The Orvis Company
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Perk joined Orvis in 1977 and had positions in nearly all phases of the business until November 1992 when he was named CEO. He led the company as CEO from 1993 until 2018 during which time sales grew from $88 million to $375 million. In 2019 he became Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Orvis Company is a family owned business governed by a board of directors, a majority of which are independent directors. Its 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, and numerous watershed protection boards. His avid outdoor pursuits include fly fishing, Wingshooting, canoeing, XC skiing, bird watching, diving, sailing, hiking.
Executive Vice Chairman
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.
Thomas “Tim” Belk Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of Belk, Inc. He joined the company in 1981 as a management trainee in the Matthews Belk store at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, N.C., and subsequently was named manager of the former Belk store at Dixie Village shopping center in Gastonia. Mr. Belk was named vice president of real estate, Belk Stores Services, Inc., Charlotte, N.C. in 1991, and he served as president of store divisions, human resources, real estate and visual presentation of Belk, Inc., before his election to chairman and CEO in May 2004.
Mr. Belk serves on the board of trustees of the Carolinas HealthCare System and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors and a past president of the Boy Scouts of America – Mecklenburg County Council, and is an Elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
Mr. Belk is the son of the late Thomas M. Belk, longtime president of Belk stores, and Katherine McKay Belk Cook. His grandfather, William Henry Belk, founded the company in 1888 in Monroe, N.C.
From 1995 until 2008, Joel served as President of the retail division of Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ), and had full accountability and responsibility for all retail development activities for Cousins. He developed more than 10 million square feet of retail space with a total development cost of more than $1.5 billion; these projects spanned from California to Florida and up through the Mid Atlantic to Virginia. In addition, Joel had responsibility for the operation of the Cousins’ retail portfolio, including Cousins' acclaimed The Avenue® open-air specialty centers. Noted for its pedestrian-friendly nature, extensive landscaping and distinctive architecture, The Avenue places traditional mall merchants in upscale, open-air centers alongside select local merchants and specialty restaurants.
Joel retired from Cousins at the end of 2008 and is currently undertaking select consulting assignments in the real estate sector, including some special assignments for Cousins Properties. He is an active member of the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Joel lives in Atlanta with his family and serves on the board of several academic and community service organizations there, including the United Way of Atlanta, the Westminster Schools, and the Woodruff Arts Center.
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 sits on the Board of Trustees of Lahey Clinic, on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross College, and is a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts High Tech Council, and Business for Better Schools.
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 retail consultant for Stitch Fix, an innovative online personal styling service for women where she helped with talent acquisition, merchandise strategy, and as advisor to the leadership team. She now serves as a director for Stitch Fix. Marka has been a merchandise and marketing advisor for Sur la Table where she has served as a director since 2001. She is also a director for True Religion.
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.
Marka and her husband Joe live in San Rafael, CA
Roger Farah has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 2000. Mr. Farah oversees the development and execution of Ralph Lauren’s strategic growth and operating initiatives on a global scale. During the last thirteen years the company’s global sales have grown from $1.5 billion to over $7.0 billion and company market value has grown from $1.2 billion to $18 billion. Ralph Lauren is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products, including men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings.
From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Farah was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Footlocker, Inc. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Macy’s, Inc., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Federated Merchandising Services as well as of Rich’s Department Stores. From 1975 to 1987, Mr. Farah held several executive positions at Saks Fifth Avenue, including Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager.
Mr. Farah is on the Board of Directors of Aetna, Inc., a $52 billion Health Care Company. He is also on the Board of Progressive Corporation, a $17 billion auto insurance company.
Mr. Farah is a member of the Executive Committee for the National Retail Federation and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wharton School of Business.
Mr. Farah received his Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1975 from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. He also completed the Harvard University Executive Education 8 week summer program in 1987.
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THAT'S THE ORVIS WAY.
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, Chairman, The Orvis Company
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