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Tate Chalk (born November 9, 1968), is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the first women’s sport-specific footwear company, Nfinity Athletic Corporation. In 2003, Chalk founded Nfinity Athletic Corporation in Orlando, Florida; the growing firm moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2006, producing specialty shoes for cheerleading. The firm expanded to other sports subsequently. While other companies adapt men's products for the women's market, Nfinity has pioneered a new category of athletic shoe dedicated exclusively to the female athlete. Nfinity focuses on engineering innovations designed to alleviate injuries specific to a woman’s physiology, while delivering superior style, comfort and performance. Nfinity introduced the world's first high-performance cheerleading shoe for women and was ranked 9th on Inc .Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Consumer Product Companies” in 2008. Additionally, Nfinity was named “Business Innovation of the Year” at the 2009 American Business Awards and “Product Developer of the Year” at the 2010 American Business Awards. Visit www.Nfinity.com for more information.He was named entrepreneur of the year in 2009 by Smart Business magazine.
Chalk’s journey began at Furman University playing football in Greenville, South Carolina. After a year, Chalk transferred to the University of South Carolina, Columbia and began cheerleading when his football career came to an end due to injury. Chalk also studied at the University of Kentucky, but then returned to the University of South Carolina, Columbia where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Years later, Chalk continued his education at the Harvard Business School and completed the Executive OPM Program in 2012.
After college, Tate Chalk decided to follow one of his dreams and moved out to Los Angeles, California in 1999 to become a Hollywood Actor. Experience in cheerleading gave Chalk the competitive edge he needed when he scored a role as a referee in the 2004 Vince Vaughn-Ben Stiller Comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Chalk returned to the east coat with a vision. He began coaching the USC squad, teaching summer camps and owning cheer gyms. Then in 2003, he developed a meticulously designed, spring-floor cheerleading shoe just for women—Nfinity.
Since 2003, Nfinity® has grown into a leading athletic footwear and apparel brand that delivers the best quality and value in team athletic footwear. Nfinity Athletic is the world's first and only brand with a core focus on designing and engineering lightweight high-performance athletic footwear for female athletes.
With uncompromising performance, style and comfort, Nfinity® product innovations specifically address the unique biomechanical needs of the female athlete to enhance their athletic performance and possibly reduce the risk of injury.
Nfinity's goal is to make a profound difference in the lives of female athletes. As the first company to produce performance team sport footwear engineered for the female athlete, Nfinity invests time and effort in designing shoes for a group of athletes who struggle to get the recognition they deserve. They champion the level of athleticism and sacrifice that women athletes put into their sport by providing them with high performance product designed for their specific needs.
The Nfinity® brand's continued goal is to strengthen its position in the sports of Women's Basketball, Cheer, and Volleyball. Nfinity Athletic Corporation was ranked 9th on Inc. Magazine's list of "Top 100 Consumer Product Companies" in 2008 and named "Business Innovation of the Year" at the 2009 American Business Awards and "Product Developer of the Year" at the 2010 American Business Awards.
Awards and Honors
Tate Chalk sits on the Atlanta Tip-Off Club Board of Directors as well as the AOL Small Business Board of Directors, he was a 2009 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and was nominated again for 2010. Additional accolades include:
- 2006-2008 Who's Who of Small Business;
- 2007 Top 25 Most Industry Influential
- 2008 Top 25 Most Industry Influential
- 2008 Inc. Magazines Top 500 Fastest Growing Small Businesses
- 2008 Inc. Magazines Top 100 Consumer Products Division
- 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
- 2009 Smart Business Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year
- 2009 The American Business Awards "Business Innovation of the Year"
- 2010 The American Business Awards “Product Developer of the Year”
- 2012 The American Business Awards Silver Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year
- 2012 The American Business Awards Silver Award for the Nfinity App for iPad in the Marketing Category
- Markiewicz, David (9 June 2012). "Nfinity engineers shoes specifically for women’s anatomy". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 9 June 2012.