CEO and Founder
Learning to sew at the age of thirteen combined with the love of being outdoors became a gateway of opportunity that has served her ever since. At 18 she dropped out of college to follow the snow, eventually landing at Utah’s Snowbird Ski Resort where she found work at the mountain tailor shop. Besides skiing every day, she learned the classical art of tailoring and applied it to the ski industry. By 20 she owned the shop, Wasatch Design, where they not only repaired skiwear but also designed and manufactured their own line of fleece and specialized in custom outerwear for individual skiers all over the U.S. Kim finished her higher education at OSU in the fall of 2016 just as Rugged Thread, which she started in 2011, began to demand her full attention. Over the years, she’s seen the Outdoor Industry change its focus from production and sales to addressing sustainability, environmental issues, over-consumption and waste. Now Kim is transforming broken gear into a new repair economy.
Josie is a graduate of the University of Oregon environmental studies program and plans to return to school for her MBA and JD dual degree to focus on environmentally sustainable business. She is celebrating her one-year anniversary with Rugged Thread and is excited to keep growing with the company. In her free time she loves to ski, camp, hike, and paddle board the Deschutes River.
Rane is a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion. She worked for Microsoft for 15 years, most recently as Principal Research Director, where she worked to grow, attract and retain women and under-represented groups in research, science, and engineering fields. Her breadth of experience ranges from leading boards of top education, social good-nonprofits, legislative committees, and task forces, to managing global technical teams, marketing, and business development. Now, she is the CEO and founder of the Ranemaker Institute which helps individuals, organizations, and cities understand inclusive innovation. Rane is a lifelong learner and spends much of her free time outdoors, painting, reading, and taking courses on EdX to further her education and skills. Rane has been a customer since 2017 after repairing a tent before donating it to a homeless shelter. She has been advisory board member since 2018.
Advisory Board Member
Susan is a health care professional and entrepreneur who now volunteers as a mentor for Rugged Thread. Practicing dentistry in Downtown Seattle for 28 years as a sole proprietor gave her extensive business experience. She retired to Bend, Oregon to be outdoors and follow her love of alpine skiing. Susan has been a customer since 2015 after Rugged Thread rebuilt her tent footprint and has been an advisory board member since 2017.