A product visionary, serial entrepreneur, event guru, and marketing impresario, Shahin Amirpour remains renowned for many innovations in the entertainment, recreation, sports, and lifestyle realms. However, he stepped into what he describes as his “dream job” in 2016 as OPKIX Co-Founder, Chief Business Development Officer, and President.
Like many indispensable inventions, he conceived the flagship OPKIX camera to solve a perceived problem…
“I was snowboarding with some friends, and the idea came to me,” he recalls. “My camera couldn’t hold a charge. My buddy’s camera malfunctioned. My other friend decided to hold his phone in front of his face while he was riding—which is never a good idea. When we got back to the car, I thought about how cool it would be to connect a camera to your phone and wear it inconspicuously. The next day, OPKIX was born.”
That tireless sense of initiative and ability to maneuver at lightspeed has defined his entire career. Barely out of college, he launched one of the most sought-after events firms in Southern California, 1 Source Productions. He went on to book immersive experiential events for the likes of Red Bull, Skechers, Hugo Boss, The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and many more. Ahead of the curve in the electronic dance music world, he became a tastemaker through his early alignment with the hottest DJs, hosting the first-ever DJ Induction at The Hard Rock with Paul Oakenfold, and co-producing the 2003 documentary Put the Needle on the Record.
His acumen extended to products as 1 Source Products simultaneously came to life. Meeting the demand of a burgeoning alternative recreational consumer vertical, he engineered, distributed, and marketed Hot Box Vapors in addition to eventually acquiring Smelly Proof Bags—sold in U.S. National Parks and on QVC. Soon, 1 Source Products encompassed 19 brands in its distribution network featured in over 2,500 storefronts.
However, OPKIX speaks to all of his passions.
“It’s everything I’ve always hoped for in a company,” he explains. “It’s a product that brings people together in a new way. That’s exciting to me.”
Outside of all things OPKIX, Shahin is a devoted husband, family man, and father.