About Venture Sports

Venture Sports is a full service sales and marketing agency for the southeast. We focus primarily on the specialty outdoor, specialty run, and active lifestyle markets. When we start working with a brand we treat it as if it were our own – managing every aspect of sales and marketing on a local level. We handle the traditional sales agency duties – taking orders, clinics, workshops, etc… but we also help our retailers boost sell-through by building a presence for the brand through a variety of different venues. We use social media, email marketing, public relations and good old face-to-face conversations. We are the boots on the ground.

We are well-versed in talking to a variety of different channels. Today’s consumer shops in specialty stores, online, in the mall and just about anywhere else you can imagine. Venture Sports can take your brand into the channels where your customers shop. Your customers do not limit themselves to one channel, and your sales agency shouldn’t either.

The Venture Sports team brings years of experience in sales management, brand development and territory coverage–while maintaining a retailer-centric sales focus. We understand the tenets of quality distribution, key product differentiation and strategic planning and execution.  A wealth of footwear and apparel expertise combined with technical savvy and product knowledge makes Venture Sports, Inc. the ideal sales agency to represent your brand.

Who We Are

IMG_2871Al Tunstall,a 25-year veteran of the athletic footwear and apparel industry, is the principal of Venture Sports, Inc.  Throughout his career, Al and his sales teams have won numerous “Sales Agency of the Year” awards and individual rep awards while representing major sporting goods brands.  A passion for running and the outdoors has led Al and his team of sales professionals to re-launch the agency–with a special emphasis on brands that appeal to the outdoor athlete and enthusiast.

Al can be reached at Al@VentureSportsGroup.com

285534Kris Versteegen has spent over ten years in the outdoor industry. He started his career in retail and quickly became an outdoor journalist. He has written for Outdoor Business, The OR Show Daily, Rock & Ice, and Sporting Goods Business. In 2007, he moved into marketing, sales and business development. He has done work for brands like La Sportiva, Sierra Designs, eVent Fabrics, and Osprey. When he’s not on the road, Kris is usually spending time with his wife and daughter. he also enjoys cycling and trail running in and around his hometown of Charlotte, NC as well as climbing and backpacking all over the world.

Kris can be reached at Kris@VentureSportsGroup.com

newheadshotRoger Jones has many years of experience in the Footwear Business beginning with The Athlete’s Foot and Reebok International. He went on to represent Rockport, Teva, Ugg, and Merrell Performance.

Roger continues to run for fun and fitness since his days as a Sub 4 Minute Miler, SEC Champion and competitive Road Racer. In fact, Roger’s record time in the 1500 meters still holds today as one of Auburn University’s “Top Marks.”

Roger can be reached at Roger@VentureSportsGroup.com