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Venture is a lifestyle brand that offers high quality sunglasses and outdoor apparel at direct from manufacturer pricing. We strive to stay in style while harnessing the unique styles and flare from our past. Our products are made alongside other boutique and major brands however we cut out the middle man to keep prices fair!

About the Leadership Team

Venture Shades was founded by four slightly overweight men that Ventured to Prague, Czech Republic in the Fall of 2007 to study abroad. We strive to provide a quality product to people around the globe just like us. People that share one common bond. People who like to Venture.

El Presidente of Awesome

Joe is originally from Chesterfield, Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Before Venture Shades, Joe was in the business of selling cereal and other delicious snacks for a large food conglomerate. Although his job provided him with a wealth of Fruit Roll-Ups and Chex Mix, he wanted to become his own boss and provide a quality product to the world. Joseph is happily married to a lovely gal named Ana and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chief Lazy Officer (CLO)

Dan is a Michigan native and a graduate of Boise State University; yes, the blue turf. Before joining Venture Shades in October 2014, Dan was a technology sales rep for an SAAS provider. He thoroughly enjoyed traveling the country in his role, and eating on the company credit card. After conversation with his newfound leadership team, Dan decided to join Venture Shades and begin a new chapter of his life. Dan currently resides in the great state of Wisconsin.

Chief Venturer & Wanderer

Christopher is a graduate of Quinnipiac University and a native and resident of the Garden State of New Jersey. Chris has traveled the world and spent extensive time in China. Chris has had a wild ride over the years, and before joining Venture was in the business of selling data pipes,whatever that means. Chris has always been on the cutting edge of technology and brings a great wealth of knowledge and a clear vision to Venture.

El Heffe of Client Relations

Tyler is a graduate of Carroll College in Central Wisconsin and is currently residing in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Before joining Venture, Tyler was the General Manager of multiple hotels in the Denver region and has extensive awareness of the winter adventure sports in Colorado. Tyler is engaged to his high school sweetheart and has a dog that doesn’t stop barking, named Finn.