Rick Alden

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Rick Alden

Richard P. "Rick" Alden (born July 4, 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland) is the founder and former CEO of Skullcandy, Inc. and co-founder of Plus550 LLC.[1]

Education and career[edit]

While studying at the University of Colorado Boulder, Alden co-founded his first company with Jim Gardner in 1986—National Snowboard Inc (NSI), an events and marketing company producing consumer, amateur, and pro-snowboarding events nationwide. When NSI moved to Denver, Rick transferred to the University of Colorado Denver, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in political science.[1] Alden launched his second venture in 1995, designing and patenting the first step-in snowboard boot and binding system.[2] This venture was co-founded with snowboard industry veteran Brett Conrad, and launched under the brand name, Device Manufacturing.

Skullcandy[edit]

In 2003, Alden formed Skullcandy designing products that offered consumer audio solutions conducive to an active lifestyle.[3] The first Skullcandy product – the Skullcandy Portable LINK – was introduced at the 2003 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where it won its first Design and Innovation Award. A few weeks later, the brand was launched to the action sports industry at the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show.

While CEO of Skullcandy, Alden was issued a patent for technology that integrates mobile phones and music players, known as LINK.[4]

Alden holds a design patent for the Orvis Batternkill Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2008, Alden was featured as #31 in (#1 in Consumer Electronics Category) Inc Magazine's Inc 5000 Award for Skullcandy's three-year (2004–2007) growth. In December 2009, Rick was named "Entrepreneur's Entrepreneur of the Year"[6][1] and appeared on the cover of the January 2010 issue.

Personal life[edit]

Alden resides in Park City, Utah. He is the grandson of Rose Marie Reid, an American swimsuit designer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rick Alden, Plus550 LLC: Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "United States Patent: 5660410". United States Patent and Trademark Office. August 26, 1997. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  3. ^ Bekker, Joe (2008-09-01). "How I Did It: Joe Bekker, Thrustmaster of Texas - Manufacturing Industry Leaders". Inc. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Patent Monkey: Skullcandy Patents LINK between Cell Phone and iPod". TechCrunch. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "United States Patent: D443017". United States Patent and Trademark Office. May 29, 2001. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  6. ^ Entrepreneur Archived January 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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