Collins
FOUNDER & CHIEF

Taylor hails from Austin, TX and has an extensive background in both the food industry and health care. More importantly he is a master of doing epic things. His love of the outdoors embodies the spirit of EPIC. When not working, Taylor is often found trail running deep in the Barton Creek Greenbelt or looking for buffalo to befriend. Taylor is both a competitive runner and triathlete with many top podium finishes. He is no stranger to "running with the buffalo spirit" and finds bliss in pushing his body to its limits.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Staring deep into the eyes of a wild mountain lion on a week long camping trip in West Texas.

Forrest
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Katie is a native Austinite with a Masters Degree in Women's and Gender Studies. She is a proven entrepreneur with the instincts of an Alaskan Gray. In addition to her powerful senses, she is a ferocious multisport athlete with big wins at Ironman Wisconsin and top finishes at many bike races. Her warrior spirit drives the EPIC team to setting goals and working hard to crush them. When out of the office Katie is often spotted on isolated country roads riding her bike and looking for hawks to tame.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Kona Ironman World Championship race 2010.

Sansom
CFO/COO

Robby was born and raised in the sacred motherland of Austin, TX and received both a BBA and an MPA from the University Of Texas. Following school he went to work in the semiconductor industry before working in accounting services. He then returned to industry work in the information products arena where, as a finance and operations executive, he crashed multiple Apple computers building complicated spreadsheets. As a result of his purebred bloodline and passion for betterment, he has also volunteered on several local non-profit boards. When he’s not making spreadsheets or giving back to the community he is found on a trail, mountain, rock wall, field, or body of water somewhere here on earth.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Camping under star filled skies by night and navigating the 280 miles of Colorado River piercing through the Grand Canyon by day.

UPTON
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Jocy is a Colorado mountain girl who earned her BSBA/MBA in Business & Marketing from the University of Denver. A thespian and singer from early on, after some brief gigs in the Hollywood Hills, she galloped back to the Rocky Mountains to reconnect with nature, arts, music, & red rocks. She lives an active lifestyle with her family -- hiking, biking, sailing, learning guitar, & skiing (with 2 torn ACLs, bumps are not her friend, but she loves them anyway!) Joining the EPIC Team brings her full circle in her food career (she actually began in meat snacks!) where she can bring goodness to the world via delicious products, wholesome sourcing, humane animal treatment, & nurturing a healthy lifestyle!

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Climbing 7 of the Rocky Mountain Fourteeners and surviving Mt. Holy Cross twice!

Jankauskas
SALES + BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Born and raised in Southern California, Steve has migrated north to the Bay Area and now calls wine country his home. He stays connected to nature by running a Boy Scout Troop and spending as much time camping and hiking as possible. A former hockey goalie, Steve traded a love for the smell of freshly cleaned ice for the love of crisp mountain air. He loves the serenity of fly-fishing and the cacophony of his latest passion – playing the guitar. A lifelong carnivore, it was only a matter of time before he found his way to EPIC and discovered the true bliss of Bacon Lust.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Spending 6 days hiking at Mt.Lassen National park, hiking 50 miles and living out of my backpack.

YOON
SENIOR SALES PLANNING MANAGER

Cathy is a true “California girl” at heart despite being born in New Jersey.  Living a nomadic lifestyle due having a coast guard father, she has lived in more zip codes than most. Cathy entered the food industry 8 years ago through a finance position at Annies. Through blood, sweat, and tears, she now works alongside the EPIC sales team. Cathy enjoys anything outdoors and is a magnet to the sun. When not busy tracking down her two teenage sons, Cathy is found hanging out with friends at local festivals/farmer markets, concerts, and sporting events (hardcore Oakland fan: Warriors, A’s, and Raiders).

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Hiking in the mountains of Northern California in search of hidden waterfalls. With over 100 degree temperatures, no hydration, and poor navigation she endured suffering and perseverance.

Le
SALES MUNITIONS EXPERT

Eric, a Longhorn alum, resides sweatily in Houston where he grew up. Eric's years of experience in the food industry are rivaled only by his hours of experience as a wedding emcee. Off the wedding circuit, Eric can be found hiking (read: walking) all those trails the EPIC team runs  He's also an avid crossfitter, climber, snowboarder and swimmer. He's endlessly seeking ways to push himself both mentally and physically, rarely allowing himself to master any single thing. In a previous life, Eric was a street monkey roaming the alleys of Agrabah with a humble peasant and a blue genie.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Challenging Canadian sovereignty as we paddled & portaged 30 miles through the remote Boundary Waters straddling the US/Canadian border.

