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Black Box names Frank Messman CEO and partner

By Tiffany Montgomery
June 11, 2009 6:10 AM

Here's some news from Black Box Distribution, home to Fallen Footwear and Zero skateboards, among other brands.

Frank Messman is the new CEO and partner at Black Box. Frank previously ran Sole Tech's European business in addition to other jobs in the industry. He is also a IASC board member, hails from Denmark and is very interesting to talk to if you ever get the chance.

Here is the release:

Frank Messmann joins Black Box as partner and CEO 

For Immediate Release 

June 10, 2009 

Black Box Distribution announces that Frank Messmann joins Black Box as partner and Chief Executive 
Officer. Frank Messmann partnered with Black Box last year to create Black Box Europe and will now 
make the move to the US to work at Black Box global headquarters in Carlsbad, California. 

Originally from Denmark, Frank has held several roles of increasing responsibility in the skateboard 
industry during the 20 years since his days as a professional skateboarder. Based in California from 
1994-2003 he was an early partner in, and CEO of, Dwindle Distribution and World Industries, he has 
also held European General Management positions at Powell Corp, DC Shoes and Sole Technology. 

"It's great to work with someone with as much insight and experience as Frank, especially in these 
times. It's also exciting to have the opportunity to focus my full attention on the team and creative 
aspects of the company while Frank takes the lead with the business and finance portions. It truly feels 
like a great partnership", said Jamie Thomas, founder and president. 

"The Black Box brands are amongst the most authentic skateboard brands in the Industry and Jamie and 
everyone at Black Box has done an incredible job getting the sp;company to where it is today and I am very 
excited to now join and help shape its future" said Frank Messmann. 

About Black Box Distribution:  
Black Box Distribution is based in Carlsbad, California and distributes Fallen Footwear, Zero, Mystery and 
$lave Skateboards. 

 


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