Jim Spring, founder of Leisure Trends Group, Dead at 75

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SAM Magazine--October 22, 2012--Jim Spring, founder of Leisure Trends Group (LTG), died early Monday morning while battling throat cancer. Spring founded LTG in 1989 and over the past 23 years developed and led the company to become one of the authorities in the sporting goods and specialty retail industries.

Spring started his career in the industry as the executive editor at Ski Magazine. As well, between 1966 and 1969, Spring served as executive editor of SAM Magazine. Spring also authored three books on retail management and the use of statistical information. Early on, through his first company, SMART, Spring pioneered retail sales tracking with breakthroughs including the first working universal vendor code and the use of data captured at point-of-sale in retail stores.

Spring founded and ran Leisure Trends with his wife Joy, until they retired from the day-to-day activities in 2010.

Memorial arrangements and details will be forthcoming.


We are saddened to learn of

We are saddened to learn of the loss of Jim. At a time when the ski industry was just blossoming in the 60's, Jim articulated the excitment, beauty and appeal of the sport. A man for all seasons, he played a key role in advancing and refining the art of retailing.
He helped advance the level of sophistication throughout the ski world. It was a job well-done. We will miss him.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Joy.

One of the good guys

So sorry to hear this. Joy, the phrase 'thoughts and prayers are with you' sounds cliche, but mine truly are.