PADDLING BUSINESSstream: Brand And Marketing Leader Craig McAnsh Joins SylvanSport | Adventure Kayak Magazine | Rapid Media
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Brevard, NC April 26, 2018 - SylvanSport announces today the addition of Craig McAnsh as Vice President of Marketing. Craig will lead all branding, marketing, advertising and communications for SylvanSport as this outdoor adventure company enters a new phase of growth across North America and around the world.

Craig is a well-known figure in the marketing industry with more than 20 years experience building brands and businesses. Over his rich career, Craig has worked in leadership roles for global brands and agencies honing his expertise in brand strategy, creative, digital and experiential marketing, as well as consumer trends and insights. “I’m beyond excited to be joining the team at SylvanSport,” McAnsh stated, “and I’m looking forward to building upon the innovation and creativity that exists here to accelerate growth for this ground breaking outdoor brand.”

“Adding Craig to the leadership team is a significant part of our growth strategy,” said SylvanSport CEO, Tom Dempsey. “He brings a new level of excellence to SylvanSport that will allow us to advance our brand presence in the marketplace and set the stage for continued innovation in outdoor adventure.”

The marketing function at SylvanSport is being elevated given the expansion in manufacturing capacity and an ambitious list of innovative new products that will begin launching this fall. Kyle Mundt, whose former role also included marketing, will now be freed up to focus full time on product design as Vice President of New Product Development.

The Vice President of Marketing role at SylvanSport extends McAnsh’s impressive career in marketing for innovative global lifestyle brands. He reimagined entertainment marketing for McDonald’s and was named Entertainment Marketer of the Year. He also helped create and implement the first Player Escort Program to activate McDonald’s global sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup. While at Cartoon Network, he helped grow the fledgling Turner Broadcasting brand into a ratings leader with global reach and mass appeal. In 2015, McAnsh led the rebranding of MLS team D.C. United, and for the past two years he has been a futurist-consultant with Kantar Consulting helping guide clients like Ford, WhiteWave, Campari and Best Buy to better understand, anticipate and shape their future strategies. 

After living and working for the past three years in New York City and Chapel Hill, Craig and his wife will be relocating to Asheville where they plan to enjoy their shared passion for nature, travel and family. 

About SylvanSport

SylvanSport is an outdoor adventure brand in Brevard, NC. The company currently manufactures the GO Camping Trailer and the GO Easy Adventure Trailer. GO has been called the the “Coolest. Camper. Ever.” by National Geographic Adventure. The GO Easy is the most innovative and feature-packed bike, boat and cargo hauling, utility/camping trailer on the market. SylvanSport has a new line of breakthrough camping and outdoor gear products in development for release beginning later this year. 

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