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Paul Gomez on moving to Podium

By Tiffany Montgomery
July 05, 2011 7:15 AM

Paul Gomez tells us why he moved from Hurley to Podium Distribution and the opportunity he sees.

 

How did this arrangement with Podium come about?

I had been speaking with a few friends interested in investing in some clothing brands that have potential for solid growth, and I mentioned a couple that I believed had a solid opportunity to do some amazing things in the future. Podium was at the top of the list.

 

What attracted you to the company?

The fact that the Dunlaps and Gavin have always had a light hearted approach to the action sports space while delivering great product to the market has been something that I have always admired about the brand.

 

Did you invest in the company?

Yes. 110% of my time and dedication as of last week and for years to come.

 

What in your years of experience do you bring to the table that can help Podium?

A fresh set of eyes to an already amazing group of people.

 

Do you see an opening in the market for Matix? What do you think the brand needs to grow?

Without a doubt. Matix has amazing product and with tighter stories in Skate and Surf we think we will get some solid traction. A focused strategy will really help us get some wins in the near future at retail.

 

When I think of your background, I think of it as more of a surf background, a music background. Are you also involved in the skate world, too?

I would be lying if I said I was a skater - Tim Gavin can hold that down for us. Podium has a rich history in skate and other sports as well that we can build on in the near future. I'm sure we can leverage my relationships in music and surf along the way as well.

 

You’ve been around a long time. What do you think the state of the industry is today? Do you see windows of opportunity not being exploited?

Thanks for making me feel old. The industry will always change - as it should - and we keep seeing people wanting to be part of this space. With Volcom selling, the Skullcandy IPO getting ready to go to market, Billabong and Hurley partnering on events and Nike stock up big time last week and with all its investment in action sports, I would say the industry is doing just fine.

 

For sure I see a window of opportunity not being exploited. That's why I came over to Podium so we can exploit it.

 

 

 

 

 


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