Among his many exploits, Mr. Klopp was the founder of the iconic brand, The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for over 20 years. During that time The North Face was honored with many awards for being the best managed company in its industry, including being lauded by Business Week Magazine for providing one of the highest quality products of any company in the United States. By combining technology with available materials in the market, Mr. Klopp led The North Face to its position as the largest and most technically advanced company in its industry and one of the largest privately held companies in the San Francisco East Bay.
Adventurer and executive, Hap Klopp is one of the acknowledged experts in Brand building world round. He has run numerous companies and spoken around the world on brand, marketing, strategy, adventuring, leadership, entrepreneurship and the human side of management. He was one of the first 10 people to raft the Zambezi river, has skied around the globe, raced boats, climbed mountains and plays a fair game of golf and tennis. He has been highlighted on national television and in such publications as BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Success, and San Francisco Focus Magazine.
After selling his highly successful company, he began an international management consulting firm, HK Consulting, with offices in Berkeley, CA and Tokyo, Japan. He has simultaneously invested in and participated in a number of entrepreneurial ventures including serving on numerous Boards including Cocona/37.5. He lectures at major business schools including Cal, Carnegie-Mellon, Hult, Stanford and MIT. He also chairs a number of conferences on Wearable Technology. Concurrently he has written the highly acclaimed book on leadership called: “Conquering The North Face, an Adventure in Leadership” and, has just released a second business book called, “ALMOST—12 electric months chasing a Silicon Valley dream.” He combines all of this with his ongoing sporting and adventuring activities and spending time with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.