inspirations from warren buffett, skylar fang, john trump, jema arizona, chris robin, emily flecher, judy gust, frank murphy, lilyn cheekawood, megan barry, and abbey wood


February 2016

Merrell (company)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Industry Textile
Founded Waitsfield, Vermont, 1981; 35 years ago
Founder Clark Matis
Randy Merrell
John Schweizer
Headquarters Rockford, Michigan, U.S.
Products Footwear
Parent Wolverine World Wide

Merrell is an American footwear company founded by Clark Matis, Randy Merrell, and John Schweizer in 1981 as a maker of high-performance hiking boots. Since 1997 the company has been a wholly owned subsidiary of shoe industry giant Wolverine World Wide. The company recorded total sales of footwear and clothing of nearly $500 million in 2010.


Company history


Merrell was established in 1981 when two executives for the Rossignol ski company, Clark Matis and John Schweizer, decided to launch a new maker of hiking boots,[1] The pair decided to join forces with Randy J. Merrell (R.J. Merrell), a maker of highly praised custom boots which retailed for $500 a pair.[2] Matis set to work designing a more affordable high-performance boot, which was developed in 1982.[2] Plans were made for production of the new line in factories located in Italy, a leading exporter of footwear to the world market at the time.[2]

In 1983, the new Merrell company delivered its first product to the market, making shipments to a pair of east coast retailers specializing in hiking gear.[2]

In 1986, Randy J. Merrell sought to return to his previous life as a maker of custom boots and sold his share of the company bearing his name.[2] That same year the company sold its 25,000th pair of boots.[2]

Sale to Karhu

In 1987 Merrell was purchased by Karhu. The new owners moved production of Merrell products to Asia, reducing retail prices and expanding sales.[2] In 1988 sales of Merrell products topped the $4 million mark.[2]

A period of rapid growth for Merrell followed with 1989 sales increasing by 50%, to the $6 million mark.[2] By 1990, some 300,000 pairs of shoes and boots were being sold annually, with sales for the year topping the $10 million mark for the first time.[2] The company became a global enterprise, with divisions established in Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the United States.[2]

The year 1992 saw another doubling of the company’s sales volume, topping the $20 million mark.[2] By the middle of the decade, Merrell products were being sold in 22 countries.[2]

Sale to Wolverine World Wide

In 1997, Karhu sold Merrell to Wolverine World Wide, a large footwear corporation which manufactured Hush Puppies shoes and Wolverine brand boots. In the year of the Wolverine acquisition, Merrell sales volume totaled $23 million.[3]

Wolverine introduced a new lighter-weight sensibility to the line, beginning with a trail running shoe called the “Jungle Runner.”[4] This initial foray into lightweight footwear was not a commercial success, but a team led by Clark Matis came up with the idea of using a very aggressive trail running outsole with a casual slip-on upper made of pigskin suede, a material previously perfected and used extensively in the Hush Puppies line.[4]

The work of Matis’ design group culminated with the introduction of what would become the brand’s signature shoe, the “Jungle Moc.”[2] The new product was a smash success, with total shipments of Jungle Mocs hitting 3.5 million pairs by 2002.[2] The 10 millionth pair of Jungle Mocs was shipped in 2009, with the style continuing in production to the present date.[2]

In 2007, the Merrell line was expanded yet again to include apparel and accessories.[2]

By 2010, Merrell products were being sold in 151 countries.[2] Annual sales for the brand totaled nearly $500 million in 2010.[3]

The company operates 116 of its own concept stores around the world, with another 20 to 25 new stores planned to open in 2011.[5] Merrell has declared that it is aiming for 15% of its sales to come through company stores and e-commerce sometime in the near future.[5]


how American media cofounders meet Asian tv network hosts

music blooms like rainbow

joy rings in all with winking eyes

joy comes when fresh year arrives

that is why and how beijing citizens are good

because nothing is better than happy mood


we write many names,

yet not enough to showcase the spring wind

we pass some sweet sentence in wordpress

yet the rest of them awaits, patiently, for beautiful thoughts.


happy new year to the following media hosts and founders:

