Michael Kearney has been a pioneer in the retail and e-commerce industry since launching Zumiez, Inc. in 1999. His success and entrepreneurial spirit have resulted in an estimated net worth of $200 million.
Michael Kearney was born in Seattle, Washington in 1968. He grew up with his parents and two siblings, and he attended the University of Washington where he earned a degree in business administration. After graduating, he began working at Nordstrom as an assistant buyer before deciding to launch his own business venture – Zumiez – in 1999.
Michael Kearney started Zumiez with the goal of creating a new kind of retail experience for young people who were interested in skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and other extreme sports. He opened the first store in Seattle’s Northgate Mall and quickly expanded to locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Mexico.
Today, Zumiez is one of the leading retailers of action sports apparel and gear with over 800 stores worldwide. The company also operates its own e-commerce site which sells products from various brands as well as its own private label brands such as Zumiez-branded clothing and accessories.
In addition to running Zumiez, Michael Kearney is also an investor in several other companies including Outdoor Voices and Boardriders Inc., which owns Quiksilver and Roxy surfwear brands. He is also involved with several philanthropic organizations such as The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation which focuses on child welfare initiatives around the world.
Awards & Achievements
Michael Kearney has been recognized for his success both personally and professionally over the years. In 2012 he was inducted into the National Retail Federation’s Hall of Fame for his contributions to retailing innovation while at Zumiez. Additionally, he has received numerous awards from various organizations including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2012) Northwest Region; EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2011); National Retail Federation Retail Innovator Of The Year Award (2011); Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2010) Pacific Northwest Region; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2009) Pacific Northwest Region; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2008) Pacific Northwest Region; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2007) Pacific Northwest Region; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2006) Pacific Northwest Region; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (2005) Pacific Northwest Region; National Retail Federation Retail Innovator Of The Year Award (2005).
As of 2021 Michael Kearney’s estimated net worth is $200 million dollars making him one of the wealthiest CEO’s in retail today. His success is a testament to his hard work and dedication to growing Zumiez into one of the most successful retailers worldwide.