Rick Alden


Richard P. “Rick” Alden (given birth to July 4, 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland) may be the founder and previous CEO of Skullcandy, Inc. and co-founder of In addition550 LLC.

Education and career

While their studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, Alden co-founded his first business with Jim Gardner in 1986—National Snowboard Inc (NSI), an events and advertising business producing customer, amateur, and pro-snowboarding events across the country. When NSI shifted to Denver, Rick used in the College or university of Colorado Denver, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in politics science. Alden released his second opportunity in 1995, developing and patenting the 1st step-in snowboard shoe and binding program. This opportunity was co-founded with snowboard market veteran Brett Conrad, and released under the brand, Device Manufacturing.


In 2003, Alden shaped Skullcandy designing products that offered consumer audio solutions conducive to a dynamic lifestyle. The initial Skullcandy item – the Skullcandy Lightweight Hyperlink – was presented on the 2003 Customer Electronic Present (CES) in NEVADA, where it gained its first Style and Innovation Prize. A couple weeks afterwards, the brand premiered to the actions sports industry on the SnowSports Sectors America Snow Display.While CEO of Skullcandy, Alden was issued a patent for technology that integrates cell phones and music players, referred to as LINK.Alden keeps a style patent for the Orvis Batternkill Good sized Arbor Fly Angling Reel.

Awards and recognition

In 2008, Alden was presented as #31 in (#1 in GADGETS Category) Inc Magazine's Inc 5000 Award for Skullcandy's three-year (2004–2007) growth. In Dec 2009, Rick was called "Entrepreneur's Business owner of the entire year" and made an appearance around the cover from the January 2010 concern.

Personal life

Alden resides in Recreation area City, Utah. He's the grandson of Rose Marie Reid, an American swimsuit developer.