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Pete Saari
Pete Saari

Pete Saari

Mervin Manufacturing

Sequim, WA USA

"If this world's going to going to be that tough and that challenging, the one thing I know I can do is work as hard or harder and put more time in it than anyone else will."

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Pete's work combines: Action Sports, Design, and Building Things

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Day In The Life


I'm in charge of marketing our snowboards and products.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    He and his co-founder Mike Olson are considered pioneers in the sport of snowboarding.

  • 2.

    Met Mike in his junior year of college and found they shared a mutual love of snowboarding.

  • 3.

    Mike had been making snowboards in his shop class in high school and was determined to turn it into a living.

  • 4.

    He dropped out of school and ran a makeshift shop out of an elderly woman's barn; Pete stayed in school, finished college.

  • 5.

    After getting his degree, he joined Mike and they formed Mervin Manufacturing, named after a mutual friend.

  • 6.

    Most people thought they were crazy for making snowboards in 1977, when hardly anyone was familiar with the sport.

  • 7.

    However, they followed through on their passion, and now their brand is notorious in the rapidly growing world of snowboarding.

  • 8.

    Says a lot of their friends were spending their time partying and drinking, but he always had a strong work ethic.