Growing up, Andrew Rocklage never imagined that he would one day be the owner of a huge facility where people can jump and bounce to their hearts’ content. Given the way that his education and early career unfolded, it seems especially unlikely that the Boston native would ever be interested in owning an indoor trampoline park. However, life is full of unexpected twists and turns. No one knows that better than Andrew, who was initially drawn into the world of law but who realized that he was happier being his own boss. Learn more about this well-regarded businessman and entrepreneur below.
During his childhood and teenage years, Andrew Rocklage was heavily involved in sports. However, he never let those activities distract him from his studies. Indeed, he was one of those rare kids who could excel both on the field and in the classroom. From an early age, it was clear that Andrew was going places in life. However, no one could say for sure where he would end up. Even as a kid, his tastes and interests were very eclectic. He seemed to be fascinated by just about everything, and that attitude would come very much in handy as he branched out into entrepreneurship.
After excelling throughout secondary school, including his high school years when he took many advanced classes and managed to maintain a very respectable GPA, Andrew Rocklage was ready for the next chapter in his life. He decided to attend university in the area, so he applied to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was accepted. There, he majored in sports management and minored in economics. Many people were surprised by how seemingly random the two subjects were, but Andrew had a plan. He loved sports, but he was also intrigued by business. Between the two, he’d find his footing.
As mentioned earlier, life doesn’t always turn out the way that we plan. Although Andrew had seemingly laid the foundation for a career in business or sports management, he felt restless after earning his Bachelor of Science degree, which he received after graduating from UMass’s Isenberg School of Management in 2009. Along the way, he’d interned at a few different places to gain a better understanding of his fields of interest. This included a stint as a PR intern for Major League Lacrosse. Ironically, Andrew’s experiences in the business world during college are largely what convinced him that he needed to follow a different path.
Andrew Rocklage had been intrigued by the law for many years. With a bachelor’s degree under his belt, he applied to and was accepted at Suffolk University Law School, which has an impeccable reputation. The fact that he was admitted reflects the hard work that he put into his undergrad years. Law school was completely different than undergraduate school. The work was far more intense, and Andrew spent much of his time studying. Ultimately, he graduated from the school with a Juris Doctor degree. He was positive that he was ready to embark on a law career when he earned the degree in 2013.
At first, it seemed like Andrew Rocklage was going to fit right into the world of law. He took positions as a legal consultant and as a law clerk before being hired as corporate counsel by EPIRUS Pharmaceuticals. The work was satisfying in the beginning, but Andrew’s curious mind became restless. He was used to being challenged, and he wasn’t being challenged enough in his field. He had also always been a very independent and innovative person, and he found working what is essentially a normal office job to be very stifling.
Once again, Andrew Rocklage decided to try something different. He had increasingly become intrigued by the idea of being his own boss, so he started investigating the opportunities. With his extensive educational credentials and work experience, he felt like he was more than prepared to take the leap into business ownership. However, he either needed to come up with a business plan or find an existing business to take over. When he heard about franchise opportunities with Sky Zone, the popular chain of indoor trampoline parks, he knew that he may have finally found his match.
Ultimately, Andrew Rocklage became the proud owner and operator of the Sky Zone in Tampa Bay, Florida. Indeed, the Boston native finally uprooted himself and relocated to sunny Jupiter, which is just outside of Tampa Bay. The Sky Zone that he owns offers a huge array of attractions, including the popular Freestyle Jump area; the Ultimate Dodgeball area; Skyslam, which combines basketball and trampolines; and Foam Zone, where you can jump and play while surrounded by soft, cushioning foam. Andrew Rocklage’s life looks a lot different now than he had probably predicted even five years ago, but one thing is abundantly clear: At long last, he is happy.