Gary DeWaard supports his wife’s Funky Monkey Tumbling Club by setting up equipment, handling concessions, serving as an extra pair of hands when needed and more.
Together, he and his family bring their local community together by coordinating events for parents and children alike and providing a positive atmosphere for extracurricular activity.
Gary DeWaard has built a career out of helping businesses find their footing and grow to new heights. As an experienced entrepreneur of sales and marketing, he has worked alongside early businesses as well as late-stage companies to ensure they make a big splash in their respected markets.
In his spare time, he helps his wife grow her own venture, the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club, which offers weekly events to kids and parents in the community.
Together, Gary DeWaard and his wife offer a range of activities that help kids build up physical talent, find new friends, destress, exercise and more. While the focus is on tumbling and gymnastics, the couple is mindful to include events for boys and girls of all ages as well as occasional events for their parents.
“The Funky Monkey Club isn’t restricted to one age level, and there’s always something fun going on for parents and kids to participate in,” says Gary DeWaard. “Everybody in the community is welcomed out to join in some way or another, and it’s a great way for everyone to get to know the people in their city better.”
The Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics Club are located in Forest City, Iowa where Gary DeWaard and his family reside. Within the club, he and his wife offer tumbling classes, gymnastics classes, private lessons from qualified trainers, cheer tumbling classes, skill clinics, movie nights, an open gym and more.
Online calendars through social media allow community members to check in and see what upcoming events are planned, which is especially helpful since space is often limited to reservations. Besides hosting gymnastic meets, karate classes, one on one training and other club events, Gary DeWaard and his wife also host community movie nights that are geared towards everyone aged five and up.
During these movie nights, families gather with pillows and blankets they’ve brought and watched a movie that’s projected on the gymnasium wall. Kids mingle with old friends or make new ones while Gary and his wife provide snacks, popcorn, and water. In addition, the gym is available for rent whenever families decide to host their own private or community event.
“The Funky Monkey is unlike any other gym or activities club in the Forest City area,” says Gary DeWaard. “What we offer is a variety of ways for people to connect with one another, whether you’re a longtime resident or have recently moved to the area. There’s something here for everyone.”
Entrepreneur Gary DeWaard divides up his time between a handful of professional endeavors, passion projects in the entertainment industry, and supporting his family’s gym. Assisting his wife with her tumbling and gymnastics club, DeWaard serves many extracurricular roles to help Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics succeed.
Gary DeWaard is an experienced entrepreneur with more than ten years of experience in sales and marketing. In his career, he has helped early companies find a footing in their industries and helped late stage companies develop successful marketing plans and campaigns. As a fan of the entertainment industry, Gary DeWaard spends a lot of his free time dedicated to passion projects such as producing music videos and short films. However, he’s careful to dedicate much of his time to his family and supporting his wife’s Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club.
Located in Forest City, Iowa, the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club brings together kids in the community to improve their performance and create an inviting, safe place to have fun. In all, the facility offers tumbling and gymnastics classes, private lessons from qualified trainers, cheer tumbling classes, skill clinics, movie nights, an open gym and more.
“I’m very proud of what my wife has been able to put together in the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club,” says Gary DeWaard. “It’s a pretty extensive club with lots of activities for kids and their families to participate in.”
Through the club, Gary DeWaard and his wife are able to support their local community and create lasting memories with families from across the city. Their four kids are regular attendees and participants in the club’s various activities, and Gary spends a lot of time supporting them.
“I am the volunteer that drives the kids to their meets,” says Gary DeWaard. “I also setup any equipment at these events, serve as an extra pair of hands, and always cheer on the kids.”
The activities keep him busy as they take place frequently throughout each month. Parents and families rent out the space for their own parties and events, and the open gym is available nearly every night. In addition, the Funky Monkey Tumbling and Gymnastics club hosts regular movie nights which cater to boys and girls in Kindergarten and up. During movie nights, kids get to play around in the gym, meet new and old friends, and watch a movie being projected onto the large gymnasium wall. Gary DeWaard and his wife advise families to bring pillows and blankets to make themselves more comfortable during the screening, but provide snacks, popcorn, and water to the kids and their families.
“We have a great time at the Funky Monkey and hope that our efforts give the kids in our communities and their families something to look forward to regularly,” says Gary DeWaard.
Before becoming a manager at Swanson Productions, Gary Dewaardexercised his creativity and passion for the entertainment industry through solo projects and investments. Below, he shares his influential upbringing and the various outlets in entertainment that eventually led to his current role.
Gary DeWaard has over a decade of experience in sales and marketing for early and late stage companies as well as many years of entrepreneurial experience. While working in sales, he always sought after new means of flexing his creativity, including lending his marketing talent to a handful of entertainment providers.
He began his professional career in sales with the entertainment company International Learning Group, an NGO international institution founded and run by parents and teachers dedicated to improving education environments. He worked in sales on the educational entertainment product branded Video Buddy and was also head of sales for Monroe Table Company-West Division, which serviced the trade show and education sectors.
Gary DeWaard has been a fan of the entertainment industry for as long as he can remember, and his father’s career amplified his interests. His father began a satellite communications company in the ‘80s that was frequently used by big names in the film and television industries. He traveled alongside his father from their home in Iowa to LA throughout his youth, giving him real-world exposure to one of the world’s entertainment capitals.
After graduating and attending a junior college, he accepted a position in Orange County and began working on his personal projects shortly after. Along the way, he’s produced a short film, produced many songs, promoted many concerts, and continues working passionately on a handful of creative projects.
Gary DeWaard was an associate producer of the film entitled “Honey Pie”. The film was written and directed by Brandon A. Willer. The film follows a volatile drifter as they join a collective of lost addicts and together use homemade drugs to experiment with death. The short film is available today in its entirety on the Vimeo video streaming service. He has also produced a music video for country music artist Jason Brown entitled “We’re All in the Same Boat.”
In his professional career, he’s launched music-streaming services and produced a large-scale stadium concert, sticking to his entertainment roots. He’s been described by other professionals as a creative innovator who represents a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, and someone who is filled with terrific passion, drive, and determination for success. His rich history in various entertainment outlets has equipped him with a dynamic skill set that allows him to excel as a manager with Swanson Productions.
“Since childhood, I knew I had to be a part of some facet of the entertainment industry,” says Gary DeWaard. “I’m lucky to have had the early exposure I did, and I’m grateful to be in a position where I can excel professionally and flex my creative skills at the same time.”