Nicholas is Founder and CEO of Gilson Snow, a manufacturer of snowboards and skis located in Winfield, PA. He graduated in 2011 from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences. He taught middle school science in Nashville, TN with Teach For America before launching the company out of the classroom. He has received numerous awards in innovative product development and leadership and holds several snowboard and ski patents. Gilson Snow made Wired’s “Gear of the Year” list in 2015, and in 2016 the company was named as one of Outside Magazine’s favorite brands born in America. In 2017, Bloomberg Businessweek profiled the company in print and digital, and in 2018, Nicholas was presented with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Philadelphia and Eastern PA. In 2019, the company received the Ben Franklin Product Innovation Award.