, South Korea, and two trips to China.
Associate, Danny Giovale
Danny is the founder of Kahtoola. He is often found designing and prototyping our future products or pondering the many questions posed by other associates -- figuring if it takes him long enough to answer they will come up with an excellent idea in the meantime. He enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa, and their twin girls Katie and Heather. He is never lacking for things to do and given the chance heads straight for the nearest climbing area to enjoy excellent climbing around Flagstaff.
Associate, Amy Fleming
Amy was born and raised in Southern California. but her family moved to Flagstaff in the 80's. She now resides with her son Tyler, husband Charley, and three dogs, Suzie, Bones and Roxy. When Amy is not working at Kahtoola by taking care of customer service or sending out your packages or one of the many other jobs she dose, you can find her fishing the many lakes of Northern Arizona or hiking in the forest. She loves to knit and has become very good, knitting almost every night while relaxing at home. She hopes soon to move back to a warmer climate near the ocean.
Associate, Laura Wheeler
Laura has fun crunching numbers at Kahtoola. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in Parks and Recreation Management. After many life adventures she found her way to Kahtoola, the perfect fit in being a team member to this amazing outdoor company. Laura is passionate about all things winter, alpine skiing, snowboarding, and tele skiing. You can find her on the local mountain every chance she gets. In summer time Laura can be found out on her paddleboard, riding her mountain bike and playing disc golf. When not out and about she is planting flowers and enjoys spending time with friends and her furry family, Dolores and Mojo.
Associate, Vance White
Someone has to make all this sweet stuff! Vance is in charge of production and loves playing with our products. Born and raise in Arizona, he spends most of his free time outdoors. Hiking, biking,riding his dirt bike, or falling down a mountain looking for lost treasure, he is always coming back with new bruises. Since he lives downtown, you just might bump in to him walking the streets of Flagstaff.
Associate, Jeremiah Torres
Jeremiah moved to Flagstaff from Seattle in 2009 and immediately fell in love with Northern Arizona. A food and wine obsessed Koreanophile that loves hiking, swimming, and building Kahtoola products. Jeremiah enjoys living life to it's fullest and all that his mountain town has to offer.
Associate, Hilary Childs
Hilary has worked at Kahtoola for going on 6 years now and has loved learning all she has and can't wait to see what is next. She has lived in Flagstaff for most of her life and can't really imagine leaving. She lives with her husband Matt, and their two dogs Annie and Skye and loves being outside as much as possible. Hilary's favorite get away is her weekly volleyball league where she plays with the coolest bunch of people ever and always leaves with smile on her face.