In 2008 we contracted to build our first indoor trampoline park, I remember negotiating our contract with Tim Crawford and Marty Brooks who owned Jumpstreet – they were opening their second park. I said to Tim, you are going to put trampolines in a warehouse and charge people to jump? Tim said absolutely. I replied, can we get paid up front because that will never work. Since that time we have built our business solely on building trampoline parks, I am starting to think it just might work.
Since 2008 we have seen the industry go from 5 parks to more than 850 parks in the United States. We have had the privilege to work and build with great brands all over the country, Circus Trix brands (Defy, Sky Zone and Rockin Jump), Jumpstreet, House of Air and Launch. We have completed 23 full trampoline park builds and been involved in retrofits or raised platform construction of more than 60 additional projects.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve on the board for the International Association of Trampoline Parks since 2012 including serving as Board Chairman from 2018–Present. I was also fortunate to be involved in the developing and publishing of ASTM 2970 task group which is the Standard Practice for Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection, and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts. I served as a task group member 2012–present, task group vice-chair 2016–2018 and task group chair 2018–2020. I was honored to receive the IATP industry safety award in 2018 and also received the Award of Appreciation by ASTM for my task group work in 2020. I am grateful for the relationships I have developed with industry leaders working to make this industry great.