Susan Kasimer, Retail Manager
Susan learned to swim at the age of four and joined the Annandale Red Tide at the age of five. Over her school years she swam for many year round teams such as Arlington Aquatic Club, the JCC Waves, and the Potomac Marlins. As a Sport Fair customer for most of her swimming life, she was thrilled when Gary asked her to work for him. Susan began working for Sport Fair in April of 1999, and immediately became dedicated to the retail environment, much like she was to her swimming career and teams. She was co-captain of the girls' swim team during her senior year at Falls Church High School, where she graduated in 2000. Susan was honored to be awarded the NVSL's MacDuff Scholarship that summer due to her level of involvement with Annandale. She began school at the University of Virginia that Fall, and while she loved college, a highlight of coming home for breaks was having a chance to work at the store. Her dedication to the sport continued in college where she swam with the Virginia Swimming Club all four years and was president during her second, third, and fourth years. Upon graduating with a BA in Psychology in 2004, Susan decided to take a few years off to work before attending graduate school. Her loyalty to Sport Fair grew stronger with each year she worked and Susan decided it was no longer in her best interest to attend grad school and switch careers. She became Sport Fair's Retail Manager in 2006, along with attending her first of several Speedo Dealer Summits. Her main project in 2007 was enabling Sport Fair to move from a cramped 5121 Lee Highway to the spacious, relaxing environment of 5010 Lee Highway. When the new location opened on January 3rd, 2008, the need for a better retail experience was finally fulfilled. Every season she strives to bring Sport Fair's customers the best mix of retail products available on the market. In addition to her job, Susan still takes pride in her own swimming through the many open water swims she has completed - among them eleven Great Chesapeake Bay Swims, nine St. Croix Coral Reef Swims, her "escape" from Alcatraz in 2006, and a 10k (marathon) swim in 2016. She looks forward to many more years ahead of swimming...and retailing!