Rachel Zietz

Founder, Gladiator Lacrosse

Rachel is the founder of Gladiator Lacrosse, a high-quality sports training equipment line with an affordable price point.  At 15 years old, as a straight-A high school student, athlete, CEO, and dedicated family member, Rachel has maintained a profitable company without ever compromising the brand’s fundamental intent or consumer promise.  Since its inception in 2013, the company has grown from $200,000 in revenue in its first year, to a projected $1M in revenue in its second year. Gladiator is also the #2 seller of rebounders and #1 seller of goals on Amazon, as well as the #1 seller of goals and rebounders on eBay.

Rachel has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, South Florida Business Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fortune Magazine’s online Broad Sheet page, Inc.com, and Kidpreneur, which have cumulatively resulted in more than 15,000 likes, 1,000 tweets, and hundreds of comments and shares online, including interactions by other business publications such as Forbes and Fortune.

Rachel is a member of the National Beta Club organization, an independent, non-profit service organization for Honors Students, which organizes many charitable and fundraising events throughout the year.  Rachel often volunteers to speak at many regional and international events, such as the 2013 Round Square International Conference held at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, and at the 2015 Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and held in Miami, Florida.  Rachel has also been a featured speaker for numerous youth leadership and professional organizations, including the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, the 2013 Round Square International Conference in Boca Raton, the 2015 Greater Miami Chamber’s Youth Leadership Conference in Miami, and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.

In June of 2015, Rachel was the winner of a $15,000 grant for her business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, after participating in a competition with other young entrepreneurs.  She was most recently honored by Florida Governor Rick Scott and awarded the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award for her business success.  She has also been honored with the “Rising Star Award” from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, as part of the organization’s Young Professional Committee’s annual HYPE awards, and was a finalist in the Entrepreneur Award category- the youngest finalist ever in any category in HYPE’s history, which has an age cap of 35 for its nominees.  She continues to receive recognition for her impressive accomplishments, her inspiring determination and her boundless entrepreneurial spirit.