Buck Knives has announced that Connor Slepikas and Anthony (Tony) Tekansik have joined the company to further strengthen aggressive growth plans. Under vice president of sales Mike Silverberg, Slepikas and Tekansik will remotely oversee sales activities for the Western and Eastern United States and Canada.
Slepikas, most recently with Leatherman Tool Group, brings six years of experience managing retail sales channels, conducting clinical training sessions and executing promotional and merchandising programs. He will be responsible for territories in the Eastern USA and will work with Buck’s sales agents, marketing and product teams. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management from the University of Arkansas.
With over 10 years of direct sales experience, primarily in sport optics with Pentax and Leica, Tekansik will be responsible for the Western USA territories. He will support established representatives in the West. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado.
Buck Knives has also grown its sales and marketing support team by adding Katie Swanson as graphic design coordinator, Debbie Bobshosky as sales coordinator and Whitney Wienholz as marketing/ecommerce administrator.
Swanson has over three years of marketing, digital marketing, social media and media/design experience. She will be working with Buck’s Marketing team to design promotional materials, print and digital content. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho.
With over 11 years of experience working for Buck’s west coast representative group, J. Harding & Associates, Bobshosky will support inside/outside sales in a direct and indirect capacity, working across several departments, communicating with customers and facilitating the needs of sales reps and management to keep projects and initiatives on track.
Wienholz, a recent college graduate, will be responsible for directing and applying available resources to support the director of marketing, marketing manager and the expanding ecommerce division. She also will collaborate cross-departmentally to assist in the implementation and production of marketing collateral and public relations projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Whitworth University in Washington.