Volcom CEO Richard Woolcott has been named the Orange Country Entrepreneur of the Year by the Leatherby Entrepreneurship Center at Chapman University. The award is the first to be given by the Leatherby Center and according to Dr. P.K. Shukla, Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship, Chapman University, “Orange County has been a center of American entrepreneurship for a long time. The new Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates this dynamic spirit and we’re honored to present the first award of its kind to an executive who so perfectly exemplifies that spirit.”
“Our region is extremely diverse in culture and ideas and has become well-known for inspiring the creation of enduring global businesses,” said Woolcott in a release. “I am honored to be selected as the first recipient of this award.”
An award ceremony will be held on May 19 at Chapman University to present Woolcott with the award.
Richard Woolcott co-founded Volcom in 1991 and has served as its chief executive officer since the company’s inception and Chairman of the Board since 2008. Woolcott took the company public in 2005 ( VLCM). In addition to his years of business experience, Woolcott was a sponsored athlete for Quiksilver from 1981 to 1989 and a member of the National Scholastic Surfing Association into whose Hall of Fame he was inducted in 2004. He also was a member of the United States Surfing Team in 1984. His business skills have been recognized by such awards as the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Individual Achiever of the Year in 2003. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.