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5 things to know for Wednesday, including a completely jumping Portland deal

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Digital Managing Editor, Portland Business Journal

Say, Portland, have you been working out? You’re looking active, refreshed, ready to roll.

Yup, it’s a jump-as-high-as-you-can Wednesday in the Rose City. Let’s roll right into Five Things.

Crank up the Jama

The PBJ’s Malia Spencer followed yesterday’s news that Jama bought Notion with a keen analysis as to … why.

The move was a nice surprise for the Oregon Angel Fund, which has backed both companies.

“It’s exciting we have companies to the stage they are making acquisitions and we have companies that are acquirable,” said Julianne Brands, who handles research and analysis for OAF. “It’s good for the Portland ecosystem and the companies.”


Our Business Journals national team yesterday gave us a look at how well Oregon’s public companies fare in terms of board diversity.

That is, the researchers found that most area companies have relatively fewer female board members. The full report is here.

Nike and Umpqua came out the best in the survey while Columbia Sportswear and Northwest Natural also made good showings.

Three companies, though, have no female board members.

Jumpin’ jive

A Portland private equity group is about to experience some literal ups-and-downs.

Envista Group said yesterday it has purchased the Sky High Sports Network, which, yes, consists of 14 trampoline parks nationwide. Those spots host more than 1 million jumpers/leapers/bouncers/boingers each year.

Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. But Envista sounds interesting: Its portfolio companies include Portland-based Northwest Women’s Fitness.

Sky High employs 120-plus workers at its Portland locale. The company was founded in 2006 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Here comes Dame

Damian Lillard, who’s playing as well as any guard in the NBA’s Western Conference, won’t make the All-Star team’s starting lineup this year. Stephen Curry will, as will James Harden or Russell Westbrook. Fair enough.

We’re still hoping Lillard makes his second All-Star team (should be his third), though. In the meantime, check this out: Lillard’s jersey sales have made NBAStore.Com’s top sellers list.

Lillard ranks 14th, which may not sound that high but, for a Blazer (small market in the Pacific time zone), is very lofty indeed.

Curry ranks first, no surprise if you’ve been around an NBA arena (or a Buffalo Wild Wings) over the last six months.

Creative class

Congrats go out to Subashini “Suba” Ganesan, the city’s new Creative Laureate.

Commissioner Nick Fish, the city’s arts commissioner, will formally introduce her at this morning’s City Council meeting. Ganesan is an educator, performer and the founder of the nonprofit New Expressive Works, a Southeast Portland performing arts venue that showcases multi-cultural programs.

Portland-based Envista Group acquires Sky High Sports Network

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Portland-based Envista Group today announced the acquisition of the Sky High Sports Network comprised of fourteen trampoline parks across the country that host more than one million jumpers per year.

Envista Group was created in 2012 as a private investment vehicle that acquired local Portland businesses. Under the leadership of president and managing partner Elizabeth Kramer, the firm has grown into a national company with a focus on fitness and active family entertainment. The Sky High Sports Network joins the other portfolio companies of Northwest Women’s Fitness in Portland and Sky High Sports in Tigard.

Today Sky High is one of the nation’s leading brands of active family entertainment centers where demand for fun and family entertainment is on the rise. Several hundred employees are now working for the Envista Group’s member companies, including more than 120 team members in Portland.

The original flagship Sky High Sports location was founded by Ron and Jerry Raymond in Santa Clara, California in 2006. Jerry Raymond is the former chairman of the International Association of Trampoline Parks, as well as a member of the Trampoline Court Task Group that wrote the ASTM worldwide trampoline park manufacturing standards.

These industry leaders partnered with Elizabeth Kramer and her proven record of success to implement an ambitious growth strategy. A serial entrepreneur who brings extensive operations experience in large, multi-unit businesses, Elizabeth Kramer was formerly a founding manager of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in London where she managed that business from a start-up to over 150 locations around the United Kingdom that generated $100 million in revenue. She later served as regional vice president of KinderCare Learning Centers with responsibility for over 200 licensed early childhood education centers and 2,000 employees. Kramer then joined Insight Schools as chief operating officer and grew that business from start-up to ten locations with over $50 million in revenue before founding Envista Group in 2012. This private equity firm has acquired four businesses and sold one in the past five years.

Kramer and her husband Keith Oelrich, chief executive officer of Portland-based, are long-time Pacific Northwest residents with roots in Oregon and Washington. Their three children attended Portland-area public schools where Kramer has been active in the education community and on the board of directors of Cascade AIDS Project.

Sky High’s Co-Founder Wins IATP 2017 Community Award

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At the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) annual conference, Sky High Sports co-founder, Jerry Raymond, was presented with the “2017 Community Service Award.” Based on his personal experiences as the father of a son with special needs, Jerry launched his passion project; jump hours dedicated to kids with special needs and their families.

Raymond stated, “Trampolining is not only an excellent form of exercise disguised as play, jumping helps in the development of motor skills, coordination and balance as well as social skills, especially in kids with special needs.”

