Throw Back Thursday. 2007 to 2017, wishing Doug Ragan all the best after 10 great years.General - Feb 02, 2017
Happy Throw Back Thursday to you. This blog originally ran in April of 2015, part of a #TBT celebration as we looked back over our history while celebrating 50 Years of handcrafting paddles. Today, we repurpose it as we send off a friend and amazing colleague of 10 years, sales director Doug Ragan.
Doug (right) at the 2016 Paddle Expo in Germany, talking what else...paddles, with the legendary Ollie Grau.
Doug came to Werner Paddles during a time of transition in both product and how we serviced our dealers and end users. We were buying trucks and putting in house sales reps on the road for the first time. We were energizing our recreational touring paddles by including our revolutionary adjustable ferrule system (later to be known as Smart View) Oh yeah, we also introduced the "Spanker," a paddle for this new sport called stand up paddling? (How'd that end up Doug?) Although always a team effort at Werner, Doug needs to be given credit for spear heading our sales department through this time period and into the future. For the next ten years he was a leader, often times a voice of reason, a teacher, an innovator in ideas and procedures he brought to our team, an integral part of our new product development, a team mate in the trenches of sales events, but above all a friend. Thanks Doug for all you have done for Werner Paddles. From everyone here and on behalf of all those you helped along the way, we wish you the very best of luck in this next chapter, in business, family and life.
In this weeks edition of Werner Paddles Throwback Thursday, we talked to our very own Director of Sales, Doug Ragan, and got this epic photo!
Here is a photo of me running Wonder Falls on the Big Sandy in West Virginia in July, 1976. I started kayaking in 1973, I am paddling a Lettman Mark IV that I built from a kit. My paddle length was 213cm which was a little short compared to my boating buddies.
Although Werner Paddles’ roots are found in whitewater, what is your favorite style of paddling?
Whitewater is my favorite style. I started paddling with a canoe on rivers and built my first kayak after watching Jamie McEwan win a medal in the Olympics.
Where is your favorite place to have a great day on the water?
My favorite run will always be Bailey Canyon on the North Fork of the South Platte in Colorado.