Timothy Boyle

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Timothy Boyle
Born1949 (age 69–70)
NationalityAmerican
EducationJesuit High School
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
Occupationbusinessman
Known forPresident and CEO of Columbia Sportswear
Net worthUS$2.0 billion (December 2017)[1]
Spouse(s)Mary Boyle
Children2
Parent(s)Gert Lamfromm Boyle
Joseph Cornelius "Neal" Boyle

Timothy Boyle (born 1949) is an American billionaire, and the president and CEO of Columbia Sportswear.[2]

Early life[edit]

Boyle is one of three children born to Joseph Cornelius "Neal" Boyle, an Irish Catholic and Gertrude Lamfrom.[3] His mother was Jewish and fled as a teenager from Nazi Germany and immigrated to Portland, Oregon;[4] she converted to Catholicism after marrying her husband.[4] He has two sisters: Kathy Boyle (born 1952) and Sally Boyle (born 1958).[3]

His grandfather purchased the Rosenfeld Hat Company[3] and changed its name to the Columbia Hat Company[5] (after the river).[3] His father became president of Columbia Hat after his grandfather died and then diversified the hat business into outerwear[3] for hunters, fishermen, and skiers.[4] In 1960, his mother designed the first fishing vest (his father was an avid fisherman) and the name of the company was changed to Columbia Sportswear.[5]

Boyle was educated at Jesuit High School, in Beaverton, Oregon, just outside Portland, followed by the University of Oregon, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1971.[6]

Career[edit]

Boyle was still at university when his father died in 1970[7] at the age of 47. He left to join his mother, who had become president of Columbia, which was then earning $800,000 in annual sales.[3] The company struggled and teetered on bankruptcy[8] until in the 1970s when Boyle and his mother refocused the business on outdoor clothing and casual wear which paralleled a general trend away from formal work attire.[9] In 1975, they were the first company to introduce Gore-Tex parkas.[5]

In 1986, Columbia released the Bugaboo, a jacket with a zip out lining which became quite trendy and further propelled the company's growth.[3] Columbia was unique among specialty clothing manufacturers in that it would sell its products to any retail shop or chain.[4] In 1987, Columbia had $18.8 million in sales and by 1997 it had grown to $353.5 million.[4] The company went public in 1998.[9] In the early 2010s, Boyle refocused Columbia away from top line products and more towards the mid-range, moderately priced products; he also continued to align sales with changes happening in the retail industry, shifting the company more toward internet sales.[2]

Boyle's 41% ownership interest in Columbia Sportswear was worth over $1.0 billion in 2013.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Boyle and his wife Mary have a son, educated at Drake University in Des Moines, and a daughter, educated at the University of Washington.[10]

In 2007, he and his wife Mary donated $5 million to the University of Oregon.[11] In 2016, he donated $10 million to the University's aquatic animal care facility.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timothy Boyle". Forbes. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Forbes: "Columbia Sportswear Thrives, Lifting CEO Tim Boyle To Billionaire Ranks" by Kathryn Dill November 8, 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Whitford, David; Gert Boyle (September 1, 2003). "Gert Boyle Columbia Sportswear Co". Fortune Small Business. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Immigrant Entrepreneurship: "Gertrude Boyle" retrieved November 9, 2013
  5. ^ a b c "History". About Us. Columbia Sportswear. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Columbia:Officers and Directors". Columbia. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  7. ^ Oregon Business: "Tim Boyle charts the future as Columbia Sportswear turns 75" by Linda Baker January 28, 2013
  8. ^ Harriet Shapiro; Diane S. Lund (September 18, 1989). "Gert Boyle Has a Vested Interest in George Bush's Fishing Fortunes". People. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Boyle, Gert (April 1, 2006). "How I Did It: Gert Boyle, chairman, Columbia Sportswear". Inc. magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  10. ^ "Tim Boyle: CEO Columbia Sportswear". Portland Interview Magazine. October 2, 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  11. ^ Business Wire: "Columbia Sportswear Tim Boyle, Wife Donate $5 Million to University of Oregon" April 13, 2007
  12. ^ Katu: "Columbia Sportswear CEO donates $10 million to University of Oregon" February 28, 2016