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Varisport, Inc. a sustainable corporation and green fitness manufacturer for the UltraSlide Slideboard

Barry Slotnick
Posted: September 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Barry Slotnick

Barry Slotnick, President of Varisport, Inc. a sustainable corporation and green fitness manufacturer for the UltraSlide Slideboard joins the Green Business Podcast Show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Barry Slotnick discuss the following:

  • We understand that the UltraSlide Slideboard is a sustainable product. What does that mean? In what ways are you going above and beyond just traditional recycling when it comes to sustainability?
  • As an entrepreneur, what do you see as the biggest challenge of being a small business with a fairly niche product?  How do you overcome challenges such as people not always being aware of its purpose and benefits?
  • What do you see as the biggest long term impact of your green business practices?
  • What impact has the UltraSlide had on the fitness world?  How has the product continued to be relevant in an ever evolving industry?
  • What’s in the works for UltraSlide?  What can we expect to see in the near future from the brand?

 Duration: 14:02

Barry Slotnick graduated from Northwestern University in June of 1993. During his senior year, he built the first “UltraSlide” board for use as a cross-trainer for cycling. That fall he received additional inquiries about the UltraSlide for other sports training programs. The popularity and effectiveness of the UltraSlide inspired the development of a business. “Torch Enterprises” – later changed to “Varisport” – was incorporated in December of 1993. The Chicago Bulls were the first professional customer, taking delivery of a custom UltraSlide in January 1994.

As President of Varisport, Inc., he brings a strong entrepreneurial objective to expand the reach of the UltraSlide brand; provide more education and increase awareness on the benefits of the product line. Based on his passion for the environment and green business practices, he also maintains a sustainable operations and manufacturing model. Barry lives in Glencoe, Illinois with his wife, Natalie, and children, Ben and Carly.


Twitter: @ultraslide

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