Aaron Levant and I met online via email well over a decade ago when he frequented my old website, HiFiArt. But after HiFiArt went offline in the infant stages of the 2000s, our communication ceased. We reconnected in 2007 when I was I introduced to the founder of Agenda Trade Show, who just happened to be, Aaron Levant. With consistent hard work and a refuse-to-lose attitude, Aaron has positively created the best streetwear and action sports tradeshow the world has ever known. He’s come a long way from the kid who would simply hit me on email. I’m stoked for his success, to say the least. It’s rad to be able to work with someone so knowledgeable of our industry, and equally passionate about branding and business. Aaron, you rule. Kudos.
I first met Cody DeBacker, Director of Sales & Partnerships at Agenda Trade Show, back in 2010 when inside sales weren’t doing enough business and we needed help. I reached out to 722 Figueroa Showroom and Cody answered. Although we parted ways a year later when I decided to bring sales back in-house, Cody and I kept in touch and remained friends. Last year, Cody joined Agenda and we’re back doing business together. It’s awesome to see him doing so well in both his work and personal life.
I met these two guys at two different times in two distinct places, and today, we are in the same spot at the same damn time. From the outside, this industry may seem huge, but in reality it’s quite small. And in a world built with smoke and mirrors, it’s comforting to know a few good people are actually doing amazing things. Cody and Aaron happen to be two of them.
It was a pleasure having Agenda visit the new REBEL8. And when I say the “new” REBEL8, I mean it in every sense of the word. 10 years after our first t-shirt, the next 10 will be just as monumental and just as influential. Day-by-day, blog-by-blog, drop-after-drop, season-after-season, you will see our continuing transformation and relentless push to be the greatest. Welcome to the new and improved us. Thank you for your continued support!