Andrew Gelles – Founder of Skateboarding Camp

NAME: Andrew Gelles
INDUSTRY: Sports –  Skateboarding
POSITION: Founder and Camp Director
COMPANY:
GARDENSK8
LOCATION: NEW YORK, NY
COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Skateboarding camp for New York City Kids age 4-14.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS?
Being able to get paid to do what I love and bringing out a safe and fun way for kids to enjoy a non-traditional hobby.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST FAILURE?
Working with others who couldn’t see things in the long term and were only concerned about short term profits.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU HAVE OVERCOME?
Getting the notorious reputations of skateboarders out of the parent’s mentality.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE TO ANYONE STARTING OUT?
1- IN SKATEBOARDING
There is absolutely no money YET in skateboarding.  If you are doing this be aware that you will be compensated in other but greater ways.

2- IN STARTING THEIR OWN COMPANY
Know your market and anticipate problems before they happen.  If someone asks you for 100% give them 120%.  Always start making your plans a year in advance.

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  1. Wow, this is totally rad. I wish this was around when I was a kid. And if I had a kid I would totally sign them up for this camp.

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