every member of our team is important and contributes to our success

OUR TEAM

At Diamond Brand Gear, we are proud to both design and manufacture gear and are committed to the daily habit of innovation. We have introduced LEAN Manufacturing principles in our manufacturing.  This is a team effort. We appreciate everyone's individual contribution and respect our unique differences because "differences enrich us and respect unites us."

Click above to learn about opportunities to join our team.

Key Managers

Kim Hensley

Production Assistant

I see myself as willing, thoughtful, and friendly.

I am inspired by my daughter, tenacious people, and helping others.

Michael Atkins

Warehouse & Logistics Manager

Our favorite droid, R2D2.

Vlad Stepanov

Supervisor

I see myself as honest, dedicated, and adventurous.

I am inspired by my family, nature, and reading.

Maria Lassman

Supervisor

Coming Soon.

Rhonda Landon

Supervisor

I see myself as dependable, personable, and enthusiastic.

I am inspired by our mountains, teamwork, and encouraging others.

Senior Staff

Erin Doran

Erin Doran, Design Engineer

Coming Soon.

Eric McKeehan

Eric McKeehan, Accounting Manager

Coming Soon.

Dan McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy, Systems & IT Manager

Daniel came to Diamond Brand Gear in 2014 after eleven years serving as Systems and IT Manager and Inventory Control Manager at Prince Manufacturing. Prior to Prince, Daniel provided technical support for BellSouth ADSL and spent several years as an Inventory Control specialist at Volvo Construction Equipment. Originally from New Orleans, he moved to Western North Carolina with his family in 1989. Daniel received an associate’s degree in computer programming from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College in 2002 and a bachelor’s degree in information systems from American Intercontinental University in 2006. He lives in Arden with his wife and two sons. Daniel enjoys listening to and writing music and plays guitar and piano.

Trey Hellums

Trey Hellums, Procurement Manager

Trey came to Diamond Brand Gear with over ten years of purchasing and warehouse management experience. Previously, he spent two years with North American Roofing as their Procurement and Logistics Manager ensuring large commercial roofing projects had the necessary materials and tools to complete their jobs on time and under budget. Prior to North American Roofing, Trey worked for seven years with Phenix Research Products as their National Operations Manager where he managed a purchasing department and warehouse that served the DNA/ life science research laboratories found across the country. Trey has a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Memphis and is also certified as an instructor. He and his wife have lived in Asheville for ten years and have a son. Trey enjoys reading, live music, and traveling with the family.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith, Sales Manager

Michael joined the Diamond Brand Gear family in 2017. He has more than 13 years of Specialty Outdoor Industry experience and has worked with many great brands throughout the Southeast. He has a passion for the Outdoor Industry and the people that make it all happen. Most recently Michael was the Senior Buyer for Diamond Brand Outdoors in Asheville NC. He has a Music Business degree from Belmont University in Nashville TN and after hiking the AT in '04 realized the Outdoor industry is where he belonged. He lives in Black Mountain with his wife, 2-year-old daughter, another kiddo due in December, and his 161 lbs St Bernard pup named Chunk Chunk. Michael enjoys doing anything outside with his family.

Lisa Brill

Lisa Brill, Director of R&D

Lisa joined the Diamond Brand team in 2006 after spending a year in Fairbanks, Alaska working on a Department of Defense development project. Prior to that, Lisa enjoyed the wide open spaces in and around Bozeman, Montana while working at Dana Design and Mystery Ranch; both are backpack companies. Lisa has worked in Product Development since 1990. She has filled many roles since joining Diamond Brand including Line Supervisor and Assistant Plant Manager. She has designed packs and bags along with protective covers for several of our customers. Lisa has great passion for Polar Bears and the Far North. Lisa enjoys ocean kayaking and hiking as well as reading a good book.

Lauren Rash

Lauren Rash, Vice President of Operations

Lauren serves as Vice President of Operations and oversees manufacturing planning, product design, quality and operations. Lauren came to Diamond Brand Gear after spending five years at GE Aviation, where she was the plant’s Lean Six Sigma leader and strategic growth coordinator, servicing two Aviation value streams for the Asheville plant. Before GE, Lauren owned her own design consulting company, Designs and Drafting, designing and making manufacturing drawings for industries including furniture, lighting, archery equipment, transducers, and more. Lauren is native to North Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University’s School of Design in 2000. She and her husband have lived in Western North Carolina for ten years and have a son. She enjoys hiking, reading and dabbling in fine art creations.

John Delaloye

John Delaloye, CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, John provides overall strategic direction to the company. John moved to Asheville, North Carolina and joined Diamond Brand, Diamond Brand Gear's predecessor company, as a partner and CFO in 2005. Before moving to Asheville, John lived in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was the Chief Financial Officer of Edgeview Partners, an investment banking firm. Prior to joining Edgeview, he co-founded a real estate brokerage firm (My Townhome), partnered in a private equity group (Core Point Partners), financed the development of condominiums and townhomes (The Boulevard Company), and traded currency options and derivatives (First Union National Bank). Prior to moving to Charlotte in 1994, John lived in Chicago, Illinois where he met his wife. They have two children. John earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1989 and a master's degree in business administration from The University of Chicago in 1992. John was born in St. Louis, Missouri (he is still a St. Louis Cardinals fan) and enjoys playing golf and skiing.

Current Openings

Diamond Brand Gear is always looking for sewing machine operators with experience running several different types of industrial sewing machines with enthusiasm. We embrace lean manufacturing and flowing product, so every day is different and sewing various types of goods is the way of life. We are a small business that values our employees opinions, suggestions and expertise in making our product and environment better in safety, quality and delivery. If manufacturing, sewing and learning new skills excites you then please apply.  Industrial sewing experience is preferred, but not required.

If you have an interest in speaking with us about any of these positions, please email a cover letter and resume to careers@diamondbrandgear.com

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