NISSEN
MASTER OF COIN

Brodie hails from Northern California and has an extensive background in the natural and organic food arena. As a young buck, his life revolved around either playing baseball or working at the family batting cages. His love for baseball (more specifically being a catcher) extended well beyond his youth as he continued to play and/or coach well into his adult years. Paradoxically the young Brodie that avoided running like the plague has grown to enjoy it as a full grown handsome man. Now in his “prime”, Brodie has recently crushed a few half marathons. For much of his professional career, Brodie has been responsible for making sure money is spent the right way, and has earned the nickname “Master of Coin”.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Leaving the world of conventional consumer products to work with companies trying to save the world.

Siskron
DIRECTOR OF NATURAL SALES WEST, CLUB SALES, AND SPECIALTY SALES

Martha is a native Texan but now calls the bayous of Louisiana home sweet home. An early soccer star, Martha received National collegiate rankings and awards as goalkeeper. After graduating, Martha traded her cleats for running shoes and began competing in Ironman triathlons and ultramarathons (no one has ever used the word “moderation” to describe her). Martha's background is in science but sales has been in her blood since birth. When not working she likes to run, bike and swim long distances but her sport of choice is keeping up with her two teenage sons. 

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Starting a 100 mile ultramarathon in the dark, amid thunder and lightening, 40 degree temperatures, pouring down rain, open blisters at mile 10, and continuing to run/walk/ hobble until the time limit of 30 hours ran out - 80 miles later. 

EINCK
DIRECTOR SALES, GROCERY

Brad was born and raised in rural Minnesota and graduated from the U of MN (go Gophers!). After a brief stint in Arizona, he has returned to his Motherland. His experience in the food industry started over 20 years ago with General Mills including organic/natural brands like Annie’s, Cascadian Farm and Larabar. A former champion archer, Brad loves competing in archery tournaments and launching arrows from as far as 100 yards to the nearest target. When he’s not at a grocery appointment or the archery range you'll find he and his wife Marion, traveling or just chasing their three young daughters at the pool, the gym or the soccer field.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Week long archery tournament in the mountains of Washington

KRAUSS
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, GROCERY WEST

Tim was born and raised in Germany and came to the US via the 1998 steel version of the Mayflower at the tender age of 14. He attended high school in Austin and started his quest for higher education at Hawai’i Pacific University. As a lover of all things “wild and free” he is an avid trail runner and hiker. Tim shares his love for the outdoors with his wife Sue and four young bucks. Before EPIC, Tim spent the last 10 + years in sales and is now ready to make the world a healthier place one EPIC bar at a time. As a type 1 diabetic he lives the values of EPIC every day and uses that knowledge to help spread the good word on making the right nutritional choices.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Paddling 30 miles from Catalina Island to New Port beach during the US outrigger championships.

SCHAFER
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, GROCERY EAST

Nicole reigns from the Midwestern grassy plains of the “Show Me State” where she earned a degree in Business Management from the University of Missouri. Following a 21-year vision quest across the Midwest, Nicole has recently migrated to beautiful Upstate New York where she spends her free time exploring with her husband, attempting to be crafty, looking ridiculous on runs with her little 10lb dog, and cheering on her KC Chiefs & Royals. Although she couldn’t sing in tune if her life depended on it, Nicole loves all kinds of music and has a peculiar/unhealthy obsession of singing along with Nelly and Carrie Underwood songs. She is a purebred champion.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Winning a National Championship with the MU Club Soccer Team in 2011 and earning a spot on the All-National team, all while sporting a broken collar bone.

LOPEZ
DIRECTOR SALES, NATURAL EAST

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Rose claims she doesn’t have the typical Long Island accent, but if you listen long enough - you can hear it.  Her experience in natural/organic food started right out of college and has spanned from export and operations to marketing and sales.  She has a passion for organic/natural food though you can’t hold her back from a slice of NYC pizza! Rose enjoys yoga, spinning, running and snowboarding, though most of her free time is spent chasing after her 2 year-old daughter. When she can, she loves to travel with her husband to far-off countries. Her favorite epic destination so far was Italy where they enjoyed, of course, the food and wine!

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Skydiving from 15,000 feet with the Great Barrier Reef below her.

KOESTNER
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, NATURAL WEST

Alyssa is a woman of many states, leading the question of “where are you from?” into a brief life story. She originally hails from the Rockies in Colorado, spent her childhood in Texas battling fire ants and other local dance teams, and actually grew up in Southern California where outrigger canoe and ocean kayaking ruled her life. After a brief stint in Lawrence, Kansas (working closely with local farmers and ranchers) she has returned to her birthing grounds.

Living next to the mountains, she loves spending time hiking, camping and practicing yoga. If you want to talk about soil ecology and vermiculture—you’ll have her heart. 

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Swimming in a secluded Icelandic geothermic pool in a valley surrounded by 8 waterfalls and a glacier.

LEFFLER
BRAND JOURNALIST

As the youngest of four boys raised in Austin, TX, David has long been accustomed to loud, crowded rooms where there’s always something going on. Over the years, he’s learned to kill the noise and find calm in his life's passion, writing. From weekly newspaper columns to company write-ups and magazine cover stories, David’s seen it all. He even met our company’s founders while interviewing them for an article! He’s also a lifelong athlete and a particular lover of football, baseball, and basketball. When he’s not storytelling for EPIC, you can find him with his family or hanging by a swimming hole.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Solo exploring the snow-capped mountains of Utah, Arizona, and Colorado for several weeks.

Creech
MARKETING COORDINATOR

After enjoying the Colorado life for most of her 20s, Sarah moved back to great state of Texas bringing with her a degree from Colorado State University, several hot power-yoga teacher certifications, and gnarly snowboarding skills. Upon her return to the Lone Star State, she traded the snow for her yoga mat and a pair of running shoes. Sarah is an early bird and can be found in the yoga studio on most days before the sun rises. She is also a part of the Wanderlust Yoga Austin Wayfarer team and head of EPIC's in house yoga program. As chief of the demo and brand ambassador programs, Sarah not only brings with her a tremendous work ethic to the EPIC tribe, but also her love for food and her adorable labradoodle named Syd.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Hiking the waterfalls of Montezuma and surfing in Costa Rica.

Romero
IN-HOUSE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Andrea hails from the exotic land of San Salvador, El Salvador and speaks fluent Spanish and English. She began her EPIC journey as a student graphic design intern and after securing a degree, is now the EPIC In-House Graphic Designer. Andrea begins her days at the crack of dawn with an intense workout that invigorates her soul and awakens her creativity. She also enjoys trail running and the occasional kayak trip in Ladybird Lake. When she's not creating the latest designs at the EPIC WORLD HQ, she is often found absorbing Austin's unique culture. You might spot Andrea in one of the many art museums or food trailers that make this city weird. 

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Camping through a raging monsoon while her tent was attacked by a herd of wild goats in Kingsville, Texas.

ROBERTSON
MARKETING LOGISTICS SUPPORT

Born and raised in Victoria, Texas, Cory spent his early years on large amounts of land surrounded by animals and nature. This gave him a close connection with and love for animals and the outdoors at any early age. After high school, he migrated to Austin, where he spent several years in the food industry as a swiss army knife. Since then, he earned his BA in graphic & web design from the Art Institute of Austin. Nowadays, Cory works hard to ensure the continued success of the EPIC brand and is growing rapidly in his immersive role in the company. On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Cory can be found running around the trails of Austin, soaking up the sun at a baseball game, or at the park with his girlfriend and dog.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Snorkeling around the Astron shipwreck in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with sharks circling below.

Blanchard
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kirk's southern roots catapulted him into a life long love for the outdoors. Between working cattle and chasing wild game, Kirks love for nature and physical fitness began at a very young age. When he's not sharing stories and using business strategy, Kirk can be found on the rugged trail or reminiscing over a campfire. Whether walking barefoot in the forest or in his favorite running shoes, Kirk will never meet a stranger on any unknown trail. With extensive knowledge in sports nutrition and multiple business degrees, Kirk has made an epic journey to his current life form.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Kayaking 8 days down the Colorado River with a hammock, fishing pole, and pocket knife.

Griffin
HEAD OF NON-PROTEIN PURCHASING

Making her debut in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Kara has moved numerous times to mulitple states before calling Austin her home. Traveling still remains her most favorite hobby, along with sports, drawing and music. A former collegiate basketball player, Kara continues her love of the sport by coaching youth teams and cheering on the McNeil Maverick's. She is currently a member of The Junior League of Austin and attends local Great Dane Meetups with her "little" Dane, Madea. Kara's passion of health, animals and the community made being a part of EPIC a perfect fit. 

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Daring a horseback ride on the edge of a mountain in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Apparently "trot" in Spanish translates to a Kentucky Derby race and "ALTO" does not flow off the tongue when holding on for dear life! 

