OtterBox founder Curt Richardson created the business in 1998 with the invention of a crushproof, waterproof box intended to keep valuables safe and dry. This eventually grew to include a series of smart phone and tablet cases in an assortment of colors that supply varying levels of “drops, dings and dirt” defense. Clearly Mr. Richardson was onto something given that today nearly every human on the planet owns a hand held device or two and as a result, OtterBox is well on its way to becoming a household name.
In addition to an ever-expanding product line, OtterBox has implemented a massive philanthropic effort, which involves product donations, active participation in local causes and a non-profit foundation called OtterCares that provides charitable donations and encourages employee volunteering.
Eventually, Mr. Richardson purchased a 52,000 square foot property to house a portion of his wildly successful business. Now, after a labor-intensive renovation, OtterBox is fully operational from an incredible space that includes a bike room, exercise facility, coffee bars, an outdoor patio, fireplaces, a 400-gallon saltwater fish tank, plenty of meeting spaces intended to get the creative juices flowing, and yes, even a slide! Colorado Lending Source and Dawn Davis of FirstBank worked together to provide Mr. Richardson with the 504 financing for the building purchase and build out.