Meet the SPoT Staff

A place is nothing without its staff. Below is the crew that makes it happen around here and some of the products they like from our Shop.

Wesley Box

Wes, a long time lurker, ripper & a usual at all All Ages contest, joined our team in June of '15. Holding down Sunday morning lessons, Wes can be found helping coach beginner & is also available for private lessons, hit him up at Recommendations from Wesley Box:
Lakai Brea Shoes Lakai Camby Shoes Independent Doomsayers x Independent T Shirt Spitfire Formula Four 99D Conical Full Shaped Wheels Palace Bronze Head Deck WKND Skateboards Murray & Dionne Deck

Cole Jordan

Cole has joined our Snackbar staff in June of '15. Local and familiar face at the park daily and at all All Ages contest, catch him ripping the concrete course when not serving up the coldest sugary sodas and best pizzas in Tampa. Recommendations from Cole Jordan:
Skatepark of Tampa 93' University Coaches Jacket Independent Omar Salazar Doomsayers x Independent Stage 11 Trucks Spitfire Formula Four 101D Conical Full Shaped Wheels Krooked Dan Drehobl Night Moves Deck Polar Skateboards Happy/Sad Heather Crew Socks

Chris Monte

Chris joined our retail team in May of '15. He's been a longtime local & has made sure to get you the best Tampsterdam parking during Am and Pro the past few years, all while getting a sunburn that would make lobster jealous. Give him a high 5 in the shop Recommendations from Chris Monte:
Expedition One Ryan Gallant Fabric E Deck Expedition One Tread T Shirt Independent Andrew Reynolds Baker II Stage 11 Hollow Trucks adidas Adi Ease ADV Shoes Bronze B Logo T Shirt

Tristan Mershon

Tristan joined our Snackbar staff in May of '15. Slingin' sodas and pizza ain't the only place you'll find him holdin' it down. Tristan also films projects around the park and can be found behind the lens of a VX in Tampa. Follow @tbmersh to check footage Recommendations from Tristan Mershon:
Sector Nine Bamboo Mundaka Longboard Complete DGK Smoke Weed Everyday T Shirt Mob Grip High Times Magazine 420 Sheet Griptape Skullcandy Agent Over-Ear Headphones HUF Glow In The Dark Plantlife Crew Socks Red Bull Red Bull Grizzly Tie Dye Bear Cut-Out Griptape Mouse Bong Sheet Griptape

Josh Eckert

Josh joined our staff in April of 2015. Previously a long time local & holding down the parking lot during Am & Pro, Josh can be found holding down the Snackbar and the Shop pulling orders or building completes, don't let the man-bun fool you, he rips too Recommendations from Josh Eckert:
Skatepark of Tampa City Star Baby Rib Long Sleeve One-Piece Thunder 149 II Trucks Spitfire Formula Four 101D Conical Full Shaped Wheels Nike Zoom All Court CK QS Shoes Brixton Cutter Fingerless Gloves Cliche Daniel Espinoza Painter Series Deck Dickies Slim Straight Leg Work Chino Pants MS&G Stoned Snap-Back Hat

Adam Washell

Adam joined our team in January of 2015. Coming in hot on the new year as our buyer, you'll be sure to see him at all tradeshows handling biz and shakin' hands. Catch him around the park or SPoT Ybor making sure the store is stocked on the latest goods! Recommendations from Adam Washell:
Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Bones Wheels Ben Raybourn Audry II STF V5 Wheels Bones Bones Reds Bearings adidas Seeley Cup Shoes Theories Classic Heathered Crew-Neck Sweater Theories Trinity of Costanza T Shirt Polar Skateboards Hjalte Halberg BS 50-50 P5 Shape Deck

DJ Dragan

DJ started out help out around the park while skating making sure everything was clean and up to par, afterwards, he held it down at Tampa Am 14' doing crowd control. You can catch him now keepin' the pizza's hot and soda's cold in the snackbar! Recommendations from DJ Dragan:
Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino Pants Thunder 149 II Trucks Matix Classic Welder Pants Spitfire Classic Wheels Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Nike Blazer Low GT Shoes Hopps Big Hopps II Deck Grizzly Bear Cut-Out Griptape Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack Transportation Unit Slappy T Shirt

