Anthony Karzen

Summary

I am a 25+year veteran of the outdoor industry and a committed mountain biker. I have spent a life time getting after it, be that on skis, rock climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Having grown up in Steamboat Springs, Co., and then on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, outdoor life is in my genetic structure.
After Living in the Washington DC area with my wife (where I rep'ed for Fischer Skis and Riot Kayaks), we moved to her home country of Croatia. Since moving here, I have learned a great deal about adaptability as the 'outdoor' world/market as I knew it was in total dysfunction when I arrived, (only now after 15+ years has the word 'outdoor' entered the lexicon). I quickly turned my skills and experience to consulting on 'adventure' tourism development projects, working in Bosnia on development of the 'Via Dinarica' long trail project, Montenegro on multiple efforts, (most notable is the Hike & Bike development project for the United Nations Development Program), as well as numerous efforts in Croatia as well as Serbia.
After many years, during which I returned to Mountain Biking as my primary activity (I rode a ton when I was at the University of Colorado in the late 80’s and early 90’s), I found myself looking again to return to my professional roots. I began that process by consulting with Greyp Bikes here in Croatia and also for MTB Zone bike parks (Austria/Germany). A friend then connected me to an online sales site called ‘curated.com’ for which I have worked over the last 18 months doing online sales for the US market. While I have enjoyed the experience, I have found myself wanting to be a part of something with a company that is more of a 'core' outdoor/bike operation as Curated is a ‘tech’ company in the end, with a primary focus on AI development through online communications via product sales, which are done primarily as a second hand seller, and while I do enjoy it, I am more interested in being part of a team whose primary focus is providing quality service and/or sales. I am very passionate about the outdoors as a whole and am highly motivated to be successful in growing the industry in whatever way possible.

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