Linz
SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION MANAGER

Raised in Minnesota, Rebecca is a recent transplant to Austin, TX.  She developed a love for the outdoors at a young age. When she was growing up, her family was often found camping, fishing, and hiking in the many beautiful Minnesota State Parks and the magnificent Colorado Rocky Mountains. Rebecca has spent her professional years in the consumer electronics and food industries. When she's not working she can be found exploring the many things to do, see, and eat in her new home city; traveling back to Minnesota to spend time with friends and family; cheering for her beloved Minnesota Twins; or hanging out on a paddle board or boat on the lake at her family cabin.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Picking up my entire life and moving across the country (with a couple of weeks’ notice) to work on a brand that’s changing the world.

OSTERBERG
LOGISTICS PLANNER

Kelly is a native to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, where she earned her BBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before her recent move to the tropical lands of “The Lone Star State”, Kelly hustled to master the lost art of arctic survival skills with a focus on food procurement and business support. Kelly loves numbers, people, and making magic happen in the supply chain. She embodies the spirit of a champion and smashes through walls for the things she cares about, especially her family, work, and health. In her spare time, you can find Kelly dominating at life and on quiet walks in the wilderness.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Braving foreign soil and migrating to Spain to live with a Spanish speaking family for 6 months.

Waddleton
ORDER FULFILLMENT LEAD

Whitney is a native Texan who grew up in a small town with more cows than people. After relocating to the big city of Austin, she stumbled upon the greatness that is EPIC. She started out in quality assurance and has worked her way to Order Fulfillment Manager. When Whitney isn't inputting orders and dominating the forklift, you can find her paddle boarding around Town Lake or hanging out at a local coffee shop.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Camping out in Kerrville, surrounded by folk music, good friends, and foxes.

SCOTT
SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORT ANALYST

Emily hails from a small Texas town—so small, most of her fellow Texans haven’t heard of it. Her “wild and free” spirit eventually led her to Austin, where she found a home amongst the rabid wolfpack she now calls family. A film acting student and character on the local comedy scene, Emily is passionate about the environment, enjoys finding new ways to recycle, and loves to expand her knowledge of health and nutrition. When she’s not telling bad jokes at EPIC HQ, she can be found with her dogs, doing yoga, doing yoga with her dogs, or listening to an obscene amount of 90’s pop music.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Hiking on Mount Hood and "glamping" on the Columbia River. There may or may not have been a Sasquatch sighting.

GESSNER
ITQ MANAGER

While her heart will always be in Minnesota, Kim’s nomadic lifestyle allows her to thrive ANYWHERE. Since graduating, she has lived in three countries and nine different cities! Her free spirit and incredible adaptability sets Kim apart from her peers. She wakes up everyday, ready to crush life. Kim recently set her compass towards EPIC and has fully accepted the challenge of keeping’ it weird here in Austin. When she is not traveling, packing or unpacking, Kim can be found hiking, playing volleyball, exploring the local food scene or just working her way down the long list of amazing things to do and see here in Austin.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Hiking 35 miles in one day through the Spanish mountains and wilderness with friends and strangers during Javierada.

KRISHNAMURTHY
QRO PRODUCT MANAGER

Senthil was born in Dallas, TX but moved to Chicago at an early age.  He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for Industrial Engineering and minored in Business. After graduating from school he joined General Mills. During his 5 years in Minneapolis, Senthil became interested in strength and conditioning, movement, and eating well. Naturally he evolved to becoming a champion Crossfit athlete as well as a yogi, rock climber, and tennis all-star. When not shredding his muscles, Senthil is spotted going to concerts, enjoying the local food culture, and traveling (most recent trips - India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Alaska, to name a few).

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Going to Burkina Faso to visit a friend in the Peace Core. We backpacked throughout the country for several weeks.

RASMUSSEN
CATEGORY CREATOR

Texas born and bred, Eric’s obsession for the outdoors was instilled in him at a very young age.  His love of nature is only surpassed by his passion for creating and consuming amazing food. Eric’s culinary journey began with honing in on his skill set at Austin’s own Le Cordon Bleu. After nearly a decade in the food industry as a master chef, Eric has found his calling by overseeing the EPIC production plant and now manages the creation of meat masterpieces. When not in the kitchen, Eric is found standing high atop podiums at regional cook-offs. When not winning at cook-offs, Eric can be found surrounded by mesquite trees and cactus, doing his part in wildlife and land conservation in South Texas.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Roaming wild and free in the great Canadian wilderness amongst grizzly bears and squirrels.

