Frank “Oz” Osborne is the President and Founder of HawkGrips. In 1997, he was involved in a devastating skiing accident that nearly killed him. The severe orthopedic and soft tissue injuries he sustained would require close to 30 surgeries over the next 10 years. During this time, Frank relentlessly pursued therapeutic treatments to help alleviate his nearly constant pain and functional limitations.
This search was mostly in vain until 2008, when he experienced instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) for the first time. Frank became inspired by the transformative results and resolved to start his own company that would manufacture the finest instruments in the field. The result of this dedicated mission is HawkGrips, which he founded in 2012.
Previously Frank had worked for about 15 years in pharmaceutical sales, while also exploring the real estate market as an owner, renter, and renovator of properties. In the approximately 5 years since he founded HawkGrips, the company has grown from a one-person operation to a full-time staff of 10, along with more than 30 course instructors.
“As a result, my role has really evolved from the beginning, where I was directly involved in pretty much everything from the manufacturing to selling, marketing, and shipping,” Frank says. “Now my position entails a lot more general oversight. I feel that I have the right team in place, so my focus is on making sure they have all the tools and resources they need to do their jobs well.”
Client relations represent another significant component of Frank’s role. From establishing initial contacts to building and strengthening those connections over time, he places great value on relationships and views them as fundamental pillars in the success of HawkGrips. This personal approach has helped the company become a multimillion-dollar enterprise, with enthusiastic practitioners in more than 15 countries and further international expansion on the way.
So how does Frank like to spend his free time?
“I have very strong entrepreneurial instincts, so I love the challenge of starting a new company and trying to make it successful,” he relates. “HawkGrips is in a good place now, with [COO] Sean MacNeal coordinating the day-to-day operations and the whole staff doing a great job in their respective roles. That has enabled me to start focusing more on a new healthcare-related company I’ll be launching this year and have high hopes for.”
● To learn more about Frank and the amazing story behind HawkGrips, check out this inspiring interview!