R.M.P. Athletic Locker has come a long way since selling shoes out of the back of
a car. This is trully an inspiring story of building a business from the ground
(or the car!) up.
It all started in 1977 when Mike Dyon (the "M" in R.M.P.) purchased a
pair of the Brooks Villanova in Florida and liked them so much he bought a pair
for his brother Paul (the "P" in R.M.P.). It is almost hard to believe
that the purchase of these two pairs of shoes was the beginning of a very successful
They borrowed their mother's stationwagon, headed for the U.S. and bought $750.00
worth of Brooks running shoes. They purchased shoes in their sizes (81/2 and 9)
and decided if they couldn't sell them they would be set for life with their own
supply of running shoes. Mike would sell the shoes out of the back of his car at
races he attended. From the back of a car to a business that now not only distributes
Brooks, but other products such as RipZone, Powder Room, Umbro, and Teva, to name
just a few.