WHO IS CARAWAY & CO?

Caraway & Co. is a service-driven, solution-minded sales agency representing prAna, Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, Mystery Ranch Backpacks, Socksmith, UGG, ,Helinox, Mountain Hardwear, VSSL, Havaianas & Sunday Afternoon. Our territory comprises the beautiful South & Western corner of the U.S. and serves the active lifestyle, surf, yoga, and wellness markets. We are an independently owned company providing innovative solutions, exceptional specialty experiences and amazing brands and products to these local communities.

WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?

Caraway & Co. listens carefully to our retailers. Whether they’re experiencing great changes in their markets or incredible successes, we consider ourselves their partners and provide innovative solutions to address challenges and mine opportunities as they evolve. Our main focus is to provide a retail experience built on proven consistency, trustworthy purchases and support that achieve goals.

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?

 

Caraway & Co. anticipates the needs of our buyers and their stores and offers solutions through our merchandising and branding experience, retail activation efforts and knowledge of proven and innovative retail practices. We bring fresh ideas and insights to the stores we support by cross-training the branding, merchandising and events that go the extra mile in supporting the customer experience.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY

" I've been working with Dana Caraway for at least 6 years now in connection with several of her lines spanning casual apparel to technical outdoor product. Dana is wonderful to work with. She is warm, pleasant and personable , and works hard to find answers to questions that come up. She handles even thorny and annoying issues with grace and charm. In line showings Dana is great about presenting the product, yet also keeping in mind the realities of our business, and offers balanced suggestions about what might work. I appreciate that she seems to care about who we are, rather than merely pushing the newest product. It makes it easy to hear her suggestions and make reasoned decisions about our assortment. This is a relationship business, and Dana is great with maintaining those relationships. While I might not buy every line she represents, any line she works with will get a fair hearing from me."
Lynell Lacey
Director of Buying, Sports Basement

THE CARAWAY & CO. TEAM

DANA
DANA CARAWAY

Principal

Dana’s approach and passion for Caraway & Co. were founded with her first job out of college. She was hired to teach first-grade experiential outdoor education in Boulder, Colorado. Working as an educator, she found her talent for identifying issues and creating solutions through curriculum transformed her students right in front of her eyes.

After being an in-house customer service manager, Dana moved on to be a Brand Manager at Stonewear Designs, supporting the design, production, and sales teams. Naturally, she later became a sales representative in the sales industry, translating her inherent ability to pinpoint issues and build solutions directly to the buyers and retail staff.

Dana later decided to chase her passion and founded Caraway & Co. She has built her team over the past twelve years into what it is today.

When Dana isn’t traveling or enjoying her time at home, she is biking, hiking, spending time with friends, and enjoying the outdoors as much as she can.

TERRY
TERRY IMUS

Principal

After growing up with the beach and sand of Laguna Hills California, Terry decided to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado. After Graduating with a degree in history, Terry traveled to San Francisco and joined a startup outdoor e-retailer before moving to a career as the first clothing buyer for Zappos.com. After 8 successful years at Zappos.com, managing the apparel categories for Outdoor, Action Sports, Golf, Western and Street, he decided to make a career change and move to the sales industry with Caraway & Co.

Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, especially in the outdoors, usually hiking or camping. He also enjoys racing his go-kart on the weekends, running, hiking or watching the Broncos.

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Felix Ugalde

Sales Representative CA & AZ Territory

Felix lives in beautiful Leucadia, CA, with his lovely wife Rebecca and their son Teddy. Born in Honolulu, HI, his Navy father moved their family to Encinitas in 1984, and Felix was fortunate enough to grow up in such an awesome city. Growing up in Southern California gave him the chance to be active, skateboard, and hit the ocean all year round.

Felix attended Cal State San Marcos and graduated with a B.A. in Communications, he also continued his education with a Masters Degree in business marketing, from National University, while also working full-time.

His passion for action sports allowed him to work with some fantastic local-brands, such as NIXON, Etnies, and Osiris Shoes for 13+ years! Within that time frame, he grew personally, professionally, and, until recently, got to make the switch-over to the outdoor lifestyle industry. Just before starting with Caraway and co, Felix was an employee at prAna (for close to 2 years), where he had the opportunity to work closely with our team.

“I am absolutely enthralled with this new opportunity to be on the other side of the sales table and delivery you service with a smile and a few laughs along the way.”

ANN BARTOSZ

Sales Representative – No. Cal

Growing up on the beaches, mountains and deserts of southern California had a huge influence on Ann. After years of working in surf shops and in-house at various companies, she eventually found her calling in the lifestyle and outdoor apparel industries as a sales representative, which combined her love of fashion and passion for the outdoors. Ann has worked as a sales representative in northern California for over 10 years.

Now living in northern California, Ann enjoys the outdoors with her family, running, hiking and exploring whenever she can get the chance.

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TIA KING

Sales Representative NW Territory

Tia grew up in beautiful Southern California where her love of the outdoors was fostered. This led to a career in the actions sports industry where she was in-house sales support and then eventually became the Customer Service and Sales Support Manager at Spy Optic.

 

After 13 successful years at Spy, Tia decided to continue her love for travelling and the outdoors and move to the Pacific Northwest to explore new terrain. She now lives in Seattle where she enjoys biking, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family sharing a good laugh!

