Bob Kronbauer

Bob Kronbauer


Vancouver, Canada Area

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Bob Kronbauer's Overview

  • Volunteer at Local festivals and committees
  • President / Founder at Canada Is Awesome
  • Professional Photographer at Various Magazines
  • Artist Mentor at Nike
  • Founder at
  • Creative Director at Crownfarmer
  • Graphic Designer at The Girl Skateboard Company Inc
  • Production Assistant turned Graphic Designer at Lakai Limited Footwear
  • Senior Editor at
  • Communications Manager at Element Skateboards
  • Online Manager at Giant Skateboard Distribution
  • Skate Editor at
  • Founder at

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Bob Kronbauer's Summary

With a work history entrenched in creative direction I now work as the president of a media company that's based around a successful hyper-local, community-based web site that I founded. I love it.

Specialties: Creative direction, community building, editorial, photography, online marketing.

Bob Kronbauer's Experience


Local festivals and committees

2009Present (5 years) Vancouver

Celebration of Light - fireworks judge 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
City of Vancouver Ironclad Art Challenge - judge
IDSwest - steering committee member - advisory board member
Stop the Violence BC - coalition member
Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay - medal bearer
BC Ministry of Health Hands-On-Cook-Off Contest - judge
Georgia Strait Alliance 2012 Fundraiser - speaker
Lotus Awards Judges Breakfast 2012 - MC
Polaris Music Prize - juror
Peak Performance Project - juror
Social Media Week - panelist
BCITMA Think/Share speaker series - MC
BC Parks 100th Anniversary - podium speaker
Vancouver Foundation Generation Green - public engagement committee member
Music Waste video contest - judge
Pacific Palisades photo contest - judge First Photos - judge
Word On The Street - panelist
FACTOR Canada - juror
Penny Smash - Producer

President / Founder

Canada Is Awesome

February 2008Present (6 years 3 months)

I founded this hyper-local, lifestyle media company which focuses on all of the things that make Canadian cities awesome.

It started with the flagship in 2008. We now license out the brand in the Toronto, Whistler and Calgary markets and are growing organically with new licensees.

Professional Photographer

Various Magazines

20012010 (9 years)

A collection of my fine art photography entitled "Beach Glass" was published by Holy Water Publishing of the UK in 2004 (a decade ago! Eek!). I'm now semi-retired but have shot portrait photography for the following international publications (and many others):

Giant Robot
Mass Appeal
The Skateboard Mag
Monster Children
SBC Skateboard
TransWorld Skateboarding
Streetwear Today

Artist Mentor


April 2008May 2009 (1 year 2 months)

At Nike I curated art shows that were presented by their Nike 6.0 division involving young, up and coming artists. I also worked on grassroots arts initiatives, serving as a liaison between artists and the in-house design team on collaborative projects.


20052008 (3 years)

I founded, developed, and recruited contributors for this collective and group blog that had 130+ action sports creatives on the roster and which granted an annual "Honorary Professional Skateboarder" degree as a sort of lifetime achievement award in the skateboard industry.

Members included my peers Geoff McFetridge, Michael Leon, Thomas Campbell, James Arizumi, Don Pendleton, Angela Boatwright, Kevin Lyons, Grant Brittain and many others.

Creative Director


August 2000August 2007 (7 years 1 month)

I founded this t-shirt company which sold at Colette, Active Ride Shop and Urban Outfitters. We produced artist series t-shirts much like Threadless does, only they came in after us with a much better business model (and I actually curated a series for their Select Series).

Graphic Designer

The Girl Skateboard Company Inc

20012004 (3 years)

I designed skateboard and t-shirt graphics for Girl Skateboards, Fourstar Clothing and Royal Skateboard trucks.

Production Assistant turned Graphic Designer

Lakai Limited Footwear

20012004 (3 years)

I started out resizing ads for different magazines and ended up designing t-shirts for this LA-based footwear company.

Senior Editor

20012004 (3 years)

I developed an online store, implemented a blog structure, managed content, and steered the ship.

Communications Manager

Element Skateboards

20012001 (less than a year)

I worked as the interim team manager and did work on their marketing/communications with magazines and TV as they were getting purchased by Billabong.

Online Manager

Giant Skateboard Distribution

20002001 (1 year)

I facilitated the development of a web presence Giant's companies Element Skateboards, 411 Video Magazine, ON Video, and Black Label Skateboards. The 411 website did upwards of $250,000 in online sales in the first year, mostly on VHS, which I now find hilarious.

Skate Editor

19992000 (1 year)

I was the skateboarding editor of this San Clemente and San Francisco based web portal concerning skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding. It launched as the dot com bubble was at it's peak, then abruptly burst amongst many others less than a year later.


19971999 (2 years)

I created the world's first online skateboarding magazine. After two years online Joe Firmage of USWEB/Intend Change (most recently of ManyOne) facilitated the acquisition of it by his startup,

Bob Kronbauer's Projects

  • Nike, Beijing Olympics: Lightning Bolts & Innovation

    • 2008 to Present

    I co-curated an exhibition with Mark Lewman and Nike, celebrating BMX making it to the Olympics for the first time in history with a selection of artists who share the common bond of BMX as an early inspiration. Nike collaborated with Bob Haro on the uniforms for the riders, but also in the canvas for the show which was one of Haro's original lightning bolt number-plates.

    The show opened in Beijing for the Olympic games, was part of the Beautiful Losers exhibition in Tokyo and then in LA for the final show. The artworks were all auctioned off in public to generate funding and awareness for the Athlete Recovery Fund. The other 30 artists include some great creators, some people that really influenced me at an early age; Bob Haro, Andy Jenkins, Mark Lewman, John Martin, Kevin Wilkins, Todd Bratrud, Yogi Proctor, Michael Leon, Dave Fox, Nick Phillip, Jeff Tremaine, Gork Barrette, Michael Lau, Rich Hansen, Joe Polevy, Ronnie Bonner, Norman Chuck, Dave Ortiz, Andy Mueller, Greg Higgins and David Slade.

Bob Kronbauer's Publications

Bob Kronbauer's Skills & Expertise

  1. Community Building
  2. Creative Direction
  3. Photography
  4. Editorial
  5. Graphic Design
  6. Social Media Marketing
  7. Social Media
  8. Blogging
  9. Online Advertising
  10. Publications
  11. Marketing Communications
  12. Editing
  13. Art Direction
  14. Magazines
  15. Publishing
  16. Online Marketing
  17. Skateboarding
  18. Public Relations
  19. Marketing
  20. Television
  21. Event Management

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