Our Team

Our Team

This is the team that makes up Top of the World. Over 200 employees strong and growing to meet the needs of the headwear market.

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PETE WILSON, CEO

In 1986, Pete Wilson began importing and selling collegiate headwear at University of Oklahoma football games. Building an importing and distributing company aimed at a national market, Pete continued to grow the company slowly and steadily throughout the last few decades with the sales of his fine college headwear, and the rest is history.

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SCOTT SHULER, PRESIDENT

The passion and love in Scott’s life is defined by his family, golf and being a spectator at sporting events. When Scott was asked about what he wanted to include in his bio, his reply was “My favorite number is three. Why? Because when I was 12, I won a poker pot with 4 of a Kind 3s, and ever since then, I have loved the number three!” Scott Shuler, ladies and gentlemen. His motto? “Let’s go!”

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KATHERINE STAGGS, CFO

Katherine graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 with a BBA in accounting. Since 2008, Katherine has worked as our Chief Financial Officer. A die-hard Sooner fan, Katherine can usually be found at Top of the World’s tailgate on Saturdays before OU football games. Her dog, Gabby, is well loved around the office and comes around for visits once in a while!

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RENATA HAYS, VP OF LICENSING, MARKETING & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Renata comes to us from the University of Oklahoma where she served as the Licensing Director. Under this new role, Renata will lead the TOW team to ensure that we are capitalizing on all of our current licensing agreements whilst looking for ways to grow that base. She will direct the marketing initiatives as well as oversee product development for all of our seasonal lines.

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MARVIN KNIGHT

Marvin Knight is more than just one of Top of the World’s founding fathers—he is the embodiment of our entire brand. He and Pete Wilson began this company in 1986 and haven’t looked back since. The initial start-up was tough going; Marvin was paid a measly $17.00 his first year in the company. Yet against all odds, he has risen through the ranks, reaching an iconic status. This salesman demigod-turned-Top of the World mascot made our company into the world’s largest collegiate headwear supplier. While Marvin spends his time nowadays reaping the benefits of a hard-earned retirement, he still manages to put in a phone call every week. When asked why he does this, Marvin replied, “Well if they answer then I know I’m still getting a paycheck.” And for that, Marvin, we thank you.

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DON ZVACEK, DIRECTOR OF OPERATION

Don Zvacek joins Top of the World as Director of Warehouse Operations to continue their reputation as the top collegiate headwear supplier in the country. He previously was Warehouse Manager at Sysco Foods where he oversaw the entirety of his facilities’ day to day operations and was tasked to manage an expansion of close to 100,000 sq. ft. in warehouse space.