I have been an innovator in the footwear industry for over 30 years. My career began at Bowerman Lab—an athletic footwear “think tank” created by Bill Bowerman, Co-Founder of Nike, where I started working part-time while running track for the University of Oregon in Eugene.
In 1998 I left Bowerman Lab and moved to Nike’s headquarters in Portland where I worked in several departments—Advanced Technology Engineering, All Conditions Gear (ACG) and Advanced Product Engineering—before joining the company’s esteemed Innovative Kitchen as a Senior Innovator. I have patented 14 prototypes for Nike and was heavily involved in the creation of famous styles like the Nike Presto and the Nike Woven. One of the more recent innovations I worked on was their Back to the Future shoe, featuring self-tying laces.
In 2011, I left Nike to launch my own footwear prototype enterprise, giving me the flexibility to contract with leading and niche-market footwear companies, and to develop prototypes of my own. When not working in my studio, I teach workshops and footwear engineering classes at various institutes, including The Footwearists.