I started in endurance athletics as an Oregon State Track and Cross Country Champion, eventually competing in much nicer weather for Stanford University’s powerhouse Track & Field and Cross Country Teams. At Stanford, I was an NCAA All-American and School Record Holder in the 3000m Steeplechase while attaining both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. M.E. in the House!
Upon graduating in 2003, I left competitive athletics to make millions starting a high-tech consumer products company, Ardica Technologies. After four years of crazy startup life (and no millions), the itch to compete brought me to triathlon, where I showed some promise in a one-year stint in 2007, including a USAT AG National Championship and a 6th place finish at the ITU AG World Championships, winning bronze in the 25-29 category.
I then accepted a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to pursue an MBA at the top-ranked Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon. Slightly underestimating the time involved in attaining an MBA, I expected to continue training and competing in triathlon, but ended up taking a two-year break to learn business and drink beer like a good MBA.
I’m also the CEO and Co-Founder (with my wife) of an amazing gluten and dairy free energy bar company called Picky Bars. The business keeps me busy, motivated, and something fresh on my plate every day. I also do a bit of independent consultanting, specializing in marketing and product development, for small businesses and startups. I likes eating and watching movies, particularly at the same time. I live in Eugene, Oregon, and am married to a much better athlete than himself, professional distance runner Lauren Fleshman.