Kevin left HPG for Spiritus Systems in 2022. Here is his letter to the Hill People Gear community:
When I joined HPG back in 2016, I didn’t just join a company, I joined a community and a family. I became their first full-time employee, working out of a room in Evan’s house, with one storage rack for packs and a dresser that fit all the kit bags.
Year after year we grew and added more products, and grew some more. I did everything from shipping packages, answering the phone, responding to customer emails, managing the production schedule and fulfilling government contracts. I got to work with print publications, movie studios, television personalities and Youtube personalities to help promote the brand. I got to have my hand in product development and testing as well as source materials and work with suppliers. I got the pleasure of opening HPG up to the hunting community through Youtube content, trade shows, and developing relationships within the community. I got to meet a lot of great like-minded folks from other companies in the outdoor/firearm/tactical/hunting space and call them my friends. I helped make HPG FIRE a reality and get the Type-1 fire pack in the hands of Wildland firefighters. I was privileged to be able to follow my passion of photography and do it as my main job at the company.
Leaving HPG was a very hard decision, but in the end I have to grow professionally and personally and be challenged in new ways. Sometimes that takes a risk and a leap into something new. I accepted a job with Spiritus Systems as photographer and videographer and look forward to this next chapter in my life as my family moves to North Carolina . I will always consider Evan, Scot, and William family, and look back at my time at HPG as successful and rewarding. I wish Hill People Gear nothing but the best and can’t wait to see the products they come out with next, as a customer.
I am leaving the company, but will still be a part of the community. Backcountry travel is a part of who I am.