I am fortunate enough to say that the direction of my career was changed by the sport of kiteboarding. During a wonderful experience in the Florida Keys with the Otherside, I was introduced to a lifestyle that allowed me to truly enjoy my work. Throughout my life, I've taken a few different directions - from a brief stint in the recording industry, to litigation support in Chicago and New York, to Pryde Group in Miami. I found my current position to be a supercharged version of my childhood job - retail in the outdoor industry. During my tenure at MACkite, we've experienced some amazing successes and learned greatly from our mistakes, creating one of the most dynamic and exceptional environments I've seen. The team we've developed also happens to be some of my best friends - a rarity, for sure!
My background and perspective allows me to see an industry in its infancy, and I'm most excited to be a part of it's continued growth. This growth, however, is contingent on an industry that understands how to maintain a safe and enjoyable experience for it's participants. I feel that as a retailer, I am able to speak on behalf of a large amount of our community and effectively voice their concerns and opinions.
As AWSI-related sports continue to expand, I hope to be able to continue to shape the direction to allow for many more to experience the same opportunity that I was able, and have their lives changed by things they love.