• Lily Crabtree

Lily Crabtree

Returns-Guarantee Services Manager

STARTED AT PATAGONIA

1990

LOCATION

Reno, NV

Lily Crabtree
“I have yet to find a Patagonia employee who is not full of passion. That is the one uniting factor. It may be for the environment, social change, children, animals, agriculture, the mountains, water, music, knowledge, but everyone here embraces a zest for life and change!”
 

Passionate about: Life! And everything in it!

Outside interests: Running amok with my dog, Toughie Manitoba; dancing with my friends; enjoying everything Reno has to offer (mountains, the Truckee River, art, music, and the most amazing people). I love Reno!

Path to Patagonia: Haaaa. Not the usual path. I was a punk-rock singer and professional wrestler who blew out my ACL in the ring. I was working at Sam Goody record store (jeez, I’m old). A Patagonia employee came in, and while I was finding a CD for him, he told me he loved where he worked and they were hiring. I went in for an interview. I did have to beg my way in since I was a tutu and wrestling boots girl trying to get into an outdoor industry company. Luckily my boss, Crystal Kraven, took a chance on me.

Favorite Patagonia product: The one-piece union suit! Saved my life when I was snowed in for two weeks with no electricity and wood-stove heat.

What legacy would you like to leave? I would want my colleagues to remember me as the type of person who led by example, inspired and motivated through positive interactions, and always left them with a smile and a laugh.

Done an enviro internship? How did it go? Not exactly, but in 1998 I was able to do an employee development project, working to organize and run cotton tours to California’s Central Valley for Patagonia. It was an amazing experience educating others to the horrors of growing conventional cotton. The things I saw on the tour changed my life dramatically. Feedlots, pools of pesticides surrounded by barren land, conventional cotton fields with no sign of life, contrasted with organic cotton fields bustling with butterflies, ladybugs, flowers and rich, healthy soil. At the same time we had a group of European journalists who spent a few days at Patagonia. Yvon pounded out pitons for them, they had a slide show about the history of Patagonia with some great old shots of Yvon, Malinda and the crew at basecamp. We ended the trip with a kayaking tour out by the Channel Islands, surrounded by sea lions. Who gets to do that for their job?

Favorite part about your workday:
Interacting with the incredible people I work with. I have friends I made the first day at Patagonia who to this day are my dearest friends. We have an incredibly diverse company, but I have yet to find a Patagonia employee who is not full of passion. That is the one uniting factor, it may be for the environment, social change, children, animals, agriculture, the mountains, water, music, knowledge, but everyone here embraces a zest for life and change!