1986-Current The SWIMshop
Owner / CEO
§ Began the SWIMshop from my basement in the fall of 1986 to outfit swim teams in the Metro Atlanta Area.
§ Opened our first retail store with Swim Atlanta in Lilburn Spring of 1988. A computer system was installed to manage inventory, sales, and accounting. (Employees = 3)
Spring 1990 - The SWIMshop opens a second
§ Fall 1992 - The first SWIMshop catalog is developed and mailed via bulk mail.
Fall 1994 – The SWIMshop and Norcal Swim shop in
Winter 1996 – The SWIMshop opens a third
store in the John’s Creek area of
§ Spring 1997 – With 2 container units overflowing in the Roswell Store Parking lot, the “warehouse” is opened in a house built in White, Ga. We now have 2,500 sq feet of storage/office/shipping and another 300 sq feet of office for the full-time bookkeeper. (Employees = 8ft/3 pt)
Winter 1997 – The SWIMshop implements an
§ Fall 1997 – The SWIMshop begins an online store: www.swimshop1.com
Spring 1998 – The SWIMshop opens in the
§ Spring 2000 The SWIMshop awards the first “Best of Friends” Scholarship.
§ Winter 2001 – Terry Gill is featured by “USA Today” in the small business section of their Web Paper. http://www.usatoday.com/small/blue/blue021.htm
Spring 2001 The SWIMshop awards the first annual
“Betsy Dunbar Memorial” scholarship in memory of a dedicated
Summer 2001 – The SWIMshop opens two
stores with the Dynamo Parent Group in
Summer 2001 Terry Gill is interviewed on the
radio show “Entrepreneurs! Tour of
§ Spring 2002 – Terry Gill is interviewed for “My Business” magazine. A photo shoot was completed at the Dynamo Chamblee Pool.
Winter/Spring 2003 – The SWIMshop
incorporates and upgrades the
Fall 2004 – The SWIMshop closes its stores
with the Dynamo Parent group and opens new stores with Chattahoochee Gold in
§ Fall 2006- The SWIMshop consolidates the Gwinnett and John’s Creek Store into a new larger Roswell Store.
Fall 2006- Opens a pro shop at the World of Swim
2008- The SWIMshop closes the