Team Mizuno Roster
President, Mizuno USA
Chairman of the Board, Mizuno Canada Ltd.
Bob Puccini's passion for sports has transcended across his professional career. Bob joined Mizuno USA in August 1995 as vice president and general manager of Mizuno’s diamond, athletic footwear and apparel and South America businesses. Just over a year later in October 1996, Bob was appointed President of Mizuno USA to oversee all operations in both the United States and South America. Subsequently, in 2002, he was appointed Chairman of Mizuno Canada Ltd. expanding his responsibilities to all Mizuno activities in the Western Hemisphere. In 2006, Bob was elected to the Board of Directors of Mizuno Corporation, Mizuno USA’s publicly traded parent company based in Osaka, Japan. Since that time, his leadership has resulted in increasing growth for Mizuno USA across all sports categories.
Vice President and General Manager of the Golf Division
Dick has 28 years of experience in the golf industry and has worked with some of the greatest players in the game. Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Luke Donald are just a few of the names that he has collaborated with, in one form or another, since his golf career began. Dick joined the Mizuno USA team as Vice President and General Manager of the Golf Division in 2001, and has been an integral part of Mizuno’s continued success over the last decade.
Vice President and General Manager Mizuno Running Division
Fritz Taylor lives, breathes and eats running. During his 23 years working in the industry his experience has spanned footwear development, product marketing, and future concepts. Since 2008 he has been leading the Mizuno Running Team - the fastest growing brand in the industry.
Vice President and General Manager of the Mizuno Diamond Division
Richard “Dick” Grapenthin has played baseball in the major leagues, coached at the college level, and has spent his life dedicated to his passion for sports. He began his career with MizunoUSA in 2000 as Director of Marketing and led the development and growth of Mizuno Diamond products across all categories. In 2005, Grapenthin became Vice President/General Manager of the Mizuno Diamond Division and is responsible for leading the organization across all product lines and categories including Baseball, Fastpitch Softball, Slowpitch Softball, and Volleyball.
President of Mizuno Canada Ltd.
John Stacey’s passion for sports and his competitive nature started from his early years growing up in a family of four boys, all of whom excelled in various sports. John’s love of sports has transcended into his business career. He is the President of Mizuno Canada Ltd. John held previous positions with the company as General Manager & VP Finance & Operations over a 14 year career.
Director Sales & Marketing for Golf and Running Divisions - Mizuno Canada Ltd.
Mark is a 24 year veteran of the sporting goods industry. His career began in 1987 and spent his first 14 years travelling as a sales representative in the Ontario market. During these years he gained valuable experience selling a cross section of categories including footwear, tennis, golf and sports apparel.
Director of Sales & Marketing, Team Sports - Mizuno Canada Ltd.
Dave has spent more than 25 years in the Sporting Goods Industry in Canada and is a passionate Baseball and Golf fan. Dave joined Mizuno Canada in January of 2002 as a Territory Manager for all divisions in Ontario. In 2006 Bartlett moved to head office and joined the Mizuno Canada Management Team. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the Mizuno Team Sports Division which includes Baseball, Softball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch and Volleyball.