Ken Hammond Chairman/CEO With over 30 years of experience in the sporting goods and outdoor products industry, Ken is the founder and very active Chairman/CEO of The Hammond Group.  He started out in the sporting goods distribution business after attending Baylor University in Texas and began his training  with the world’s largest distributor of outdoor products both to the retailer market and the U.S. Military.  He quickly moved through the ranks from sales rep to National Sales Manager and ultimately Vice President General Manager of U.S. Tackle of Chicago, a division of B.C. Recreational Industries. In the late 1970’s, Ken decided to go into business for himself and joined Doug Gleason & Assoc. as an independent sales rep.  Two years later, he purchased the company.  The name was changed to The Hammond Group in 1985 at the same time the company moved to a new corporate headquarter facility just outside of Chicago. While building the business, Ken was also involved as a partner in a number of retail and manufacturing ventures and at the same time he utilized his expertise within and outside of the industry as a member of numerous boards of directors and as a business consultant and speaker. Ken was a two term president of T.S.S.A and is a lifetime member of their Board of Directors.  He has served on product development boards of at least 11 manufacturers that THG has represented over the years. Ken is currently serving his third year as the Chairman of RBFF (Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation) and sits on the board of ASA (American Sportfishing Association). Key Account responsibility:  Involvement in all major key account, product development and non-endemic sales projects THE HAMMOND GROUP Ken Hammond The Hammond Group 1630 Colonial Parkway Inverness, IL  60067 Business Phone:  847-359-9372 Fax:  847-359-8832 Cell:  847-560-4266 Ken Hammond The Hammond Group 1630 Colonial Parkway Inverness, IL  60067 Business Phone:  847-359-9372 Fax:  847-359-8832 Cell:  847-560-4266