Recently, Valpo MBA Alum Steve Bartholomew was honored in the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. The Society is part of the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
Steve owns Dominator Athletics, which is currently close to being the largest supplier of indoor weights and shot puts, if not the largest. Steve designs, builds and sells several different versions of indoor weights and shots, including high end models that are being used by nearly all of the top competitors in the country- both at the collegiate and professional levels.
Steve also sells weight lifting straps, a multiple shot put wrist wraps as well as a suspension training system.
Dominator Athletics is planning to unveil an outdoor hammer within the next year. Steve has been working on the hammer project with an engineering student from the Valparaiso University College of Engineering to design specific elements of the hammer. This year, the prototype will be used in the Olympic Trials. Steve goes on to say, “This hammer will be the best anyone has ever created and will retail for half of what top hammer costs. I think a realistic goal is to sell 400 in the 2012-2013 season. I’m also hoping to have a few accessories and training aids to the list of products as well.”
Recently Steve purchased a new house that will enable him to have a much larger workspace and storage area. His plan is to continue to run the business out of his house in a same manner that he always has.
For more information about Dominator Athletics, please visit: http://dominatorathletics.com/.
For more information about the Valpo MBA program, please contact Cindy.Scanlan@valpo.edu or call the MBA Office at (219)465-7952.