Former Gov. Gary Herbert is taking on a new role with a Utah outdoors gear company

Former Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is photographed in Provo on Thursday, May 6, 2021. On Wednesday, TETON Sports, an outdoors gear company based in Utah, announced Herbert as chairman of its advisory council.

Former Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is photographed in Provo on Thursday, May 6, 2021. On Wednesday, TETON Sports, an outdoors gear company based in Utah, announced Herbert as chairman of its advisory council. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — Former Gov. Gary Herbert is keeping busy after he left office at the beginning of the year.

TETON Sports, an outdoor gear company based in Utah, announced Wednesday it has named Herbert as chairman of its advisory council. The former Utah leader will now be tasked with leading a team of "seasoned experts to guide the company through growth," according to company officials.

Herbert, 74, who was known during his time as governor as an avid fan of outdoor recreation, said in a statement that he is "thrilled" with the new career opportunity. The company he will join produces everything from sleeping bags to tents and backpacks, and touts itself as one of the top outdoors retailers on Amazon.

"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to lead the advisory council at this growing company," the statement read, in part. "I was attracted to TETON Sports because of what they offer to their customers — quality outdoor gear at a phenomenal price. It's this mix of quality and value that has enabled them to help more people get outdoors and a reason they're poised to be a big name in the industry."

Heather Stone, president of TETON Sports, added that the ex-governor will be a "big part" of its "#outdoorseveryday" campaign.

"He has great insight into the outdoor industry and how supporting the outdoors can benefit a community," she said in a statement.

It's the latest new role for Herbert. He announced last month that he will serve as the executive chairman of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, which was his first role since stepping away from the governor's office.

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