Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, who took his athletic apparel line from the basement of his grandmother’s townhouse to a 6,000-employee operation in Tide Point, got the full treatment from the Baltimore Sun’s Sun Magazine.
According to the profile, Plank’s inspiration comes from Baltimore’s “blue-collar ethos”:
Baltimore and its blue-collar ethos, Maryland and its horse racing tradition, College Park and the Terps teams to which he is a generous donor — they ground and inspire him. Even now, or perhaps especially now, that his focus is on expanding Under Armour’s international market.
“I’m from Maryland,” he remembers repeating to someone he met at a recent dinner in New York, a man who couldn’t understand why he didn’t move to a state with a more business-friendly tax structure. “I can’t move, because I’m from Maryland.
“This is our town. If we don’t stay and fight for our town, who’s going to stay and fight for it?” Plank said.
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