If you are at all familiar with Sky Zone, a popular chain of indoor trampoline parks with locations around the United States, you probably assume that all locations are corporate-owned. However, the company actually operates nothing but franchises, so each location is independently owned and operated. Most people who own Sky Zones have experience with owning businesses already, so they typically have business backgrounds. With that in mind, why would an attorney own a Sky Zone? That is the case with Andrew Rocklage, a former lawyer who is a native of the Greater Boston area. How does a lawyer end up owning a trampoline park? Find out below.
When you consider Rocklage’s educational background, it’s easy to see that the young man has always been a high achiever. He graduated with a BS in sports management and economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. Around this same time, he completed an internship with Major League Lacrosse, where he focused on public relations. From there, he switched gears and decided to earn his law degree. He attended the highly regarded Suffolk University Law School, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2013.
Initially, Andrew Rocklage planned to focus on a legal career. It seemed like a natural choice for him because he had a knack for the law. After taking entry-level positions as a law clerk and as a legal consultant, he was hired as corporate counsel for a company called EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals. This was an excellent job for someone who was as young and inexperienced as Rocklage was at the time, and he thrived in the position. However, deep down he wasn’t getting a lot of satisfaction from the work. As independent and innovative as he was, he dreamed of a day when he could own his own business and be his own boss.
Before very long, Andrew Rocklage decided that a career in law wasn’t for him after all. He sought opportunities to strike out on his own as an entrepreneur, but he knew that he needed to take a careful, methodical approach to the situation. The last thing he needed was to invest his hard-earned money in a losing proposition. His work in the field of law had given him a lot of exposure to local startups, and he gained valuable connections in the Boston business world. Still, he had no desire to start a new company from the ground up.
Instead, Andrew Rocklage wanted to find either an existing business to buy out or a franchise to own and operate. Fast food locations tend to be the most common and popular franchise opportunities, but Rocklage had no desire to work in that particular industry. Given his background in sports and athletics, he wanted to own a business that made people happy and that even improved their lives. He visited a Sky Zone in the Boston area and was impressed. When he learned that franchise opportunities were available, he decided to learn more.
Rocklage hoped against hope that he’d be able to open a Sky Zone franchise somewhere in the Boston area. However, the local market was already saturated, so it would have been risky. The company was looking to expand its presence in Florida, however, so he decided to take a look down there. He learned that conditions in Daytona Beach looked favorable, so he started to consider relocating there. Around the same time, a competing indoor trampoline park announced plans to open a location in Daytona Beach too. Rocklage wasn’t concerned; he knew that his facility would blow the other away, and he knew that there was enough business for both of them.
Andrew Rocklage opened his Daytona Beach Sky Zone in 2016. Right away, he knew that he had made the right choice. He invested upward of $1.8 million in the facility; he wanted it to be the best Sky Zone in the Sunshine State. His Sky Zone sprawls over more than 28,000 square feet, and it is located in an upscale section of the city. It features a freestyle jumping area; Ultimate Dodgeball; an obstacle course with options for many different levels of ability; and Sky Slam, or Sky Hoops, which merges basketball with trampolines.
Word got out about the new, amazing Sky Zone in Daytona Beach quickly. The facility has already become wildly popular not just with kids and families but with busy working professionals too, as it offers fitness options like its popular Skyrobics classes. Andrew Rocklage has already purchased another Sky Zone in Florida–this time in Port St. Lucie–and he plans to buy more locations in the future. For now, the former attorney is finally content with the way that his career is shaping up, and he couldn’t be more thrilled about being his own boss.