In acknowledgement of Triangle Rock Club’s exemplary business practices and community engagement, the Chamber recognized the Raleigh-area chain of rock climbing gyms as the regional finalist for the Southeast.
“It’s a real testament to our employees. I frequently say we have the world’s best team that we’ve compiled here, of any climbing gym on the planet,” says Joel Graybeal, managing partner with TRC, which will participate in ACG Raleigh Durham’s Made in the Triangle event at the end of March.
Each of the seven regional award finalists will be honored in June at the Chamber’s 11th Annual Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., where the winner will be announced.
Founded in 2007, TRC was the brainchild of two former Special Forces Marines united in their passion for rock climbing. The company has grown rapidly since then, adding two additional gyms in the region. Last year its revenue grew by over 61 percent.
The gyms have wide appeal and attract climbers of all ages, according to Graybeal. The youngest to date was
2 1/2 years old. TRC’s innovative approach to membership includes allowing club members to bring a friend to climb for free. Unlike some climbing gyms that require customers to sign an annual contract, TRC offers a monthly membership model that allows members to quit at any time. Day passes are available for non-members.
Small businesses like TRC, “not only add to the prosperity of our community, they add to its character,” says ACG Raleigh Durham President Tom Stevens. The chapter’s Made in the Triangle event enables participating local businesses to look beyond their day-to-day operations and network, he says.
“ACG provides an opportunity to make great contacts, hear success stories outside your own industry, and pick up business knowledge and skills for working on your business, not just in it,” Stevens says.
Made in the Triangle will be held in conjunction with the chapter’s 2015 Capital Conference on March 31, 2015 at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina.