About Chad Foreman 2017-11-04T11:37:51+00:00

Introducing Chad Foreman

Hi. I’m Chad Foreman. I was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1974. I grew up in the small community of Bexley. In my early days of Montrose Elementary School I developed a keen interest in art. I attended Saturday art classes for children at Columbus College of Art and Design. Throughout Montrose Elementary, Bexley Jr. High and Bexley High School, my art teachers did a great job of encouraging a love for the arts and pursuit of art as a career.

US Army

Like most people who grew up in small towns, I couldn’t wait to get out of there and explore our big world. My path out was through the US Army. I was always enthralled with the adventures and challenges a soldier would experience. I enlisted as soon as I could, at the age of 17 and went to Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. During my senior year at Bexley High School I served with the 246 PSYOP Group in Columbus, Ohio. I was in a loudspeaker platoon which was really cool. The purpose of a loudspeaker platoon is to either deceive the enemy by playing sound effects, like the sounds of military vehicles that aren’t really there, or broadcasting a surrender appeal or instructing a civilian population. I was looking forward to a long career in the Army as a PSYOP Specialist.

The Accident

Life has a funny way of changing our paths. June 18th, 1992 I was riding a bicycle along Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio. A driver in a van opened the door into my path, knocking me to the ground. Another car, driving behind me, did not stop in time and ran over me. I was dragged under the car for approximately 50 feet. The accident broke my pelvis into multiple pieces that were reconstructed with surgical steel. It took me months before I could walk again, but the most difficult part of the accident was learning that I would have to cope with some physical complications as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

West Virginia Whitewater

In 1997 I discovered West Virginia Whitewater. I traveled down to the New River Gorge to train to be a raft guide with Mountain River Tours. It was an exciting and fun time, learning to be a raft guide and discovering an entirely new culture and community in whitewater. It wasn’t long until I learned how to kayak and was in hot pursuit of my new career goal as a video kayaker.

Video Kayaker

From 1998 to 2008 I was a full-time video kayaker. I paddled with rafting trips in a kayak, got out on a rock to film the rafts in the rapid and then mixed up the footage with some rocking tunes, slow-motion and instant reply to create a cool, custom-made movie of the whitewater adventure.

New Zealand Adventure

In 2003 a unique opportunity afforded me the chance to spend time in New Zealand. Loaded up with my kayaking gear and computer equipment, I headed to the land of the long white cloud for some adventures and exploration. While there, Richard Sage of Bliss-Stick Kayaks hired me to create their first promotional video. That was the beginning of my career in multimedia.

Fayetteville, WV

Upon return to the US, I decided to settle in the town that I had fallen in love with, Fayetteville, West Virginia. There I began my journey in digital design as an intern with IQ Media, now WELD.

Back to School

In 2006 I chose to further my education in the formal setting of a college classroom at New River Community and Technical College. While attending school I studied desktop publishing, photography, video production and web programming. Simple word of mouth brought my first freelance web design job, building a website for a local realtor.

Opportunity Knocked

I finished my Associate of Science in Communications Technology in 2008. Then I transferred over to West Virginia University Institute of Technology to study Graphic Design. Before I could finish my Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design I got one of the coolest offers ever: to make a promotional video for a water sports company in the Cayman Islands. That company was based out of Austin, Texas but had an office outside of Fayetteville. They hired me on full-time and I worked for them until the company dissolved in 2010.