Our Team

In the climbing industry, good products aren’t made by magic. Nicros’ products – both climbing walls and handholds – are the result of great people working hard, working thoughtfully, and above all working together.  At Nicros, our most valuable resource lies within our talented team of employees.



Nate Postma

President

Nate has more than 20 years of experience in the design, construction, and operations of artificial climbing walls. He is a founding member of the Climbing Gym Association (CGA) the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) and a past  board member for the Climbing Wall Industry Group (CWIG). Nate owns and operates several large commercial climbing gyms and has been an avid climber for more than 25 years.



Pam Postma

Vice President

Starting in 1979, Pam formerly worked in administration and accounting for Midwest Great Dane Trailers. Pam married her high school sweet-heart, Nate, in 1981 and was introduced to climbing later that year at a time when you didn’t really see women on the rock. Pam traveled from the east coast to the west coast climbing everything and trying to keep up with Nate. She participated in numerous local and national competitions meeting great people in the climbing industry. Climbing became the way of life. In 1995, Pam left her career of sixteen years with Midwest Great Dane Trailers to help with the birth of Nicros, her husband’s dream.


 

Tracy Paino
Vice President

Tracy (or Dr. Paino) worked as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 20 years. He has been a national motivational speaker and representative for a non-profit organization helping youth and children in poverty around the world. While spending more than two decades as a college professor and dean, he also served as a college basketball coach and rock climbing instructor. This is how he was introduced to Nicros and Vertical Endeavors Climbing Gym back when the companies were in their infancy.  He brought his students to the St. Paul gym and eventually became an instructor, outdoor guide, shift manager, and part-time assistant facility manager working eight years with the company.

While juggling teaching, administration, speaking around the country, coaching basketball, and his passion for introducing people to the world of climbing, he also had a family.  He is married to Debbie and they have three children (Tiffany, Tory, and Taylor), who have each worked for Nicros/VE at one time or another.  Seven beautiful granddaughters keep him busy in his spare time. Tracy’s educational and professional background is highlighted by building and motivating successful teams, developing strategies that accomplish organizational goals, encouraging individuals to thrive and utilize their strengths, and maintaining a positive approach to solving problems and managing challenges. Dr. Paino has been trained as an AMGA guide, Gallup Strengthfinders coach, is a member of several academic organizations, guides tour groups to Israel, Jordan, Turkey, & Italy and is an ordained minister.

This eclectic blend of experience, enthusiasm, and education brings unique and valuable resources to our companies and our customers.



Donna Berget

Office Manager

Donna has been with Nicros since 1998. As Office Manager, she is responsible for an immeasurable number of job duties at Nicros’ business office. She enjoys long walks, golfing, and spending time with her husband and two children.



Richard Thorne

Shop Captain

“This is the voyage of Nicros. Its mission: to seek out quality, precision, and accuracy; to boldly go where no Climbing Company has gone before.” Shop Captain Richard E. Thorne 



Ian Schmidt

Project Manager

Ian graduated from North Dakota State University in 2018 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He decided to pursue this position to combine his passion for rock climbing with his career path. Ian brings his expertise in design and manufacturing, as well as knowledge of the climbing industry to Nicros. You can find him climbing at anywhere from the local crags of the midwest, to across the country.



Ben Distad

Project Manager



Katja Kroll

Graphic Designer



Maddie Savage

Graphic Designer



Greg Schneider

Accounting



Kristin McGinley
Accounting



Sara Hansen

Sales Administrative Assistant

Sara graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a degree in Recreation Administration and Outdoor Education. It has always been a dream of hers to combine her passions with her career, and her job with Nicros is allowing her to do just that. When Sara is not out climbing, enjoying the great outdoors, or finding delicious vegan eats, you can find her cozied up at home with her girlfriend, Bonnie, and their (adorable) cats and doggo.



Travis Slaughter
Handhold + Climbing Wall Systems Production



Ed Reed

Handhold Production Technician