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Chris Sanchez grew up in Camas. After obtaining a degree in Visual Communication Design, he joined Fuel, and is a key member of the Creative team. Learn about his penchant for motocross and his dream of owning a lot of socks.

1. When did you start working at Fuel and what inspired you to join the company?

I joined the company in March 2016. I grew up in Camas so I was always interested as to what Fuel was after I saw they took over the old Westlie Ford building. After my first interview I felt like it was a great group of people and a great team atmosphere to work in and that got me excited to join the team. I’m glad I made the choice to join; everyone has really helped me grow as a person and a designer. Oh, and there is a keg.

2. What is your professional background?

I went to school at Eastern Washington University and graduated with a degree in visual communication design. While there I worked as an intern for Motoconcepts in Spokane. After that I took about eight months off and just rode my bike every day and drove around and enjoyed being done with school. Then I got my first real job working in the art department of a company that made high end flashlights and pocket knives similar to Leatherman. Then I decided it was time for a change and started looking for something new and found Fuel. The rest is history.

3. Fun fact

I grew up racing motocross locally at Washougal and PIR and a lot of tracks around the northwest. When I got into school, moto got a bit expensive for me and the apartment complex was not happy with me and my roommates’ 450s in the living room and the race gas on the patio. So we got into racing mountain bikes. Now I race category 1 downhill and enduro around the PNW any chance I get.

4. An amusing experience you’ve encountered while working at Fuel

I constantly have amusing experiences at Fuel. We have a very fun team in the creative department and there is always something to laugh about. Tolo and Jenny (Lead Designers) are always keeping the mood light. But every Friday we normally end up hanging out in the kitchen around 4 and drinking beer and talking about plans for the weekend with my team and the rest of the Fuelies. That is always a good time and makes for a good start to any weekend.

5. Speak now or forever hold your peace

Someday I hope to own a super nice sprinter van and be able to drive around the country and ride my bike in so many cool places. Also I want to buy 365 pairs of socks so I can wear a new pair every single day. That would be amazing.