Footwear developer Richard Ramsay, who born without his left arm, recently won a Nike Maxim, an internal employee award. His prime work was on the Nike FlyEase, a shoe with a lace-free system designed for athletes of all abilities and ages. Richard Ramsay started his Nike career only selling the very shoes but now he creates.
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In an interview, Richard Ramsay expressed, “My morning starts with the potential to serve the athlete and I believe that nothing is impossible in the world.”
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He also said, “Nike supports me in many ways: From challenging me professionally, to allowing me to innovate for athletes all over the world, to providing groups like the Ability Network which connects people with various abilities. Through it all, Nike is the common thread.”
The favorite Nike quote or mantra of Ramsay is “Just do it.” “Growing up with one arm, this is something I lived by. It pushed me. It is hard to think of a greater Nike quote,” he added.
Phil Knight, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of NIKE, Inc. talked about the Nike and said that “It’s not a single product model, nor a single manager, nor one ad, nor a single celebrity, not even a single innovation that is the key to Nike. It is the people of Nike and their unique and creative way of working together.”
He also said, “At Nike, every employee is an explorer. We unite diverse perspectives — scientists and shoe designers, coders and quarterbacks — to share knowledge of the body in motion. We house countless designers and innovators. That includes computer scientists, physiologists, chemists, materials developers — even a planetary astrophysicist.”
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