Danny Giovale – Founder
Danny Giovale founded Kahtoola in 1999 and is the president of the company. Passionate about the outdoors and equally so about designing and making outdoor gear, he is closely involved with the product development and daily activities at Kahtoola. He enjoys mountain adventures and spending time with his wife and kids. He loves a bad pun and is sometimes found laughing at his own jokes.
Laura was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, so it was only natural that she found her way into crunching numbers at Kahtoola. Her adventures have taken her all around the world, from skiing in Chile to snorkeling in Greece. In the summertime she enjoys spending time with friends and paddle boarding with her dog Curly (yes, Curly rides on the paddleboard!). She is passionate about all things winter and especially loves skiing, and can be found on the local mountain every chance she gets.
Hilary has lived in Flagstaff, AZ since 1989. Moving to Flagstaff gave her an incredible love for the outdoors and being outside as much as possible. So when she got the opportunity to work for Kahtoola starting in 2006, she jumped at the chance. In her spare time Hilary enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and their two dogs Skye and Annie hiking, and playing ball.
Chris was born in California, and raised in Phoenix, AZ. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design, he headed straight to Kahtoola where he does product design and engineering. He has fun spending time with his wife Sue and their two dogs, Sadie and Spock. Although Chris enjoys just about every outdoor activity, he favors climbing and backpacking, and especially loves exploring the Grand Canyon. He also enjoys traveling and so far has made trips to Brazil, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, Austria, Italy, and two trips to China.
Amy was born and raised in Southern California, but her family moved to Flagstaff in the 80’s. She now resides with her son Tyler, husband Charley, and three dogs, Suzie, Bones and Roxy. When Amy is not working at Kahtoola taking care of customer service or sending out packages, you will find her fishing the many lakes of Northern Arizona or hiking in the forest. She loves to spend time in her little back yard farm with her geese Bonnie & Clyde, chickens, and garden.
Kathryn has lived in Flagstaff since 2011 and is entering her senior year in mechanical engineering and business at Northern Arizona University. She greatly enjoys the collaborative design process at Kahtoola, and is excited to be a part of a great team. When Kathryn is not prototyping or doing market analysis at Kahtoola HQ, she can be found riding her bikes, skiing, and curling up with a good book. Her travels have taken her to China for the 2008 Olympics, as well as England, and she is always looking for the next big adventure!