|Name Nate Holzapfel|
Born 5 February 1979 (age 42), Provo, Utah, United States
Similar Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Lori Greiner
Nate Holzapfel (born Nathanael Reid Holzapfel, February 5, 1979) is an American entrepreneur most known for his appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, where he successfully pitched the Mission Belt Co. He has since gone on to pursue a career in consulting and public speaking, and contributes frequently to The Huffington Post as a business and motivational writer.
- Nate Holzapfel
- 13 Nate Holzapfel on Being a College Dropout Entrepreneur and Shark Tank
- Early life
- Mission Belt Co
13: Nate Holzapfel on Being a College Dropout Entrepreneur and Shark Tank
Nate Holzapfel was born to Richard N. Holzapfel and Jeni Broberg Holzapfel in Provo, Utah. He is the oldest of five children, including his younger brother and business partner, Zachary Holzapfel. When Nate was an infant, his family moved to Irvine, California for his father's schooling, and at age 13 his family moved to the small town of Woodland, Utah.
After graduating high school, Holzapfel lived abroad in the Middle East before serving a two-year mission in Chile for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Holzapfel briefly attended college, but left in order to pursue a career in sales and marketing. Following his passion for sales, he had an established track record selling real estate, automobiles, and insurance in Mexico before founding Mission Belt Co.
Mission Belt Co.
Mission Belt Co. was founded with the goal of bringing brand recognition to belts. Holzapfel felt that "fashion houses designed and created belts as an afterthought", and sought to change that practice. After moderate initial success, Holzapfel appeared on Shark Tank and was able to negotiate a deal with fashion brand icon Daymond John.
After partnering with John, Mission Belt sales increased by over $1 million within three weeks of the show airing which enabled Holzapfel to expand sales and entrepreneurship past his initial venture. As of early 2017, Mission Belt Co. has brought in $25 million in revenue. Mission Belt has been listed as one of John's top 5 deals on Shark Tank.
Holzapfel has become a entertainer, speaker, and host. He has performed at over 100 live stage events and regularly appears on television and radio appearing as himself. Holzapfel is currently represented by CAL Entertainment as a speaker on:
Holzapfel is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post, and is completing his first book which is scheduled to be released in 2018.
As cofounder of Mission Belts, Holzapfel donates $1 through the Kiva Lender Fund for every belt that's sold, which provides microloans to entrepreneurs mostly in developing countries. In March 2017, Mission Belt reported that the company has lent $1.5 million, or 60,000 micro-loans, to small business owners around the world. Since joining Kiva in 2012, Mission Belt has become one of its largest supporters, lending hope and opportunity through small loans to tens of thousands around the world.
Beyond the Tank (TV Series) 2016