The ORIGINAL+ team
Founder & CEO
Passionate skier, explorer, and family man
Siegfried is a former ski racer, state-certified ski instructor and guide, alpinist, and profound expert of the industry. After completing his studies in Economics in Innsbruck and Grenoble in 2002, he worked as a Product Manager at Fischer Sports. In 2007 he moved to Kästle Ski, where he was responsible for the successful relaunch of the brand in his role as CEO and co-owner. In 2014, he founded Exolite, his first own company, and since then he has been advising clients in the outdoor, winter sports and cycling industries on strategic marketing and product development. In addition, he works as a lecturer for the Design & Product Management Master Program at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg.
"Honor the process, do good work daily, weekly, annually and over a lifetime. And the results will come."
Finance & controlling
Pulling the strings in the background
Christina is responsible for figures and structure at ORIGINAL+. How does she cope with a group of strategists, technicians, and craftsmen that are all passionate about skiing? With huge determination, team orientation and a sense of responsibility. Christina and Siegfried Rumpfhuber have been a perfectly balanced team since day one; just like in the old times at Kästle where they had previously worked together, Christina has been an integral part of setting up the new ski company. The economics graduate spends her time off with family in the mountains – skiing, ski touring or hiking.
“Whoever just dreams of happiness, runs the risk of oversleeping.”
Ski tuning & customer service
The Swiss army knife at ORIGINAL+
Meeting Florian for the first time means getting to know a genuinely good guy. At ORIGINAL+ he is our tech and construction consultant who deep dives into the really tricky tasks. A special binding mounting point? Punching out and laminating ski bases? Repairing tech bindings? Ask Flo! As a skilled wood and furniture maker, he "knows" wood. As an army pioneer he is always willing to take on challenges. And as a trained outdoor guide (rafting, canyoning, paragliding) he knows what really matters out there. In terms of skiing, Flo is a freestyle and freeride guy – a perfect fit for our latest addition to the ORIGINAL+ range!
“We all have dreams, but we do not dream when we’re asleep, we dream with open eyes and have the power to make our dreams come true.“
Customer support, sales & photography
Keeps our customers up-to-date and takes beautiful photos
Stefan was born and raised in Upper Austria. He has been in the mountains for as long as he can remember, be it on skis, on foot or on the bike. In addition to sports, his passions are music and photography. Currently Stefan is a student Sports and Geography & Economics at the University of Salzburg. Initially a working student in the ski service of ORIGINAL+, Stefan is now responsible for sales and customer support. In addition, he is the keen eye behind the camera and the man behind those pictures that document our work and products.
"The mountains are calling an I must go!"
Events, ski tests, opinion leaders & cooperations
The Allrounder at ORIGINAL+
If you’ve ever been to an ORIGINAL+ ski test, you’re likely to have met Marlene. Born in Lower Austria with a family background from Vorarlberg she’s our woman in charge of all kinds of events, always on tour, always full of energy. Since she was a little girl the mountains have been her favorite playground. That hasn’t changed after completing her Sports Science and Sports Management-Media studies at the University of Salzburg. The mountains are Marlene’s “happy place” – whether she’s exploring them on skis in winter or by bike or on foot in summer. Besides events and demo days, as a true allrounder Marlene also takes care of our opinion leaders and cooperations.
“Keep going. Be wild, cheeky and marvelous.”
Development & production
The tinkerer at ORIGINAL+
In his own words Jonathan is “not your average tech guy". To us he’s a perfect addition to the ORGINAL+ team. A passionate snowboarder and mountaineer with a degree in Sports Equipment Technology and previous work experience in research, development and production of skis and snowboards, he definitely knows the winter sports industry well. At ORIGINAL+ Jonathan is responsible for working on technical solutions in the production as well as in product development and prototyping. He’s so much into it that he often stays after hours to experiment with ski graphics.
"Great things never came from comfort zones."
Production, top sheet printing & ski tests
Nature lover, ski instructor and student
If you don’t encounter Daniel in the ORIGINAL+ workshop, he’s likely to be out in the mountains – possibly running an O+ ski test. Being a passionate outdoor guy and alpinist, he tries to spend as much time as possible outside – hiking, paragliding and, of course, freeriding. Skiing has always played an important role in his life. As a certified ski instructor (Landesskilehrer), the Upper Austrian has been teaching kids and adults how to ski since his high school days. Daniel studies Sports Science at the University of Salzburg and has been part of the ORIGINAL+ production team since fall 2019.
“Nothing is impossible. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”