Columbia Sportswear Corporate Tour

College of Business students visit Columbia SportswearColumbia Sportswear is a Portland-born company that has been making outdoor gear for Pacific Northwesterners — and those who wish they were in the Pacific Northwest — for more than 70 years. Columbia is a family business gone global. Started by a pair of German nationals who fled Nazi Germany in 1938, it was originally Columbia Hat Company. The legendary Gert Boyles led the company for more than 40 years, with her Tough Mother persona helping turn it into a global sportswear company. Today, Gert’s son Tim Boyle is president and CEO.

“Our unique Pacific Northwest heritage and Boyle family irreverence is what sets us apart. The family — like our business — has experienced its ups and downs, but enjoying the outdoors together has always been integral to its success.”