Month: March 2019

Kurt Spenser, CMO + Co-Founder, ROKA, On The World’s Fastest Wetsuit, Triathlon + The Future of Athletic Performance Eyewear

In 2010, former Stanford University swim team co-captains, All-American swimmers Rob Canales and Kurt Spenser decided it would be a great idea to do an Ironman 70.3 in Austin as a fun way to reconnect and get back in shape after nearly a decade had gone by from their days of competitive swimming. This race was the launching point for how the world’s fastest wetsuit was created and marked the beginning of the game-changing athletic performance brand, ROKA.

On this episode, ROKA CMO + Co-Founder, Kurt Spenser, shares the story of how his triathlon experience and the challenges on the course led to the innovation and design of the brands globally renowned wetsuits and launch of ROKA in 2013.

Kurt and Marni sync up about: the initial prototype wetsuit that was created in Co-Founder, Rob Canales garage; pro-triathlete, Jesse Thomas’s winning results that put the wetsuit on the triathlon radar; the brands expansion to offer award winning performance sunglasses, a new collection of prescription eyewear, The Austin Collection, goggles, and gear all with paradigm shifting design; and the workout routine that is currently fueling Kurt for success!

Since the brands inception, ROKA athletes have won over a dozen world titles and have been instrumental in the design and development of an unprecedented collection of patented and award-winning products. In 2016, ROKA was proud to send 18 athletes to the Rio Olympics, taking home Gold and Bronze.  In PyeongChang, ROKA continued the tradition, taking home Olympic Gold and Bronze in their Advanced Performance eyewear.  Including podcast guest and Olympic Gold Medalist, triathlete and runner, Gwen Jorgensen. ROKA’s mission is to unlock human potential. To equip, empower, inspire and ignite. ROKA serves those who seek to redefine the standard, to push themselves to the limit – whatever and wherever that may be. ROKA products are available worldwide and through select retailers.  And they have a new pop-up in Austin, if you live nearby!

ROKA is offering 20% off with the exception of their optical collection. Use the code MARNI (not case sensitive) on their website in the US Store only, no other discounts apply, at www.roka.com.

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Zach Adelman, CEO+ Founder, Navitas Organics, On CBD, Maca and the Superfoods In Between!

Pursuing his passion and doing what he loves is how Zach Adelman has been living most of his life from following the Grateful Dead to uprooting his life and work to Whistler so he could Ski every day.  It’s only natural that when a friend introduced him to the powerful Incan superfood, Maca,  and he experienced the healthy benefits of this powerful ingredient, he developed a new passion which fueled the next chapter of his life. Zach’s curiosity about ancient cultures and traditional foods led to a special collaboration with a small farmer cooperative in Peru and  Navitas Organics® began.

The Canadian born and raised, Peruvian inspired, Marin County resident’s journey into wellness was organic.

From Maca and Cacao to CBD and Hemp and the superfoods in between, Zach Adelman and his company, Navitas Organics®, have been pioneers on the wellness scene since launching in 2003 and continue to innovate and grow. The company offers a wide range of nourishing foods used for baking, cooking, smoothie making and ready to pop-in-your-mouth snacking to empower a modern, nutritious lifestyle. The wellness products include single ingredients, snack foods, nutritional blends and bars.

Just this week they are launching a line of CBD infused nutrient dense ready to drink wellness shots with Acai , Matcha, turmeric, and goji for wellness needs: calm, focus, restore, bliss, and a line of ready to mix, (non-dairy) Superfood Lattes including Matcha, Cacao, and Tumeric.

On this episode, Zach + Marni  talk about where and how Navitas Organics® began, his entrepreneurial wellness journey, what it was like pioneering a growing his business, the robust superfoods that are essential to Navitas Organics®, his wonderful family and the workouts that fuel him for success.

Navitas Organics® is a premium organic superfood company offering the best quality, plant-based and superfood ingredients and snacks. Most Navitas Organics® products are USDA certified organic, non-GMO and contain health benefits that have been celebrated for generations – handled with purpose and care to preserve their vital superfood nutrients.

I have been mixing their plant-based superfoods into my smoothies for years.  I love their Cacao, Camu Camu, Hemp Protein and essential superfood blends which I use daily for protein and greens, post-workout.

If you are part of the Marni on the Move influencer network or recently attended our LIVE Marni on the Move summit, Well Intentioned, January 2019, you probably received a single serve sample of their essential superfood blends and Cacao  and are well aware of these delicious products and their health benefits.

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