Gertrude (Gert) Boyle, Columbia Sportswear; Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton Snowboards; and Patrick Galyan
, are the newest winners of this special honor.
...Patrick Galyan Galyan's Pat Galyan
was born in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Albert and Naomi Galyan, where his father was a prominent local grocer.
Upon graduation in 1972, Pat
commission in the U.S. Navy
and spent most of his
tour in the Aleutian Islands.After leaving the service, he
returned home and started to run the family business, which included two grocery stores and Galyan's Trading Post, which at that time was a boat, gun and fishing store.
Upon taking over, Pat
quickly eliminated the grocery stores and started to expand the sporting goods offerings at the Post, which evolved into a full-sports and boat store of 60,000-70,000 square feet.He
developed a penchant for large stores in order to provide the customer with great assortments. He
also was very focused on customer service.With this background and belief system of "staying in stock and waiting on the customer" as the bedrock on how to operate at retail, he
first store outside Indianapolis, in Columbus, Ohio.This store was a true "category killer" in every way, and it caught the eye of The Limited, which decided to purchase the company.
The Limited retained Pat
to run and build the operation into a national chain, which he
did under The Limited's ownership for three years.At that time, Pat
decided to retire, and sold the majority of the company to Freeman Spogli, which embarked on a national rollout of the chain.
...Pat served on the NSGA Board of Directors from 1993-97. Pat
has a son, Courtney, a daughter, Paige, and currently lives in Indianapolis with his
spends the bulk of his
time in the outdoors with his
wife - hunting, fishing, skiing, camping, and hiking. He also works with The Conservation Fund, a national organization that forges partnerships to conserve America's legacy of land and water resources, primarily through land acquisition.
Founded in 1929, NSGA
's mission is to help all members profit in a competitive marketplace.The Association organizes and hosts the annual NSGA
Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, the sporting goods industry's premier educational and networking event (Next: May 18-21, 2003, at the new JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz.).