Discover Brooks’ extraordinary challenger brand story as it went from near bankruptcy to finding its purpose and running to the front of the pack in the highly competitive global running market. Brooks is a turnaround tale for the ages on how a brand was re-founded and a passionate, determined team fueled its growth with performance gear and celebrating every runner’s run.
You will find a highly engaging read with insights, inspirational stories, and tangible takeaways for current and aspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, brand builders, and especially the 150+ million runners worldwide and those in the broader running community who continually invest in themselves and put positive energy into the world.
Jim Weber joined Brooks Running Company as CEO in 2001 and is credited for the Seattle-based running company’s aggressive turnaround story. The business and brand success caught the attention of Warren Buffett, who declared Brooks a standalone subsidiary company of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in 2012. Weber’s professional journey includes leadership roles for several consumer product brands such as chairman and CEO of Sims Sports, president of O’Brien International, vice president of The Coleman Company, and various roles with The Pillsbury Company. Weber was also managing director of U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Seattle Investment Banking practice and a commercial banking officer at Norwest Bank Minneapolis (now Wells Fargo). He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and a Master of Business Administration degree with high distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.