Bryan McDearman

Bryan McDearman is now at Bank of Jackson Hole.

Give’r crowdfunds $987K

To say the latest Give’r Kickstarter campaign was successful would be a gross understatement.

The fundraiser to launch the company’s Frontier Mittens went live Oct. 9, surpassed its $32,000 goal in an hour and closed this past Friday at midnight with $986,672 from 8,090 backers.

“It’s pretty incredible,” CEO Bubba Albrecht said. “It’s so exciting.”

The original goal of $32,000 was the minimum needed for the first production run of around 1,100 to 1,500 pairs of mittens.

As the number of backers soared — now about 9,500 pairs are on order — the Give’r team kept an eye on logistics, figuring out a timeline for producing and delivering that many mittens. Deliveries will begin in December, but later backers know they’ll be getting their Frontier Mittens in early 2020.

“We communicated that to backers and adjusted their rewards so that they have a good understanding when they’ll receive them,” Albrecht said.

Give’r set it up “to be as transparent as possible,” he said. “That’s our vibe in general.”

Bringing in close to $1 million “is a different scale than we had in our models and projections. ... It’s a really good challenge to figure out,” Albrecht said.

— Jennifer Dorsey

McDearman joins Bank of JH

Bryan McDearman joined Bank of Jackson Hole as senior vice president loan officer.

McDearman has more than 12 years of financial experience, a press release from the bank said, including two years as an analyst and a decade as a commercial lender with national and local financial institutions.

He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied finance at the Cox School of Business and played wide receiver for the SMU Mustangs.

McDearman moved to Jackson full time in 2007, the press release said. He and his wife, Wendy, have a 2-year-old-son named Ray.

Staff report

Get latest social media tips

With Christmas shopping season just around the corner it’s a good time to think about how to use Instagram and other platforms to boost your business.

Through Central Wyoming College in Jackson, social media strategy expert Rose Caiazzo of Rose Consulting will share the hottest social media tips in a class from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 14.

“Think more strategically, create jolly engagement, target audiences to purchase and expand your reach worldwide using the latest tips and tricks in social media,” the class blurb reads.

“There’s some serious pointers in this workshop, as Instagram has been changing a lot of things on their platform lately,” Caiazzo told the News&Guide

The class costs $55. To sign up go to

— Staff report

Azadi gives away gobblers

Nearly 200 turkeys will be taking flight, figuratively, across the West, thanks to a big donation from Azadi Fine Rugs.

The company pledged 181 turkeys to four locations, the result of a “Living is Giving” campaign that allocated one turkey for every visit to the store in October in each of its four locations.

Twenty-six birds will be headed to Teton Youth and Family Services this month.

“We are honored to offer our support to Teton Youth and Family Services and hope that our contribution will impact many families in need this holiday season,” Azadi Fine Rugs owner David Neishabori said in a statement.

The other turkeys will be donated to Telluride Angel Baskets in Telluride, Colorado; Sedona Community Food Bank in Sedona, Arizona, and St. Mary’s Food Bank in Scottsdale, Arizona.

— Staff report

Noso patches Dickies, Arc’teryx

Jackson’s Noso Patches partnered with Dickies and Arc’teryx on new custom-designed repair patches for their apparel and gear.

For Dickies, Noso created seven fabric patches to celebrate the company’s sustainability initiatives. Two patches created for Arc’teryx celebrate the opening of 11 Arc’teryx stores in North America.

“It makes me excited for the future,” founder Kelli Jones said. “I’m looking forward to getting a call from other leaders in the outdoor apparel world like Patagonia and North Face.”

— Staff report

Film firm adds wind to gravity

The wind recently gained another customer when Teton Gravity Research signed on to run its Wilson headquarters on the power of moving air — and a bit of water.

TGR, which has produced more than 40 award-winning ski and adventure films over the past 23 years, has committed through Lower Valley Energy and the nonprofit Energy Conservation Works to power its operation only with green power. All the electricity TGR uses from here on out will come from the Horse Butte Wind Farm near Idaho Falls, Pleasant Valley Wind Farm in Evanston and the microhydroelectric sources in Star Valley on Swift and Strawberry creeks.

TGR’s Steve Jones said the firm is devoted to doing what it can to preserve the environment and limit waste.

“Everything we do at TGR is pertinent to a healthy environment,” he said. “Our lives are based on it. We are constantly striving to improve and minimize our environment impact.”

TGR has previously purchased carbon credits and worked on climate programs with Protect Our Winters, Surfrider, BICEP and 1% for the Planet.

More than 500 business and residential customers have signed on to buy only green power since Lower Valley began offering the option in 2007. About 13 percent of its customers now buy green power. Two other enterprises that recently signed on were Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the Center for the Arts.

— Mark Huffman

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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