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KEEN, Inc., Welcomes Global Adventurer & Prolific Photographer Chris Burkard to Ambassador Team

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PORTLAND, Ore. (August 11, 2016) – From frigid Icelandic surf breaks to remote backcountry haunts and dramatic landscapes around the world, renowned photographer, artist, and global nomad Chris Burkard calls these places home. From stills to motion tobooks, California-based Burkard’s creative work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle, and travel subjects, and his timeless adventure-seeking impressions are punctuated by moments of bliss and the humble placement of human in contrast to nature.

Today, KEEN, a values led, independently-owned outdoor and lifestyle footwear brand, welcomes Burkard to the family as its newest ambassador.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Chris join the KEEN ambassador program. Chris’s passion for adventure and desire to protect wild places aligns seamlessly with KEEN’s values, and his incredible photography is an inspiration for all of us to get outside and experience the wonders of nature both near and far. We look forward to working closely with him on future KEEN brand projects,” said Tyler LaMotte, VP of Brand Marketing at KEEN.

Check out the Burkard Blog PostHERE.

From prolific global adventurer to TED Talks to recently receiving the Visionary Photographer of the Year award, Burkard’s character and creative spirit is unique and versatile making him a great cultural fit for KEEN. His lifestyle and creative vision are an inspiration to fans around the world and speak to his insatiable sense of adventure and love of wild places.

“Traveling for me has been an essential part of life. It has been an education for me and a way to truly learn the world around me,” said Burkard. “With a camera it’s made those experiences something I can share with others, and I’m grateful to partner with KEEN to help share that message. I always aim to inspire others to seek out wild places, get far out of their comfort zones, and seek opportunities to see places they never thought possible.” 

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About KEEN
KEEN is a values led, independently owned outdoor footwear brand from Portland, Oregon with a mission to responsibly create original and versatile products, improve lives, and inspire outside adventure. Founded in 2003, KEEN ignited a revolution in the footwear industry with the introduction of the Newport sandal, launching the concept of Hybrid footwear into the market and setting KEEN on a path of driving consistent product innovation that exists today. KEEN strives to live by its values, from its products to its actions, and by activating communities and individuals to protect and preserve the places where we work and play. KEEN passionately endeavors to live fulfilling lives, challenge the status quo, do good, give back, and inspire others. Learn more at:

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Cozzens, Verde Brand, 970.259.3555 x122.