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THE LEMS TEAM

ANDREW RADEMACHER

Founder/CEO

For me, starting Lems wasn’t just about making shoes; It was about starting a company that I could enjoy to work in, day in and day out.  In first couple years, I went through struggling times, from working out of my parents’ garage to working out of the back room of a dirty steel mill.  I dreamed of the day that I would have a team and an office that I could call ‘home’ for Lems.  Last year, after Lems turned five, we finally moved out of my hometown, and we relocated to Boulder, Colorado.  Earlier this year we added our eighth Lems team member, and completed a recent move into our new office in downtown Boulder.

I’ve never been more excited about our future.  We’re in the right place at the right time, and we now have the right team to get us there.  We have fun together and we each love living and working in Boulder.  Our new office is a stone throw away from some of the best hiking, running, and mountain biking trails in the country, trails that we can put our Lems to the test.  Besides the outdoors, being located in Boulder also means that we’re among some very eccentric, open-minded, and fun loving people.  It’s a great place to learn about our customers, and their lifestyles.  After the early years of being a bootstrapped startup, I’m happy to say, that all of us at Lems finally get to live the lifestyle that Lems represents and grow our company in a very unique way.

STEVE PERNA

Wholesailor of the Seven Seas

Hello, I am Steve. I am a dynamic human. I have a 6’1”, 185 lb frame, jet-black hair as thick as hay, which has been known to cause much fever, and a skin tone that could be classified as orange. I have written many award-winning books that have yet to receive their due accolades. I can make homemade Thirty-Minute Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookies in under twenty minutes (feel free to check my Strava for verification). I play the harp quite proficiently and my skills have been used as a medical cure for memory loss. Now, I may look like an emotionless, sarcastic carrot, but I would say I am more of a sweet onion. Once you begin peeling off the layers, deep down you will find the exact same thing, every single time and more often than not tears ensue. Now, enough about me.  How did I become a part of the Lems Shoes crew?

In the year 2012, I was on the brink of being drafted by the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team, when I decided to take a European backpack vacation with Mr. Andrew Rademacher. During that month of planes, trains, and escapades in Spain, Andrew spoke of his shoe company that had just taken off and like a Turkish bath house it was gaining steam, but the workload was becoming too much for a one-man team. As we all know, every superstar needs a Scottie Pippen, so I skipped preseason with the Soul and started learning about soles.

From that point on, I did everything and anything I could to contribute to the company, which equated to making coffee and copies, but because I am able to manage time more proficiently than Father himself, I started to take on more responsibilities. I was once referred to as the Man of Many Hats because I was working everything from customer service to photography to social media to janitorial jobs, but now I just find myself wearing one – the captain’s, because I am the Wholesailor of the Seven Seas and I aim to scour the seven continents in hopes of finding the perfect stores for our products. If you are an interested footwear buyer or a hat company that would like to sponsor my headwear addiction, feel free to email me direct at steve@lemsshoes.com.

A serious/contradictive note: Though I work for a company that sells a product, and a damn good one at that, we are a minimalist brand and it is my opinion that our tagline represents me to a T– live easy and minimal. In a society where we are consumed by consumerism and symbols of wealth/success, I have attempted to live my life with less. Like our shoes, by eliminating the nonessentials from everyday life I have found much more flexibility for personal change and all-around freedom. So, thank you Lems Shoes, for helping me realign myself, starting from the feet up.

Audrey Smith

Social Visionary

Hi friends! I’m Audrey. When I first had the opportunity to work for Lems, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Coming from the Fashion School at Kent State University, with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, let’s just say “Live Easy and Minimal” wasn’t necessarily something that I was too familiar with. I was constantly surrounded by girls in heels wearing high-fashion articles of clothing and complete to a T with full faces of makeup. Mind you, this was typically while we were attending a 7:45am class, on Monday morning. Uh, what? Yeah it happened. However, it’s safe to say I wasn’t one of them – I played soccer for the university so I had a nice balance of both worlds.

With that being said – while all of my friends were pursuing dreams of living in NYC, Miami or LA, I was dreaming of the mountains and living out west. And well, here I am! I was brought onto Lems in 2015, had two weeks to leave my current job in Corporate America, pack up my apartment, buy a one way ticket and make the 1,346 mile move from Cleveland, to Boulder.

You know how many people I knew here at the time? Let’s just say I had met Andrew + Steve about a month prior… and well, that was it. Do you think I’m crazy yet? I feel like that’s the first question everyone asks me when I tell them this story. “You seriously moved across the country to work in a company with 2 other guys that you don’t even know?”… Sure did! And it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. Leaving my family and friends was definitely tough, but deep down I knew this was a move I always wanted to make. I guess to say that I picked up my life and threw it across the country was actually pretty accurate.

Since being here in Colorado I’ve developed a new found love for the outdoors – hiking, skiing, biking, and so much more.  And now after much time, I finally feel like I’m truly living easy and minimal. Lems has led me to understand and believe that less really is more. Instead of spending my time shopping for material things and spending 5 hours to get ready to leave the house, I invest my time in things that I enjoy doing and what makes me happy on a day-to-day basis, which I’ve learned doesn’t take much. I’ve met some amazing friends (don’t worry, Steve and Andrew are still in that mix) and I couldn’t be happier here.

