Eekoe Founders

Chad Ottenbreit/Co-Founder:

A part of the action sports industry for 25+ years now, Chad has had the fun of growing up in and around the sports we love and our founded on. Primarily one from the snow, where he was a part of building many brands as an athlete and although through events. His snowboard background led him to the events business, where he was able to assemble his own company bringing action sports entertainment to the world. He also worked in motorsports building a national tour that featured action sports elements primarily at motorsport events. Working within the sports he’s dedicated his life to, and being able to utilize that background to further his career in the industry has led Chad to take projects from conception to completion. He is happiest as an athlete though, and always gets back to that roll be in on the mountains riding his snowboard or bike, an afternoon loop on the road bike, a paddle around the lake, motocross ride through the backcountry or a quick surf at the beach, its where he still feels at home. This diversity, time on the road and overall diversity in projects leaves EEKOE happily headed in the right direction, with someone who came from the ground up!

 


Mark Gardner/Co-Founder:

Mark is best described as an Easterner who got lost out West many moons ago. He has made it his home out here first by loading up his car after college to shred the mountains on his shred stick, and then to Southern California to begin his career and extend his life in action sports. Mark then started at Volcom 15 years ago, it was a small but extremely fast growing company. The brand to be deeply rooted and connected to music, so Mark helped build Volcom Entertainment. It was a full-fledged record label which signed bands and released records through traditional record distribution channels as well as surf/skate/snow channels. They were fortunate in 1998 to be invited to host a stage on the Vans Warped Tour, and were tasked with running the Volcom Stage. Mark was very fortunate during his years at the label to be able to travel around the world with bands like Motorhead, Mastodon, and Rise Against, and a long list of other bands. Over the years he has built bridges and relationships with many others in the music industry, and not just with bands big and small, young and old, but also venues, managers, agents, labels, distributors and more. Mark was looking for a new adventure, to continue to grow with a new company using the experience and connections he had made, and that brought him currently to the EEKOE Brand, and the music foundation its founded upon!