Tony Hawk was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass Bahne skateboard. By fourteen he’d turned pro, and by sixteen he was widely considered the best skateboarder on Earth. World champion for 12 years in a row, Hawk continues to skate demos and exhibitions internationally, making him the most recognized action-sports figure in the world, and according to some marketing surveys the most recognizable athlete of any kind in the United States. Today, his business skills have helped create a personal brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, successful businesses such as Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, Hawk Shoes and Tony Hawk HuckJam sporting goods. His Tony Hawk Foundation has donated more than $3.2 million to more than 450 skatepark projects throughout the United States. Tony regularly appears on television and in films, and hosts a weekly show on Sirius XM. His autobiography, HAWK-Occupation: Skateboarder was a New York Times bestseller. In 2010 Wiley Publishing released How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO.