By Ken Sain, Chief Editor
Lynsey and Drew Breivogel said they had no plans to open their own business when they moved to Chandler during the pandemic.
It was a case of having been there, done that.
However, those plans changed for former Seattle residents when the chapter manager of TGA Premier, a national franchise offering tennis and golf lessons, informed all of his parent-clients that he intended to sell his business and asked if any of them were interested in buying it.
“Not at all,” Lynsey said when asked if the plan was to start her own business.
“We have never been set in stone in our career paths. Because we had kids and moved and moved, we didn’t really have a specific thing that we were tied to, or told everything we needed to do. So just having an open mind, seeing the opportunity and seizing it has been a huge blessing.
The Breivogels had built a thriving Seattle-area home improvement business from the ground up. Then, the pandemic arrived and the price of wood skyrocketed.
After moving to Chandler, Drew took up a golf pro position at Sunbird Golf Club and the couple enrolled their 8-year-old son at TGA for tennis lessons.
That’s when they got the email about a business opportunity.
“We talked about it and we had a price in mind,” Lynsey said. “And if it was, at that price or less, we would consider it, and if it was above, it just wasn’t meant to be. So it was below what we thought and went to ask about it, and a month later it was closed.
Drew said kids can learn a lot from sports that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.
“We teach them the sport and most of them have never touched a racquet or a club, but we also teach them etiquette and the rules of the game,” Drew said. “Golf in particular is very similar to life, isn’t it? Because there are many holes, you’re going to make mistakes, aren’t you? That’s what happens when you make this mistake, don’t make this mistake worse, do you? Don’t make another mistake.
So far, business has boomed, so much so that the couple are looking to hire more trainers.
Most companies teach tennis and golf at East Valley schools. They work with Higley, Gilbert and Kyrene school districts as well as charter and private schools. They also run a number of camps for students looking for more instruction.
Lynsey said they plan to expand, including offering private lessons. Drew said some parents have registered their children for multiple camps. As a thank you, he offered them a free private lesson.
“We hope to continue to do that, no matter what size we are,” Drew said.
The big challenge now to develop their business is to find coaches. Lynsey said they’ll train whoever wants to. Since they would be working with children, all coaches must undergo a background check.
Lynsey said working with TGA, which has chapters across the country, has been great.
“[We’ve had] incredible support,” Lynsey said. “The CEO or CFO, I can text them. It’s an open book, they are there if there are any problems.
Drew said that now that he has both built a business from scratch and bought an existing one, the latter is much easier. However, there are still pros and cons.
“It’s like buying a house, isn’t it? ” he said. “You know, and then having to live in this house for about three months. You can’t paint the walls, you can’t paint the trim, you can’t change the doors. You have to live there a bit like that, which is good.
But they will slowly take ownership of the business, Lynsey said.