If you don’t have kids, you may not have heard of the chain of indoor trampoline parks called Sky Zone. If you have heard of it or even visited one, however, you probably know how popular it has become. The typical Sky Zone features wall-to-wall trampolines where people can jump, flip, hop around and have fun. The company has a franchise model, so individual locations are owned by individual people. The Sky Zone in Tampa Bay, Florida, is owned by a Boston native named Andrew Rocklage. The question, however, is how did a man with an education in law and sports management get into this line of work–and why?
Why is it surprising that Andrew Rocklage owns a Sky Zone franchise? The Bostonian didn’t plan to become an entrepreneur when he graduated from high school. He was accepted to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he attended the Isenberg School of Management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management and economics in 2009. However, he wasn’t finished with higher education just yet. He was accepted to Suffolk University Law School, and he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2013. At long last, he was satisfied that he had the educational credentials that he needed.
As far as work experience goes, nothing in Andrew’s past seemed to be setting the stage for eventually being a business owner. He interned at Major League Lacrosse, working in their public relations department. He gained a lot from the experience, but that line of work wasn’t for him. In the field of law, he worked as a law clerk and then a legal consultant before assuming a position as corporate counsel for a company called EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, he found the work to be far too stifling. As independent and innovative as he was, he needed something of his own.
Andrew Rocklage started toying with the idea of owning his own business. However, he didn’t have a clue about what kind of business to start. He thought about buying an existing business, but he couldn’t find any viable opportunities. Fortunately, he became aware of opportunities to purchase franchises of the popular Sky Zone trampoline park chain and decided to look into them. He was dismayed to learn that nothing was available in the Boston area. Then he realized that he didn’t have to stay in Boston or even in New England.
Now that he was fine with relocating to pursue his dream, Andrew Rocklage started looking in earnest for opportunities to purchase his very own Sky Zone. Luckily, he had been smart with his earnings, so he had the means to invest in such a business. He was made aware of an opportunity to open a brand-new Sky Zone in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida, and he decided that he had nothing to lose. Although he would miss many things about Boston, including friends and family, he would not miss the harsh, freezing winters. In Florida, he’d enjoy warmth and sunshine all year long.
Andrew purchased and opened the Sky Zone in Tampa Bay and relocated to the city of Jupiter, Florida. From the very start, he knew that he had made the right decision. He loved that Sky Zone wasn’t just about fun; it was also about staying fit and being active. While the chain primarily caters to kids and teens, it also attracts active, health-conscious adults who are looking for unique ways to stay in shape. Like many locations, Andrew’s Sky Zone boasts a variety of attractions, including areas that are specifically designed for getting great cardio exercise.
The Sky Zone in Tampa Bay is a marvel to behold. Of course, the main attraction there is the freestyle jumping area, which is made up of vast, wall-to-wall trampolines. Participants can bounce, hop and fly around to their hearts’ content while high-energy music plays from the state-of-the-art sound system. Over in the SkySlam area, players can engage in impromptu games of basketball while trying to hop and jump around on trampolines. The facility also has an Ultimate Dodgeball area where players can engage in the popular playground sport while jumping around. Finally, Rocklage’s Sky Zone has a FoamZone that is filled with large, soft pieces of foam.
Andrew Rocklage is proud to be the owner of a location of the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Every day, he looks forward to going to work and to watching his business grow. He has proven to be a very effective owner and manager, as the location has soared in popularity in no time. Rocklage has made a point of strictly hiring enthusiastic, friendly team members, and he trains them extensively to ensure that they deliver exceptional customer service. Although he misses Boston and his friends and relatives there, he goes back often to visit–and he has no trouble convincing people to come visit him in sunny Florida!