HEAD/MARES/SSI Announces Three Key Changes to the Sales and Marketing Team

HEAD WATERSPORTS, MARES and SSI have announced three changes to the Company’s sales and marketing team.

The company has expanded Zak O’Hara’s management responsibilities for HEAD WATERSPORTS, MARES and SSI. Zak has been managing the HEAD WATERSPORTS division for the last few years.  With the recent changes in the Southwest Territory, Zak will resume responsibilities for the Northwest Territory, effective October 1, 2019.

In addition to managing the HEAD WATERSPORTS division in the USA, Zak will also be responsible for MARES and SSI sales in Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

“Zak has a proven track record with the growth of MARES in the Northwest and we are excited to have him fill this role,” said, Steve Lamphear, Vice President and General Manager. “We look forward to the continued growth of MARES, SSI and the HEAD WATERSPORTS brands.”

Zak can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and via phone 561-827-3441 or 800-874-3236.

MARES/SSI has also named Pam VanGuelpen as the new Southwest District Sales Manager for MARES, SSI, and HEAD WATERSPORTS.

Pam has successfully managed the Northwest District Sales Manager for MARES, SSI and HEAD WATERSPORTS for the last few years. Pam has successfully managed the Northwest District Sales Manager for MARES, SSI and HEAD WATERSPORTS for the last few years. She will replace Pat Dunn as the Southwest District Sales Manager who was promoted to SSI Key Account Manager.

“We are very excited to have Pam take over the responsibilities in the Southwest.  Pat Dunn did a great job and we know Pam will pick up where he left off. SSI has great dealers in the Southwest and we anticipate a seamless transition and continued growth.” said, Jeff Saenger, SSI USA Director of Sales.

Pam will be responsible for sales in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Pam can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and 1-925-487-9967.

She will replace Pat Dunn as the Southwest District Sales Manager who was promoted to SSI Key Account Manager.

Pat has been the MARES / SSI Southwest District Sales Manager for the last 8 years and will now be responsible for working with dealers and managing key projects within North America.

Pat has been with SSI in various capacities since 1994 starting as a Regional Sales Manager and then promoted to International Manager and was instrumental in starting SSI’s global growth. He is currently an SSI International Training Director, Instructor Certifier and Dealer Summit presenter.  Pat has been a key part of the development of many of SSI’s training programs.

“Pat has been an integral part of our sales team for years and we are excited to welcome him to our management team.” said, Steve Lamphear, General Manager, and Vice President Mares Diving.

In his new position, Pat will be responsible for continuing to support SSI dealers and to further grow SSI throughout North America. At this time, he will also continue to cover Colorado and Utah as the District Sales Manager for MARES and HEAD WATERSPORTS.

Pat can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 561-599-2810.

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