My role at Lems is encompassed by organization, structure and strategy. I handle the Marketing side of things, along with social media, advertising, web development, tech “things”, events, so on and so forth… Not only do I love my job and what I do, but also I love the people that I work with and the connections that I’ve made with other brands, ambassadors and influencers along the way. There are countless days that I come into the office where it doesn’t feel like work to me. I’m dedicated to continue the growth of this company and spread the word about the amazing products that we have to offer. I couldn’t be more thankful to be in a company like Lems. What’s next? Well, this is just the beginning and you haven’t seen anything yet!

GAYLE WOOD

Customer Service Manager

Hi, I’m Gayle! I’m originally from Scotland and you can thank my compatriots for the flushing toilet, TV and the telephone, to name but a few! As you can see, I’m fiercely proud of my heritage and if you hear a funny accent, when calling us, that will be me! I grew up in the mountains and this led to a love of the outdoors. True to Lems philosophy, living easy and minimal, my happy place is hiking up a mountain or messing around on a lake. As an avid participant in sports, I began coaching swimming at the age of 15 and then started collecting coaching qualifications in other sports, whilst gaining an Environmental Science
degree. This gave me a good understanding of bio mechanics and how to deal with crazy people!

As luck would have it, my hubby moved the kids and I, to the US and when I finally received the coveted green card, I began working for one of Lems’ retailers, Georgia Game Changers. Sandra, the owner and physiotherapist, taught me the importance of a great shoe fit and I really got to see this firsthand. My favorite casual shoe, we sold there, was the original Lems Mariner – I rocked that sucker all the time!

So, my story finally ends, when my family decided to move to beautiful Boulder Colorado, as we were missing the mountains. I just so happened to see that Lems were hiring and fate would have it that, these guys wanted me to be a part of the fun. Now, I have used my knowledge to build an awesome team that helps all y’all out there and I couldn’t be prouder of them!

DUANE KLENK

Customer Service Specialist

After many years of wearing “narrow” shoes I was happy to check out a new to me shoe company a friend told me about in the Spring of 2016. I met the Lems group and knew they were on to something with their zero drop, wide toe box, and narrow heel… Since then I have been lucky enough to be involved with the customer service/support group and learn more about shoes than I ever thought was going be possible for someone that has spent most of a career in various Accounting departments. The end result? Great shoes and a great company that stands behind (and in) our products.

JOAN MILLER

Customer Service Specialist

The main thing that brought me to Lems (besides my unhappy squished toes) was the need to help fund my kids’ sports of mountain bike racing and ski racing. I had been looking for a position that was flexible and fun and I found it here at Lems. The fact that there is at least one dog in the office every day is just an added bonus. My Lems co-workers give me something to laugh about every day and we all share in our commitment to give our best to our customers and to the company. My feet are happiest when they are in Lems and the most rewarding part of my job is when I hear from customers who have found Lems to be their favorite shoes too.

MEREDITH WILDER

Customer Service Specialist

Hey! My name is Meredith. I stumbled across Lems in fall 2016 while looking for a customer service job I would enjoy. I was fairly new to Boulder after moving from Albuquerque, NM and hadn’t found my place in town yet. Thankfully, I feel like I’ve found it and what’s even better than our shoes are the people I get to work with here at Lems. This company is down-to-earth and dedicated.

When I’m not at the office, I enjoy teaching private music lessons, songwriting, and singing in professional choirs. Customer service jobs got me through my undergrad at the University of New Mexico when I was studying music education. I enjoy teaching one-on-one so much I decided the life of customer service rep by day and musician by night made a lot of sense. My twin sister approves, so I must be doing something right.

If you come to town you might spot me rocking my Boulder Boots at local coffee shops and house concerts when I perform my original music. Even though I’m the company rookie, I’m learning more about all of this shoe business every day and couldn’t be happier. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns- that’s why I’m here!

FRANK POWELL

CFO

I am a proud Pennsylvanian hailing from the small, but beautiful city of Sharon. I am a husband and a father to an 8 year old daughter. I am a Pittsburgh Steeler fan who enjoys spending time with my family. We love bike riding, swimming, and day trips together. To me, family is everything and there is nothing more important in life that spending time with each other.

My Lems story actually began when I was just a teenager. When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. I had to have surgery to have the tumor removed from my pelvic bone, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. When the doctors removed the tumor, the nerves in my leg were also damaged causing me to have a drop foot. My leg is also shorter than the other leg by over 1/2 inch. This obviously led to a lot of back pain. The doctors tried lifts, arches, and various supports in my shoes trying to compensate for my post cancer body. Unfortunately, I tripped all the time. It wasn’t until Andrew started this business that I was given a pair of Lems shoes (formally,Stems at the time). I started wearing them and noticed that I was not tripping as often. My calf on the leg that was damaged by the cancer was significantly smaller due to poor muscle strength. After wearing the Lems for the past 7 years, my muscle mass has improved to the point that there is no significant difference between my two legs. I also found that the more I wore my Lems, the less my back and knees hurt. I don’t own any other brand of shoe. The Lems styles take me from casual to dress. When I had a opportunity to go work for a company and a product that I believe helped to improve my quality of life, I jumped in with both feet! Of course, they were dressed in Lems!

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