CEO, Founder, President
Kurt has been extensively researching, designing, testing, marketing and educating in the safety eyewear industry since he created the Edge brand in 1998. Kurt’s primary role in the last 10 years has been in global and tactical expansion, and is now continuing this focus in research, design and development of market-specific eyewear and technology.
Kurt graduated with dual degrees from the University of Utah in Business and Organizational Communications and Asian Studies. He enjoys flying helicopters, cross continental motorcycle riding and spending time with his three children skiing and other mountain activities.
Ron began his career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand and becoming a CPA in the state of Colorado. His interests quickly took him outside the public accounting world into the role of CFO for several smaller entrepreneurial companies before going out on his own providing consulting work for financially distressed companies. In addition, he found a niche helping smaller companies needing part-time CFO services. It was at that time, approximately 14 years ago, that Ron meet the owner of Edge Eyewear, Kurt Daems, and became a permanent part of the Edge family.
Office 801.444.9396 ext. 113 | Ron.Schwab@wolfpeak.net
VP of IT and Business Intelligence
Nick has worked in the tech world for more than 10 years. One of his first positions was as a contractor working for Edge. He then went on to work for a leading employee engagement and recognition software company in Salt Lake City. He helped build and optimize data integrations with some of the largest companies in the world. After a few years, he was recruited to the data warehousing and business intelligence team. After being away from Edge for five years, he was lured back by the opportunity to work with a great team and help Edge utilize their data to make smart, fact-based decisions.
Nick is a graduate of the University of Utah (Go Utes!) and Boston University. When he is away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, attending college football or basketball games and exploring the beautiful Utah mountains.
Angela is the VP of Operations with eight years of experience working at a leadership level within Edge. Angela specializes in accounting- and technology-based initiatives that support the growth and development of the multiple companies that encompass the Edge brand globally.
After enlisting in the US Air Force out of high school and serving her country for four years, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Her passion is in serving companies and developing corporate accounting structures and functionality to handle complex and evolving customer needs. Additionally, she is a strong people advocate with more than seven years of experience supporting human resources and personnel needs.
After moving numerous times and living in many states, Angela, her husband of 20 years, Matt, and daughter, Maddie, decided to put down roots in Utah—as he retired from the US Air Force after a successful 23-year career. They enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Cell 719.322.7428 | Office 866.953.7325 ext.104 | Direct 801.660.6704 | Angela@edgeeyewear.com
VP, Sales and Sales Operations
Tami is our VP of Sales and Sales Operations. She joined the Edge team in February, 2018. Since that time, she has been integral in the development of sales opportunities and has been a key contributor to the company. She is particularly skilled in identifying and developing processes to promote success and efficiency within the sales team.
Prior to her time at Edge, Tami worked as the Executive Relationship Manager with iTransact for eight years, where she developed relationships with company executives in the financial industry. She excelled in this industry—often exceeding sales targets.
Outside of work, Tami enjoys spending time with her husband and family, especially her two granddaughters, traveling and cheering on the Utah Jazz!
Office 801.660.6656 | Cell 801.391.3486 | Tami.Nguyen@edgeeyewear.com
VP of HR
Janell began her exciting career with Edge in 2003, when she was hired as the Office Manager. Over nearly two decades since then, she has been privileged to grow and adapt to fill multiple roles and has worked in nearly every department. In September 2018, she was given the opportunity to further develop the Human Resources department. Helping employees develop and succeed is something she enjoys being a part of.
Janell is a proud graduate of Utah State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her three children and husband, hiking, traveling and gardening.
Office 801.660.6674 | Janell.Baird@edgeeyewear.com
SVP, Brand and Marketing
Maddie is a seasoned marketer with experience and success in brand building, marketing strategy and the implementation of digital experiences. Her role at Edge is to cultivate and build the brand identity while developing new marketing segments through digital experiences that support the overall go to market strategy.
Prior to joining Edge, Maddie has held various marketing roles in the outdoor and beverage industries, including Mammut, Spyder Active Sports and Coors—where she focused on all aspects of marketing, including crafting advocacy platforms that elevated the brand and supported large scale growth.
Maddie is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, with a BS in Art and Certificate in Elementary Education. She spends as much time as possible outside with her husband in Boulder, CO.