Transworld Business ran this interview a while back, and I think we forgot to put it up on our blog, so here you go. With more passion than Chazz Michael Michaels, these dudes are committed to snowboarding.
Rob Kingwill introduces the brand nicely, “Compatriot was originally launched about seven years ago by an artist friend of mine, Kelly D. Williams. I rode for Arbor at the time, but I really loved the ethos and the idea behind the name Compatriot- how we are all united through snowboarding, and secretly wished I could be involved. Time went on, and Kelly had to put the brand on hold for a couple of years. He approached me last fall saying that he had found an investor named Rick Hansen, was re-launching the brand, and wanted me to be a part of the team.
“I felt it was time I invested in something that I could really believe in and be able to have a real impact in directing the brand. Kelly asked me if I knew anyone else that might want to be a member of our crew. As a long shot, I suggested the idea to Kevin Jones. He sounded like he was tired of getting the run around in the industry, and I thought I would just throw it out there. Kev said yes, and thus the new Compatriot was born…”