Curt is a seasoned operating executive with experience from start-ups through Fortune 100 companies. After earning his MBA with honors from Harvard Business School, Curt joined McKinsey & Company, where he served for 5 years. After McKinsey Curt served as Chairman and CEO of the Oregon Region of PeaceHealth, a major integrated healthcare delivery system in the Pacific Northwest. After PeaceHealth, Curt joined Nike, Inc., where he worked as the Vice President of Global Strategy, overseeing strategy and business development activities for the company. After 4 years in this role, Curt transitioned into the position of Vice President and General Manager, Vision, Timing and Techlab. In this position, Curt’s team, together with the iPod team at Apple, ideated, developed and launched Nike Plus, the company’s initiative to bridge the world between sports and the digital experience. Continuing in a long tradition of completely discontinuous career experiences, in 2007 Curt returned to Utah where he has been leading university-based technology development and commercialization, most recently at Utah State University.
At Kickstart, Curt has served on the investment committee since 2011, joining the team full-time as a venture partner in 2015. Prior to joining Kickstart, Curt was an active angel investor and board member for several Utah-based start-ups.