Leatherman President Named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000 List


Portland, OR—February 10, 2016— Leatherman Tool Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools, is pleased to announce its President Ben Rivera has been named to Fast Company Magazine’s list of the Most Creative People in Business. Drawing from profiles and features in 2015, Fast Company recently added 107 new members to its list of creative forces from across the economy and around the globe.

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Of the MCP list, Fast Company said, “These mavens of business, art, technology, and social good were chosen from among the creative forces featured in the magazine during 2015. Selected for their vision and fearlessness in today's quickly shifting business landscape, they come to us from the worlds of tech, retail, fashion, health care, space science, and entertainment.”

In September 2015, Rivera was featured alongside his brainchild, the Tread wearable multi-tool as a recipient of Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Award.

Of the Tread’s design, Fast Company said, “When Disneyland refused to let Ben Rivera in with his Leatherman multipurpose tool, his frustration bore inspiration. Rivera, Leatherman’s president, developed the Tread, a wearable that looks like jewelry rather than a pocket knife but still includes 29 tools (a variety of screwdrivers and wrenches) within its steampunk, stainless-steel aesthetic.”

Rivera said, “I am very honored to be in the company of the others who have made the list. I come to work every single day asking myself how I can do my job better and make our company better. It requires a certain amount of humility, self-awareness, confidence, and ironically, lack of confidence. I try to be smart enough, urgent enough and operate from a center of integrity enough to earn my job every single day.”

The entire list of Fast Company’s Most Creative People can be viewed here.

For more product information and PR opportunities please contact Amy May at JAM Media Collective at amymay@jamcollective.net.

About Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools (Leatherman) and LED lights (LED LENSER), with more than 128 million tools and lights sold, and distribution in more than 80 countries. For more information visit www.leatherman.com, www.ledlenser.com, or find us on Facebook at /leathermanusa and /ledlenserusa.