Nike Timeline

Timeline created by Cbrandes
  • How the idea was started/ when was founded

    How the idea was started/ when was founded
    Nike which was (Blue Ribbon Sports till 1971) was founded by two men who were rather crazy about sports, Bill Bowerman (1911-1999) and Philip Knight (1938-present)
    They both enjoyed sports, especially running and jogging, and thought athletes could obtain greater balance and speed with better shoes. Was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports
  • Who was involved in the startup and the business

    Who was involved in the startup and the business
    Bowerman and Knight formed a partnership, and the company made $8,000 in first year of business. They didn't hire any employees till 1965. Until then it was just the two of them running the business,
  • 1200 to start company

    1200 is what Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman spent to start what was Blue Ribbon sports, which is now Nike.
  • First employee hired

    First employee hired
    Jeff Johnson the first ever employee of Blue Ribbon Shoes was hired
  • How the logo started? Changed name from Blue Ribbon Sports to Nike

    How the logo started? Changed name from Blue Ribbon Sports to Nike
    Carolyn Davidson was a student at Portland State when she met Phil Knight. Carolyn was first paid $35 for the logo, but was later given a stock that is now worth 643 thousand dollars.
  • Michael Jordan Signs Contract with Nike

    Michael Jordan Signs Contract with Nike
    Jordan signs contract with Nike. Together they produce his first model of shoe called the "Air Jordan"
  • Air Max Shoes Introduced

    Air Max Shoes Introduced
    First shoe nike ever put out with an air bag in it.
  • Nike starts "Just Do it"

    Nike starts "Just Do it"
    Slogan coined by nike in 1988. Credited to Gary Gilmore because those are the last words he said before he died.
  • Death of owner Bill Bowerman

    Death of owner Bill Bowerman
    Owner Bill Bowerman sadly dies one day before christmas at the age of 88. He's now leaving the only other original owner, Phil Knight to run the company.
  • Nike begins $150 million expansion

    Nike begins $150 million expansion
    Nike starts expanding world head quarters in beaverton to expand their facility. They're adding new offices, parking garages, fitness facilty, and thousands of new employees. One of the buildings will be 9 stories tall and have 887,000 sq ft of space, another building they're designing will be 412,000 sq ft. Nike is expanding quite a bit on this project.
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