Business briefs: SmartWool veteran Flanagan leaves for new position

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Longtime SmartWool employee Gardner Flanagan, who was in on the early days of the company in 1997, announced this week that he has accepted a new position in Steamboat Springs with Healthcare Informatics Specialists Consulting Group.

Flanagan resigned his position as channel marketing manager (lifestyle/catalog/online) with SmartWool effective at the end of the month.

Flanagan wrote in an email that when he began his career with SmartWool, he was the seventh full-time employee. At the time, the company did less than $5 million in sales. Today, he is one of 106 employees and the company does more than $120 million in sales.

“It will be a brand that will continue to grow and prosper and is in good hands,” Flanagan wrote. “It has been a fun and eventful run here at SmartWool. I take great pride in my role growing this.”

“SmartWool has been a great experience, but this new opportunity will allow me more time to spend with Millie and the kids while offering long-term stability,” Flanagan said.  

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