Andrew Upton

Favorite Food: Rafferty’s, and Gondolier.
Favorite Music: Alter Bridge, Jim Croche, G-Eazy, Steven Curtis Chapman.
Passions: Camping, and helping others.

Upton is the latest addition to our curated team of experts.  Andrew started in August of 2016, but it feels like he’s been here for years.

Andrew is a Bowling Green native.  He grew up pitching tents on the family farm and meandering through the woods.  Andrew graduated from South Warren and he’s continuing his education at WKU.  Andrew is majoring in Business/Entrepreneurship; he’s definitely a man with a plan.

When Andrew was a wee lad, he spent his time on his family’s farm camping (he still does).   Studies show that spending more time outside makes you smarter, so that explains a lot about Andrew.  One of Andrew’s big dreams is to live in the backcountry.  He wants to pack up and go full on Chris McCandless… Well, maybe not quite that extreme.

Andrew’s favorite parts about Nat’s are the atmosphere, and helping others.  The shop inspires him to get outdoors more, and he uses that passion to help others do the same.  We’re stoked to have him on our team, and we’re excited for you to meet him!

Vicki Johnson

Favorite Music: Dan Fogelberg.
Favorite Food: Homestyle cooking, mashed potatoes especially.  Most importantly, coffee.
Passions: Running, running, and running.

She is a woman of many names: The Fasciitis Fighter, The Curb Crusher, The Road Runner, but we just call her Vicki. 

Vicki grew up in Park City, just a hop and a skip away from good ol' Mammoth Cave.  After graduating from Barren County, she attended WKU and earned her bachelor’s degree.  If you’ve chatted with Vicki about running, you immediately get a sense of her determination and eagerness to succeed.  It only makes sense that she continued her education and earned a master’s degree from Austin Peay- no rhyme intended.

Vicki worked for the state for 27 years, mastering everything under the sun.  Vicki’s warm nature and compassion for others comes from years of social work.  Everyone who’s ever clocked in at Nat’s has learned something valuable from Vicki, even if she won’t admit it.

Even though she retired from working for the state, she’ll never stop serving the people of Bowling Green.  Vicki thrives off helping people stay active.  What she loves most about Nat’s is helping people get outside!

One of her big goals is to run in the Boston Marathon; after 30+ years of non-stop running, she’s more than ready.  Come in and say hi to one of our favorites! 

Chris Platt

Passions: Running, biking, traveling.
Favorite food: Thai food, and sushi. “I’d rather cook or be cooked for.”
Favorite music: Van Morrison, Josh Ritter, Paul Simon, and Jackson Brown.

In May of 1985, Nat hired a fervent runner named Chris Platt.  Kansas born, she moved to Kentucky in high school where she would later study at WKU.  Chris started off at Nat’s selling running shoes.  As far as she was concerned, running was the only sport. 

“I was a true believer,” said Chris.

Fast forward to 2016, Chris still loves running and fitting people for the perfect pair of shoes.

“The reason I really got into this job was that I could really communicate with the community about fitness,” Chris exclaimed.  Her grandfather owned a drug store in Iowa, so retail is in her genes. “The idea of shop keeping is not foreign to me,” she explained.

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Chris has a passion for cycling and running that we believe embodies our mission as a business.  Chris loves her job almost as much as she loves intimidating new employees, and that’s why we love working with her.  

Aaron Coleman Clark

Passions: Hiking, trail running, camping, and traveling.
Favorite Foods/Restaurants: Latin American food, The White Squirrel, and Spencer’s.
Favorite Music: The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and The Beatles.

Aaron has been an integral part of the Nat’s team for nine years now.  Chances are, he’s helped your son or daughter learn how to ride a bike, he’s put a rack on your car, or he’s tried to sell you a Land Cruiser. 

Aaron grew up on the lake in Glasgow.  He’s always had a passion for the outdoors and anything on two wheels.  He attended Western Kentucky University before coming to Nat’s.  For a short time, Aaron left Nat’s to be a guide at Mammoth Cave National Park.  “It was definitely one of my favorite jobs,” said Aaron.  He couldn’t stay gone for long though.

Earlier in 2015, Aaron took his trusty Kawasaki to Colorado and back.  Before that, he was roaming the streets of Costa Rica.  Between work and his travels, there is never a dull moment for Aaron!

Something he’d like to do is work at a summer camp for kids.  His passion for the outdoors and his natural leadership would make him an A+ counselor.

His next adventure is calling him.  Come August, Aaron is taking a break from Nat’s to travel.  Every now and then we all have to go on an adventure; a journey that reminds us why we love our job.

To Aaron,

Thank you, we'll leave a key under the mat for you.