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Hoby Darling joined us in March 2013 and serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining us he served as General Manager of Nike+ Digital Sport, Nike, Inc. (NYSE:NKE). During his tenure with Nike he was a member of the Nike Affiliates Global Leadership team and served as the Head of Strategy and Planning for Nike Affiliates (Converse, Cole Haan, Hurley and Umbro). Prior to Nike Mr. Darling served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and General Counsel at Volcom from its initial public offering in 2005 until its sale to PPR in 2011. He was named to Sporting Goods Business' 40 Under 40 in Sports in 2010. Mr. Darling received MBA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business and Columbia University in New York, a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University in Chicago, and a B.A. from Western Washington University.
Patrick Grosso joined us in July 2013 and serves as our Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs. Mr. Grosso previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Tilly’s (NYSE: TLYS) from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Grosso served in various management and legal capacities at public national lending companies, as an associate with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP and as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Grosso received a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Economics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Mr. Grosso is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Jason Hodell joined us in November 2013 and serves as the CFO of Skullcandy, leading the finance, accounting and IT organizations. He brings restructuring experience, online commerce leadership and lifestyle brand entrepreneurship to the SkullCandy team.
He joined Skullcandy directly from serving as the CFO of Shopzilla, one of the largest families of comparison shopping engines (CSEs) in global Internet retailing today. Mr. Hodell led the company's finance and business operations organizations, including the real-time pricing of e-commerce leads sent to retailers and brands.
Prior to joining Shopzilla, Mr. Hodell was the CFO / COO of Move Networks, an IPTV technology pioneer and Utah based company, which was acquired by EchoStar Corporation in 2010.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hodell was the Senior Director of Business Operations at Digex, a publicly-traded managed IT services and complex web-hosting firm acquired by MCI (now Verizon Business) in 2003.
Prior to Digex, Mr. Hodell was an Associate in the Technology Investment Banking group of JPMorgan, focused on communications technology mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings. He served as portfolio manager at Plainview Capital for five years, ranked multiple times by BNY Mellon among the top 10 performing domestic small cap value equity funds. He then led the activist investment and restructuring of the AVP pro beach volleyball tour in 2008.
Mr. Hodell received his B.S. in Economics (Mathematical) from the United States Military Academy at West Point and then served for five years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. He earned his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Sam Paschel joined us in September 2012 and serves as our Chief Commercial Officer. From September 2012 to July 2013, he served as our Executive Vice President, Product Development and Merchandising. Prior to joining us, he served as the Senior Vice President, Marketing, from 2010 to 2012 for Burton Snowboards, the leading and largest international snowboard brand. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Paschel served in other management roles at Burton, including General Manager – The Program and Strategic Business Director. Mr. Paschel received a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College.