Hoyt President Randy Walk Announces Retirement

After spending his career building Hoyt Archery into a premier archery company, Randy Walk has announced his retirement effective Sept. 1, 2021.

Hoyt President Randy Walk Announces Retirement

Randy Walk’s journey at Hoyt Archery started as only a college job in 1985 and turned into a lifetime career of 36 years, including 26 years as president. Under Walk’s leadership, Hoyt has grown into one of the premier archery companies in the world, designing and producing high-performance bows for the world’s most passionate bowhunters and target shooters. From gold-medal-winning Olympic recurves to innovative carbon-riser hunting bows and everything in between, Walk’s pursuit for innovation and excellence in performance, safety, quality and dependability can be seen in Hoyt’s product lines for almost four decades.

Walk’s impact on archery reaches far beyond the walls of Hoyt with 13 years served on the board of the Archery Trade Association (ATA), 34 years served on the ATA Technical Committee, strategic partnerships formed with World Archery, USA Archery, the NFAA, ASA and other archery organizations, and ongoing support of local and national conservation groups, Walk’s impact on archery and bowhunting may never be matched.

“Coming to my dream job every day has been one of my life’s greatest blessings,” Walk said. “And just as rewarding have been the opportunities to work with outside groups on many of the things I am passionate about, including bowhunter recruitment, conservation, tournament archery, and the overall growth of the industry.”

Walk is grateful to the Easton family for the incredible opportunity they gave him to fulfill his career at Hoyt and for trusting him with the company's leadership for 26 years.

“My father and I have enjoyed working with Randy during his time at Hoyt,” said Greg Easton, CEO of Jas. D. Easton and owner of Hoyt Archery. “Randy’s passion for archery and bowhunting is only matched by his passion for Hoyt and for excellence in product. Randy’s focus on the next product innovation has been a great fit with the company culture my grandfather started, my dad perfected, and I have enjoyed continuing.”

“Leaving Hoyt is bittersweet,” Walk said, “I will miss the great people I work with and the opportunity to contribute daily to Hoyt’s success, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, traveling with my wife, Diana, and hunting more than ever.”

Below are some highlights of Randy Walk’s career contributions and accomplishments:

  • Joined Hoyt Archery as a bow builder, June 1985
  • Moved to Engineering in 1986 and began working with Earl Hoyt, Jr., and other company leadership, including Jim Pickering, Joe Johnston, and Jim Easton
  • Graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Engineering, 1987
  • Promoted to Assistant Director of Engineering, 1987
  • Directed the move of the manufacturing operation from St. Louis, MO to Salt Lake City, UT
  • Promoted to Director of Engineering, 1990
  • Promoted to Vice President of Engineering, 1991
  • Promoted to Vice President Engineering & Manufacturing, 1993
  • Promoted to General Manager, 1995
  • Promoted to President, 1996
  • Inducted to National Bowhunters Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Inducted into the Utah Archery Hall of Fame in 2020
  • 12 Utah State Archery Championships in Bowhunter Freestyle, Bowhunter Unlimited, and Freestyle
  • Over 40 species of animals taken with a bow


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