Chairman of the Board
Columbia Sportswear Company
Gert Boyle is the Chairman of the Board for Columbia Sportswear, the international outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment manufacturer. At age 13, Gert Boyle and her family fled Nazi Germany and moved to Portland, Oregon. Her parents, Paul and Marie Lamfrom, founded what was then called Columbia Hat Company in 1938. After attending the University of Arizona she and her husband, Neal Boyle, returned to Oregon and joined the family business.
After the death of her father, Neal became president. Six years later at the age of 47 he died of a heart attack. Gert found herself at the helm of a financially struggling company. Her son Tim, while still in college, helped run the business. After a year they were advised by a banker to sell Columbia, but they were only offered $1,400 and wisely declined.
Hard work and a helpful staff of employees made Columbia a leading global seller of outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment with annual sales of more than $1 billion. Gert Boyle has become an industry icon and she is a well respected leader in Portland and around the world. Her autobiography, One Tough Mother, was published in 2005. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Sporting Goods Association Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Global Business Hall of Fame and the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. She has won many other awards including:
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Columbia Sportswear Company
Tim Boyle has served as chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear Company since 1989 and oversees operations of the active outdoor company from its Portland, Oregon headquarters.
Tim's career with Columbia Sportswear began in 1971 when, during his senior year at The University of Oregon, his father, who had been running the company since 1964, died suddenly of a heart attack. Tim's mother, Gert Boyle, quickly enlisted Tim's help in order to continue the aggressive expansion that her husband had initiated and that had expanded the company's sales that year to $1 million.
An alumnus of Portland, Oregon's Jesuit High School (1967) and the University of Oregon (1971, B.S. Journalism), Tim serves on the Boards of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company and Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc.
Joe Boyle joined Columbia in 2005 and has served in a variety of capacities of increasing leadership and responsibility, including brand management, sales, planning, GMM of Outerwear, Accessories, Equipment, Collegiate and Licensing, Vice President of Apparel Merchandising, and was named Senior Vice President of Columbia Brand Merchandising & Design in May 2015. Between 2003 and 2005, Mr. Boyle served in a business development role for Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, developing and securing golf course design services in the United States and around the world. Mr. Boyle is a fourth-generation member of the company’s founding Boyle family, the son of Columbia CEO Tim Boyle and the grandson of Columbia Chairman Gert Boyle.