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THE SOKO STORY

The rebirth of a city. Czech Village and New Bohemia are at the heart of what was a devastating event. Out of that spirit was born a new sense of community, a new sense of entrepreneurship and a hope that we can turn what was good into something great. Soko Outfitters is an outdoor retail store that sits at the center of Cedar Rapids’ rebirth. It is in the heart of where the bridges join our 4 quadrants, where the river opens itself to adventure and the bike trails encourage exhilaration, fun and fitness. Soko is an adaptation from our city’s Czech heritage. “Sokol” is the traditional Czech and Slovak society that encouraged fitness, unity through sport, and adventure. We hope to capture on that ethos by bringing the brands to you that drive you to seek new adventure, and embrace the activities that make you feel alive. Soko will also bring you the experts, plan the trips and teach you the skills to embark upon the travel that sets you apart and brings the world to life. A new outdoor store….and so much more.


Steve Shriver

Position:

Co-owner of Soko Outfitters, Founder/CEO of Eco Lips, Co-owner Brewhemia

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Moutaineering/Climbing

Coolest Place I’ve Traveled to:

Madagascar. (30 plus countries and counting!)

Hidden Talent:

Harmonica

What I Do When I’m Not Working:

Cooking, Running, Cycling

Ryan Sundermann

Position:

Footwear Fanatic and Adventure Evangelist

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Hiking / Mountain biking / Adventure racing

Coolest Place I’ve Traveled to:

New Zealand has more to offer per square mile than any place on earth

Hidden Talent:

I can walk on my hands (at least I think I still can) and juggle….but not at the same time.

What I Do When I’m Not Working:

Whatever anyone is up for: mountain biking, running, jiu jitsu, tennis, guitar. I’ll play golf but it’s your fault if you ask me to play with you.



Cortney Wolter

Position:

Store Manager

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Toss-up between skiing and kayaking

Coolest Place I’ve Traveled to:

Jamaica

Hidden Talent:

Can occasionally finish a Panchero’s burrito in 5 minutes.

What I Do When I’m Not Working:

Spending time with my boyfriend and his four amazing kids

Steve White

Position:

Co-owner

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Tennis

Coolest Place I’ve Traveled to:

St. Martin

Hidden Talent:

Remembering Phone numbers

What I Do When I’m Not Working:

Like to chill usually with a drink in my hand.



Paul Sueppel

Position:

Assistant Manager/Camping

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Mountain Biking

Coolest Place I’ve Traveled to:

Moab, UT

Hidden Talent:

Cat Juggling

What I Do When I’m Not Working:

Too much yard work, not enough recreating. I love spending time with my family, riding one of my bikes, camping, trail running and playing my Ukelele.

Graig Cone

Position:

Co-owner of Soko Outfitters (and owner of Conveyor Engineering, Black Sheep Social Club, Lucky Penny Pub, and Penguin’s Comedy Club)

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Biking/Running

Coolest Place I’ve Traveled to:

Cinque Terre, Italy

Hidden Talent:

Juggling (poorly)

What I Do When I’m Not Working:

Traveling/exploring new places and opportunities to learn new things


SOKO Founders