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Cascade Designs names new Vice President of Human Resources

September 14, 2023

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SEATTLE, Wash. (Sept. 14, 2023) – Cascade Designs, the parent company of MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, SealLine, PackTowl and VARILITE, announced today the hire of Minor Harris as its new Vice President of Human Resources. Harris will be joining the brands’ Reno, NV. office and will be responsible for leading the people and culture strategy across the organization.

Harris brings more than twenty years of experience to this critical role at Cascade Designs and was most recently the Head of People and Culture at the Washington-based aerospace manufacturer, Korry Electronics. Harris is a seasoned HR leader who is passionate about creating a work environment that maximizes employee’s strengths, inspires hard work and celebrates success.

Harris will oversee all facets of human resources, helping to assure that the right people are in place to develop, design and manufacture Cascade Designs’ wide range of award-winning outdoor recreational products.

“We are excited to welcome Minor to the Cascade Designs team,” said Paul Connolly, President of Cascade Designs . “Minor’s long history in developing a winning culture in a number of manufacturing companies will be a great asset as we look ahead to the future of the brands.”

“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to work for Cascade Designs,” said Harris. “My passion for developing a positive company culture while making market-leading outdoor recreation brands is an incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to helping Cascade Designs attract, retain and reward the diverse and talented workforce we need to live out our mission and achieve our goals.”

Harris will be responsible for the strategic development and promotion of the Cascade Designs people-centric culture and will help attract and retain a diverse and talented team across the company. In addition, he will assure that the company has the right level of training and development for their team members as well as the appropriate level of compensation, benefits and support.

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About Cascade Designs®

For 50 years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs, Inc. and its brands, Therm-a-Rest®, Mountain Safety Research® (MSR), Platypus®, SealLine®, PackTowl® and VARILITE, has led the outdoor industry in designing innovative, useful and long-lasting equipment, manufacturing the majority of products in their Seattle, WA, and Reno, NV, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland facilities. From the original self-inflating Therm-a-Rest® camping mattress to the first multi-fuel stove from MSR®, Cascade Designs has developed leading products that explorers, travelers, adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts and weekend campers can rely on to deliver optimum performance in the outdoors through exceptional engineering and quality. For more information, please visit: