Mike St. Pierre
Hyperlite Mountain Gear was born from dissatisfaction. Founder/CEO Mike St. Pierre realized early on that he couldn’t find good, durable, lightweight, design-driven gear for his outdoor pursuits because it didn’t exist. So he schooled himself in fabrics, technologies and production and started making his own packs and shelters. With his new, cutting-edge, ultralight gear, he could hike 30, 40 or more miles on his weekend escapes from his high-end chef job in New York City. He adopted ultralight philosophies, and never looked back. In 2011, Google and American Express selected St. Pierre’s fledgling company, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, as one of the winners of a contest that supported Small Business Saturday. The rest is history.
Dan St. Pierre
Dan St. Pierre graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has 20 years of experience in both corporate finance and entrepreneurship. He has worked at large multi-nationals such as Moody’s Investor’s Service and Bristol-Myers Squibb, a Boston high-tech start-up called Commerce.TV, and has consulted for start-ups in the retail furniture, footwear manufacturing and restaurant industries. Following ten years in New York City, Dan began traveling through India studying yoga and spiritual philosophy and trekking through the Himalayas.