Our Team

Our team comes from all types of backgrounds, but all of them have two things in common: they're great at what they do, and they all are passionate about our gear and spending time outside.

Management Team


John McGowan

Founder & President

John has a B.A. degree from Colorado State University and is a licensed contractor in many states. In 1990, he combined his skills in climbing and construction to create The Boulder Rock Club & School – one of the nation’s first full-scale climbing gym/schools. A growing demand for climbing gym construction led to the formation of Eldorado Climbing Walls. In 1994, he sold the Boulder Rock Club to operate Eldorado Climbing Walls full-time. John is considered one of the foremost experts on operations and programs for climbing wall facilities. John’s early experience in the industry made him instrumental in the development of many of the accepted industry practices that all climbing gyms employ today. John lives in Boulder with his wife and two sons.


Greg Doyle

Director of Finance & Operations

Greg brings to Head Rush extensive experience in Operations & Finance with a background in Technology Implementation, Accounting and Product Distribution. In the not-too-distant past Greg earned a B.S. in Business Management & Finance from the University of Colorado. As Director of Operations he is tasked with increasing efficiency and communication across many departments including; Finance, IT, Customer Service, Supply Chain and Production. In his free time, Greg enjoys the mental and physical challenge of an enduring CrossFit workout as well as camping, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He lives in Arvada with his beautiful wife, teenage daughter, and 3 dogs – Leroy, Lola & Larry.


Bill Carlson

Director of Sales & Marketing

As the Director of Sales & Marketing, Bill’s goal at Head Rush is to strengthen relationships with distribution partners and provide a sounding board and tools to increase sales and acceptance of Head Rush products worldwide. Bill began his award-winning sales and marketing career 19 years ago with a U.S.-based subsidiary for PENTAX, one of the world’s oldest and most respected camera brands. He is excited to be at Head Rush where he can combine his people skills, product knowledge, managerial abilities, and engineering-like academic background in Analytical Chemistry, with his love of the outdoors.


Rich Reynolds

Director of Engineering

As the Director of Engineering, Rich's role is to advance Head Rush's leadership in engineering innovation and product design and processes. Rich has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and has been awarded a number of patents in the area of life safety, which has been the focus of much of his career. His background as a climber and love of the outdoors make him a perfect fit with the Head Rush team.

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