In the old days, people often found steady employment right out of college and tended to work for the same employer for decades. Times have certainly changed. These days, it’s not unusual for people to move from one employer to the next in rapid succession–especially when the economy and job market are good. That has certainly been the case for Andrew Rocklage, who started out with an interest in sports management, segued into a law career and ultimately decided to become his own boss. Today, Rocklage is the proud owner and operator of two successful Sky Zone locations in the state of Florida. Find out what drew him to this career by reading on below.
At a certain point in high school, students have to start thinking about what they’d like to do with their lives. For many, this means selecting a college and, in many cases, deciding on some kind of major. A Boston native, Andrew Rocklage was lucky in that he could take his pick from so many terrific local colleges and universities. At the time, he was primarily interested in sports management, so he applied to and was accepted at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
In 2009, Rocklage graduated from UMass with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management plus a minor in economics. After interning in public relations at Major League Lacrosse, it seemed obvious that he was on his way to a career in the sports industry. However, Andrew wasn’t quite ready to launch his professional career. He still had more to do in terms of education. He had been fascinated by the field of law for many years, so he threw caution to the wind and applied to the Suffolk University Law School, where he graduated in 2013 with a Juris Doctor degree.
For a while, Andrew Rocklage was confident that he wanted to spend his career working as a lawyer. He found the work satisfying and challenging enough to keep him interested at first. Before too long, though, he realized that the work didn’t provide him with the autonomy that he craved. Although he held a prestigious position as legal counsel for EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, he found himself yearning more and more for more freedom. Increasingly, the idea of being his own boss and of owning his own business became irresistible.
During his time working as a lawyer, Andrew Rocklage worked with several startups. As a result, he gained direct experience with launching a new business. Starting a business from scratch is incredibly iffy, however, so he sought other opportunities. He was already familiar with Sky Zone, a chain of indoor trampoline parks, because he had been to a location in the Boston area. Through the grapevine, he heard about the amazing potential that existed for those who were willing to get in on owning a franchise of the popular chain, which has more than 110 locations around the United States.
In a perfect world, Andrew Rocklage would have opened a new Sky Zone somewhere in the Boston area. However, the company felt that the local market was already quite saturated, and they advised him to look at the state of Florida. Although Rocklage had never really considered leaving Boston before, it became pretty obvious that he would have to in order to take advantage of this opportunity. After visiting Daytona Beach, where the new Sky Zone would be opened, he knew that he had to make his move. Before he knew it, he was the owner and operator of the new location right in the heart of the city.
Andrew Rocklage bought a home in Jupiter, Florida, and threw himself into running and managing his Sky Zone. He put together a highly qualified team, including more than 70 enthusiastic and friendly crew members and a handful of managers. As he had learned in his business dealings in Boston, he surrounded himself with high achievers who wanted the very best. When combined with the state-of-the-art facility, which includes many great attractions across its more than 28,000 square feet, the crew has helped to make this Sky Zone location a major hit in the area.
Given the incredible success of the Daytona Beach Sky Zone, it is reasonable to say that the more than $1.8 million that went into it was money well spent. As experienced as he is, Andrew Rocklage quickly saw that his gamble had paid off, so he went ahead and jumped on another opportunity. This time, he bought a Sky Zone franchise in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Today, then, he owns two Sky Zone locations, and odds are that he will purchase additional locations in the future. In the meantime, he is enjoying running his businesses and spending time in the beautiful Florida weather.