Seven weeks into the job, Robert Cohen is presiding over a marriage of sorts — a union of East and West coast climbing gym brands.
Cohen, a longtime Patagonia executive, is the CEO of newly-merged Earth Treks and Planet Granite.
Earth Treks opened its first indoor climbing gym in 1997 in Columbia, a facility that expanded recently. It has since added gyms in Timonium and Rockville and is opening another in a few months.
Planet Granite, its West Coast sibling, has three gyms in California — in San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Belmont — and one in Portland, Ore.
Cohen said his goal is to maximize the best of both brands without losing the essential character of...