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Climb Establishes New Support Company, Hires New COO

Monday, March 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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Climb HQ

Formalized January 1st of 2018, Climb HQ was created as a support company for the growing Climb organization. With three locations in Tennessee and one in Arkansas, founders Drew Sloss and Lance Brock decided to build a centralized company that provides services to each of the Climb locations.


“As we were assessing the next phase of growth for Climb, it became clear that we needed a separate company to help each location navigate the various challenges new businesses face, as well as support the development of Climb’s culture in new regions and states,” said Sloss.


Climb opened its first location, Climb Nashville, in 2003 and added a second Nashville location in 2014. Climb Murfreesboro opened its doors in Murfreesboro, TN in September of 2018, and Climb Bentonville in Bentonville, Arkansas opened in January of 2019. Along with the new Arkansas location in 2019, Climb HQ has brought Dan Sheehan onto its team.


“We’re thrilled to have Dan join our organization. He brings a wealth of institutional background know-how from his tenure as Vice President and General Manager at Ingram Content Group. Over the last seven years at Ingram, Dan simultaneously led 3 distinct business units to historical levels of growth, from $330M to $450M. Dan understands the challenges we face as we continue to expand,” said Brock.


When asked what attracted Dan to make the jump to Climb from such a different industry, Sheehan commented that “Climb is built upon a set of values and principles that is aligned with mine and the foundation is set for us to go, and go hard. The opportunity is a perfect blend of my passions, such as enhancing the customer experience, growing top and bottom line, improving processes and workflows, a healthy and fit lifestyle and the entrepreneurial spirit.”


Dan lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife, Amy, and three daughters, Abby, Madeline, and Ellie. Dan received his undergraduate and MBA from Belmont University, located in Nashville, TN.


Climb celebrated its 15th anniversary as a company last year. “When we started in 2003, I think our goal was fairly simple. We loved climbing and wanted to share that with our greater Nashville community at large. Not much has changed since then except our size. Three years ago, we solidified our company mission with the simple words: We believe climbing is transformative and we exist to share that experience. We intend to continue that mission in as many communities as we can,” Sloss says with a smile.

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