Former finance professional jumps on board with trampoline park franchise
Rockin’ Jump franchisee Steven Rodier took the ultimate leap of faith when he left his job as a product manager for a financial data and software company to open a trampoline park in Trumbull, CT.
Inspired by his daughter’s participation in trampoline gymnastics, Rodier purchased the franchise in July 2013 and was open and running by May 2014, complete with wall-to-wall trampolines, a foam pit, basketball hoops and a dodge ball arena, everything you could want in a trampoline park.
Rodier was already committed to the idea of opening a trampoline park. The dread of spending the rest of his life behind a desk in a corporate job was his driving force to find something in the recreational and active lifestyle industry. While researching a specific trampoline manufacturer, that manufacturer gave him Rockin’ Jump as a reference. When Rodier called Rockin’ Jump for a reference check, the representative he spoke with told him the company was about to start franchising.
What drove Rodier to get on board with Rockin’ Jump was the sense that they were really looking for franchise “partners” vs. just people with money, and had showed early on how prepared they were to provide him with the comprehensive support he wanted.
“I thought it was a good idea to go with them to save myself some of the headaches and mistakes that I’d probably be doomed to make,” Rodier said during a recent interview from Trumbull. “I wanted to do something fun and family oriented that would also be a good workout for people,” he explained.
Although he estimates that he currently works more hours than he did at his former job, he doesn’t notice the added hours because he’s having fun at work now, the franchisee said.
He also knows that as the park gets established, he’ll be able to work fewer hours and decide when and how much he wants to work.
Once Rodier had made the decision to go with Rockin’ Jump, they were in touch with him daily and helped him with every aspect of getting started.
Finding a suitable location was the hardest part, he recalled, but they trusted him to work with his local real estate representative to find one because he knew the area well. Once he narrowed it down, he told Rockin' Jump about the location and their people provided him with reports about the demographics of the area and whether it would likely be a good location. They also gave him recommendations and support throughout the negotiating process.
“So they’re there every step of the way to help you with that process,” Rodier said.
And once the location is set, Rockin’ Jump also helps out with recommendations for contractors and vendors. The company’s reputation in the trampoline industry is so well-known, the franchisee said, that most trampoline vendors know them and know what a franchisee will need as soon as they call.
While the park was being set up, Rodier and the manager he hired flew out to Rockin’ Jump’s headquarters in Pleasanton, CA for two weeks of training.
After that initial training, the company representatives have also made themselves available for any and all questions Rodier has had since he started with them. They have answers, recommendations and advice for their new franchisees, he said, and he gives the company his stamp of approval.
“I would highly recommend it. Whenever I have an issue or a question or just want to talk, they’ve been quick to respond,” he said. “I think the system they have in place is excellent.”
For Rodier, the leap of faith to Rockin’ Jump certainly did rock.
To inquiry about Rockin’ Jump’s franchise opportunities, call 877-878-3920 or visit http://franchise.rockinjump.com
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