Board of Directors
Nick never intended to start The Pro’s Closet, he was (and still is) a minimalist that wanted to simply create space. In 2006, while living out of his VW Van in Grand Junction CO, he sold everything on eBay. At the time he was pedaling professionally for Trek/VW’s regional team and chasing “the dream”. One thing lead to another and before he knew it, he was sitting behind a computer selling product for his peers while they where out training. When Nick is not steering The Pro’s Closet forward, he’s collecting mid-century antiques, making music, mowing the lawn, pursuing his next chapter in interior design and kicking it with his black lab Norman.
Erich began his career in the financial markets at O’Connor and Associates in 1986. O’Connor was a pioneer in the derivatives business, being one of the first firms to incorporate three distinct disciplines together-trading, technology, and financial engineering. Erich traded many different products on various exchanges while at O’Connor and in 1992 was asked to come to Chicago and run the US index market making operation for the firm.
In 1994, O’Connor was sold to Swiss Bank Corporation, and Erich decided it was time to start his own firm. He found a financial backer and convinced 4 other traders to join in building a proprietary trading operation. In 1997, they were able to buy out their backer and officially launch Chicago Trading Company. As Co-CEO, Erich managed the growth of the firm from 5 people to 350, with offices in Chicago, New York, and London.
Erich decided to step away from the day-to-day operations in 2010 and devote time to the foundation that he had started with his wife. He went back to school to study non-profit management and set out to find the organizations that champion the causes the foundation supports, inner-city education, childhood obesity, and mental illness. The mission of the foundation is to partner with local organizations that it can assist financially as well as organizationally to help them expand their vision and scope.
Erich has a BA in finance from Pace University. He put himself through night school by working at Paine Webber during the day as a bond interest clerk. It was a long and unglamorous road through college, but it helped Erich develop the work ethic and discipline that has helped him greatly in all areas of his life.
Erich likes to keep active, loves the outdoors and is a passionate skier and scuba diver. He ran his first triathlon in 2012 and has become hooked on that as well. His other interests include music and politics, but, most importantly, spending time with his two children, Samantha and Zachary.
Hass is a natural foods industry pioneer and entrepreneur with 40 years of natural products industry experience. He began his career in 1973 as a driver delivering food for a natural foods co-op in Denver Co. He then went on to found and manage the Rainbow Grocery, an early incarnation of a full service community based natural foods store in 1975. He was the founder and CEO of Alfalfa’s Markets, a US and Canadian retail operation from 1978 until 1996, the President of Wild Oats Markets and subsequently the founder and Executive Chairman of Fresh and Wild, an organic retail chain in the U.K.. His industry experience encompasses the US, Canadian and European markets.
During his career Hass has received numerous awards and industry recognition including, the Natural Foods Industry Pioneer award, Chain Store Retail Executive of the Year, Boulder Entrepreneur of the Year , Naturally Boulder Lifetime Achievement award and finalist of the Ernst and Young National Entrepreneur of the year.
Hass has served as an advisor to many start up industry companies and served on the board of over 25 companies and community organizations including Alfalfa’s Markets, Wild Oats Markets, Fresh and Wild, Izze Beverages, Justin’s Nut Butter, Zand Herbals, E-Town and Community Food share.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Whole Foods Market, Pangea Organics, Justin’s Nut Butter, Pact Clothing, The Pro’s Closet and Only Natural Pet. He is the General Managing Partner of Greenmont Capital Partners Fund 1 and a General Partner of Fund 2, an investment firm specializing in investments in Organic and Natural product companies and companies aimed at the Lohas consumer. Greenmont Partners has to date made 14 industry company investments including, Izze Beverages, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Blue Horizon Seafood, Uncle Matt’s, Door to Door Organics, Little Dish and Eco-Products. Hass was educated at Kings College, London and attended the Ealing School of Art where he studied photography and film making. He resides with his family in Boulder Colorado.
John is the Co-founder and CEO of Craftsy. John has overseen Craftsy’s growth from 4 employees to over 215 employees in just six (6) years. In that time, Craftsy has raised over $100M in venture capital and gone from an idea on how to change education, to a fast-growing media, ecommerce and technology company.
Prior to co-founding Craftsy in 2010, John held executive roles at eBay and servicemagic.com. He joined eBay in 1999, as head of Strategy & BD for eBay Motors, helping grow it into a $14 billion a year global business. John later ran the Business, Photo, and Music categories on eBay and served as CEO of Kruse International, a 100-employee subsidiary of eBay Motors.
Prior to eBay, John spent 6 years at General Electric, graduating from GE’s Financial Management program and Corporate Audit Staff. John received his MBA from The University of Michigan and his BA from Colgate University, where he majored in History.