Russ Layton- Founder, CEO, and Inventor of the revolutionary Sparx Skate Sharpener joins the podcast for an origin story of how Sparx Hockey became to be found in more than 25 NHL locker rooms and thousand of hockey families on its rise to be one of America’s fastest-growing companies.
We chat about the challenges of entrepreneurship, prototyping, the mechanics of the sharpener itself, their strategy to get to market, as well as where it has taken Russ and the company.
With Patrick Kane and Brent Burns as major endorsers of their sharpener it’s no surprise that their affordable, high-quality automated skate sharpener is now used by thousands of customers around the world, including individuals, families, professional and amateur teams, rink operators, and retailers. Major retail customers include DICK’s Sporting Goods, Canadian Tire, Scheels, and Pro Hockey Life. More than 25 National Hockey League teams are using the Sparx Sharpener and the company recently expanded its distribution to Europe and Russia. Interested in a Sparx Sharpener of your own? Be sure to check them out at- https://sparxhockey.com/ and @sparxhockey on social media.
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