Meet the Faces Behind SylvanSport: Kyle Mundt

It takes a lot of talented and committed folks to make a company successful. From conception, to start-up, to expansion, it takes a certain type of person to not only handle the transitions, but be able to evolve through the changes of a growing company. Here at SylvanSport, we are lucky enough to have a couple folks that fit that bill. For our profile this week, we would like to introduce you to one of the founding members of SylvanSport and Director of Marketing and New Product Development, Kyle Mundt.

Where are you from and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Clinton, NY (near Utica, where a Dunder Mifflin office is) and moved to West Chester (a suburb of Philadelphia and home of several of the Jack Ass guys), PA when I was 13. After high school, I went back to Western New York state to go to college, at Rochester Institute of Technology for Industrial Design.

Kyle, in Australia, helping with the launch of the Ultimate GO trailer.

How long have you been with SylvanSport and how did you get your start here?

In early 2007, I was working as an industrial designer, when a friend introduced me to Tom Dempsey (SylvanSport President). He was looking for someone to do 3D modeling work for him on a new project that he was developing. Once I saw what he was working on, I saw the potential and became pretty excited, I knew I wanted in on this project. I originally came on as an industrial designer and in 2008, when we went into production, I expanded my role to include marketing and product development.

Kyle working on the first production GO Trailer.

What types of hobbies or interests do you have when you’re not in the office?

I’m a big ice hockey fan (both playing and watching). Living in Brevard, it’s hard not to get out on the trails on the bike or a nice hike. Another benefit of Brevard and Asheville is the number of great restaurants and local craft breweries. I love getting to spend time with my 2 kids as well. Of course, I still love good design and playing with new designs. My interest in music has inspired some fun design work that I’ve been playing with.

The world famous "Breakaway Grill" team and the coveted Colander Cup

Spending time with his daughters.

What is it about SylvanSport that keeps you here?

It really is a dream company for an industrial designer. Often, designers end up modifying, tweaking, or improving things that already exist. Here, I was able to be part of the creation of a whole new product, right from the beginning. It really is a unique opportunity. Combine that with being located in a mountain town like Brevard, NC and it’s almost unheard of.

Inspecting the first GO .

If you weren’t at SylvanSport, what would you most likely be doing?

I’ve been working on a design for a new electric guitar concept. My alternate life would be to bring my design into production and pursue that. Although, it would take some investment to get it going…anyone, anyone?

The uplifting SylvanSport family.

What is your dream adventure or trip?

I’ve always dreamed of going to¬†Scandinavia. I would love to go hike around, check out Finland and the fjords, and even see the northern lights. That would be awesome.

Kyle training for the fjords of Scandinavia in Devil's Lake WI.

I guess we’ll let Kyle get back to work. We’ll be highlighting another “face behind SylvanSport” before not too long, so stay tuned. Of course, if you have any questions for Kyle, just give him a call here at the office. Happy trails!

Meet the faces behind SylvanSport: Patrick Bailey

Here at SylvanSport, we like to think of ourselves as more than just makers of incredibly cool, versatile, and innovative trailers. We’re people too…individuals who put in our time, energy, ideas, and hearts into what we do. So, with that¬† said, we would like to introduce some of the good folks working “behind the scenes”. Periodically, we’ll do a profile and quick Q&A with one of the members of the SylvanSport family.

This week, we would like to introduce Patrick Bailey. Hailing from Weaverville, NC, Patrick is our production coordinator and lead welder/fabricator. With a natural sense of design and mechanics, as well as strong managerial skills, Patrick keeps production running smoothly and efficiently. We pulled Patrick aside for a moment and asked him a couple of quick questions. Here’s what he had to say:

How long have you been with SylvanSport?

Since May 2011

What would you say is your favorite thing about working here:

Definitely the atmosphere. It’s laid back and everyone gets along. Everyone carries their load and helps each other out. There aren’t a lot of internal politics that you find in a lot of other places. It seems very balanced – low stress, low conflict.

When you’re not at SylvanSport, what do you like to do? Hobbies?

I’m definitely a gearhead. Mostly cars and trucks. My family has had a race team since I was 3 years old, so I grew up building and racing cars. We race “dirt late model” cars, which is basically building cars from the chassis up and racing on oval dirt tracks. I love creating high performance engines…diesels too.

I also really love hunting and fishing. I primarily hunt deer and turkey. Pisgah National Forest is great, north of I-40. There’s lots of good hunting up there. I do a little bit of everything…bow, gun, muzzle loader. In terms of fishing, my favorite is trout. I like all kinds of fishing, with the exception of lake/boat fishing. Some of my favorite trout fishing spots are up in Yancey County.

If you weren’t working at SylvanSport, what would you be doing?

I would love to work in NASCAR. On a team in some capacity, maybe crew chief. Chassis fabrication work or motor work would be fun too.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little better. If you have any questions either about or for Patrick, feel free to leave us a comment below. Keep checking back, as we’ll be highlighting another face behind SylvanSport before not too long!