Matt Baysinger is Co-Founder & CEO at Swell Spark, an entertainment company based in Kansas City.
I started my first business in 2010; I was a high school guidance counselor at the time and I started filming weddings on the side. Early on, I realized what a difference it made to excel in customer service, so I’ve tried to parley that into every new store or concept we’ve opened. In 2014, I helped start Mass Street Soda, which I then sold to my partner in 2017.
In 2015, Ryan Henrich and I opened Breakout KC, Kansas City’s first escape room. We quickly learned we could excel in the world of ‘small box entertainment’ where we focus on gathering people for shared experiences. Since focusing on shared experiences, we created Swell Spark in 2018 to operate as the parent company of our new entertainment concepts. Under the Swell Spark umbrella, we have opened Blade & Timber axe throwing in six locations across the nation and a handful of escape room locations. As part of developing new concepts, we opened a photo experience, Epic Aloha, in Honolulu and host monthly popup events, called Choir Bar. Additionally, we created a design and build team called Catalyst Build to support our own custom fabrication needs, while also serving other small businesses.
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