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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!