After growing up in Greater Boston, getting an education there and then establishing himself in the Boston business world, it stood to reason that Andrew Rocklage would stay in the area for the foreseeable future. However, the Boston native now resides in Jupiter, Florida. Although he started out his career as an attorney, he no longer practices law. Instead, he is an ambitious entrepreneur and already owns two Sky Zone franchise locations. How in the world did these things come to pass? Anyone who knows Andrew knows that he has never been one to settle for mediocrity, and in his world, the best way to succeed is by being your own boss.
This isn’t to say that Andrew Rocklage has a problem with working for others. As the owner and operator of two Sky Zone indoor trampoline parks, he has exhibited an amazing knack for hiring the right people and training them very effectively. Indeed, his natural instinct for managing crew members has played a huge role in making his Sky Zone location in Daytona Beach a huge success. Although it’s only been open for about a year, it has quickly become one of the most popular attractions in this part of the city.
Given that he owns and runs two indoor trampoline parks despite still being very young, it’s easy to assume that Rocklage always intended to be a business owner. However, nothing could be further from the truth. As a kid, Andrew Rocklage was very involved in sports. He not only played them but he followed professional sports avidly as well. From a young age, he expressed an interest in working in that industry. When he was due to apply for college, he looked for schools that would help him to achieve this goal. He decided on the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Andrew Rocklage finished his undergraduate studies and graduated in 2009 with a BS in sports management plus a minor in economics. As a part of his degree program, he interned in public relations for Major League Lacrosse. Around that time, he started realizing that sports management may not be up his alley after all. He had long been intrigued by the law, and several people in his life had urged him to go to law school. He applied to and was accepted at Suffolk University Law School.
The young man graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2013. Given his age, it was impressive that he had already accumulated so many educational credentials. Now it was time for him to get to work. At the time, he was still interested in pursuing a career as a lawyer, so he took positions as a law clerk and as a legal consultant before taking a full-time job as corporate counsel for a firm called EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals. His work as an attorney let him work closely with numerous startups, and it afforded him many important business connections in Boston and beyond.
As promising as his law career appeared to be, Andrew Rocklage ultimately decided that it just wasn’t enough. He knew several people who owned their own businesses, and he knew that he was up for the challenge himself. After researching many business opportunities, he settled on becoming the owner of a Sky Zone franchise. The popular chain of indoor trampoline parks is headquartered in Los Angeles and boasts more than 100 locations around the country. Every location is franchised, so there are plenty of opportunities for people who want to own their own businesses.
As luck would have it, Andrew Rocklage had been frugal with his earnings and he had made some savvy investments. As a result, he was well-positioned to purchase a Sky Zone franchise. His research revealed that Daytona Beach was a promising market, even though a competing indoor trampoline park was slated to open there as well. Rocklage determined that there was more than enough business for both companies, so he went ahead and bought the location. After putting more than $1.8 million into its development, Andrew Rocklage opened the doors of his first Sky Zone in Daytona Beach in 2016.
Andrew Rocklage has quickly proven himself to be an effective and talented owner and manager. He has a natural instinct for finding the right people to work for him, and his location employs around 70 crew members and three sales managers. Thanks to the success of that location, Rocklage went ahead and purchased another Sky Zone franchise in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He has experienced great success there as well, so it appears likely that he will buy additional locations in the future. Rocklage travels back to Boston regularly to visit friends and family and to maintain the important business and legal connections that he made while attending school in the area.