So excited to see Betsy’s line of swimwear called SWIMZIP, on Shark Tank tonight.
How did you get started?
Being diagnosed with skin cancer at just 26 years of age changed my life. It was scary, awful, and traumatic. (Kleenex made a small fortune wiping away my tears for a few weeks!) After getting over the self-pity, I realized that I had actually been presented with was an opportunity to do something meaningful with my life. I enjoyed working in the corporate world, but here was a chance to help others avoid my fate – and maybe even save lives. With the conviction that comes from knowing without a doubt that you are doing something right, I dove headfirst into the world of UPF sun protective clothing … and thus SwimZip was born. As a skin cancer victim, I know the harsh reality of not getting enough sun protection. As a Mom, I know I do not want my children suffering the same fate. SwimZip is a lot more than just a sun protective clothing company … SwimZip is a passion.
How long have you been in business?
What a life changing and business changing experience for founders, Betsy Johnson (Prairie Village, KS) and Berry Wanless (Pittsburgh, PA). SwimZip has been our little business for over 3 years now, and we are ready to take our business to the next level. Johnson and Wanless did not come from start-ups to start SwimZip, they come from the corporate world and fortune 100 companies. So running a business and being the only two employees to manage the finances, sales, business development, designing, operations, supply chain management is a learn on the fly experience.
Over these three years we have learned to manage running a whole business on our own.
Is your swimwear collection just for kids?
This swim wear with child protection is not only for kids, but for adults too. Click here to view the adult collection.
Why wear SwimZip?
SwimZip is the UPF 50+ clothing brand people trust to keep themselves and their children sun safe. We feature our signature full zipper down the front of our rash guard shirts – they are soooo easy to put on and take off! Our swimsuits, swimwear, bathing suits and accessories are made with the best materials to our unmatched standards. SwimZip styles are one-of-a-kind, and we include a number of innovative design features. Others have tried to copy our ideas, but our unparalleled devotion and innovation leads to the highest quality products that simply cannot be beat.
I’ll be watching you on SHARK TANK Tonight!
Good Luck Betsy!