Outdoorsy expands its US team with former Expedia and Hotels.com finance chief

Michael Hunt

June 10, 2018

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One of the quickest growing and highly regarded on-demand recreational automobile and adventures shopping exchange, Outdoorsy, recently disclosed the hiring of a new CFO, Bob Bearden, and four brand new vice presidents from well known tech businesses. These new hires extend Outdoorsy’s management team while taking in experience covering marketing, operations, and expansion as they push into more global markets.

The appointments coincide with Outdoorsy’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific region following the highly successful rollout in Canada late last year.

Bob Bearden, Chief Financial Officer
Bearden brings more than 20 years’ large-scale, consumer marketplace experience, both private and public, as a former finance chief of Expedia and Hotels.com and CFO at Travelocity and most recently, uShip. In his role as Outdoorsy CFO, Bob Bearden will oversee the company’s rapid global expansion, as well as manage finance, risk, treasury, security and administration functions of the business.

The other senior executive hires include:

  • Tyler Quiel, Vice President of Global Growth: Quiel joins the company following his successful leadership experience at WAG, the pet management marketplace that recently announced $300 million in funding from SoftBank. Quiel served as general manager and led web growth and product at WAG. He gained extensive experience growing and scaling consumer marketplaces while leading growth at Home Depot’s innovation unit TechShed.
  • Seth Wilde, Vice President of Marketing: Wilde brings more than 19 years of consumer marketplace, digital marketing experience. He most recently served as vice president of marketing at Modernize, a marketplace that connects contractors with homeowners looking to upgrade their home. He also served as head of marketing at uShip and Crowd Gravity.
  • Nino Cavenecia, Vice President of Customer Operations: Cavenecia formerly served as vice president of customer operations at Doctor on Demand. The company, founded by celebrity TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw, connects consumers to healthcare professionals. Prior to Doctor on Demand, he served as vice president of customer operations at Chiron Health and JustAnswer.com.
  • Evan Hopkins, Vice President/General Manager of Canada and Asia Pacific: Hopkins comes to the company from O2E Brands, a global operator of franchise businesses including 1800GOTJUNK?, YouMoveMe, ShackShine and WOW, where he led global commercial sales and support operations for more than 250 franchise operators throughout North America and Australia. O2E Brands offers franchise business ownership opportunities in the $100 billion home-services industry.

“Bob and our new vice presidents are accomplished executives, and I am excited to welcome them to the Outdoorsy team. We’re installing the right expertise to execute across our global growth initiatives,” said Jeff Cavins, co-founder and CEO of Outdoorsy. “Our expanded team brings a wealth of experience in scaling fast-growing travel and consumer marketplaces with global reach. Outdoorsy is defining a new way to travel and enjoy outdoor experiences in support of a growing cross-cultural consumer trend, often referred to as The Experience Economy, which is focused on the desire for unique experiences over material possessions.”

“I am ecstatic about Outdoorsy’s strong business model and focus on connecting millions of people around the world through unique travel experiences,” said Bearden. “Outdoorsy has a powerful mission, a clear focus on empowering entrepreneurs and a talented team, all of which provide a strong foundation for continued growth. I’m excited to join Outdoorsy at this stage in the company’s history and look forward to helping it expand its markets and services platform.”

Outdoorsy hopes to include France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom in the eventual international growth. They have already seen a 465% increase in just the past year, reserving over 350,000 days of travel which created over $150 million through their site. This platform already houses the biggest supply of campers, motor coaches, recreational vehicles, and travel trailers for reservation. Outdoorsy is ready for use in the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand and they already give rentals for other outdoor accessories and has partnered up with the biggest recreational vehicle and tour agents on the planet.

SOURCE Outdoorsy
Edited by M. Hunt

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