Erem Taps Footwear & Operations Leader Chris Rischke to Lead its Wholesale Division

September 9, 2022

Prior to Erem, Rischke served as the Director of Operations at Oboz

(Sept 9, 2022 – HENDERSON, NV) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – With its unmatched commitment to making high performance footwear with minimal environmental impact, Erem® continues to take the outdoor industry by storm with the recent hiring of Chris Rischke, who will serve as the company’s Vice President of Operations and Wholesale, effective immediately.

Erem is gaining an accomplished business and operations leader in Rischke, who most recently worked with footwear brand Oboz as Director of Operations. In his 5-year tenure, he helped lead the company to become an outdoor footwear market leader in sales, service, and operations.

The hiring of Rischke comes at a pivotal moment for Erem, as the company looks to build upon its early direct-to-consumer success and significantly expand its current product line. Under Rischke’s leadership, Erem will be launching a world-class wholesale division, which will include building out a team of independent sales reps and agencies.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Chris to the Erem team, and know his experience and expertise is going to be invaluable as Erem moves from online to the real world,” says Noah Swartz, Erem CEO & Founder. “Chris is an expert in cultivating partnerships with outdoor industry wholesalers. He’s the consummate relationship builder that understands all aspects of wholesale partnerships: from the initial sell-in to building a mutually beneficial relationship that ultimately delights the end customer.”

Says Rischke, “I couldn’t be more excited to join Erem. What the company has accomplished in terms of product performance, setting new sustainability standards, and giving back to the planet is simply phenomenal. I’m thrilled to begin working with Erem’s amazing team.”

On the heels of hiring Rischke, Erem just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign for the all-new Gila, the most sustainable adventure sandal ever made, which was over 700% funded in five weeks. The Gila delivers best-in-class desert performance and is constructed with plant and earth-based materials — including biodegradable rubber, natural cotton, recycled cork, and TENCEL™ tree fibers. It will be available to both consumers and retailers on Feb 15, 2023.


About Erem

Inspired by the beauty, vastness, and extremes of desert terrain, Erem® delivers best-in-class performance footwear with an unprecedented standard for sustainability. Erem was founded in 2021 by Noah Swartz, a fourth-generation bootmaker from the family behind the iconic Timberland brand. Erem’s mission is to positively impact people, place, and the planet by creating a new standard for high-performing, sustainable footwear. For more information, visit https://eremlife.com/.

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SMAK Strategies