Cedar Rapids, IA, January 6, 2015 – Hunters Specialties, Inc. (“Hunters Specialties” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of scent control products, game calls and hunting accessories, and a portfolio company of Peak Rock Capital LLC, announced today that John Trull has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Trull succeeds Larry Bildstein, who has decided to retire following a successful ownership transition earlier this year. Mr. Trull joins Hunters Specialties with over 14 years of professional experience in sporting goods products and accessories, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Firearms at Remington Outdoor Company (“Remington”), a leading manufacturer of firearms and ammunition for the hunting and shooting sports markets.
Peter Leibman, a Board member of Hunters Specialties, commented on Mr. Trull’s appointment, stating, “John Trull is a talented industry veteran with a demonstrated track record of growing sporting product businesses, and we are very excited to have him join the Company as Chief Executive Officer. John’s deep expertise in developing market leading products, building strong customer relationships, and executing key initiatives make him an excellent fit to drive both organic growth and strategic add‐on acquisitions at Hunters Specialties.”
Mr. Leibman continued, “As CEO and Board member, Larry Bildstein was instrumental in positioning the Company for future success. The entire Board would like to thank him for his significant efforts in transitioning the Company through the recent sale process and building a strong foundation for growth.”
Mr. Trull stated, “Hunters Specialties is a phenomenal brand with leading products. I am excited to join the Company as CEO and to execute on the Company’s growth initiatives. Hunters Specialties is well‐positioned for strong growth, leveraging its deep roots as a manufacturer of scent control products and hunting accessories. Working alongside the Board, I look forward to leading Hunters Specialties’ continued investment in innovative new products and complementary add‐on acquisitions.”
Prior to joining Remington, Mr. Trull spent 3 years as operations director with Frisby Technologies, a developer of branded thermal management products for use in a range of consumer and industrial products. Mr. Trull has an M.B.A. in Finance from Wake Forest University and a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.