About our agency

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With over 30 years experience in the Outdoor Industry, Great Lakes Outdoors prides itself as a well established sales agency managing 4 Midwest states, MI, OH, IN & KY. We have extensive experience with strong brands covering the Outdoor, Winter Apparel & Accessories, Hydration, Footwear and Lifestyle categories. Our goal is to establish strong relationships between our Retail Partners - Sales Representatives & Our Brands. One of our largest takeaways from this philosophy are the friendships we've developed throughout the years in this great industry.

Our brands are showcased in our Showroom in Grand Rapids, MI.

Awards:

  • Vasque: Agency of the Year 2014

  • Mountain Khakis: Sales Rep MVP 2018

  • SLM Fitness: Million Dollar Sales Club

  • SLM Fitness: Rep of the Year

  • Colman & Hirschmann NY, NY: Rep of the Year


OUR TEAM


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Randy Downs, Principal

PHONE (616) 490-4771
FAX (616) 965-2605

rrdowns1@gmail.com

33 years in the outdoor business.  28 years in sales.

After graduating from Central Michigan University I started my career with a major Midwest retailer in Sporting Goods Buying & Merchandising.  After nearly 5 years I moved into sales and never looked back.

I feel very fortunate growing up in Michigan with a family that enjoyed all things outdoors.  Today I continue to do the things I love including Hiking, Kayaking, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Fishing and just about anything to do with the water.


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 Cindi Downs, Rep

PHONE (616) 490-1090
FAX (616) 965-2605

cindirdowns@gmail.com

Hi, I'm Cindi, I was born into a family of outdoor enthusiasts where I spent my childhood growing up on the water, with all adventures geared toward fast, thrilling and memorable! 

In my early 20's I dipped my boots into the world of snowboarding as one of the first Burton Reps.  I also pursued my degree and dove deep into the ever changing medical field.  Once I came up for air I decided that travel, selling great products, hanging with great  people and doing what I genuinely love most, which was being in the outdoors led me back down the adventure path and working for 6 years now with my husband and our Agency. 

We have 3 kids, all huge outdoor enthusiasts which makes traveling awesome.  I'm an avid, hiker, with a love of kayaking, biking, snowboarding, animals and almost anything to do with the outdoors and water.


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Brian Cornell, Rep

PHONE (248) 933-0334

Cornellbdc@gmail.com

I grew up in the Metro Detroit area where I spent my high school years working as a snowboard instructor at the local ski hill, Pine Knob. My passion for the outdoors drove me to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan after high school, where I studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Through my degree program, I was able to obtain multiple certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, Wildland Firefighter, and PADI Scuba Diving. I spent three summers working in the tourist industry as a Lead Guide delivering kayak tours of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

I loved growing up in Michigan where I get to experience the four seasons and the outdoor activities that come with them. In my free time I enjoy skiing or snowboarding, hiking, camping, and kayaking (when it’s not for work) and just being able to be outside!


We are always looking for another person to join our team, who shares the same passion as we do.  Please inquire by sending us an email.