Lou Taylor is an American entrepreneur and investor with a net worth estimated to be around $20 million. He is the founder, CEO, and chairman of Zumiez, a publicly traded retail company that specializes in clothing and accessories for skateboarding, snowboarding, and other action sports. He has been involved in the sports apparel industry since 1997 and has grown Zumiez into one of the largest specialty retailers in the United States.
2. Lou Taylor Early Life
Lou Taylor was born on April 21st, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. As a young man he was already passionate about action sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding. He attended California State University Northridge where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1994. After graduating from college he started working at an outdoor clothing store called Surf & Sport located in Malibu, California. It was here that his passion for action sports grew even further and it was also here that he began to hone his business acumen.
In 1997 he decided to take a chance on himself by founding Zumiez with two partners: Tom Campion and Gary Haakenson. The three men pooled their resources together to open their first store in Seattle’s Northgate Mall which became an instant success due to its focus on extreme sports apparel and accessories which were not available anywhere else at the time.
3. Lou Taylor Career
From there Lou Taylor went on to expand Zumiez into one of the most successful specialty retailers in the country with over 600 stores across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. In addition to running Zumiez, Lou also serves on several boards including those of True Religion Apparel Inc., Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Ross Stores Inc., and Jamba Juice Company Inc., among others.
4. Lou Taylor Biography
Lou Taylor is a well-known figure within the action sports community who has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes Magazine where he was featured as one of America’s Best Small Companies for five consecutive years from 2006-2011 as well as being named “Retailer of The Year” by Action Sports Retailer Magazine twice (in 2004 & 2005). He has also been honored by Ernst & Young as a finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year twice (in 2004 & 2005).
5. Lou Taylor Height & Weight
Lou Taylor stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall (1 m 78 cm) with an average weight of 180 lbs (82 kg). His date of birth is April 21st 1972 making him 47 years old at present day (as of 2019). His nationality is American but his ethnicity is unknown at this time due to lack of information available about his family background or heritage.