The Orvis Company
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Marka Hansen’s specialty retail career spans more than 25 years of increasing responsibility. A significant portion of her career was with the Gap and Banana Republic, including four years as President of Gap North America from 2007 to 2011 and four years as President of Banana Republic from 2003 to 2007. She also held the position as head of Human Resources for Gap Inc from 2000 to 2002 and led the expansion of Gap Brands International expansion from 1993 to 2000. Since leaving the Gap, Marka has been a Director at Stitch Fix since 2004 and J.Jill since 2014.
Marka started her career at Robinson’s department store in 1977, holding positions in Women’s and Men’s before joining Banana Republic in 1987.
Mr. Farah became a director of Tiffany & Co. in March 2017 and was elected Chairman of the Board effective October 2, 2017. He served as the Co-CEO of Tory Burch LLC from 2014 to March 2017, when he transitioned to the role of Executive Director, which he held through December 2017. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tory Burch LLC from 2014 to 2017.
Mr. Farah served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation from 2000 to 2013 and as Executive Vice Chairman from November 2013 to May 2014. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Ralph Lauren Corporation from 2000 to 2014. Prior to joining Ralph Lauren Corporation, he served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Venator Group, Inc. (now Foot Locker, Inc.), as President and Chief Operating Officer of R.H. Macy & Co., Inc. and as Chairman and CEO of Federated Merchandising Services.
Mr. Farah currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Progressive Corporation and CVS Health. He also served as a non-executive director of Metro Bank PLC from February 2014 until March 2020.
Mr. Farah holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
Orvis Company Owner & Board Member
Perk joined Orvis in 1977, and had positions in nearly all phases of the business until November 1992 when he was named CEO. He lead the company as CEO from 1993 until 2018 during which time sales grew from $88 million to $375 million. He now serves on the Orvis Board of Directors. The Orvis Company is a family owned business governed by a board of directors, a majority of which are independent directors. It’s businesses span E-Commerce, Social Media, Catalog, Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing, Adventure Travel, and Outdoor Education - predominately in the USA with a sizeable business in the UK and numerous international distributors.
Perk’s legacy at Orvis was the development of a renowned business culture built around clear core values. One of those core values is “Protect what we love” driven by his mantra “If we are going to benefit from our natural resources, we must be willing to take action to protect them.” To that end, Orvis dedicates 5% of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature through conservation projects. Throughout his career, Perk also committed his time to numerous conservation boards such as The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Trout Unlimited, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In recent years his conservation focus has turned to regional watershed boards in the Northern Rockies including Clark Fork Coalition, Sun River Watershed Group, Snake River Fund, Protect our Waters – Jackson Hole.
His avid outdoor pursuits include fly fishing, Wingshooting, canoeing, XC skiing, bird watching, diving, sailing, hiking.
Orvis Company Owner & Board Member
David joined Orvis in the family business in 1979 and has held numerous positions in the company from Fly Fishing Instructor to retail development.
David lead the retail expansion and development of Orvis Adventures, Schools, Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters and Guides, as well as Orvis International Travel and the Sandanona Shooting Grounds.
An avid fly fisherman and wingshooter, David has traveled extensively pursuing these interests. David has served on the boards of The Ruffed Grouse Society and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. David continues to serve on numerous conservation boards, including annual service to Tall Timbers, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, and Wood River Land Trust.
Leigh H. Perkins Sr.
From fishing for bluegill as a child, to hunting big game in India, Morocco, and Scotland, Orvis Chairman Emeritus Leigh Perkins has dedicated his life to outdoor sporting pursuits. His passion extends well beyond mere participation, however; Perkins has been one of the sporting life’s great ambassadors, sharing his passion with everyone within reach, from working people to presidents.
Perkins combined his love of sport with a sharp mind for business when he purchased The Orvis Company in 1965, taking the highly respected, albeit small, business from $500,000 in annual sales to nearly $100 million annually when he chose to retire in 1992. Under Perkins’ guidance, The Orvis Company, once a niche fly-fishing outfitter, became a mail order powerhouse and the destination for people the world over seeking the distinctive country lifestyle. Despite wildly successful forays into apparel, home furnishings, and gifts, The Orvis Company has never forsaken its roots in fly fishing, and remains at the forefront of innovation in the sport.
Leigh Perkins is also a successful author whose books have received critical acclaim from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has related his amazing life experiences in such books as A Sportsman's Life and Rising Fish and Pointing Dogs.
Although Leigh Perkins passed the daily running of The Orvis Company on to his sons Perk and Dave Perkins more than ten years ago, he remains Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The Orvis Company and still manages to log nearly 300 days of hunting and fishing a year.
Thomas Belk Jr.
Tim Belk is the retired Chairman and CEO of Belk Inc. A member of the third generation to lead Belk, Tim worked at Belk for 35 years. Since retirement Tim and his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Peanut, started an organic vegetable farm (Wild Hope Farm) that is building a brand in the Charlotte market.
Tim received a degree from Williams College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tim started at Belk as a trainee and had varying levels of responsibility in merchandising and stores before joining the corporate office in real estate. He became CEO in 2006 and served for 12 years. During that time Tim and his brother, Johnny, doubled the size of the company to $4b. In 2015 they sold Belk, Inc to Sycamore Partners.
Tim currently serves on two business boards besides Orvis - Elements Brands and Gas Fired Products.
A strong believer in community involvement Tim serves on three non-profit boards including the Belk Foundation, The Carolina Thread Trail and Williams College.
Tim and Sarah live in Charlotte and have 5 children ages 21-31. They both enjoy the outdoors including fly fishing, hiking, and watching wildlife.
Joel T. Murphy serves as Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (PAC), is a member of the Board of Directors, and was Chairman of the Investment Committee. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of PAC, Mr. Murphy was Co-Founder, President and CEO of New Market Properties LLC, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of PAC.
Joel was the former President of Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ) retail division. He developed and acquired more than 10 million square feet of retail space with a total cost of more than $1.3 billion and an approximate exit valuation of $1.8 billion. From 2009 through September 2014, he served as President and CEO of Murphy Capital Group, where he spearheaded teams that completed $150 million in acquisitions of grocery-anchored and other value-add retail centers.
Murphy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Law Review and Honors graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Murphy is a past Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Westminster, a K-12 independent school located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mike Ruettgers is the Retired Chairman and Special Advisor of EMC Corporation. With 2004 revenues of $8.23 billion, and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, EMC is the world leader in products, services, and solutions for information storage and management. Ruettgers joined EMC in 1988, and served as CEO from 1992 until January 2001, leading the company in a decade-long trajectory of accelerating profitable growth. From his arrival through year-end 2000, EMC's revenues grew from $120 million to nearly $9 billion.
Ruettgers has been a frequent speaker at influential venues around the world, including the World Economic Forum, Harvard University Nieman Fellows seminars, the Park Distinguished Lecture at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management, and major IT industry conferences. Ruettgers spent much of his early career with Raytheon, where he played a key role in the Patriot Missile Program. In November 2002, Ruettgers was inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame, joining a select group of the innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have helped shape and expand the global IT industry. Ruettgers is an active board member for several organizations, including Forcepoint, a cyber security joint venture with RAYTHEON and Vista Software Private Equity firm; Virsec, a private security start-up; and Lumicell, a private cancer detection start-up.
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Orvis Commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.
“If we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources, we must be willing to act to preserve them.”
– Perk Perkins, Orvis Company Owner & Board Member
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