The company name – Hurdle Barriers, LLC – was inspired by our mission to help those facing medical challenges maintain, or return to, an active lifestyle. It also references our founding partners’ personal experiences. Two partners were collegiate track & field athletes competing in the steeplechase and all three partners have experienced medical challenges but were able to recover and compete again.
Collin Jarvis – Operating Partner
Collin was a nationally ranked middle and long distance runner and captain of the University of California, Berkeley’s track & field team when he was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2013. The disease quickly forced Collin to stop running and put his graduation plans on hold. Within eight months of the initial diagnosis, he was left with no choice but to have ileostomy surgery to remove the diseased colon. With the support of friends and family and an unwavering determination to return to competition, Collin was able to return to Berkeley after surgery to finish his academic career and compete in the NCAA again. Collin received his BA in Media Studies from the University of California in 2015, and holds the school record for the indoor 5,000 meters. Collin currently serves as Vice President of marketing and operations at Stealth Belt Inc.
He also speaks at medical conferences and events around the country to inspire and educate others who have dealt with serious medical conditions safely and confidently return to the lifestyles they find fulfilling. Collin has continued his competitive running career and now has his sights set on breaking the 4-minute mile barrier.
Chris Sperry – Managing Partner
Chris has 35 years of experience with leading distribution firms Grainger, McMaster-Carr, and Uline. He has held leadership roles in a variety of functions including sales & marketing, strategic planning, and human resources. Much of his career has focused on managing operations: customer service, order fulfillment, inventory, and supply chain. At Grainger his responsibilities included leading the company’s 20 North American distribution centers with more than 3000 team members processing 100,000 orders per day. Chris also served as Vice President of Global Supply Chain Processes & Systems supporting Grainger start-ups and acquisitions in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and attended the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Chris has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons. In 2012, he finished the Wisconsin Ironman one year after completing radiation, surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer.
R. Ryan Stoll - Partner
Ryan is a partner at the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC where he specializes in complex litigation, internal investigations and corporate defense matters. Ryan received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Harvard Law Review. He received a Masters Degree in economics, as well Bachelors’ degrees in philosophy and economics with distinction from Stanford University, where he was the graduating athlete recipient of the Block S award. At Stanford, Ryan was a member of Stanford’s first Pac-10 championship cross-country team and was all-conference in cross-country and track. Ryan has since competed in numerous endurance events, including marathons, triathlons and bike races.