Business SealsMeet the Xero Shoes Team

If you email or call us, see us at a race or a trade show, come to Broomfield (in between Boulder and Denver) and stop by the office or join us for a run, here’s who you’ll meet.

Lena Phoenix and Steven Sashen from Xero Shoes Barefoot SandalsSteven Sashen, CEO and Lena Phoenix, COO

Steven and Lena are husband and wife (I’m sure you can guess which is which) and life-long entrepreneurs.

Steven is the visionary and marketer for Xero Shoes. He is a Masters All-American sprinter (one of the fastest men over the age of 50 in the US) and former All-American gymnast. He was also a professional stand-up comic, cognitive psychology researcher, and taught Tai Chi and Zen Archery. Steven is also the creator of Scriptware, the industry-standard word processor for film and TV writers.

Lena is an avid hiker. In her previous life she created and sold a home mortgage company, and has managed the back-end of numerous companies. She’s the glue that keeps Xero Shoes from busting at the proverbial seams as it grows, taking care of all things logistical and numeric.

If you want a good laugh and some insight into Steven and Lena’s relationship, read the story of how Xero Shoes began.

Dennis Driscoll, Chief Development Officer for Xero Shoes Barefoot SandalsDennis Driscoll, Chief Product Officer

Dennis not only spearheads our new product development, but brings invaluable experience to Xero Shoes.

A 35-year industry veteran, Dennis co-founded Avia Athletic Footwear (which sold to Reebok) and, prior to joining Xero Shoes, was Global Design Director for Crocs. He started in footwear in 1978 with Osaga Athletic Footwear, was the Global Business Unit Director of Footwear for Wilson Sporting Goods, spent 7 years at Converse in senior product roles, and worked at Doc Martens Footwear as the Global Director of Product.

Says Dennis of Xero Shoes, “Xero Shoes are genuine, legitimate. We don’t need to create ways to differentiate our product… it actually IS different!”

Mike De Bell - Xero Shoes VP Global SalesMike De Bell – VP of Global Sales

Mike was the former Chief Sales Officer for Crocs and during his tenure and oversaw sales in over 90 countries, with revenue of $1.2 billion. He joins Xero Shoes  as a fan of the products as well as a fit for his professional passions. “Xero Shoes products offer an innovation in comfort, performance, and natural movement,” he says, “and I enjoy growing brands that deserve dramatic growth.”

Mike also make a killer pizza.

janice busey - xero shoes customer happiness managerJanice Busey – Customer Happiness Manager

Janice comes to Xero Shoes with a diverse background; from the military to elementary education, she has experience relating to a wide range of people. Janice summed it up to her dad when at 9 years old he asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Her answer? “I just want to be happy!” Now as the Xero Shoes Customer Happiness Manager she brings her positive attitude to helping our customers get the most out of their Xero Shoes experience.

Janice is an active person and loves the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, weight-lifting, snowboarding and snowshoeing with her husband and their two dogs. They love that they can do most of these activities in their Xero Shoes! “I slip-on my Z-Treks when going into the mountains, but love my Clouds for everyday wear,” says Janice. Her husband wears his Z-Treks everyday and has even developed an arch in his previously flat feet!

Andrew at Spartan RaceAndrew Gillette – Retail Account Manager

A native Coloradan, he attended Metropolitan State College of Denver, and has a background in sales and customer service across a variety of industries. He is an avid painter, loves to run, and enjoys participating in obstacle course races such as Tough Mudder and Spartan Race. He lives in the Denver area with his beautiful wife and daughter, as well as a shadowy cat and a hyperactive dog.