Josh Knight

Long time extended family of SPoT, and a usual helping hand on annual course demolition, Josh officially joins our staff in October of 2014, in the maintenance department. Recommendations from Josh Knight:
Vans Chima Ferguson Pro Shoes Skatepark of Tampa Moat Monster T Shirt Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Real Ernie Torres Hombre Lowpro Deck Bones Wheels Taylor Bingaman Tank STF V5 Wheels Bones Bones Reds Bearings

Paul Zitzer

One of the key persons leading to the creation of SPoT, Paul has always been around in one way or another. In September, we official welcomed Paul as an employee of the park. Catch Paul at all of our events, local & abroad, as well as posting to the blog. Recommendations from Paul Zitzer:
Volcom Faceted Chino Pants Prospects Productions Static IV DVD Box Set Toy Machine Angry Turtle Crew Socks Bones Wheels Chris Miller CMYK SPF Wheels Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Nike Stefan Janoski EXP PQS SHoes SPoT Skate Shop Logo T Shirt Theories Coffin Windbreaker Theories Cipher Snap-Back Hat olloclip iPhone 5/5S 4-In-1 Lens

Pat Daly

Pat joined our team in August of 2014, taking over as lead in maintenance. When not scrubbing soda off the ramps or removing your tags throughout SPoT facilities, you can catch him behind the lens, capturing photos of Tampa locals in the streets. Recommendations from Pat Daly:
Lakai Camby Shoes Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Anti-Hero Classic Eagle Deck Thrasher Magazine Flame Logo T Shirt Spitfire Anthony Van Engelen Jailbreak Lock-In F1 Streetburner Wheels Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Dakine Limited Edition Dakine X SPoT Atlas Backpack

Derick Wynn

Derick is the most recent addition to the Innetech team in our mail order department. Joining us in November of 2013, he maybe a bit quiet but his knowledge of product is vast, from the hype to the vague, if you want to know about our goods, he’s got you. Recommendations from Derick Wynn:
KR3W (Krew) Slim Jacket DGK Cannabis Cup Snap-Back Hat Supra Chad Muska 14K Skytop Shoes Armourdillo Rambler Chain Wallet Beats By Dre Studio 2 Over-Ear Headphones

Jack Loktu

Jack recently came back into town from the Worst coast and was welcomed back to our family in October of 2013. He handles checking in all products we receive. When not working, he’s holding it down on the hip with a few BS 360 no complies. Recommendations from Jack Loktu:
Spitfire Formula Four 99D Radial Shaped Wheels Shaqueefa Shaqueefa Mixtape Vol. 2 DVD Fucking Awesome Kevin Terpening America Deck Fucking Awesome Dylan Rieder Cumshot Deck Fucking Awesome Embroidered Logo Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt Hockey Eyes Without a Face Deck Hockey Logo Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt

Marino Nicastro

Joining our team in October 2013, Marino's a NJ transplant and can be found in Innetech behind the lens of his Canon, taking photos of all the products that come through our doors. Marino also holds down our SPoT tent at our events on site. Recommendations from Marino Nicastro:
Vans Era Pro Shoes Volcom Frickin Modern Chino Pants Bones Wheels Jared Lucas Weed Babe ATF Wheels Bones Bones Reds Bearings Mob Grip PBR X Mob 12oz Can Griptape Altamont GG Allin Live Fast Die T Shirt Brixton Hamilton Strap-Back Hat Slave Skateboards Junkyard Team Deck Theeve Trucks TiAX Truck Stance 20 Eyes Socks

Frank Branca

Frank joined our team after assisting with filming the 2013 Tampa Pro. He is now our lead videographer & TM, and can be found at all our contest & events, local & abroad. When not holding it down at our events, he's in the streets filming with our team. Recommendations from Frank Branca:
Vans Steve Caballero Half Cab Unisex Shoes Skatepark of Tampa Rope Logo Pocket T Shirt Spitfire Bighead T Shirt Bones Wheels Standard STF V4 Wheels Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Traffic Skateboards Ricky Oyola Burnout Deck Stance Banner Crew Socks The Bricks The Bricks Thumbs Up Coffee Mug Theories Era T Shirt olloclip iPhone 5/5s 3-In-1 Lens System

