FARMVILLE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--YakAttack today announced the appointment of Dave Martin as Chief Executive Officer. Founder and former CEO Luther Cifers will remain a leader in the business, focusing his efforts on new product development and continuing his aggressive drive for innovation as Founder & Chief Innovation Officer.
Cifers founded YakAttack in a garage in 2009, with a vision of bringing kayak anglers unique and innovative products. Since that time, the company has become the industry leader in kayak fishing accessories, shaping how kayak anglers’ fish with its vast offering of best-in-class products. In 2020, he partnered with L2 Capital Partners with the goal of taking YakAttack from a niche market leader to a household name in fishing and outdoor related products. Part of this plan included finding an executive leader for the business, allowing Cifers to focus on his core passion and skillset – product and technology development.
“Starting and growing this business has been by far the best experience of my professional life,” said Cifers. “I am proud of the work we have done, and am really excited to now be in a position to focus on things I truly love – developing and innovating – both in our product line and on the factory floor. These are the things I went in business to do, and bringing Dave on board will allow me to do much more of them. Adding Dave’s impressive background, accomplishments, and executive leadership to the equation creates a powerful dynamic, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for our team.”
Martin has more than 25 years of relevant leadership experience, including many roles within the fishing and outdoor markets. Starting his career at Penn Fishing Tackle where he climbed the ranks to CFO and eventually CEO, Dave went on to serve other well-known companies such as Zebco, Calcutta, and Big Rock Sports in engineering, manufacturing, and executive roles.
“I am truly excited to have the opportunity to work with such a strong and innovative brand. I believe we have a talented team comprised of some of the best in the industry and are truly customer focused. Luther’s energy and talent for innovation creates so much opportunity,” said Dave.
Founded in a garage in 2009, YakAttack® has quickly grown into a leader in the kayak fishing industry. We specialize in kayak fishing gear and kayak rigging, and as kayak anglers that are tightly integrated into the kayak fishing community, we are acutely aware of what this sport needs. As a result, our designs are always problem-solving solutions that are relevant, effective, and second to none in terms of quality and performance. As a company, we put our values, our customers, product quality, and our Made in the USA commitment above all else, and it shows in everything we do. Thanks for taking time to visit us and if you know of anything we can do to better serve you, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.