MEET THE SPEAKER - NICK GILSON
Nick is Founder and CEO of Gilson Snow, a producer of snowboards and skis which have disrupted the existing market through their differentiated design. He graduated in 2011 from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Earth & Planetary Sciences, Economics, and Business. He taught middle school science in Nashville, TN before launching his company through inspiration from his classroom.
Nick has received numerous awards in innovative product development and leadership and holds several snowboard and ski patents. Gilson Snow made Wired's "Gear of the Year" list in 2015, and in 2016 the company was named as one of Outside Magazine's favorite brands born in America. In 2017, Bloomberg Businessweek profiled the company in print and digital, and in 2018, Nicholas was presented with the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Philadelphia and Eastern PA. The company is the 2019 recipient of the Ben Franklin ixchange Innovative Product Award. Gilson Snow has grown to establish partnerships with The NHL, MLB, Hasbro, Superdry, AC/DC, and Pink Floyd.
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