One mother’s advice has led to $60,000 and a promising small business for one Ohio State student.
Anthony Pentz, a forth-year in aviation management, got the idea for his small business three summers ago when he was trying to earn some extra money during his time off school.
“She (Pentz’s mother) said ‘you know, why don’t you go out and wash airplanes?’ cause that is how it started, just washing airplanes,” said Pentz. “So we sent out flyers to some of the area hangers and within a week and a half I had like $500 bucks in my pocket and I thought wow, there is a market here.”
Foxtrot Aviation Services is an aircraft detailing service that accommodates to all types of aircraft needs. Some of their clients include cargo companies, who want to keep up the appearance of the aircraft, and charter companies, who want the interior and exterior of the airplane serviced. They also do surface work like waxing and polishing various parts of the airplanes.
“Think of it as a detailing business to the exponential degree,” said Pentz. “We do a lot of surface restoration on the outside of aircrafts, in terms of like restoring a vintage automobile.”
Once Foxtrot Aviation Services began to pick up business, Pentz decided to ask long-time friend Chris Stump, a fourth-year history major at Walsh University, to become his business partner.
“Anthony comes to me with this business idea saying there was no detailing at the Akron/Canton airport,” said Stump. “So he handed out flyers and he made so much money that summer that Uncle Sam was going to find out about it. He said, why don’t you go ahead and join me and let’s make something of this.”
And make something they have.
Since its early stages, Foxtrot Aviation Services has grown exponentially. Pentz said that he and Stumpp currently have six employees, four of which are Ohio State students. The co-owners plan on hiring a manager in the near future so they can focus more on expanding their business. They are also branching out of their Akron/Canton market and are trying to set their feet in the Columbus area.
“We are really starting to make the transition from a micro-business to a small business. By the end of this fiscal year, my target revenue is $60,000,” said Pentz. “I’m making the projection that our goal is going to be $250,000 next year. It has been nothing but good news.”
Stump added that Foxtrot Aviation Services is trying to expand out of Ohio.
“We are going to try and expand to all of Ohio and maybe in the tri-state region to try and solicit more business,” said Stump. “See where that goes, try to invade the Pennsylvania market, West Virginia, Indiana.”
Some students have taken notice of the co-owners’ early success and hard work.
“It’s pretty impressive that a student was already able to create a successful company like that,” said Laura Grudzinski; a second-year in middle childhood education. “And to be expecting to make ten times more next year is even crazier!”
With strong community support, Foxtrot Aviation Services is beginning to reach a much larger market than when the business first started in the Akron/Canton area.
“It really grew out from there and it has become what it is today,” said Pents. “It has been a fun ride.”