FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE SOLE TECHNOLOGY INC.
DAY JOB: Founded and owns Sole Technology, the parent of the Etnies, eS, Emerica, Altamont and ThirtyTwo brands. Company is largest privately held and still founder-led skate shoe company. Big environmental activist, whose company also lays claim to the biomechanics skate lab Sole Technology Institute. Company has an estimated 200 workers with $150 million in sales.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Senizergues has been a long-time advocate for the homeless, donating Etnies shoes for the past 23 years now. That continued despite the pandemic and cancellation of the Los Angeles Mission Easter Event this year. Etnies still went to L.A. in April, giving shoes to the homeless. The company to date has given away 50,000 pairs of shoes.
NOTABLE: Continued with environmental awareness during pandemic with Earth Day tree drive, promising to donate an extra tree during it’s Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree campaign for Etnies purchases.
QUOTABLE: “Doing something meaningful and purposeful for the homeless community has always been very important to me. It means even more right now, knowing the heightened state of vulnerability so many people are living in as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Providing shoes to them is not only a necessity, but a symbol of the kindness and concern we feel for the homeless population each day.”
FAST FACTS: Pro skateboarder who’s been skating since he was a teen. Former engineer at IBM France before moving to California in 1985. Turned pro, went on to win 12 French Championships, nine European Cup Titles, five European Championships, two World Cup titles and one World Championship. Started Sole Technology in 1996.