Our Mission

From inception, STUDSON had one goal in mind: to consistently deliver the most innovative head protection in the industrial market so you can get home safe every night.

Our Story

Growing up, outdoor sports was my life. From water skiing to cyclocrossing to fly flishing, if I had a chance to go outdoors, I was there. 

At the age of 16, I experienced firsthand what it meant to not have the appropriate head protection. 

As a competitive ski racer and before helmets were the norm or required, I was on a simple training run when I had an accident that propelled me headfirst into a tree at 40 miles per hour. I was taken down the mountain taped to a headboard and believed to have lost sight in one eye. 

Thanks to amazing surgeons, I had a complete recovery with many titanium plates reconstructing the right side of my face. I have been an advocate for head safety ever since.

I’ve had 20+ years of experience in the sports, outdoor and consumer product goods markets in sales, marketing, product management and business development roles for iconic brands such as K2, Salomon, The CLYMB and most recently POC. 

During my time in the sports industry, I noticed a huge gap in the market for technologically advanced head protection for those in the industrial market. Since 1919, there has been very little innovation and it was time to do something about it.

Coining STUDSON

In 2019, STUDSON was founded to bring safer & more innovative head protection to the industrial athlete.

The STUDSON name was derived from my two children, Stella & Hudson. 

To this day, I’m still an avid skier, cyclist, and head protection advocate. 

- Ryan, STUDSON CEO 

OUR TEAM

The STUDSON helmet is the reason we work hard every day. We want to make this industry safer, and we believe our helmet redefines and elevates head protection safety standards in the market. 

With a combination of multifaceted individuals, we’ve built a team of daredevils and head protection advocates who understand the importance of head protection safety. 

Ryan Barnes

CEO & Co-Founder

DREW CHILSON

Co-Founder &
Chief Product Officer

AUSTIN DEAN

Sales Representative – Western U.S.

Don Huber

Sales Representative – Southeast U.S.

Jordan Romero

Sales Operations

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We’re always looking for top talent and outstanding candidates to bring knowledge and experience to the STUDSON team.

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