Sole Technology's Taryn Hawk, 35
Taryn Corby Hawk, 35, died in a motorcycle accident July 26 after he left the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif. He was the key accounts retail marketing coordinator for Sole Technology Inc., said Pierre André Senizergues, Sole Technology’s chief executive officer.
Hawk worked at Sole Technology, which makes brands such as Etnies and Altamont, for 12 years. He was an avid surfer who started his career at Sole Technology’s data-entry department. He soon rose to customer service and was promoted to national account coordinator of the sales department. He later joined the retail-marketing team, where he worked with the company’s key accounts.
He increased sales and extended Sole Technology’s retail consumer reach as he worked the company’s key accounts, including Journeys, Pacific Sunwear, Zumiez and Tilly’s, Senizergues said.
“He was tearing down the booth,” Senizergues recalled about the last day at Agenda. “I came over to talk with him about the show and let him know what a great job he did. I never imagined that it would be the last time that I ever saw him. I’m still in shock that this has happened.”
Hawk was known as an optimist and a guy who would make friends easily. He would start his days surfing, work long hours, and often volunteer his time for Sole Technology’s charitable programs, such as the company’s annual Easter distribution of shoes and meals to downtown Los Angeles’ homeless, said Dustin Aron, a friend and marketing communications group manager at Sole Technology.
“He lived life to the fullest,” Aron said.
Hawk is survived by his mother, two sisters, and six nieces and nephews. The Taryn Corby Hawk Memorial Fund has been set up to benefit his family. Its website address is www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-taryn-corby-hawk-memorial-fund-/75621.