Jerry regularly donates Sky High’s facilities and jump hours to special needs programs across America. Last October, in honor of Sky High’s 10-year anniversary, all 15 locations exclusively sold brightly colored, autism awareness themed jump socks. 100% of the $50,000 raised was donated to local Autism Speaks chapters.

Sky High Is Proud To Have Raised More Than $45,000 for Autism Speaks

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Sky High Sports is proud to have raised more than $45,000 for Autism Speaks through our, “Jump Sky High for Autism Speaks” campaign. During the month of October (2016), Sky High locations across America donated 100% of the proceeds from sales of exclusive Autism Speaks themed jump socks. Money raised benefitted the local chapters of Autism Speaks.

To view/read more about our fundraising campaign, as well as our jump hours for kids with special needs and their families, click on the media logos.

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2016 RedTri Totally Awesome Award Winner

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Congratulations to Sky High Sports Portland for winning Red Tricycle’s 2016 Totally Awesome Award in the “Best Place for a Birthday Party” category and to Sky High Sports Naperville for their Runner Up award in the “Best Indoor Recreation” category! Enjoy our award winning brand of fun at any of our 15 locations across America.

Tourist Attractions & Parks Feature

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Trampoline parks Getting Sales Jumping, By Karen Appold

From left to right, Kaitlin Clark, Damon Reid, Jacob Adams and Cristina Giron, Sky High Sports Nashville, Tenn., staff members. The center’s family night special is popular and allows guests to enjoy active fun with a meal kids love.

At Sky High Sports South Bay in Santa Clara, Calif., Owner Jerry Raymond said pizza is made from scratch at its Sky High Café and served straight from the oven. “It’s our most popular item; pretty much everyone likes pizza,” he said. Other popular inexpensive choices include warm pretzels, churros and Dippin’ Dots.

Like others interviewed, Alexandru Muresan, owner, Rush Athens, Athens, Ga., said pizza sells best. “It’s one of the main add-ons to birthday packages,” Muresan said. Pizza and other food options are only available for special events.

Derek Jett, general manager, Sky High Sports Nashville, in Tenn., said quick-service food items including fresh slices of pizza and warm, soft pretzels and nachos are top sellers. “Most parents are looking to grab a snack to hold their children over until their next full meal,” he said.

Café staffers have a full knowledge of menu ingredients so they can easily answer any questions parents may have regarding their children’s food allergies.

The center’s family night special is very popular and allows families to enjoy active fun with a meal that kids love, Jett said. Offered every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., a family of four can enjoy a large pizza, bottled water and jumping for $30.

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.20.58 AMAshley McDonough, café manager, and Derek Jett, general manager, of Sky High Sports Nashville. Made- from-scratch pizza along with warm pretzels, churros and Dippin’ Dots are popular and inexpensive food choices for the center.

Jett said the park has listened to its customers, and plans to keep on serving what makes them happy. “Currently, we have a menu selection that fits the

Sky High general managers from around the United States attend an annual two-day conference that covers safety, new ideas and best practices. At Sky High Sports South Bay, a Reis & Irvy’s fro-style 9 CUBE, in which a robot serves frozen treats, was installed after guests requested frozen yogurt.

needs of on-the-go families as well as families who want to make it a full, family experience,” he said. “But if there’s a popular request, we’ll do our best to offer it.”

For example, although Dippin’ Dots is a popular choice, patrons were asking for frozen yogurt. “We not only added it to our menu, but did so in an extra awesome way,” Jett said. “We added a Reis & Irvy’s fro-style 9 CUBE, in which a robot serves the treat. It’s fun and interactive; our patrons love it.” Annually, the park sees approximately 100,000 participants, in addition to the 60,000 to 75,000 non-participants.

Raymond is also open to patrons’ suggestions and is always considering more healthful snack items. Santa Clara hosts more than 140,000 jumpers and nearly 25,000 non-jumpers per year.

Jett has found that oftentimes patrons won’t want to eat prior to their jump-time. Then, after jumping, they’re famished and in a rush to get home. Knowing this, the park provides items that customers can buy and take with them. “Pretty much all of our patrons need a thirst quencher while playing, so most of them take advantage of our sports drinks and beverage selec- tion,” he said.

Raymond noted that one hurdle in getting food to sell well is that patrons typically only stay for an hour or two, so it doesn’t always occur to them that they need a snack or meal. “Another challenge is to make people aware that they can sit down and have more than just a snack,” he said.

Chicago Magazine, Feb. 2016

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Chicago magazine recommends Sky High Sports for outstanding, winter “Indoor Thrills!” Only four indoor adventures were listed and Sky High is the only trampoline park.

Great Day Houston- Jump Start Your Fitness

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Sky High’s Annual Holiday Video

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For 2015, Sky High Sports annual holiday video features “The Snowman Squad” jumping to “Frosty The Snowman.” Click through to enjoy and take a look at our previous holiday videos on our YouTube Channel.

A Few Of The Media Outlets Who’ve Featured Sky High Sports

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ASTM International Association of Trampoline Parks