Seven years ago (2012), Jeff Rutten and Curt Skallerup, two neighbors, started Altitude Trampoline Parks with a plan to enter an industry that looked like it had a lot of potential. Together they figured that three trampoline parks would be all they could handle. The first was located in Fort Worth, TX. Today there are 39 Altitude Trampoline Parks across the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico, and Norway.
So, What is their secret? A great plan, a lot of hard work … and CenterEdge.
As the story goes, “The initial challenge was their search for a facility management system that could simplify processes across multiple locations, this led them to CenterEdge Software. CenterEdge delivered easy-to-use point of sale support for the management team Jeff and Curt had hired. In addition, it provided exceptional cash control and a level of data tracking and business insight they hadn’t seen with any other single software solution. Both Jeff and Curt had financial backgrounds, so they were impressed with how CenterEdge Software tracked sales and ensured a system with high-security controls and notifications. The integrated waiver verification was also a huge selling point for Jeff and Curt.
“Altitude Trampoline Park drew the attention of additional investors and the brand began to experience rapid growth. But with rapid growth, comes growing pains, especially in an industry that relies heavily on young, seasonal workers rather than business professionals”
“We work with a lot of high school kids, so having knowledgeable support on hand to walk individuals through issues is my favorite part of working with CenterEdge,” said Courtney Skallerup, Senior Vice President of Operations. “There is always someone there who has an answer or can find a solution.”
The Windup. “In 2016, Altitude Trampoline Park transitioned from a licensed brand to a franchising model, unified the nearly 30+ parks already in operation and made CenterEdge the required vendor for all franchisees”
About CenterEdge Software. CenterEdge is serious software for a fun business, offering the same kinds of features demanded by largescale entertainment destinations in a package that is affordable and user-friendly enough for entertainment, amusement and adventure businesses of just about any size. CenterEdge Software has been enabling the easier and more effective operation of nationwide family entertainment centers, trampoline parks, water parks, museums, large-scale amusement parks and more since 2004. For more information, visit the company at centeredgesoftware.com or follow CenterEdge on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.
What this could mean? Altitude has certainly created a brand and provided their franchees well in the competitive marketplace. The trampoline park industry has just completed its first 7-Year Cycle and is now has the opportunity to re-invent itself and move into the next 7-Year Cycle. CenterEdge is also a Gold Elite Sponsor of Foundations Entertainment University, so I get my own education each and every time I get to meet with their representatives and hear their latest presentations. One thing is for certain. Altitude chose wisely seven years ago!