Hosted annually by Something Independent, The Wright is a much anticipated convening of lifestyle industry leaders and award program. From its inception, The Wright has recognized the influential role the lifestyle industries play in shaping our economy and contributing to the Rocky Mountain brand.
More than an industry showcase, The Wright highlights a mindset. Each year’s class of contenders represent a cross section of companies. Some big. Some small. Some new. Some established. In our selection, we look for leadership and a little grit. We listen to their peers and honor their enterprising spirit, along with their commit to their craft and communities.
The 2016 Wright Contenders:
BONSAI DESIGN, Grand Junction
BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS, Boulder
BIG AGNES, Steamboat Springs
BOREALIS FAT BIKES, Colorado Springs
HALA GEAR, Steamboat Springs
JOHNSON & HELD, Englewood
OURAY ICE PARK, Ouray
RAPIDGRASS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, Idaho Springs
SOUTH MAIN, Buena Vista
VINTAGE OVERLAND, Grand Junction
WASTE FARMERS, Denver and Delta
Recognizing Past Winners:
The Wright in 152 seconds
2016 Wright Judges
Co-Pilot | The Public Works
Mike has been a force of the winter sports industry for over nineteen years, helping shape an industry close to his heart. Today, thanks to many years at some of the top names in the industry, Mike has an in-depth business knowledge of branding, development, athletes and imagery that helped form The Public Works. Not to mention a number of passport stamps in search of the world’s best snow. The Public Works is a full-service project management firm, with expertise from industrial design, engineering and fabrication, through creative and marketing deliverables.
Staff Reporter | Denver Post
Jason Blevins covers tourism, mountain business, skiing and outdoor adventure sports for both the business and sports sections at The Denver Post. He skis, pedals, paddles and occasionally boogies in the hills, and is just as inspired by the lively entrepreneurial spirit that permeates Colorado’s high country communities as he is by the views.
Co-Founder/ CEO | Topo Designs
Mark and Co-Founder Jedd Rose started Topo Designs in Rose’s Fort Collins basement. Made in the U.S., Topo’s product line ranges from backpacks to apparel are hard tested and built for the city or mountains. With store fronts in Denver (flagship store), Fort Collins, Boulder and San Francisco Topo’s growth continues to thwart forward.
Founder and CEO | PitchEngine
Jason Kintzler is the Founder and CEO of PitchEngine, a boot-strapped startup turned global news technology used by Walmart, Budweiser, Zappos and more than 50,000 other brands worldwide. Jason has been credited with heralding in a new era of public relations by creating “one of the industry’s most transformative innovations.”
He’s a former TV anchorman, marketing pro and full-time dad who calls the mountains of Wyoming home. He believes that success is directly attributed to work ethic, passion and a deep desire to disrupt the status quo.
Chief Innovation Officer | State of Colorado
Executive Director | Project X-ITE
In February of 2013, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the the appointment of Erik Mitisek as the state’s new Chief Innovation Officer.
Erik Mitisek is currently the executive director of Project X-ite at the University of Denver. Launched in 2016, Project X-ITE is a campus wide cross-discipline initiative at the intersection of inovation, technology and entrepreneurship positioning DU as a global leader in higher education.
As one of the founders and co-chair, Mitisek led the successful organization and production of Denver Startup Week, which was the first and largest event of its kind celebrating entrepreneurship in Denver.
Corporate Communications | POWDR Corp.
Jennifer Rudolph is a public relations professional specializing in corporate and consumer communications. She currently oversees corporate communications for POWDR, Adventure Lifestyle Co., a company that inspires people with cool experiences in awesome places.
With more than 20 years of experience, Jennifer has practiced public relations for a wide range of industries including action sports, travel and tourism, technology, food and automotive. Companies that have benefited from Jennifer’s expertise include Colorado Ski Country USA, Burton Snowboards, The Little Nell Hotel, Fiji Water, Mitsubishi Motors, Sony Electronics, Intel Corporation, Idaho Potato Commission and Smuckers.
Managing Content Editor | Outdoor Industry Association
Deb is a senior level print and digital editor with more than 10 years experience producing, writing and editing consumer, custom and trade content. She specializes in conceptualizing stories and integrated delivery options for print and digital content; writing, assigning and editing engaging, audience-aware content; identifying, researching and interviewing sources and subjects.
Thank you to our 2016 Wright Partners