MEET THE TEAM

At Zebra, we know that a training center is a very personal space with a unique vision, goal and setup. The Zebra team strives to help owners make it all happen.

Whether that’s partnering to help you layout a brand new space, reimagine a current one or simply add a few new pieces of equipment to your offerings, we’ll be there every step of the way. At the end of the day, we are a family-owned business dedicated to partnering with companies like our own in an effort to keep small businesses alive in this country.

Please feel free to reach out to one of our team members directly, contact us via email or drop us a line over the phone 800.989.8085. We’d love to hear from you and can’t wait to get started making your next dream become a reality.

Chuck Blanski - CEO

What’s your life story?  

I grew up in Robbinsdale, MN, in the Minneapolis area. Shortly after high school, I became an entrepreneur in the flexible foam industry and brought my knowledge of safety foams to the athletics industry.

What sports or activities are you involved in?

After having both knees replaced in my late forties I have limited my sports activities to golf, hunting and fishing. I am a hack in golf but enjoy the comradery. As part of the business I am really enjoying being a spectator of MMA and Martial Arts competitions.

If you had a theme song for your day-to-day, what would it be?  

“Don’t Stop Believing”, By Journey

What keeps you passionate about your role with Zebra?

As more and more young people join our team it motivates me to help them grow. Being number one in an industry gives one endless motivation because there are many striving to take it away.

What is your favorite part about working with Zebra’s customers?

Many of our customers are entrepreneurs themselves. I thoroughly enjoy helping them create a gym or school that will bring them success along the way.

Kyle Fisher - Vice President

What’s your life story (in two sentences or less)?

Born and raised in Alaska where I was elected to city council and was selected as one of the “Top 40 under forty professionals.” Decided to move to Texas for a few years before accepting an offer from Zebra and relocated to Minnesota.

What makes you unique from the people you work with at Zebra?

I bring a unique mixture of problem solving for large multinational businesses down to the single location business, across multiple industries. Pair that with my love and knowledge of the MMA industry makes me excited to tackle issues for our company and for our customers.

What is your favorite part about working with Zebra’s customers?

The best part is when you can help them achieve their dream of owning their own gym or studio, which is uniquely tailored and customized to what they want to train and practice. When we can take their vision and represent that through our products and design, we all take pride in the results.

If you were opening a gym or yoga studio, which products would be your must-haves? Why?

Custom Logos on everything. You want your studio represent your brand and to be noticed on social media, TV, or on print. The best way to do this is customizing everything with your logo on it.

Also add fitness equipment, it doesn’t matter what type of space you have, don’t give your members a need to join another gym. Have the weights, the equipment, the mats, and the accessories to service them and their family at one location. I think multiplatform offerings are the key to long term customer retention.

What else do you want customers to know about you?

We want to be creative. If there is something we can help the gym accomplish through promotion, customization, financing, or anything else let us know. Contact me and we can brainstorm anything and everything to try and find a way to help each business owner be successful!

 

 

 

Erik Hendricks - Marketing Coordinator

What sports or activities are you involved in today? How long have you been participating in these and what types of achievements have you reached?

Baseball. I have been playing since I was 6 years old. I was fortunate enough to get top training when I was young, which allowed me to play competitive baseball throughout college. Now transitioning into the coaching side of the game.

Golf. Have been playing since I was 3 years old. As long as I am healthy, it will be a game I plan to play for the rest of my life. It is a game that can be for fun or competitive at any age.

If you had a theme song for your day-to-day, what would it be?

A theme song for my day-to-day… that is tough, as there are so many great ones I like to listen to. Since I cannot pick just one, I will leave a couple

  • Sunday Morning – Maroon 5 (this is the first song that I ever truly paid attention to and got me into the beauty of music)
  • Feeling Good – Michael Buble

What is your favorite part about working with Zebra’s customers?

Reaching out to customers through social media and seeing the positive affect it can have on people. Sharing the things they are proud of to our list of followers (that we help create) is an awesome feeling.

What makes Zebra different from the competition?

Our product quality and customer service is far above the competition. In house, we are a small company that has a family-like atmosphere and that is the same as the majority of our partners/customers.

What else do you want customers to know about you?

I am a big Green Bay Packers fan. I have season tickets and own stock. Along with the multiple sports I play/have played, I am an avid singer.

Bo Maki - Customer Support/Project Management

What sports or activities were you involved in growing up?

In high school I was a three-sport athlete: football, hockey and lacrosse. I continued to play lacrosse in college for the University of St. Thomas.

What sports or activities are you involved in today? How long have you been participating in these and what types of achievements have you reached?

I play men’s league lacrosse. My lacrosse career is 10 years long so far; in those years I have a state championship, an All State Award, two national championships and an All American Honorable Mention.

What is your role with Zebra? What does an average day look like for you?

I am a part of the support staff. I help the sales representatives with anything they need and work through any issues that customers may have. Honestly, I don’t have an average day, it is always something new, and I really like that.

What makes you unique from the people you work with at Zebra?

I take my shoes off when I’m at work. I think it helps me concentrate better.

Which customer facilities have been your favorite to work with? Why?

Alchemy365. It was the first big project that required a lot of new products from us. It challenged me to come up with the best solutions. Also, it is a local company that I work out at, and using the very products I helped them with is a pretty cool experience.

