Heath Brinkley has worked diligently for over 20 years to earn his position in the skateboarding industry. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Heath’s journey began in 1986 when he met a kid at school with a Rob Roskopp board. Soon after, he bought a Hosoi Hammerhead. After years of skating and filming, and a move out west, Heath became the man in charge at Logic Video Magazine. He quickly developed a strong rapport with the skaters he filmed, and eventually took a job filming solely with the City Stars and Axion Footwear teams. During his tenure there, Heath met Paul Rodriguez, and filmed his part in the 2001 video, “Street Cinema.” Paul went on to have one of the most prolific careers in the history of skateboarding. Heath moved on to become the team manager for DC Shoes, before accepting the same position at etnies a few years later. This all changed in 2009, when a call from an old friend, PRod, transformed his job title to “personal brand manager” for Paul Rodriguez himself. Heath is known as the first person in skateboarding to have such a job. After working with Paul, and seeing a need for this type of service in the skate world, Heath teamed up with Ryan Clements in 2010 to form Excel Management. He also helped Paul launch his own brand, Primitive Skateboards, where he is part owner and serves as CEO. When Heath has free time, he likes to hang out with his four kids and enjoys all things soccer. Heath plays FIFA on his Xbox, watches Chelsea F.C. of the EPL, and plays in an adult co-ed league with his wife, Amy.