After almost two decades in the outdoor industry, Caitlin and Doug founded Parallel 45 out of the belief that organizations can be more successful by focusing on more than just sales. Manufacturers and retail stores are more than their products. They are communities of people and businesses who come together around mutual interest, passion or purpose.

We believe in connecting brands and people, building communities of those who enjoy spending time in the outdoors be it camping, fishing, cycling, paddling, skiing or climbing. Customers choose those communities and businesses that come together around a purpose. After all, 78% of customers want companies to address important social justice issues and 87% will purchase a product because a company advocates for an issue they care about. We help you tell your story and deliver you results.


Founding Director  

Doug is a passionate outdoorsman and loves all things winter. When he is not outside, you can find him tuned into a podcast. A native Minnesotan with the spirit of a nomad, Doug has spent almost two decades in the outdoor industry. From guiding to retail and finally wholesale, he has spent the last 10 years working with specialty retailers both in-house and on contract with major manufacturers. Doug has a passion for building meaningful relationships and connecting people. He is a leader and coach who elevates those around him, using their passion and strengths to their advantage. 


Director of Impact & Co-Founder

You will most often find Caitlin behind the camera at the perfect time or nestled between two trees in her hammock with a good book. Caitlin, a licensed social worker by trade, specializes in equipping organizations to unleash their human power. Always seeking out ways to keep learning and building on her Masters Degree, Caitlin remains more passionate than ever to empower those around her to join in advocacy for social justice and promote mental wellness. 


Employee #1

Born and raised on a Northern Minnesota hunting and fishing resort, the outdoors have always been in Dane’s nature. Having had a successful career in large event management that has brought him around the country and back to Minnesota, he has chosen to return to his roots and true passions in the outdoors world. Dane is a skillful communicator, who fuels fulfillment and meaning through his curiosity and activity. If he’s not out fly fishing with his Australian Shepherd, you can catch him camping, snowboarding, or hunkered down tying flies for his next excursion.


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