The faces behind Never Summer!

Posted on Wednesday 15th June, 2011 Times Viewed: 7975
Following on from the well received reviews and Q+A with Product Development Manager Vince Sanders we received a bunch of profiles of the men behind Never Summer. From the Owners Tim and Tracey Canaday to the cut and sidewall finisher Dom Maxey, we get an insight into the men behind the brand. Most of the guys are pictured with custom boards, many they have handmade themselves. GONEboarding also have a shot of owner Tim with a 2012/13 base graphic.
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Name: Mike “Gags” Gagliardi
Job Description: Snow Sales Manager
Interesting Tidbit: Know as “Gags” since the third grade, Mike cut and set up his custom No Board out of an 2010/11 F1 Premier.

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Name: Adam Baker
Job Description: Quality Control/Finishing
Years at NS: 4
Seasons on snow: 11
Interesting Tidbit: Adam’s top-sheet is a satellite image of Keystone Mountain, one of his favorite places to ride.

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Name: Derek Howell
Job Description: Production Supervisor
Years at NS: 4
Seasons on snow: 12
Interesting Tidbit: Derek is an American Indian and the wolf, peace pipe and tomahawk hand cut out for his base represent the Pawnee Tribal Seal. He is also a champion Pow Wow dancer.

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Name: Micah “Mizza” Angel
Job Description: Operations and Production Scheduling Manager
Years at NS: 6
Seasons on snow: 13
Interesting Tidbit: Not only does Micah handle the production schedule (which is job in itself) but also our raw materials purchasing. He also enjoys special projects for alcohol companies. “ Hey Mizza, we need more of that there glow off the snow P-Tex and some Carbonium”!

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Name: Domonic “Dom” Maxey
Job Description: Cut/Sidewall Finishing
Years at NS: 8
Seasons on snow: 16
Interesting Tidbit: After getting a personal tour from owner Tracey Canaday. TC noticed his Kareem Abdul-Jabbar like wingspan and immediately thought “side edge grinder”. Dom left with a job and later his custom Carbonium Heritage test board.

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Name: Gabe Maldonado
Job Description: Office Manager
Years at NS: 10
Years on Longboard: 4
Interesting Tidbit: Colorado native who grew up in Denver, Gabe is a lifelong Bronco fan. He also enjoys playing the drums.

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Name: Gino Sasso
Job Description: Assistant Longboard Manager
Years at NS: 1
Seasons on snow: 1
Interesting Tidbit: Our resident sports encyclopedia Gino is brother to longtime NS team rider John.

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Name: John Maldonado
Job Description: Longboard Manager
Years at NS: 4(ever)
Years on Longboard: 4
Interesting Tidbit: John like brother Gabe is a musician plays and teaches guitar. He also bleeds orange.

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Name: Sean MacAllister
Job Description: VP Sales/Skate Director
Years at NS: 17
Years on board: 26 Snowboarding/31 Skating
Interesting Tidbit: Sean has been involved with many NS innovations and brand direction, including the conception of our Longboard division. He recently launched a new brand, NSA Wheels.

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Name: Justin Lindel
Job Description: Cut/Finish/Side Grind
Years at NS: 4
Seasons on snow: 13
Interesting Tidbit: When Justin isn’t launching his Assault longboard off our loading dock, he’s launching himself out of an airplane. He’s an avid skydiver with over 100 jumps.

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Name: Cuauhtémoc “Memo” Tiscaren
Job Description: Production Manager
Years at NS: 16
Seasons on snow: 15
Interesting Tidbit: Memo hails from Zacatecas, Mexico and has worked with wood most of his life. He’s “the Man”!

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Name: Seth Wahlert
Job Description: Finish/Quality Control
Years at NS: 6
Seasons on snow: 15 (4 on longboard)
Interesting Tidbit: When Seth isn’t peeling himself off the asphalt or making fine snowboards, he is peeling salmon off a fishing boat in Alaska.

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Name: Tony Sasgen
Job Description: International Sales Manager/Mid-West & Nor Cal Sales Rep.
Years at NS: 7
Seasons on snow: 22
Interesting Tidbit: Tony worked his way up from an internship to International Sales Manager. Note; maps in background for future world snowboard/longboard domination.

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Name: Bentley Blaho
Job Description: Finishing Supervisor
Years at NS: 16
Seasons on snow: 30
Interesting Tidbit: Bentley along with his brother Justin built 135 splitboards over the course of 12 years as a side project. They continue this legacy by designing cutting, mounting and finishing all of our factory splits. Bentley enjoys kiteboarding in his free time.

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Name: Justin”Juice” Blaho
Years at NS: 16
Seasons on snow: 20
Job Description: Production Supervisor
Interesting Tidbit: Artist and air brusher Justin built this custom when the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl back in 1997. Around the same time Juice started charging Vail’s Back Bowls.

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Name: Jared “JROD” White
Job Description: Shipping/Inventory Manager
Years at NS: 4
Seasons on Snow: 19
Interesting Tidbit: JROD’s top-sheet for his custom was one of the alternate graphic options for the 2010/11 Raptor.

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Name: Donald “Donny” Budlong
Job Description: Press Operator/Quality Control
Years at NS: 2
Seasons on snow: 22
Interesting Tidbit: Coming to NS from working at snowboard shops in Bozeman, MT. Donny an avid rock climber found inspiration for his custom F1 top-sheet graphic from his tattoos.

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Name: Jose P. Dalton
Job Description: Repairs and Alterations “Master Tech”
Years at NS: 6
Seasons on snow: 15
Interesting Tidbit: Jose is one of the best techs in the nation if not the world, has done thousands of repairs for our loyal customers. He built this custom Evo Grom 130 for his nephew.

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Name: Steve “Kansas” Arpin
Years at NS: 1
Seasons on snow: 3
Interesting Tidbit: The only corn Kansas is harvesting now is our spring snow. Steve’s custom Heritage was the inspiration for a future limited run of boards for one of our flagship retailers.

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Name: Chris Winchell
Job Description: Press Operator/Quality Control
Years at NS: 4
Seasons on snow: 3
Interesting Tidbit: Chris used our 2010/11 SL graphic and added the killer blue shadow for his custom Carbonium Revolver. On the base Chris hand cut each color piece.

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Name: Jason White
Job Description: Product Designer/Printing Specialist
Years at NS: 5
Years at NS: 16
Interesting Tidbit: In addition to designing kick ass longboards like our new Revolt, Jason loves a huge rack.

Owners

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Name: Tracey “TC” Canaday
Job Description: Commander in Chief
Years at NS: 20
Seasons on snow: 28
Interesting Tidbit: Not only does TC love to roost snow but also dirt, pictured with his NS Custom YZ450 “Flame Thrower”. Notice his plate number 91 for the year Never Summer was founded

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Name: Tim Canaday
Job Description: Owner, Designer and Engineer
Years at NS: 20
Seasons on snow: 28
Interesting Tidbit: Tim is holding a “mystery” 2012-2013 all mountain freestyle board.

Thanks again to Vince 'Vman' Sanders and GB moderator fatbob for arranging the feature and the guys at Never Summer for taking the time to give us a behind the view look at Never Summer.

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