Academy … Industry Retailing. Academy Sports + Outdoors opens 200th store location in Tupelo, MS. 2016 - Academy Sports + Outdoors opens its first Illinois location, and adds its third distribution facility in Cookeville, TN. Academy Sports + Outdoors announced that Ken C. Hicks, former CEO at Foot Locker Inc. has been appointed chairman and CEO. Academy Sports + Outdoors is an American sporting goods discount store chain. Academy Sports + Outdoors opens 250th store location in Mansfield, TX. Sales $5B. Katy, Texas — Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, has named James Kevin “J.K.” Symancyk as president and CEO, effective November 2, 2015. Academy Sports + Outdoors is one of the nation's largest sporting goods and outdoor stores. Country/Territory United States. SGB Executive talked with Ken Hicks, chairman, president and CEO at Academy Sports + Outdoors, about the retailer’s record third-quarter sales and earnings in its first report as a public company.. "Academy is in a good financial position to … Fiscal Year End Feb 28, 2019. Employees 23,000. Academy Sports + Outdoors. Academy last year hired Ken Hicks, former head of Foot Locker, to push back against growing competition from discount stores, e-commerce and other sports retailers such as … 2014 - Academy Sports + Outdoors opens its first Indiana and Kentucky locations. Today - Academy Sports + Outdoors operates 259 stores in 16 states with more than 20,000 team members throughout the South, Southeast, and … It has corporate offices in the Katy Distribution Center in unincorporated western Harris County, Texas, United States, near Katy and west of Houston.For 74 years it was a privately held company owned by the Gochman family, until its May 2011 acquisition by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co investment firm. Sales reach $4 billion. RELATED: Turnaround CEO tapped for Academy Sports + Outdoors Lawrence, a longtime Academy customer and Texan, said he has a "deep passion" for the sports retailer's brand. Departing CEO J.K. Symancyk is leaving the company to pursue another opportunity. With 259 stores and counting, we offer a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear, along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. By Thomas J. Ryan. 3 of 3 Ken Hicks was named the new chairman and CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors on May 16, 2018. Founded 1938. Revenue $5B. ... Academy Sports + Outdoors' chairman, president and CEO. 2015 - J.K. Symancyk is named as CEO & President. 2018 - Ken C. Hicks is named as Chairman, President, and CEO. Academy Sports + Outdoors furloughs staff, cuts pay. “I grew up in Houston with Academy, and I know this company is special because of our mission, values and people. Photo: Courtesy Academy Sports / Courtesy Academy Sports Chairman and CEO Ken Hicks.