About Cat-Ears / AirStreamz
As avid cyclists, we found the frequent and sometimes constant drone of wind noise annoying and potentially dangerous. Wind noise masks surrounding sounds and at moderate speeds can exceed 85 decibels. Longer-term exposure to excessive wind noise can impact hearing. As a result, we started investigating solutions to reduce wind noise. After considerable 'trial and error' testing, we introduced the first generation of Cat-Ears products in 2012.
Rick's background includes a 25-year audit staff, operations, and risk management career with General Electric, including foreign assignments. After moving back to Colorado, he started Crisman Consulting and focused on projects for Harley-Davidson. Rick holds a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, and he completed his International Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Rick obtained the Cat-Ears utility patent in 2015.
Heidi began her career with General Electric before advancing to a long paralegal career. Since the introduction of Cat-Ears, she has initiated numerous product improvements and developed proprietary manufacturing techniques. Heidi manages day-to-day operations, including Amazon, website fulfillment, and international distribution. Heidi also handles Cat-Ears legal, patent, and trademark work.
Heidi identified the pile material utilized for AirStreamz.
Tom Swift (CTO)
Tom is past President of IT manufacturer Raritan. Prior to that, he served as VP of Lucent Technologies and in many capacities at AT&T / Bell Laboratories. Tom began his career at Ford. He holds a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Princeton, an MS in Applied Mechanics from Stanford, and an MBA from Michigan.
Tom focuses on wind noise research, materials engineering, and the physics underlying the effectiveness of Cat-Ears / AirStreamz.
Born in Boulder
Cat-Ears products were initially produced in our home in Boulder, Colorado. We moved into a commercial facility during 2015. After six years in the Boulder area, we relocated to western Colorado. We want to thank the Boulder business community for the entrepreneurial ethos that made Cat-Ears, LLC possible.
A Global Presence
Approximately 25% of our business is international and we have shipped products to Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China (PRC), Columbia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom...
At Cat-Ears, we imagine, solve, design, and lead. Always with unyielding integrity.