Charlie Blanski - Sales Consultant

What’s your life story (in two sentences or less)?

I was born and raised in a suburb outside of Minneapolis, MN with a family consisting of my parents and three siblings. I went through 16 years of education, which lead me to my job here at Zebra.

What sports or activities are you involved in today? How long have you been participating in these and what types of achievements have you reached?

I am now an avid golfer. I recently picked up the game and now I can’t put the clubs down. I wish I could have learned it at a younger age. It is a beautiful but very frustrating game. I never stop learning.

What makes you unique from the people you work with at Zebra?

The unique part about me is that I am the owner’s son. My Father Chuck started Zebra and is still the CEO to this day. This company is in my blood and I have a very strong passion to one day follow in my father’s footsteps and become the owner.

What is your favorite part about working with Zebra’s customers?

My Favorite part about working with our customers is understanding their passion for what they are doing. It is such a cool feeling to be able to assist someone in making a dream become a reality. Whether that dream is a several thousand square foot facility or just a home gym, these people are coming to us for help creating something they love.

Where do you see Zebra in 5 years? 10 years?

I see Zebra being a worldwide brand for Yoga flooring. We have the floor that I truly believe the yoga community has been looking for. The Zebra Mats brand is a world-renowned product and the Zebra Yoga floor is not far behind.

Tony Jenniges - Sales Consultant

What sports or activities were you involved in growing up?

When I was in elementary school, our family name was well known in wrestling, so I carried on the tradition. I started grappling on the mats when I was in third grade and continued until I was in eighth grade when we moved. In high school, I earned my way to becoming the starting quarterback for our football team my junior and senior year. I played basketball all four years of high school and I was on the varsity baseball team all four years of high school.

If you had a theme song for your day-to-day, what would it be?

My theme song would be “Dream on” by Aerosmith because everyone has a dream, including my customers. I enjoy helping my customers make their dreams of owning and outfitting their own gym come true.

What is your role with Zebra? What does an average day look like for you?

My current role at Zebra is Sales Consultant. My average day starts early in the morning. I like to arrive at work early so I have a chance to go through my notes, check in with my customers on Facebook, and plan out my day. I spend my day working with customers, answering their questions, and assisting them with their facilities. My day never ends at 5:00 pm, especially if I am in the middle of helping a customer. I will do what it takes to help my customers, even if it means talking with them after hours. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

What is your favorite part about working with Zebra’s customers?

I enjoy getting to know my customers and learning about their dreams and finding ways to make their dreams of a new facility come true. My customers know they are going to get the best when they work with me: prompt, friendly service and a superior product. When my customers purchase Zebra mats they become part of our Zebra family.

What makes Zebra different from the competition?

Our Zebra mats are the best in the world. Nothing else even comes close.  Our customers know they will be training on the best and safest mats and they know we stand behind our product.

We also provide outstanding customer service and treat our customers as family. Everyone on our team is willing to help each other out to get the job done.

Brent "Trig" Peters - Sales Consultant

What’s your life story (in two sentences or less)?

Born and Raised in Minnesota; 15-year veteran of the U.S. Army as a 19 Delta. I have been married for 15 years and have a Stepson who is 24.

What sports or activities are you involved in today?

I Coach Baseball, at an elite level; for the Minnesota Blizzard, for the past 14 seasons… Minus a couple years for Combat Tours overseas. I’ve played Competitive softball at the Men’s Major’s Level, and am also a certified Combatives Instructor in the U.S. Army.

What makes you unique from the people you work with at Zebra?

My life experience differs from my colleagues in that I didn’t go to college until after I had spent over a decade in the Military. Even then, my degree is in Criminal Justice; not business. I had originally planned a career as a U.S. Marshal, but at the time I was finishing my degree, I had just returned from Iraq; so things were still unsettled for me. Luckily, my training in Combatives had served me well to speak intelligently about Martial Arts and MMA, which made this an easy career choice. As it is, I felt comfortable here and decided this is where I belonged.

What makes Zebra different from the competition?

Loyalty and Service. We’ve got a long standing history in the Mat Market, because you can’t argue with durability. We have clients that are still training on Zebra Mats over 15 years old. Who else can make that claim? Our production methods are the standard by which every other company is measured. When our competitors cut corners or use fancy marketing to lure new buyers, it kills the market, and makes people cautious. In other words, by trying to make things cheaper, they’ve ended up making them worse. Competitors have tried to match our quality for years, and you can’t fool people into sacrificing quality, which is immediately evident. The old adage rings true; you get what you pay for.

We’ve also received more positive customer comments in the past 12 months, than at any other time in our history. This tells me, we are doing what no one else in the world does; going above and beyond.

What else do you want customers to know about you?

I don’t want your facility to survive, I want it to thrive. We want to promote your space and bring people to your door. When going into business, you have to ask yourself, “what makes me different from the facility down the street?” When people search for a place to train, you have to offer them something they can’t get anywhere else. I am here to help make that a reality.

Chuck Blanski
CEO

Kyle Fisher
Vice President

Erik Hendricks
Marketing Coordinator

Bo Maki
Customer Support/Project Management

Charlie Blanski
Sales Consultant

Tony Jenniges
Sales Consultant

Brent "Trig" Peters
Sales Consultant