It was recently announced that three core team members of Rock Gym Pro (RGP), Andy Laakmann, Tod Bloxham and Ted Knudsen, would be leaving the company. Laakmann founded RGP in 2008 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and served as a key developer in the subsequent years. Bloxham worked as Rock Gym Pro’s Chief Executive Officer, and Knudsen filled the role of Chief Technical Officer.
An email message to RGP customers did not provide specifics about the trio’s departure, but it did indicate that the company has been owned by software company Togetherwork for the past two years. As such, the company and Togetherwork have been working towards “a transition that will help Rock Gym Pro…ensure business continuity.” Togetherwork started in 2015 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.
“Andy, Tod and Ted’s contribution to the growth of the climbing gym industry has been significant. While we wish them well, they’ve left Rock Gym Pro in an excellent position to continue to support the industry for years to come. Togetherwork’s wealth of technical resources and expertise combined with the knowledge and passion of the existing RGP team will help propel the software to new heights,” says Maria Trysla, RGP’s new Business Leader from Togetherwork.
The aforementioned email from RGP also stated, “Rest assured that we’ve also been hard at work facilitating a technical transition to a combination of new and existing development team members at Togetherwork. We are confident that RGP will remain the stable platform you have come to trust.”
RGP is the chosen customer relationship management (CRM) software for “hundreds of high volume facilities around the world,” according to the company’s website. More than 100 million gym check-ins have been done with RGP software since its inception.
“Andy has helped me so many times when I was in a pinch or even just needed some solid advice,” says Matt Lambert, Owner of Rogue Rock Gym and an early user of RGP. “I truly feel like I owe him a huge debt of gratitude…I literally couldn’t have run my business through this growth period without RGP.”
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