TGA Member Profiles
“While trying to fix a bag for my son, I realized I could take the materials from a basketball and construct my own drawstring bag,” says Zumer Sport founder Dan Hock. “I soon received requests to construct other bags from basketball materials, as well as backpacks and duffle bags. And that’s how Zumer Sport was born.”
Zumer Sport started as a youth basketball coach’s attempt to fix his son’s drawstring bag, but it’s become a company that ships products across the world. “We now employ staff around the clock and offer products in 8 different sports,” states Dan Hock. And the company’s signature bags are all constructed using actual sports ball materials – repurposing the cover materials from baseballs and basketballs to golf balls and more.
“We pride ourselves on innovation and are constantly in the process of creating and testing new products that contain the essence of our favorite sports. Our product development staff is focused on producing products that look and feel exactly like one’s favorite sport ball.”
In addition, Zumer Sport can customize any of their products with a full color design. They offer 175 products in eight different sports including backpacks, business card holders, coasters, coin purses, desk caddies, drawstring bags, duffle bags, eyeglass cases, insulated lunch coolers, iPad covers and more.
Zensah Compression Apparel
Founded in 2004, Zensah is a leader in travel compression, dedicated to creating compression products for travel and wellness that make the travel experience much more comfortable. Its seamless technology creates flat seams for added comfort, and it uses 3D fabric design and ribbing to improve circulation (more…)
Wellspring Ideas LLC
Wellspring Ideas LLC is a family-owned business founded by friends Leo and Dave. Leo is the inventor, always looking for unique solutions to everyday problems. Dave is the businessman. Travel Pocket was born from Leo’s frequent travels, and his wife Donna’s unfortunate experience with electronic pickpocketing. (more…)
Vinnibag by Ellessco
The Vinnibag was conceived around the proverbial kitchen table with one part wine industry veteran, one part biotech executive, a small slice of investment advice and a chunk of engineering. As experienced travelers passionate about wine and local specialties, Ellessco’s founders saw the need for a better way to transport liquids and fragile items. Two years of intensive product development and testing led to the creation of Ellessco LLC and the Vinnibag — a unique concept for inflatable protection of travel accessories that suspends items in an air cushion that conforms to the contents, including multiple small items.
“Whether you’re a frequent flyer or extreme sports enthusiast, VinniBag is a great travel companion for anything that can break or leak,” says Elizabeth Scarbrough. “From wine and olive oil to perfume and collectible figurines, contents are isolated, immobilized and cushioned by the air chambers, and sealed by a specially designed closure.” Engineered to withstand significant fluctuations in altitude and temperature, VinniBags meet or exceed all airline regulations and only takes a minute to inflate and seal.
Also of note, Ellessco LLC is a women-owned company that employs U.S. resources for design, manufacturing, packaging and shipping. It maintains a recycling program that converts plastics into garden hoses, operates using eco-friendly practices, supports charitable organizations and “lives by one simple rule, ‘Be Nice and Have Fun.'”
Created by millennials for the millennial traveler, Trunkster began when two traveling friends, Gaston Blanchet and Jesse Potash, wished for a more accessible hardside suitcase. Their amateur sketches grew into one of Kickstarter’s most successful travel crowdfunding campaigns, attracting thousands of backers who pledged (more…)
Travelsox™ stimulate lower leg circulation through gradual compression, reducing swelling and guarding against deep vein thrombosis. They are manufactured in Italy by Arcos, with graduated compression that starts mid-foot, supporting the arch and plantar fascia, gradually decreasing through the lower leg to support the veins and speed the return of fresh blood to the feet — up to 40% faster.
“The patented graduated compression socks and exclusive materials are just the start,” states Ron Bizieff. “Each pair is designed for maximum results. Whether you are on a long flight, sitting, standing or just walking around, these socks will increase circulation to and from your feet.” Made of Travelsox™’s exclusive anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral quick-drying material, the socks are also odor-resistant and reduce blisters.
When Travelpro® founder Robert Plath invented The Original Rollaboard® in his garage in 1989, he not only changed the way the people traveled but his new invention helped energize the travel goods industry. The Rollaboard®, a 22″ wheeled upright, also led to the creation of a company that views itself as an industry leader due to the patents it holds and its component technology.
Travelpro® luggage is used by over 425,000 airline personnel worldwide and is sold in the U.S., Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Today, Travelpro® manufactures numerous luggage collections — Platinum, Crew, FlightPro, WalkAbout, Hydrogen, and FlightCrew — as well as Wall Street business cases and various private label collections.
Marcy Schackne, vice president of marketing for Travelpro, points to the number of innovative features that the company offers within its luggage collections, such as an exclusive, lightweight, polypropylene honeycomb frame that makes it 20%-30% lighter than traditional luggage yet more impact-resistant than ABS frames. Platinum with ProGrip received a medical endorsement by the largest state chiropractic association and test results confirm that the ProGrip handle relieves excess strain and pressure from shoulders, neck, back, arm and wrist. And all new collections are lined with an exclusive H2O Guard™ water-resistant lining that make soiled clothing and toiletry spills easy to clean.
For more information, visit www.travelpro.com or contact Marcy Schackne at Travelpro’s Boca Raton, FL headquarters, 561-998-2824, x-154.
Travelon® began more than 25 years ago as Travel Caddy, one of the nation’s first manufacturers of luggage carts. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that the company expanded into luggage manufacturing and, eventually, into the design and sourcing of travel accessories and soft goods. As Travelon’s Kathy Novak points out, “Travel Caddy had a reputation for creating innovative, solidly engineered products that were rigorously tested for safety and performance…and that made travel easier. These qualities have not changed.”
Today Travelon® visualizes itself as much a product design and sourcing company as a travel goods company. With a growing intellectual property portfolio of more than 30 U.S. patents and 60 patents pending, Travelon strives to differentiate themselves “through innovative, often patented, product design, backed by outstanding merchandising and dealer support,” according to Novak. Merchandising and dealer support are accomplished through a team concept consisting of several specialized groups that work closely together to serve Travelon’s customers.
Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry
Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry has been offering a complete line of travel-related products, including luggage, travel accessories, coolers, and outdoor products, to both domestic and international markets since 1986. According to Marylou Almeida, the key to the company’s success has been its “dedication to innovation, quality, value and service. Our goal is to provide our customers with superior quality and innovative products, maintain exceptional customer service, and maintain price points that meet today’s tight budget constraints.”
Travelers Club products are “geared to the ever changing needs of the end consumer,” says Almeida. “Because of our emphasis on the “Cool-Carry” line, we’ve become one of the industry’s leading cooler manufacturers. We create trend-setting styles, and incorporate features, such as detachable radios, backpack straps and in-line blade wheel systems. These traits have all contributed to making our company the success it is today and we have established ourselves as an industry leader in producing high quality and affordable products.”
Sutton Home Fashions
Sutton Home Fashions is a family-run business – its first employees were all immediate family members – devoted to providing value-priced premium solutions to the travel and bedding market, with an ever-expanding travel goods segment.
“We offer the most up-to-date trends, best prices and (more…)