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Mike's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Action Sports

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Sequim, WA

  • AIRED ON:

    Other: Roadtrip Nation Action Sports | FuelTV

MIKE OLSON

Co-Founder
Mervin Manufacturing

“I ended up making a deal with this old retired lady; she had an old race-horse barn. My rent was mowing the lawn and cleaning her gutters, and that was my first shop.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Hard Work Family Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Building Things

TAGS:

attitude, high school, partying, school, snowboards

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Met his co-founder, Pete Saari, in his junior year of high school.
  • He'd made snowboards in his shop class; because there were no major snowboard stores in his area, he'd started making them for friends.
  • In college, he and Pete started scheming, trying to figure out how they could drop out and start making boards full-time.
  • Once Mike got his mother's blessing, he quit school.
  • Struck a deal with an older woman-he'd do her housework in order to use her barn as a workspace where he could build boards.
  • After Pete graduated, he joined Mike at "the shop"; they decided to name the operation after their mutual friend, Mervin.
  • They were a very small operation for a long time, using the commission from one board to build the next.
  • Sticking to their company's mission statement-focusing on innovation, manufacturing everything within the U.S.-has led to the team's success.

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