Danny Giovale founded Kahtoola in 1999. Passionate about the outdoors and equally so about designing and making outdoor gear, he remains 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.
Hilary has lived in Flagstaff, AZ, since 1989. Moving to Flagstaff years prior gave her an incredible love for the outdoors, 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; daughter, Parker; and their two dogs, Skye and Annie, hiking and just being outside.
Chris was born in California and raised in Phoenix, AZ. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science 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.
Stew was born and raised in Chicago, IL, then later moved to Flagstaff, AZ, to attend Northern Arizona University. After college, Stew moved to Portland, OR, to start his career in the outdoor industry, but then later found himself back in Flagstaff, the town he loves. When Stew isn’t busy at Kahtoola, you can find him exploring the sandstone slot canyons of southern Utah, running the rivers of the Southwest in his duckie, or cooking up a feast at home for his friends and family.