Steve Case

Jim Kimsey

Adam Silver

Xiaobao Song

Haiyan Zhao

Paul Reuter

Jarl Mohn

Bill Siemering

Qingjun Zhang

Barry Diller

Rupert Murdoch

Mark Seriff

Pengfei Mao

Truong Tan Sang

Nguyen Tan Dung

Teng-hui Lee

Shui-Bian Chen

Ying-Jeou Ma

Cunrong Wu

Xincong Zheng

Ming Zhu

Brian Roberts

Qinjian Lou

Ralph Roberts

Zhengyong Zhao

Daniel Aaron

Minzhou Wei

Randy Falco

Jun Wang

David Jacobs


Xuejun Wang

Jinbin Li

Jiwen Pan

Stephen Burke

William Paley

Ted Turner

Pak Pong-Ju

Kim Yong-nam

Kim Jong-un

Park Geun-Hye

Hwang Kyo-ahn

Tom Rogers

Wei Zhao

Sisi Li

Wa Tian

Alexis Tsipras

Prokopis Paulopoulos

Sergio Mattarella

Mariano Rajoy

Pranab Mukherjee

Yushu Gao

Dan Ouyang

Qun Niu

Kong Feng

tuya Ouren

Yue Ma

Nikos Voutsis

Luyu Ren

Shenglan Meng

sisi Chen

Beier Sa

Tao Zhou

Jun Zhou

Ding Jia

Claude Bartolone

qian Liu

Yan Liu

Lu Chai

Jingchu zhang

Jin Xie

Xun Zhou

Simei Tong

Aihong Wu

Bowen Fan




maryland summer music camp

Summer String Institutes



High School String Institute, August 1-5, 2016

Piotr Gajewski, Conductor

Middle School String Institute, August 8-12, 2016

Victoria Gau, Conductor

National Philharmonic created the Summer String Institutes in 1998 to nurture the skills and talents of young musicians and encourage their participation in classical music now and throughout their lives. This summer, join National Philharmonic principal players and other distinguished faculty for a challenging and exciting week of chamber and orchestral music. The Senior Institute Orchestra, led by National Philharmonic Maestro Piotr Gajewski, has been cited by the Washington Post as a “precise and elegant ensemble.” The Middle School Institute Orchestra, led by National Philharmonic Associate Conductor Victoria Gau, provides the same intense and high quality experience for younger students. While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music.

In a day-camp arrangement, each National Philharmonic Summer String Institute is an intensive week of orchestra rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals and coachings, private lessons, and movement classes, culminating with performances by the orchestra and chamber ensembles.


This year’s Institutes are at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852 (just north of Tuckerman Lane)



9:00 Sectional Rehearsal
10:35 Coached Chamber Music
11:40 Private Lesson
12:45 Lunch
1:25 Movement Class
2:30 Chamber Music Practice Time
3:35 Orchestra Rehearsal
5:00 Dismissal


The Institutes’ schedules are filled with instruction and rehearsals and do not allow for much practice time. Therefore, it is imperative that students prepare assigned music ahead of time

Students are required to participate in all Institute activities, including the following concerts:
High School Institute – Friday August 5
1:30 p.m. – Informal Chamber Music Concert
7:30 p.m. – Evening Orchestra Concert

Middle School Institute – Friday August 12
1:30 p.m. – Informal Chamber Music Concert
7:30 p.m. – Evening Orchestra Concert

Piotr Gajewski, conductor. Music Director & Conductor of the National Philharmonic, Gajewski guest conducts in the USA, Canada, England, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Awarded a Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, Gajewski’s teachers have included Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Gunther Schuller, Gustav Meier, and Maurice Abravanel.

Victoria Gau, conductor and Institutes Director. Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the National Philharmonic, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Capital City Symphony, Artistic Director of the Takoma Ensemble. Youth orchestra conducting positions have included the Akron (OH) Youth Symphony and Young Virtuosi of the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Gau holds degrees in Viola Performance and Conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory. She is a frequent conductor of youth orchestra regional festivals.
Isiah Johnson, music movement class. On the dance staff at the University of Maryland, Johnson is an active performer, composer, arranger, and piano teacher.

Lori Barnet, cello.   Principal cellist and coordinator of chamber music for the National Philharmonic, Barnet also plays with the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra, the Contemporary Music Forum, and teaches at George Washington University.

Katherine Budner, violin. Member of the National Philharmonic for over 15 years, Budner is a former concertmaster of the US Air Force Symphony Orchestra and has soloed with that group. She is a free-lance musician in the DC area and teaches privately.

Douglas Dubé, violin. Concertmaster of Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Washington Concert Opera, Dubé also plays with the Washington Opera Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra, and Wolf Trap Orchestra.

Jeffery Koczela, bass. Principal bassist with the Washington Bach Consort and Alexandria Symphony. Koczela teaches at Howard University and performs with the Washington Opera, the Wolf Trap Orchestra, the National Symphony, and other ensembles in the DC area.

Mark Pfannschmidt, viola/violin. Violist with the National Philharmonic and other area ensembles, Pfannschmidt is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and Catholic University. He is a former member of the US Marine Chamber Orchestra.

Judy Silverman, viola/violin. Associate Principal violist of the National Philharmonic, Silverman has received the American String Teachers’ Association’s Teacher of the Year award and the MCYO’s Service to Students award.

Kerry Van Laanen, cello. Cellist with the Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic, Van Laanen also teaches privately in the area.

Julius Wirth, viola/violin. Principal Viola with the National Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Wirth is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory.



Mozart, Divertimento in Bb Major, K. 137

Telemann, Concerto for Viola in G Major

Elgar, Serenade for Strings

Foote, Suite in E Major


Handel, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 1

Grainger, Molly on the Shore

Penderecki, Three Pieces in the Olden Style

McLean, Fandango


Click on 2016 SSI Application Packet in left sidebar to download and send to:

National Philharmonic
Attn: Victoria Gau, Associate Conductor
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385

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