Jake Burton Carpenter
Carpenter's high school education began in Brooks School North Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from The Marvelwood School, at that time in Cornwall, CT, he enrolled at the University of Colorado in Boulder. An avid skier, Carpenter hoped to join the university's ski team; however, his competitive skiing career ended in a car accident. After several years away from college he resumed his studies at New York University, graduating with a degree in economics. After college, Carpenter's interests returned to the slopes. Working from a barn in Londonderry, Vermont, he improved on the Snurfer, a basic toy snowboard which featured a rope to allow the rider some basic SMD control over the board. By the late 70's, he joined a small cadre of manufacturers who had begun selling snowboards with design features such as a bentwood laminate core and a rigid binding which held the board firmly to the wearer's boot. Carpenter continues to run the Burton company, which has grown into one of the world's largest snowboard and snowboarding-equipment manufacturers. Amongst many accomplishments, Burton was featured in an early 2007 online advertising campaign by the Wall Street Journal that featured celebrity readers.
- Helmich, Portland. " Chairman of the Board", Business People Vermont, August 8, 2000. Accessed December 11, 2007. "Burton has always had a passion for sports, but concedes he was more of a "wanna-be" sportsman than a real athlete while growing up as the youngest of four children in Cedarhurst, N.Y."
- Chamberlain, Tony. "CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD BURTON'S INNOVATION HAS FOSTERED A SNOWBOUND SENSATION", The Boston Globe, December 18, 1997.
- "The Wall Street Journal "Jake Burton" 300×250". adverlicio.us. Retrieved 2011-10-03.