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."

"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

5 Heroes of DAC

SN Kim

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.

YH Kim

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.

TH Kim

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.

CJ Lee

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.

DO Park

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.

JH Wang

 

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.

JB Oh

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.

Our Team

Ted Ganio

Ted Ganio

A good friend of Jake

The North Face

The North Face

Reese White and his daughter in 2002

Sierra Designs

Sierra Designs

Phil Mesdag at Jake's home

Kelty

Kelty

Andrew Day, a wonderful gentleman

Banpo

Banpo

Banpo team at Jake's home

Yuichiro Sato

Yuichiro Sato

A humble gentleman who knows every detail

Mike Scherer

Mike Scherer

Freelancer designer with the most experience and knowledge

MSR

MSR

Paul and Adrienne

Bill Gamber of Big Agnes

Bill Gamber of Big Agnes

Jack Wolfskin

Jack Wolfskin

Gerold Ringsdorf

EMS

EMS

Anthony Roina

Al and Lili Hausske

Al and Lili Hausske

Jasper

Jasper

Man Yee, passionate and experienced hard worker

Tai Chung Canvas

Tai Chung Canvas

Grant Tsai started backpacking tent manufactured in Asia

Andrew Dawson

Andrew Dawson

A long time designer of Terra Nova

Lifetime members of the industry

Lifetime members of the industry

Mike Scherer, Frank Tehan, David Mydans and Jake Blakely

Jack Wolfskin

Jack Wolfskin

Gerold Ringsdorf

David Mydans

David Mydans

The designer of REI for more than 20 years

Ted Ganio

Ted Ganio

A good friend of Jake

Reese White

Reese White

We all need to appreciate his unseen devotion

Banpo

Banpo

YH Kim, DO Park, Jake Lah, TS Choi in Qingdao

Banpo

Banpo

DAC team 2008

Yuichiro Sato

Yuichiro Sato

Designer of Dunlop

Tae Kim

Tae Kim

Brings new blood to the industry 10-05-04

Mike Scherer

Mike Scherer

Tent designer with the most experience and knowledge

Bob Swanson

Bob Swanson

The founder of Sierra Designs

Vaude

Vaude

Al Dewitz and his team in Qingdao

Ogawa

Ogawa

Mr. Tamaura, the man of Japanese camping industry

Johnson Team

Johnson Team

Bill Kelly, Joel Weeks

Hilleberg

Hilleberg

Hilleberg family with Jake's family

Hilleberg family

Hilleberg family

Rolf, Petra and Bo Hilleberg with Jake

Exped

Exped

Andy and Jake

Camelbak

Camelbak

Sally McCoy and Jake in Friedrichshafen, Germany

Big Agnes

Big Agnes

Chris, Al, Bill at DAC 2006

Eureka! Europe

Eureka! Europe

Geor and his wife

Industry People

KP Cho (since 1992)

Tent pole assembly

CH Lee (since 1992)

Tent frame development

JS Lee (since 1992)

Administration

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