a person who leads in any competition.
Someone in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field.
a contestant who runs best when in the lead.

Frontrunners is more than a single idea, it's a bold approach to living. A Frontrunner is committed to developing a balanced life, overcoming obstacles, and trusting the process that leads to their full potential. 

I believe you are a Frontrunner because there is something you are meant to do in this life that only you can do – but you don't have to do it alone.

I am deeply passionate about creating a community of people who are committed to the process of pursuing their dreams.

The first thing to know is that I don't have it all together. Not by far. But something that experience has taught me is that you don't have to have it all together in order to pursue what you're passionate about.

If everyone waited till they were qualified to start, then nobody would accomplish anything. We are ALL in the process, and that's reassuring.

I want to welcome you into my process, and hopefully share some things that help you with yours. It's called being a Student-Teacher: sharing what you learn as you learn it. 

In a nutshell, I'm sharing my personal approach to life, and lessons and knowledge I learn along the way. 

 Frontrunners is a place where we can run alongside each other. 

Stick with it! Surround yourself with other dreamers who are also taking action. Read. Learn. Go for it.


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I have a huge passion for connecting with people and helping them discover their personal creativity and the path toward their dreams. I do this through writing, speaking, mentoring, and genuine relationships.

As a teacher, designer and coach, I believe that being transparent with others is the foundation for trust. I care a lot about showing people their value and teaching them to stand up for it. I also love helping people uncover their hidden dreams and save them time on their journey by sharing lessons I've learned through experience.

A decade as an entrepreneur in the design industry has made it my passion to act as a translator for vision, and helped me develop a process for intentionally designing a balanced and fulfilling life.


I've had the opportunity to work with influential brands like Nike, Brand Jordan, Microsoft, Xbox, ASICS, Apple, and GAP. I have worked as an independent design director with companies of every size, from launching startups to overseeing the brands of multi-billion dollar corporate clients. 

I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife, best friend and business partner Shannon—who has a passion for fitness, motherhood, and empowering women—our baby boy Elliot, and our charcoal lab Mylo.

We spend our days creating side-by-side, cooking, adventuring, laughing, and being in love. I am a Believer, an optimist, a movie lover, I'm a huge Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars nerd, I love reading books (like a lot), and I'm addicted to learning new things. I love good design, and I think that the best design is a well-designed life, full of passion, laughter, and fulfillment.

Stoked to run with you.

– Nathanael