9. Bruce Kilgore Worked Alongside Nike's First Employee, Jeff Johnson
How's that for history? Sure, Nike is only 40-odd years old, but it's not often that a company has direct roots reaching back that far. The company has changed tremendously since its Blue Ribbon roots, but it isn't only Phil Knight who maintains the original principles. Guys like Kilgore, Mark Parker and Hatfield all go back to the smaller, more nimble days. It makes a difference.