People & Culture
"I am so grateful that I have had the chance to spend the last 20 years in the outdoor industry. There are so many wonderful people. I couldn’t resist putting photos of some of them on our website. It has been an honor and a blessing for me to know them, work with them and share many things in life together. They have given me motivation to work hard, work with joy."
5 Heroes of DAC
"It is my honor and privilege to introduce the heroes who saved DAC when times were hard
- SN Kim, YH Kim, TH Kim, CJ Lee and DO Park.
Nobody abandoned the sinking ship that was DAC, even though they had many opportunities to leave.
I feel so grateful to have spent the last 20 years with them."
~ Jake Lah
Life time friend of Jake Lah since 1984. He deserves all the credit for DAC's consistent quality and on-time delivery. He saved DAC from falling apart.
Every detail of every process is under his guidance.
He first met Jake Lah in elementary school. He got a master's degree in material science at Yonsei University, the same University Jake graduated from. He has been a driving force at DAC for every development related to high strength aluminum - from new alloys to trekking poles.
People call him "DAC itself."
Since 1988, he has been there whenever and wherever DAC needs anything.
It was SN Kim who introduced him to DAC.
He comes to work at least 50 days more every year than other people. Since 1989, he has dedicated himself to the health of DAC. He is a good friend of TH Kim. Together, they have gone through so many things.
When he first started working in 1988, he did not know anything about aluminum. He is now one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on high strength aluminum processing from extrusion to final heat treatment.
Jake was lucky to meet him in 1987. 20 years ago, he was a brilliant young engineer who influenced Jake to start a new R&D center in DAC. It is not a surprise that he developed almost every toy and new trekking pole lock system produced by in DAC.
A good friend of JH Wang. He joined DAC as a set up member in 1988 introduced by JH Wang. Without his endurance, Green Anodizing of DAC couldn't have been possible.
KP Cho (since 1992)
Tent pole assembly
CH Lee (since 1992)
Tent frame development
JS Lee (since 1992)
A good friend of Jake
The North Face
Reese White and his daughter in 2002
Phil Mesdag at Jake's home
Andrew Day, a wonderful gentleman
Banpo team at Jake's home
A humble gentleman who knows every detail
Freelancer designer with the most experience and knowledge
Paul and Adrienne
Bill Gamber of Big Agnes
Al and Lili Hausske
Man Yee, passionate and experienced hard worker
Tai Chung Canvas
Grant Tsai started backpacking tent manufactured in Asia
A long time designer of Terra Nova
Lifetime members of the industry
Mike Scherer, Frank Tehan, David Mydans and Jake Blakely
The designer of REI for more than 20 years
A good friend of Jake
We all need to appreciate his unseen devotion
YH Kim, DO Park, Jake Lah, TS Choi in Qingdao
DAC team 2008
Designer of Dunlop
Brings new blood to the industry 10-05-04
Tent designer with the most experience and knowledge
The founder of Sierra Designs
Al Dewitz and his team in Qingdao
Mr. Tamaura, the man of Japanese camping industry
Bill Kelly, Joel Weeks
Hilleberg family with Jake's family
Rolf, Petra and Bo Hilleberg with Jake
Andy and Jake
Sally McCoy and Jake in Friedrichshafen, Germany
Chris, Al, Bill at DAC 2006
Geor and his wife