An article written back in September of this year discusses “How Kevin Plank Turned a Homemade T-shirt into a 3.5 Billion Empire” Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour has achieved remarkable success considering he started the company from scratch in a family member’s home.
Although his sights were set on a college football career, he didn’t make the team. Fate had other things in store. Having found some success in a few entrepreneurial pursuits, selling valentine’s roses and concert tees. Kevin Plank developed skills in these pursuits which he used in Under Armour, which is now widely known among the athletic crowd for the brand’s innovation and performance.
Under Armour has been so successful that Plank has received recognition with publications, From Fortune to Forbes have been singing his name since the brand began. This New York based entrepreneur achieved success quickly but the path was not always clear.
Kevin Plank started his college days hoping to get chosen for the football team and even took a chance by walking onto the field during a game. Although this path did not pan out for him, the way he hoped it would. Football inspired his creation of his now famous brand Under Armour. Plank loved the game but hated the clammy feeling of sweat sticking to his body.
Plank wanted a shirt he could wear under his football and fitness gear that would wick sweat away from his body, keeping him comfortably dry, and used up his savings to bring his idea to life, and word quickly spread with his football colleagues.
In 1998, not a year had gone by since the start of Under Armor and Plank was given the opportunity for his designs to be featured in a movie. He received widespread exposure. Since that time, Under Armour has become the official apparel of NFL workouts and went public in 2005.
The entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kevin Plank has used his success to give back to the New York community. He has founded programs to support breast cancer research, and wounded veterans, and grow awareness of environmental causes.
His LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-plank-0a3714148