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Paul von Maffei
In May of 1972, I opened my first store in Branford and named it Wintersports Inc. My experience as a sales representative for Rossingol Ski Company had provided me with valuable insights in tho the specialty sporting goods business. 4 years later, I moved into our current location at 324 W Main St in Branford and changed the name to Action Sports Inc. My philosophy from the inception of Action Sports in 1976 has been to offer quality merchandise with the best selection possible, competitive pricing and an expertly trained and certified professional sales staff. i also believe that by employing certified master mechanics, coupled with the latest in technical equipment, we would be able to provide unparalleled service to our customers.
store manager branford
Bob became affiliated with Action Sports in September of 1992 bringing with him an already impressive resume within the snow sports industry. As Assistant Store Manager Bob attended Superfeet Bootfitting University in 1996, Lange Bootfitting University in 1998, and in 2016 became a certified master plus bootfitter graduating from Masterfit University. In 2007 Bob became the Branford Store Manager as well as the footwear buyer. Bob brings to this position an extensive knowledge of all products carried and strives to make every customers visit unique and rewarding. During his time off Bob can be found biking, paddleboarding and hiking. His favorite activity involves spending time with his daughter on the ski slopes of Butternut and Sugarbush Mountains.
Bike shop manager
Rich got his start in mountain biking in 1986. In 1988 his love for mountain biking led him to start racing cross country mountain bikes, where he won several races. Right out of college in 1993, he applied for a summer job at Action Sports where he went on to manage Giant’s Northeast X-Country race team. In 2010 when Action Sports made the decision to partner with Giant, Rich was made the manager of the Bike Shop. Now that Rich is a family man, he has made bike riding a family affair, where he rides the mean streets with his children.
Assistant Manager/Snowboard Dept. Supervisor
Shelby has been working at Action Sports since November 2013. She can usually be found in our Branford store in the snowboard department. Her expertise comes from 20+ years of snowboarding. During her free time she enjoys sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, longboarding, and snowboarding
Repair Shop Manager Old Saybrook