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Ivan Stewart

Sales Representative

My beautiful mama gave birth to me in Norcal (Novato, CA) as a Navy brat, but I was raised for 27 years in colorful Colorado. Found an early passion/love in snowboarding and action sports at the age of 10 and competed up until the ripe retirement age of 17. Went to college in Steamboat Springs and turned a passion into an education/career by earning a degree in Ski and Snowboard business from Colorado Mountain College. Action and outdoor sports are what drive me. When it’s summertime, I stay by the water as often as possible. Love any water sports, boats, cliff jumping, or just camping by a babbling brook. My career and journey took me from Colorado to beautiful Washington in early 2019, where I have been anchored since.

Career-wise, I have roots in the retail space, where I started at BC Surf and Sport in Colorado and eventually found myself being offered my first marketing/tech rep job for the Rockies with Spy Optic. From then on, I have worked with countless brands such as Spy Optic, Zeal Optics, Zumiez, and Vail Resorts/Stevens Pass on the marketing/event/activation management side of things while also bolstering my experiences with some sales/retail-specific jobs with the likes of Traeger Grills, Low-Pressure Studio (PNW Snowboard Rep Agency), BC Surf and Sport, and Quiksilver/DC/Roxy.

Dad jokes, tattoos, snowboarding, and music are all my main hobbies in life, and I can’t wait to see y’all on the road!

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Ryan O'Connell

Sales Representative

Ryan’s passion for outdoor adventure started during his days growing up in Minnesota. When his ambition to climb and ski outgrew the hills of the midwest in 2001, he moved to Seattle to be closer to the Cascade Range.

His career in the outdoor industry began in 1997 as a sales associate at Active Endeavors (Iowa City, IA, and Madison, WI). He continued to work in outdoor retail until he got his first Sales Rep position in 2008. Since then, Ryan has represented over 30 outdoor lifestyle, footwear, ski, and accessory lines in the Pacific Northwest.

Ryan is currently living in West Seattle with his lovely wife and adventure buddy, Lilly. When he isn’t in the mountains, Ryan can be found in his other happy place…the kitchen, prepping a good meal with an IPA close by.

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Rett English

Sales Representative

Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, my first exposure to the outdoors was exploring the limestone caves of South Central Kentucky, and from an early age, I was hooked. In high school, I became a serious Cross Country runner, winning a couple of state championships. After a series of injuries forced me to retire from competitive running in college, I soon found a new love, climbing at the Red River Gorge. Starting my sophomore year of college, I spent every weekend, probably a few too many class days, climbing the pocketed sandstone cliffs in Eastern Kentucky.

With a year left until I graduated, I confused my parents by dropping out of college to live in the boulders behind Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley, working seasonally at the Crane Flat gas station and whichever ski resort had good snow. I spent three years working seasonally until I settled in Mammoth Lakes, CA. I worked at Mammoth Mountaineering and skied and climbed in the Eastern Sierra every chance I could.

After three years of working seasonally and two years in Mammoth, I was ready to finish my degree, so I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where I finished my bachelors in Economics and History while working at Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters. My passion for history remained, so I continued my studies and earned a master’s in History, focusing on the US-Mexico borderlands.

After my finishing master’s, I began working as a sales rep with brands in the Southwest. With the closure of climbing gyms and further uncertainty surrounding the beginning days of the covid-19 pandemic, I decided to look for in-house work and eventually landed at a climbing brand located in Salt Lake City, starting as a DSS Rep and finally a Key Account Sales Rep.

However, the Sierras have always called me home, and I have longed to be back among the Ponderosa Pines, swim in the alpine lakes, and climb the sierra granite. I am beyond excited to be joining the Caraway and Co crew.

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Tyler Junker

Sales Representative

He was born in Central Ohio and, after finishing his undergraduate degree, moved to the Greater Lake Tahoe area to pursue climbing, skiing, and other mountain sports. Enamored with the Eastern Sierra, Tyler stayed, and spends his free time around cliffs and boulders, finding fresh tracks in new snow, or swimming in the lake.

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CINDY REAVES

Support

Cindy grew up in beautiful Denver, CO. She has lived in Wyoming, Illinois, Washington, D.C. She and her husband Dod retired in 2016 and moved from Denver to live close to their granddaughters.

Cindy spent the previous 11 years working as an executive administrative assistant and event planner for a Fortune 500 company in Denver. When not having fun with her granddaughters, Cindy enjoys traveling and going on cruises. Her travels have taken her to Italy, England, France, the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and numerous other warm islands.

Cindy is a sports fanatic and loves watching her favorite football team, the Denver Broncos, and the LV Knights. She has a son, a daughter and the worlds best son-in-law. Cindy joined Caraway in December of 2018 and loves working with the Caraway & Co team. So much for retirement!

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STEPHANIE SIMMS

Support

After growing up in a small town in central Utah, Stephanie knew she needed some change and moved to Las Vegas, NV. She was later hired on at Zappos.com and was there for nine years, starting out in customer service. She later became the first office assistants for the Kids Merchandising Team. After working a few years on the Kids Team supporting the outdoor, western, and electronic departments, she transitioned over to become a Merchandise Planner. She later took on a new role of manning a team that created and managed the inventory flow between Zappos POs to Amazon Fulfillment centers. After leaving Zappos, Stephanie moved back to her hometown in Utah.

When Stephanie isn’t working on her business or exploring spreadsheets, she is working on her Tiny House that she built herself, working on her yard, or enjoying time with her two sons. She enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, and most of all, showing her kids how to explore the outdoors.

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