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Meet the Team

Our team is comprised of leaders in our fields, brought together by a shared love of the outdoors and a belief that if you want something done right you'll just have to build it yourself.

Chris Hudak

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Founded Escapod in June, 2016. Ex-restauranteur and life-long adventure and outdoor enthusiast. Loves bananas and questionable risk-taking.

I'm really excited that you have taken the time to learn more about our team! My name is Chris...I know, there are 2 of us...sorry for all the confusion. As you would imagine, Escapod and its mission exemplifies my beliefs that enjoying the outdoors can be easy, comfortable, and accessible. This journey started like most, with a crazy idea, a beer or two, and sketch drawn on a napkin. Jen and I were always traveling and adventuring — our summertime passion is to jump in the car after the work-week and hit the road in search of the best mountain biking within a 12-hour drive. We soon got sick of packing cars with tents, cookwares, food, coolers, water, 2 dogs...you get the point. We decided that we needed a faster, more comfortable way to travel. There was one "must have", it couldn't hold us back from getting to the best camping spots. Thus, we started looking at teardrop trailers, after an extensive search we found that everything on the market was either under-built or over-priced. With that, Escapod was born. Years in management has given me the skills to run a successful business and a whole life of working with my hands gave me the ability to build and design a high quality teardrop trailer for you to enjoy for years to come. I can only hope that you find a connection with Escapod and the people who make this dream a reality, and I hope that we can share our love for the out-of-doors with you though our teardrop trailers.

Chris Eckel

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Escapod Partner, Design & Marketing. Design agency dropout. East coast transplant. Answers emails stat.

I joined Escapod in 2016, and bring to the table a decade of design experience, focusing mainly on brand development and digital marketing. I’ve always loved working with my hands and giving an unusually (and often unrealistic) attention to and demand for the details of any project I undertake. My work after I met Chris in college was mainly in design agencies, first in Ohio, then in New York, understanding more and more what the necessary tools of a modern company are in the digital era. Over the course of 7 years in New York I acted as creative director and developed strategy for sites including The Players’ Tribune, GQ, Public Art Fund, Homage Clothing, and The Fader magazine. My work before Escapod was routinely recognized and featured in the community by sites like SiteInspire, Behance, and the Webby awards. A chance opportunity to travel with an early Escapod prototype for six weeks with my girlfriend, Ale, and dog, Frankie, was an eye-opener - I was done with the city, the desk jobs, and intangibles of the digital design world. I wanted to head to the mountains and finally be part of building something of my own, from the ground up. With lots of history and a mutual affinity for risk, Chris and I decided to give a working partnership a shot. Chris and I come from very different backgrounds and have different skill sets, but a similar perspective on hard work and a high bar for quality is whole-heartedly shared. When not at the shop, find me climbing, hiking the trails with Ale and Frankie, or competing at something (anything!) with Chris - business partner and chief rival in all things adventurous.

Jen Hudak

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Co-Founded Escapod with Chris in her Mom’s garage. Retired pro skier. Coffee fanatic. Chief good-advice-giver.

I'm Jen Hudak, Escapod co-founder and copy master! Like the rest of the team, I wear a lot of hats. Though my time spent in the shop during the early days is now behind us, I continue to contribute through written-word, social media & business development. Chris & I weren't sure where Escapod would lead when we built the first prototype, we just needed a lightweight, rugged teardrop trailer that would be ready to go when we were. Now we get to experience the joy of making other people's dreams come true. Prior to my work at Escapod, I was a professional halfpipe skier. I have two X-Games gold medals and two World Championship Titles to my name. But, if my face looks familiar, it may be because you saw me race to the finals in Season 30 of CBS' The Amazing Race! To put things lightly, I LOVE TRAVEL & ADVENTURE!

Joshie Fishbein

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Escapod Partner, Digital Technology. Internet wunderkind. Resident cool kid. Has all the answers.

My adventure with Escapod started in 2017 as I began to help the team define the ultimate digital experience for a brand as limitless as this. I've been wiring the web for nearly a decade now – but always searching for ways to connect myself back to the great outdoors. When I'm not sailing the infinite waters of the Internet, you can find me reading books and eating bagels in Brooklyn's Prospect Park – my only tree-lined sanctuary within walking distance. For me, working with Escapod became a perfect marriage of nature, technology, and community. Building a brand that will enhance, not interrupt, Americans' relationship with nature has been one of the most spiritually fulfilling missions I've had thus far.

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