Sportsheets’ Tom & Julie Stewart Showcased in Orange County Register Spotlight
Family owned-and-operated manufacturer profiled for positive impact on local economy
Sportsheets International was featured in this weekend’s Orange County Register with a profile focused on the company’s positive impact on the local economy. Founder Tom Stewart and President Julie Stewart spoke with reporters whose curiosity delved into the world of bondage and how the duo’s hard work helped the company reach No. 93 on the Orange County Business Journal’s list of top 100 fastest-growing companies in October 2012.
Reporter Barbara Venezia was genuinely impressed and intrigued by the brother-and-sister team’s story and how the two came together to launch and manage what now is one of the largest and most respected manufacturers in the industry.
“I’ve interviewed many successful entrepreneurs, but Stewart, 57 and Julie Stewart, 42, who received her MBA in business from Pepperdine, are among the most interesting…as is their success story,” Venezia wrote.
Inspired by a comedy bit on the David Letterman show, during which host Letterman donned a Velcro® suit, jumped onto a Velcro® wall and stuck to it, Tom decided to create a product that would make it fun and easy for couples to tie each other up in the bedroom without worrying about knots and rope. After learning to sew and conspiring with his brother, Bob, Tom created the first Sportsheet bondage bed sheet and introduced the product at a swinger convention to see what the market thought.
“We were the hit of the convention,” Tom said.
From there Tom reached out to Julie to join forces and build the business as a family, later bringing their father on as a business consultant and even hiring each other’s spouses. Now Sportsheets International owns a 17,000-square-foot warehouse and office in the heart of Huntington Beach, Calif., and hosts more than 40 employees.
“Sportsheets has been a fixture in the community since the beginning and with the success of our award-winning product lines business has grown exponentially – and the local media has taken note!” Tom said. “More than two-thirds of our 350+ product line is made in the U.S. and we make a point to source and employ contractors and talent from the area. Keeping operations as local as possible is a key part of our business model and we are proud to have that and our company story featured in such a respected publication!”
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Sportsheets International has helped ordinary couples find new pleasure and explore new positions together with specialized “relationship tools” since 1993, when the Sportsheet sexual positioning and restraint system broke into the market. The company now offers more than 350 specialty items, including the Sportsheets Premium restraints, sexual positioning products, and strap-on harnesses; redefining S&M with the Sex&Mischief® line; the Manbound™ collection for gay couples; Naughty Night Out™ bachelorette line; Tease the Season™ Christmas novelties; XOXO2U Collection of Sportsheets-inspired romance; and the award-winning Sex in The Shower® collection. All of the company’s brands individually and collectively support its goal of Keeping Couples Connected!®“