Curt Richardson, Founder & Chairman, Otter Products LLC
Richardson, a serial entrepreneur, was running his first successful business, Genie Plastic Tooling, at the age of 21. In the following decade, he started and grew several other ventures, including Richardson Tool and Mold, Richardson Finch Manufacturing and Richardson International, where he imported industrial molds from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Poland for Mattel, Display Technology and other U.S. companies.
Richardson created the first prototype of a waterproof case in his garage in the early ‘90s and in 1998, OtterBox was born. He served as the CEO at OtterBox for 14 years, successfully leading the company through rapid growth, global expansion and a complete product evolution. Today, OtterBox is the No. 1-selling protective case for smartphones in the U.S. and Canada. Richardson is now helping to grow new business ventures as the co-founder and chairman of Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc. and Blue Ocean Holdings LLC. In these roles, he discovers, creates and invests in business opportunities and makes strategic investments in commercial real estate.