REI Members Elect New Members to Board of Directors

Apr 30, 2013

SEATTLE – National outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI today announced that Steven Hooper and Anthony Truesdale have been elected by REI members to three-year terms on the co-op’s board of directors. In addition, incumbent directors John Hamlin and Dagoberto (Bert) Quintana were re-elected to new three-year terms.

The REI board also appointed Matt Compton to a one-year term. Earlier in the year, the board also appointed Chloe Harford to fill a one-year term.

Hamlin was elected to his third three-year term on the REI board. Hamlin is president and managing partner of Bozeman Limited Partnership, a private equity firm based in Austin, Texas. Previously, he was an executive at Dell, Inc. where his assignments included leading its $16 billion global online business and its $8 billion U.S. consumer business. He has served on the REI board since 2007 and has served two terms as board chair.

Quintana was appointed to a one-year board term in 2011 and subsequently appointed to serve out the term of an elected board member who resigned. He is the president and chief executive officer of Sitel Worldwide Corporation, a global customer care provider headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. with over 57,000 employees in 25 countries. Prior to joining Sitel, Quintana held several executive roles at Dell, Inc., including vice president of U.S. consumer sales and service.  

Hooper is founder and partner in a venture capital firm based in Bellevue, Wash. He previously served as the CEO of AT&T Wireless/McCaw Cellular and was chairman and CEO of Nextlink and co-CEO of Teledesic with Craig McCaw.  Hooper has been involved with Seattle University for nearly 20 years, where he has served as a trustee and board chair.

Truesdale resides in New Jersey, where he is the CEO of Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a national multichannel specialty retailer of nutritional products.  He has 30 years of experience in retail including store operations, merchandising, supply chain and strategy development.

Harford resides in Seattle.  She has a background in digital commerce including her current position as vice president of product management and strategy at Zillow, a leading online real estate information marketplace. She also serves on the board of directors of The Mountaineers.

Compton is CEO of ShopIgniter, Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based company that provides businesses an enterprise social marketing platform. He is also an active participant and advisor in the Portland technology startup community. In addition to his business background, Compton serves on the board of the Access Fund, an advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment.

The board also re-elected John Hamlin for another year as chair and re-elected Cheryl Scott, senior advisor at the Gates Foundation, as vice chair.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.