Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, proudly announces that it is now a completely woman-owned business. Long-time co-owner, Dennis Zanders, made the decision to pass ownership of the company to his daughters after 50 years in the family business. The ownership group now consists of Glenda Zanders, Kathy Zanders-Stellhorn, Stefanie Zanders, Jill Zanders-Henslee and Christine Zanders-Cox.
“This is a major development for Zanders and a big milestone for us as a company,” noted Stefanie Zanders, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “All of us at Zanders are very thankful to my father for his leadership and tutelage over the past 50 years. Looking forward, we are very excited about what the future holds for us and are proud to be a completely woman-owned company. Women in the firearms and outdoors industries are becoming more common-place and we are thrilled to join the ever-growing numbers of companies owned by visionary women.”
New Players On the Team
Zanders Sporting Goods continues to grow by hiring new employees, too. Kevin Knop and Tyler Schrage are the latest additions to the expert sales staff.
Kevin Knop came to the company with a strong background in sales. As a sales representative at Frito Lay for the previous 4 years, Kevin was a two-time recipient of the “Top Salesperson” award. When asked what made him want to work at Zanders, Kevin replied: “I spoke with a lot of people who had experiences with Zanders and every one of them commented on how wonderful the employees at Zanders are. As soon as I interviewed with Zanders I knew exactly what they meant. Everyone here has been very friendly and always willing to answer any of my questions.”
In his free time, Kevin enjoys hiking, baseball, and spending time on the lake.
Tyler Schrage is another great addition to the sales team. Tyler, an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and shooting enthusiast, previously worked in the construction field and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois State University. “What I like most about working at Zanders are the relationships I build with customers and the family-oriented work atmosphere,” Tyler commented.
Kevin, Tyler and the rest of the knowledgeable sales team are always available to help customers and answer any questions they may have about outdoor products.
About Zanders Sporting Goods
The company has been serving U.S. firearms dealers for well over 50 years. With more than 40,000 products that now include archery, archery accessories, and camping products, Zanders has it all in their new, streamlined warehouse.
“Our customers have always come first and we strive to go above and beyond their expectations every day,” said Stefanie Zanders. “Both old and new customers alike will enjoy our ever-growing inventory of outdoor products and accessories as well as our commitment to ensure their complete satisfaction.”
For more information about Zanders and their many dealer programs, call (800) 851-4373 or visit www.gzanders.com.