In late 2013, following on Tower's success with its online direct to consumer eCommerce model, Tower set out to build a state-of-the-art factory to build stand up paddle boards right here in San Diego. Our goal was not just to build a factory, but to redefine the modern surf/SUP factory. We sought out a sharp young talent with a passion for lean manufacturing. We found that and more in Galen Eckenroth. Not only is he well versed in Six Sigma principles and Kaizen, he's a stand out in academia, and a lifelong waterman.
Galen graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from Cal State San Marcos and was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Student Award in the Business Management department in 2010. He went on to develop his appetite for continuous process improvement with a well-respected local San Diego company, Solatube International.
Galen quickly worked his way up the ranks to become an integral member of their operations team. He cut his teeth in Kaizen and Six Sigma principles while at Solatube and helped them move their manufacturing back to the US, just as he is tasked with doing in the Tower Skunkworks division.