Scott J. Blechman
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Assistant Corporate Secretary
Cheryl A. Van Doren
Vice President of Human Resources
Steven J. Van Doren
Vice President of Asia & Americas and Vice President of Promotions & Events
Vans was founded in the year 1966. The company has been active for almost 53 years now. The founders of the company were Serge D'Elia, James Van Doren, Gordon C Lee and Paul Van Doren. The former name of the company was The Van Doren Rubber Company, and the company started manufacturing shoes exclusively. The company had opened its first store in the year 1966, in California, USA. The company used to display three styles of shoes, which were priced between $2.49 and $4.99. The company had become very popular in the early 1970s, mainly for allowing customers to bring their own fabric and then have their own personalized being shoes made as well. The company's shoes were often used by cheerleading teams and also school sports teams for this reason as well.
The company was then sold off in the year 1988 to McCown De Leeuw & Company, for about $74.4 million. In the year 2004, the company had merged with VF Corporation as well. The company has sponsored The Warped Tour for more than 20 years as well. Many skateboarding professionals use only Vans shoes too. Vans shoes had become so popular in the 1980s that even counterfeit shoes became the basis of a USA and Mexico investigation and for some time, all production of the Vans shoes were stopped as well. In addition to shoes, the company also used to sell t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and even backpacks with the Vans logo too. Vans was acquired by VF Corporation in the year 2004. Vans had sponsored and also supported the Warped Tour since the year 1996. Returning in the year 2017, the tour was taking on a new element by asking fans to complete a survey requesting which acts they should book as well. Kevin Lyman, who was the founder of the Vans Warped Tour, had announced the 23rd instalment in the year 2018 will be the last one too as well. Vans had also become the title sponsor of the USA Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, USA, in the year 2014. In the year 2010, the company had sponsored the Duct Tape Invitational too. Vans had also released a collaboration in the year 2014 with American hip-hop collective, Odd Future, called as the Vans X Odd Future. The company had built its first skate park in Huntington Beach, California, USA, which was opened to the public in the year 2010. It also includes a 17,500 square-foot skate bowl and a 25,000 square-foot skate plaza as well. The park is almost more than 42,500 square feet in size and Vans also pays the city $1 per year for the 20-year lease as well. The company had built a skate park in London, the UK, in The Old Vic Tunnels, called as the House of Vans. The headquarters of the company is based in 1588 South Coast Drive. The name of the place is Costa Mesa, while the name of the state is California, USA. The pin code of the area is 92626.
Vans is an American company that focuses on the designing and manufacturing of various kinds of shoes, apparels and other products as well, for action sports. The current CEO of the company is Paul Van Doren. As of the current date, the company has over 2,200 employees working. The company is known to sponsor BMX, motocross and also surfing and snowboarding teams as well.
The primary services provided by the company include allowing customers to have a retail presence in order to purchase various kinds of shoes, apparels and other accessories, that are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold by the company itself.
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