Kevin Plank: An Honor From Sporting Good Industry

He is the Under Armour CEO that continues to keep pace with the multi-million dollar company. Kevin Plank recently received an honor that’s often coveted in his industry. He has been inducted into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. The National Sporting Goods Association made the decision during a conference within Scottdale. The members all meet for the annual event that brings together the top managers from around the world. Most who attend hold top-tier positions within the fitness retail business.

For the class of 2017, one other member along side Plank made it to this level of recognition. Based out of Montana, Larry Aasheim, accepted the honor of recognition for his Universal Athletic retail company. Cathy Pryor, the chairman of the committee that handles the inductions and works for Hibbett Sports, stated that both men have shown innovative and excellence regarding leadership. Plank has spoken at other events in New York.

Aashiem and Plank are among 160 other pioneers in the sporting goods industry the group has brought recognition to since its inception back in 1995. The award was given to Plank by Matt Mirchin. Strategic advisor, Mirchin has worked for Under Armour in a span of 13 years at the Baltimore location.

Kevin Plank is a graduate from the University of Maryland. During his stay, he was successful in creating a rose selling company named Cupid’s Valentine. It was from this revenue, a mere $3000 dollars, Plank started Under Armour. The concept came to him as he realized how much he sweated while playing sports. Kevin Plank quickly noticed how the cotton shirts he wore lacked dryness and were uncomfortable. With endless research, Plank began looking at different materials that could control sweat.

Though he hit some obstacles, Kevin Plank was able to sustain Under Armour by running a ESPN magazine ad. His risk paid off with $1 million in sales. It was from this point Under Armour made it’s way through the market His company was initially operated out of a townhouse his grandmother owned. Today, Under Armour has locations in New York and all across the world. They continue to dominate the market with its new clothing designs and sought after shoes.

His LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-plank-0a3714148