CEO Mark Parker came by Nike honestly, the way that all the early employees got there, as a "running puke" -- "even more extreme than a running geek," he says -- lured by the siren song of an unlimited supply of revolutionary shoes. In the mid-'70s, he was a champion runner for Penn State, part of what was then one of the most scientifically managed track-and-field programs in the country. At 6-foot-4, Parker brushed the scales at 130 pounds. "I looked like a praying mantis," he says.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 1, 2010
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4650 words)