OSTERBERG
SR. FINANCIAL ANALYST

Jake grew up in the land of Bears, albeit of the football variety. As a competitive swimmer growing up, he spent years counting the little tiles at the bottom of pools. Naturally, he turned that love of counting into a career in Finance.  Before the move to Texas, Jake traveled, experienced unique cultures, and got to meet people all over the world.  Since joining the EPIC wolfpack in Austin, Jake’s love for crunching both numbers and pork rinds abounds. He enjoys the prudent use of cash and philosophical debates over the proper use of a pivot table. Jake can be found participating in all things competitive - from chess domination to UT Football to pouring himself into a hearty novel

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Diving into the ocean and swimming with a pod of over 400 Dusky dolphins off the shores of Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Ajibola-Atitebi
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE CLERK

Olapeju (PJ) Ajibola proudly holds the EPIC title for “Furthest Distance Traveled To Join The Wolfpack.” A native of Lagos, Nigeria, she immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 and lived in three different Bible Belt states—Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama—before moving to Los Angeles in 1997. She became a track & field fanatic there, competing in the long jump, triple jump, 4X100, 4X200, and high jump events all through high school and in college. In fact, she’s currently the long jump record holder at California State University, Dominguez Hills! Eventually, she was lured away from the Golden State and made her way to Texas in 2016, where she discovered EPIC. Nowadays, you can find Olapeju with her family or knitting and crocheting (like a grandma, as she puts it).

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Becoming an American citizen in 2013. She’s booking international trips left and right!

Clancy
OFFICE MANAGER

Clint is a recent graduate of Texas State University receiving his Bachelor's Degree in English.  His experience spans over a decade, which includes roles in middle, upper, and executive management. Fate lent a hand when it put EPIC founder Taylor and Clint at the right place at the right time.  Clint was looking for his next adventure and Taylor was on the hunt for someone who possessed charisma, good looks, and experience. Clint's passion for perfection keeps all aspects of the EPIC operations running smoothly. When not creating epicness at the Austin Headquarters, Clint can be found flexing his muscles at the gym, or on his weekly run around Lady Bird Lake. His position as office manager requires him to keep a watchful eye, and a protective wing over all. With the hawk spirit guiding him, the sky is the limit.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Down shifting in his six-speed Corvette in order to tame a wild Mustang on a stretch of central Texas Highway.

Leline
OFFICE COORDINATOR

A self proclaimed foodie and lover of health and wellness, Ashley dove head first into the "eat local, support local" mentality that Austin advocates. She spent many moons as a juicing deity at Whole Foods Market where she was continually inspired by a culture of sustainability and real food. Before joining the EPIC tribe, she started a business that educated women on the importance of consuming whole foods and focusing on setting and reaching personal health & fitness goals. When outside of the EPIC World HQ you will likely spot Ashley on her paddle board, the greenbelt, the flea market, live music venues, or bonding with her wolf pack that consists of her husband, daughter, and loyal lab.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Living in a small camper with her family for close to a year as they restored a 100 year old home in Michigan.

HUISH
WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Steve is a pure bred champion born and raised in the scorching sun of Mesa, Arizona. With over 14 years of experience in the snack food industry, dealing with warehousing, logistics, and crushing it on the reg, Steve’s a true leader with an uncanny ability to win at life. Often mistaken for Macklemore, Steve is a noble family man who strives to take his 4 bear cubs on frequent outdoor adventures where he trains their supple young minds and bodies to become future superhumans. Steve thrives in a fast paced environment and works hard until the job is done. Ensuring that EPIC products are shipped to the masses serves as the fuel that flames his burning desire.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Packed up and drove 1,100 miles to lead the EPIC Warewolves (warehouse) in Austin, TX only 2 weeks after he accepted the job. With 4 kids, an awesome wife, and a completely new life, he “charged into the storm”.

Kimball
INVENTORY & QUALITY LEAD

Evan grew up in the land of 10,000 lakes (or the North Star state) in a small town surrounded by the frigid north woods.  He wandered to Austin one day and found an Epic pack worth running with. He can be found these days foraging in random wild areas, or deep under water chasing fish.

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

A year spent living in a tent and on a bicycle exploring the wild Ozark mountain range.

Gray
FULFILLMENT SPECIALIST

Shawn is from New Jersey, but knew from a young age that he belonged in a much warmer climate. Having spent his entire professional career in the commercial food industry, he was thrilled to discover in EPIC a company completely in line with his nutritional beliefs as well as those of humane animal stewardship. Now he makes sure EPIC products get into the hands of EPIC people at lightning speed. Shawn's leisure time is spent running around the beautiful streets and trails in Austin, playing and writing about video games, attending anime conventions with his wife, or playing guitar. 

MOST EPIC ADVENTURE:

Encountering a wild bull while exploring the forests of Mexico on horseback