Mapleton native Don Sandusky (pictured at left), a partner in the up and coming skateboard company Hamboards, will appear on ABC’s popular entrepreneur competition show “Shark Tank.” The episode, on which he will appear with his cousin, Hamboards founder Peter Hamborg, will air at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.
Sandusky attended Mapleton Elementary School and Skyway Middle School, and graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1985. After a year at the University of Maine at Presque Isle,he transferred to the University of Maine, where he earned a BSME in 1990. The next year he was selected by NASA to work on components of the International Space Station.
Sponsored by NASA, he received his Ph. D. in Applied Polymer Science from the College of William and Mary in 1995. Sandusky decided on a more entrepreneurial track after 10 years working his way up through the management ranks at DuPont in Wilmington, DE, and became intrigued by the invention and initial success of Hamboards by his West Coast cousin, Hamborg. Sandusky currently manages the business efforts of the brand.
Hamboards are street ready longboards that combine elements of skateboarding and surfing. Founded in 2003 on Hamborg’s kitchen table, Hamboards only recently expanded into large-scale retail in 2012, and are already being sold worldwide at upscale surf shops and online. For information, visit hamboards.com.