We have recently added a west coast branch; Ron Aparicio came on board after seeing the success of PortOPong and has become a friend to us. He handles sales, west coast shipping, and is now doing events for us as well. He works out of California.How did you come up with the idea of PortOPong?Sal and I go on a family vacation every year to Florida and we bring something cool each year to enjoy poolside. One year it was the boat blender, another year it was floating coolers (when they were new), and everyone asked us if we invented that.
Then, two years ago, we were at a bar talking about what we were bringing, and I said I would love to play beer pong in the pool. Sal said we would get kicked out if we tossed a table in the pool. We both then said, "What if it was a floaty?"
So, we started looking and when we Googled it we got “0” results found; we got to work. I looked up how to make beach balls, and who did that, and then we went to prototypes and the product took on a life of its own. The name took us about four hours during one night of tossing ideas around; it almost was the PONG FLOAT… yeah. Then, we went down a list of ways to market the product and started a grass roots campaign. It launched in mid 2007.Why should we use PortOPong over anyone else's pong tables? What advantages are there to your product?Hard-top tables are great if you are doing tournaments and don’t need to move the table too often. A PortOPong inflatable table is even better because you can take it on a plane with you, roll it up, and take it to a buddy's house. Plus, it's simply more affordable. I heard that you were attempting to get your pink table teamed up with a breast cancer group; how is that going?Yeah, each of us has had loved ones in our family affected by cancer of some sort. We always wanted to make a pink table because the ladies are one of our bigger demographics. Then, we said that we should do something to give back to them. We have worked with many charities, other than breast cancer, in the past, and want to do so again.