Paul Schmitt (“Professor Schmitt”)
CreateAskate.org’s Founder, Paul Schmitt, owns and operates the largest and most successful skateboard manufacturing company in the United States. For nearly three decades Schmitt’s company has been considered the innovative leader in design and manufacturing of the highest quality skateboards for skateboarders around the world. In fact, Schmitt is considered by many within the billion-dollar skateboard industry to be the ‘Godfather’ of modern-day skateboard deck manufacturing. His reputation has earned him the apropos nickname, “Professor Schmitt.”
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CreateAskate.org, Educational Director,
CreateAskate.org’s Educational Director, Jim Fitzpatrick, has been a schoolteacher for more than 30 years, and has been involved in skateboarding since 1957 when he first built a skateboard with his sister’s roller skates and an old 2x4. In addition to teaching and administering school programs, Fitzpatrick has also worked in the skateboard industry for the past 20 years, and is directly responsible for the development of public skateparks throughout the United States. The author of young-reader books about skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding; Fitzpatrick has also been a frequent contributor to skateboarding magazines. “Fitz” was the very first professional skateboarder when, in 1962, he became the first member of the Makaha Skateboard exhibition team.
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