Frank is the leader and key innovator behind the Supple Collection. Before starting his own company, Frank worked as an engineer at Burton Snowboards. Through a series of meetings focused on collaboration between the engineering and marketing departments at Burton, Frank met his first business partner and shortly after the two decided to start their own business called The Public Works.
In the beginning, the company focused on creating unique solutions for live events held by major corporations. Slowly, their business developed into a large design, fabrication, and multimedia marketing firm and they began servicing many businesses in the outdoors industry.
Around this time, Frank was approached by a local businessman whose work focused on renewing public interest in libraries and was asked to design furniture for the Council Tree Library in Fort Collins. The goal was to create solutions that would change the way that librarians and patrons interacted with one another as well as the reading materials in the library. With a goal of improving flow and flexibility while also creating areas that encouraged conversation, movement, and collaboration, Frank and his team design multiple pieces of furniture made from sustainable materials to make the library more fun and interesting.
From this concept, the Supple Collection was born. Frank realized that the same ideas could be applied to all types of learning environments and that life is a journey in learning. He became inspired to create solutions that help people on their journey through life and encourage growth and innovation at all stages of learning. With the same goals in mind of fostering community and changing the way people work and learn, Frank began designing furniture for all types of learning environments, including schools, makerspaces, and coworking offices.
Today, as the owner of the Supple Collection, Frank continues to work with leaders in the community to improve the design and functionality of learning spaces.
Stacy is passionate about work that involves learning and helping others achieve their goals. At Supple, she often fills the responsibility of developing strategies to bring new ideas to life. When there is a goal that our team wants to accomplish, Stacy is able to take big concepts and break them down into actionable steps so they are clear and easier to attain. Stacy finds a great sense of fulfillment from seeing her visions brought to life while making an impact in communities and people’s lives.
Prior to working at Supple, Stacy held many positions that involved education and business management. She holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. During her professional career, Stacy has successfully managed and owned multiple businesses. Additionally, she has spent a number of hours volunteering in schools, working with students at the lower elementary level. This experience gives Stacy the ability to approach her work at Supple from a unique perspective since she has directly seen how working spaces impact both younger children and adult learners.
Robin was born and raised in Maine. At an early age, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in design and moved to Rhode Island to attend school. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Robin began working as a professional designer for a company located in-state. A few years later, after learning about an open position at Supple, Robin decided to move to Colorado.
He began working with the company in 2017 and has thoroughly enjoyed his job ever since! In his free time, Robin loves playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
Ethan is a Colorado native and outdoor enthusiast with a professional background in construction, concrete fabrication, and wood furniture fabrication. Ethan grew up in Summit County, where he spent many days of his youth snowboarding and exploring the skate parks in Dillon. After working in construction for a period of time, Ethan obtained a position as a skatepark builder for which he traveled across the country.
Later, Ethan attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and obtained a degree in Industrial Design. During this time, he began experimenting with furniture fabrication. After graduating, Ethan joined the team at Supple. Today, he thoroughly enjoys his position because it allows him to work among other creative individuals in a collaborative environment.
Derek is passionate about all matters related to design and the outdoors. Though originally from Iowa, he has been living in Colorado for the past ten years and enjoys being able to pursue the many outdoor activities that the state has to offer, including climbing, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking, and camping.
Derek attended Colorado State University and later transferred to the Art Institute where he obtained a degree as a professional designer. At Supple, Derek’s role focuses on cradle-to-cradle design and finding ways to make current industrial design practices more sustainable. Derek is excited about his work at Supple because he believes it is changing the way spaces are utilized. Additionally, he enjoys being able to work in a hands-on manner and seeing the way that people react to their new learning environments once the products are finished.