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.
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, her 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 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.
Stew was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois then later moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to attend Northern Arizona University. After college, Stew moved to Portland, Oregon to start his career in the outdoor industry but then later found himself back in Flagstaff, the town that he loves. When Stew isn’t busy at Kahtoola HQ, you can find him exploring the sandstone slot canyons of southern Utah, running the rivers of the Southwest in his duckie, searching old mines for rocks and minerals, or cooking up a feast at home for his friends and family.