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Schutt Parent Names Erspamer CEO


After an extensive search to continue growing its line of sporting goods brands, Certor Sports, the parent company of Schutt, Tucci and Vicis, has named Jeremy Erspamer as its new chief executive officer. Erspamer will oversee the entire Certor Sports portfolio. Prior to Certor Sports, Erspamer spent two years as CEO of Equustock and nearly 20 years at True Temper Sports, most recently as president and CEO.

“Jeremy has more than 20 years of successful executive leadership in the sporting goods and consumer products industries, including a lengthy tenure at True Temper Sports. He will bring a values-based leadership and cultural approach with a hyper-focus on product innovation, operational execution, and customer satisfaction,” says Ravi Bhagavatula, chairman of Certor Sports’ Board and Partner at Innovatus Capital Partners. “The Board is confident that Jeremy, together with his leadership team, will ensure the successful execution of Certor Sports’ strategy to build products that equip athletes with the best equipment to improve their performance at every level.”

Certor Sports features three premium brands – Schutt, the iconic 105-year-old brand that updated one of the most popular football helmets ever introduced earlier this year with the launch of the F7 2.0; Vicis, which launched the first ever position-specific football helmets with the Zero2 Trench and Vicis Zero2 Matrix models; and Tucci, a bat brand that recently launched a product line across multiple baseball and softball categories. Certor

“I am supremely honored to lead a company which boasts brands with over 100 years of history, while, at the same time, bringing a fresh approach to the industry with cutting-edge product development capabilities and state-of-the-art domestic manufacturing operations,” Erspamer adds. “At the heart of everything we do will be product innovation. We will focus on the athlete, with intensive consumer feedback and interaction, to continue designing industry-leading products and groundbreaking technology.”

With its newly opened manufacturing and distribution facility in Plainfield, IN, and a research, design, and innovation facility in Seattle, Certor Sports is positioned to provide sporting equipment across football, baseball, softball, hockey, lacrosse and other sports.

“Get ready, athletes everywhere. Certor Sports will continue to bring the highest performing products in every industry to maximize your athletic potential and deliver the strongest protection to the most important asset – your body,” Erspamer continues. “Recent Certor Sports product launches, like the first position-specific football helmets, have seen tremendous success from the highest professional ranks to youth athletes. I cannot wait to see how excited athletes are when they see the protection and performance of the new products in our pipeline. These are extremely exciting times at Certor Sports.”