BOURBON, MO – Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand for Private and Resort golf facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in their Member Survey the last four consecutive years, announced the addition of Blair Wheeler as Sales Manager of Action Sports, a new venture for Imperial Headwear.

Wheeler brings previous experience as Brand Manager for Ocean & Earth USA, spearheading its North American brand re-launch, as well as overseeing sales, marketing, and product and athlete alignment. Prior to Ocean & Earth, he worked in at Hurley, Intl., overseeing events, Lifeguard and Surf School Partnerships and launching the first of its kind, Hurley Surf Club. Wheeler graduated from Coastal Carolina University, earning a degree in Communication and a Minor in Spanish.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Blair to the team,” said David Shaffer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Imperial. “After 103 years of being in business, this marks the beginning of a new direction for Imperial and Blair has all the right skills to lead our brand into new markets.”

For more information about Imperial Headwear please visit, contact your local sales representative or call (800) 950-1916.

For more information about Paramount Apparel International please visit or call (573) 732-4411.

About Imperial Headwear
Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer of premium quality headwear, apparel and accessories for the golf market. Imperial’s products can be found at 96 of the Top 100 and over 70% of the Top 400 golf courses in the United States. The Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) has voted Imperial the #1 golf headwear brand for four years in a row.

Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. It is this commitment that has allowed the creation of a wide variety of headwear and apparel with quality that is second to none. Renowned for its superior customer service and art customization capabilities, Imperial offers its products using the most innovative fabrics and designs, as well as logo decoration and embellishment technologies.

For further information please visit or call (800) 950-1916. Follow Imperial Headwear on Twitter and Instagram at @ImperialHats and on Facebook at Imperial Headwear’s 100th Anniversary video can be viewed at

About Paramount Apparel International (PAi)

Founded in 1929, PAi is a diversified apparel, headwear and accessories company. From golf brands like Imperial Headwear to fashion licenses like Converse and True Religion and PAi is one of the largest finished cap companies in the United States; it owns and operates two domestic factories and over 1,000 embroidery heads. Known for quality craftsmanship, strong leadership and great ability to forecast market needs. As a privately held corporation led by the third and fourth generation of the founding family, PAi offers renowned customer service and have an instilled environment of pride. Fashion is Paramount. For further information please visit or call (800) 255-4287.

Contact Information:

David Shaffer
Vice President of Sales & Marketing  

Blair Wheeler
Sales Manager – Action Sports

Abby Liebenthal
Marketing Manager