Meet The Management Team

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We have assembled a team that consists of highly qualified individuals from different industries that we believe help us have an edge in the kinesiology tape industry. Scroll down to see more about each member of our Blacktop+ team.
 
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Doctor Matthew Hicken, CEO and Co-Founder
 

Dr. Matt played all sports while growing up. He played volleyball with the UT at Austin club team. He transferred to BYU in Provo, UT where he graduated with a degree in exercise physiology and minors in kinesiology, english, and psychology in 1996. Since graduating from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1999, he has successfully launched 6 clinics in the SW United States, specializing in physical rehab. He has worked with tens of thousands of patients as a chiropractor for the past 17 years and has started 11 companies with a lifetime gross revenue of $100+ million.

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Nick Hicken, CMO and Co-Founder
 

Nick has played sports his whole life, having received scholarship offers to play collegiate soccer. He turned down collegiate sports and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He has been working in digital/social media marketing, running campaigns for clients ranging from professional sports teams to e-commerce products and more. He has worked on accounts ranging in monthly spend from $1,000-500,000.

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Nate has had extensive experience in sales and marketing. He has been the VP of Sales and Marketing for a consumer travel company, as well as a Director of Sales for HP for 16 years with extensive consumer retail and online sales with P&L responsibility calling on the largest accounts including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Walgreens, Target, Verizon, etc.  He's had $500m quotas and done business over $1B in sales with 2 different accounts.

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Christian Hicken, Product Design Manager

Christian grew up a well rounded athlete, playing every sport ranging from baseball to wrestling. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He has worked in human resources for 3 years and product design for 2 years.

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Steve Silvey, Chief Science Officer

Steve graduated with his degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, NY in 1996. In addition to being a physical therapist, Steve is also a certified wellness coach. Having worked with the athletic population since earning his degree, Steve has enjoyed providing exercise-based programming for injury prevention and rehab. Steve is a member of The American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association and The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

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