ColumbiaColumbia is made up of talented, hardworking people who are as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our products are available around the world, we're proud to be based in the great Pacific Northwest where the majestic forests, volcanic mountains, rugged coastline, and wide open spaces serve as our lab and playground. This is where we hike, fish, hunt, camp, climb, shred, golf, paddle, run, and just enjoy the fresh air with friends. Come join us.
Gert's parents were immigrants who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and settled in Portland where they purchased a small hat manufacturer, naming it the Columbia Hat Company after one of their new home’s iconic rivers.
This humble beginning marked a newfound freedom and a fresh start for the family. The business eventually passed from Gert’s father to her husband Neal and then to Gert herself when she went from housewife to executive overnight after Neal’s sudden passing in 1970.
Today, Gert’s son Tim Boyle is our longtime CEO and her grandson Joe Boyle is Columbia brand president. The family—like our business—has experienced its ups and downs, but enjoying the outdoors together has always been integral to its success.