Joshua Zaporzan: CEO and Co-Owner of Longball Athletics
Longball is a Canadian golf and lifestyle apparel company which offers uniquely designed trendy golf apparel and accessories for Men and Women. The lifestyle brand was built for professionals and everyday golfers, promoting a work hard and play harder lifestyle before, during and after a round of golf. Longball is breaking the traditional mold of golf, making the brand an essential part of everyone’s lifestyle.
Joshua Zaporzan graduated from the Asper School of Business in 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors Degree and a major in Entrepreneurship. He has worked in the golf industry for the past 10 years, most notably as the Assistant at the Clear Lake Golf Course and the Manitoba Representative for Longball from 2015-2018. Prior to joining Longball as CEO and Co-Owner, Joshua established a successful digital marketing consulting company, where he worked with clients to help grow and maintain an effective online presence and marketing strategy through the use of multiple digital platforms. Joshua has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial start ups and represented the Asper School of Business at the Apex National Business Plan Competition where he and his team finished in first place for their mobile application, MedicHero.
Zach Wolff is a current I.H. Asper School of Business MBA student, and co-founder Sheri Governo completed her MBA in 2015. In 2014 the team entered the Stu Clark Investment Competition and not only made it to the Championship Round, but went on to win Top Canadian University.
Zach and Sheri developed germ fighting materials that attract microbes, and then eliminate them along with the spread of infections. This technology breakthrough was originally the result of research which took place right here at the University of Manitoba, by Dr. Song Liu, Associate Professor in the Department of Textile Sciences. The compounds were originally thought to focus on only healthcare and hospital facilities, and in particular healthcare textiles, but current development is expanding into water remediation, sports padding, mattresses, and many other potential product applications. In particular, the company is working to expand into the food processing environment to prevent cross-contamination.
Path to Success
Zach and Sheri were initially exposed to the technology in an MBA class called Business Venture Analysis, taught by Stuart Henrickson, I.H. Asper Executive Director for Entrepreneurship. After encountering a scientific breakthrough development related to self-disinfecting surfaces by Dr. Song Liu, both decided to form a commercialization for this technology in conjunction with University support and by working with Dr. Song Liu.
Zach says that what he is most proud of in his career is the relationships he has built and the idea that people recognize the success of the company enough to want to be involved. “The company starts out small and then takes on a life of its own, but to be among the first people who did everything is very rewarding” says Zach. “In the relationships we work to develop, ‘No’ happens in 30 seconds, but ‘Yes’ happens over many months”, says Zach.
Tips for Success
Their success comes from being patient, and never giving up or panicking when unexpected developments occur. The answer is always digging deeper to overcome any challenges at hand.
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