Chris Reitz

Joining our team in August of 2013, Chris is our lead maintenance member. He ensures that everything from lights to the ramps are 100%. This kid rips, catch him in the streets of Tampa on any given day. Recommendations from Chris Reitz:
Skatepark of Tampa 93' University Coaches Jacket Spitfire Ishod Wair Pro Formula Four 99d Wheels Supra Cuba Slip-On Shoes Skate Mental Uzi Does It USA T Shirt 3D Logo Board

Eric McKenney

Eric joined us in August 2013. He’s our SPoT team manager and go to guy for anything event related. If you need to register for an all ages event, a Damn Am, or just have a general question about an event, be sure to drop him a line! Recommendations from Eric McKenney:
Lakai Brea Shoes Skatepark of Tampa Tropical Logo Premium T Shirt Skatepark of Tampa Lance Mountain Doughboy 5-Panel Hat Independent Stage 10.5 Forged Hollow Trucks Chocolate Marc Johnson Circus Deck Spitfire Formula Four 101D Classic Shape Wheels Bones Super Reds Bearings KR3W (Krew) Fear Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt Mob Grip Perforated Sheet Griptape Stance Chicano Socks

Andy Johnson

Andy comes from over a decade of retail experience and even more than a decade of skating. You can find him holding it down in the shop or behind the grill at our events. He's a positive guy and takes customer service very seriously. Recommendations from Andy Johnson:
Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Spitfire Formula Four 99D Conical Full Shaped Wheels Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Dickies Slim Straight Leg Work Chino Pants New Balance Numeric PJ Ladd Stratford 533 Shoes New Balance Numeric Brighton 344 Shoe New Balance Numeric Brighton 344 Shoe New Balance Numeric Quincy Shoe New Balance Numeric Quincy Shoe New Balance Numeric Brighton Mid Shoes

Michael Andruzzi

Michael is our most recent Shop employee and joins on the same day as Ace and Derick. Introduce yourself next time you stop by and quiz him on anything skateboard related. He'll pass. Recommendations from Michael Andruzzi:
Vans Old Skool Unisex Shoes Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro Shoe Anti-Hero Jeff Grosso Fattest Pigeon Deck Paradise Wheels Jimmy Lannon Shark 101A Wheels

Chris Preston

Chris joins the staff in Feb 2013 as our new product photographer and all things artsy like flyers, logos, and other design work keeping new things looking tight and slowly updating old, not so beautifully designed things we've done in the past. Recommendations from Chris Preston:
Vans Old Skool Unisex Shoes Skatepark of Tampa SPoT and Destroy T Shirt Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Thrasher Magazine Rope Snap-Back Hat Spitfire Formula Four 101D Conical Full Shaped Wheels Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Program Skateboards Eddie's Knife Deck

Sam Bellipanni

Sam holds it down for the SPoT Team and you can catch him in the shop as well. He makes it look easy on a board with a bag of tricks like no other. He also maybe the guy to teach you how to kickflip during a skate lesson. Recommendations from Sam Bellipanni:
Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino Pants Independent Andrew Reynolds Stage 11 GC Hollow Baker Truck Fourstar Legend Air Freshener Bones Wheels Hardcore Medium Bushings Stance Gable Socks Theories Morning Star T Shirt Beats By Dre Beats Pill Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Tom McKessy

Tom has worked at the park longer than most here. He is an integral part of the company. You can catch him behind the counter at SPoT and SPoT Ybor, or just ripping through 7th in Ybor City. Recommendations from Tom McKessy:
Vans SK8-Hi Pro Shoes Vans Authentic Pro Shoes Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Independent AMI Logo Premium T Shirt Spitfire Formula Four 99D Classic Full Shaped Wheels Magenta Minuit Tribal Society T Shirt Magenta Classic Plant T Shirt Theories Static 456 Mug Theories Chaos Sticker Theories November 22nd Deck

Brian Schaefer

Schaefer started this place in 1993 and lived here while it got off the ground. Then he went and started a bar in Ybor called The Bricks. Find him there and he'll most likely buy you a beer and then bus your table. Recommendations from Brian Schaefer:
Real Justin Brock About To Roll Deck Real Peter Ramondetta About To Roll Deck Toy Machine Turtle Boy Socks Toy Machine Monster Face Socks Spitfire Andrew Allen Signature Wheels Fourstar Chara Long Sleeve Shirt Fourstar Art Dump 15 Years Coleman T Shirt Fourstar Collective Denim Jeans Brixton Brigg Jacket Brixton Capo Plaid Long Sleeve Button-Up Shirt