Lars-Erik Johnson

Lars-Erik Johnson

Lars-Erik Johnson

I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors pursuing an active lifestyle. Whether it’s skiing, riding bikes, trail running, or savoring magical moments in the mountains, these are the experiences which ground me and bring authenticity to my work in the bike and outdoor industry.

I was recruited to join Verde Brand Communications in 2014 for my fluency in the bike market. In my time there, I played a key role launching the Ghost bicycle brand in the United States, collaborating with stakeholders at outdoor retailer REI, parent subsidiary Accell North America, and the Ghost headquarters in Germany. I also managed rebranding, creative direction and tradeshow planning for carbon wheel manufacturer Reynolds Cycling along with other daily integrated marketing duties. While my focus was bike, I also contributed to a number of outdoor, run, and ski related clients as well.

In 2013 there was a change of leadership at SCOTT Sports which resulted in a number of vacancies in the company. To fill one of these voids, I assumed the interim position of US Bike Marketing and Public Relations Director. The lead up to this was my role as North American Brand Manager for the acquired brand Syncros.

My accession through the SCOTT company ranks started back in 2006. I joined the customer and dealer service staff, learning the products and brand from the bottom up. After steadily taking more responsibility, I stepped in to take the bike marketing coordinator position. I developed my skillset on the marketing side until the company ultimately relocated operations.

In the early 2000s, I was living the dream of riding my bikes in the summer, and skiing in the winter. I co-founded a junior bike camp and a short track mountain bike race series, which grew into a local institution. Continuing the outdoor theme, I worked as a fulltime professional ski patroller for Sun Valley Resort during the winters. While I’ve relinquished my fulltime standing on the patrol in favor of a more ‘respectable career’, I do maintain my professional status, working on call. It’s a great group of people and I see it as a way to serve my community, offer help to people in need, and keep me connected with the skiing industry.

EXPERTISE

  • DIGITAL MARKETING
  • CONTENT
  • SOCIAL
  • CREATIVE DIRECTION
  • PRODUCT COPY
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • EVENT PLANNING

EXPERIENCE

Verde Brand Communications - Senior Account Manager | 2014 - 2017

– Integrated Marketing
– Content Marketing
– Social Media Marketing
– Creative Direction
– Public Relations
– Budget and Planning
– Tradeshow Planning
– Native and Blog Content
– Product Copy

SCOTT SPORTS - ACTING BIKE MARKETING AND PR DIRECTOR | 2013

– New Model Year Product Launch
– Tradeshow Planning
– Public Relations
– Paid Advertising
– Product Copy
– Channel Marketing
– Sports Marketing
– Global Events
– Social Media

SYNCROS - NORTH AMERICAN BRAND MANAGER | 2012 - 2014

– Global Marketing Content Production
– Product Copy
– Public Relations
– Product Testing
– Sports Marketing
– Launch and Manage Social Media Handles

SCOTT SPORTS - BIKE MARKETING COORDINATOR | 2009 - 2013

– Channel Marketing
– Social Media
– Product Copy
– Content
– Website Updates
– Public Relations
– Sports Marketing
– Tradeshows
– Demos
– Events

SCOTT USA - WINTERSPORTS & BIKE CUSTOMER SERVICE | 2006 - 2009

– Customer and Dealer Service
– Sales
– Inventory Management
– Technical Support
– Warranty
– Demos
– Events

SUN VALLEY RESORT - SKI PATROL | 2002-

– Emergency Medical Response
– Risk Mitigation
– Avalanche Mitigation
– Lift Evacuation
– Public Relations

SUN VALLEY ROAD & DIRT JUNIOR BIKE CAMPS - CO-FOUNDER | 2001 - 2005

– Bike Skills
– Mechanical Education
– Riding Safety and Etiquette
– Short Track XC Race Promotion

EDUCATION

  • University of Washington Seal

    UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

    Political Science and Scandinavian Studies

  • Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg Seal

    ALBERT-LUDWIGS UNIVERSITÄT

    German and Political Science

  • Hallingdal Folkehøgskule Logo

    HALLINGDAL FOLKEHØGSKULE

    Athletics and Anatomy

  • National Ski Patrol Shield

    NATIONAL SKI PATROL

    Outdoor Emergency Care and Avalanche Level 2

  • Wilderness Medical Associates Logo

    WILDERNESS MEDICAL ASSOCIATES

    Wilderness First Responder