MeetMaker.com was founded in 2007 to provide a missing link between gymnastic
meets and those who participate in them. Before MeetMaker.com everyone used
pencil and paper to process gymnastic meet registrations. Registrations would
get lost, the handwriting was often illegible, many trips had to be made to the
bank, and endless hours of time had to be spent setting up the scoring system,
entering all the participants by hand. There had to be a better way.
The idea for MeetMaker.com was born when MeetMaker.com co-founder Jason Braun
thought "Why not let the participants provide all the registration information
via the Internet, download the data directly into the scoring system, and
eliminate all the hours, headaches and hassles that come with the current
status quo of paper registration forms." Although Jason has years of gymnastics
experience, and a good technical background, he was unsure how to create a web
site that could do this. So Jason called on a friend, MeetMaker.com co-founder
and webmaster Tracy Gough, to discuss the idea.
After some research Jason and Tracy discovered they had a unique idea and
started working on a beta version of the web site. Registrations for three
gymnastics meets were used in the beta test that went smoothly and everyone
that used the system liked the process and the idea. It was then decided to
move forward with a full featured web site. The first meet opened for online
registration on MeetMaker.com July 17, 2007.
Since 2007 MeetMaker.com has helped dozens of Meet Directors simplify their
registration process and make registrations easier for the participants.
MeetMaker.com prides itself on listening to its users and is constantly
updating and improving the system based on user feedback. The more people that
use MeetMaker.com the easier it gets for everyone, so tell your Meet Director
to use MeetMaker.com next year. Eliminate the paper. Use MeetMaker.
Jason Braun co-founder
MeetMaker.com co-founder Jason Braun started gymnastics at age 10 and continued
for 8 years reaching the Class 2 level. Competing in Trampoline and Power
Tumbling, Jason placed 3rd in the 18 and over age group in World Age Group
Games in Lubbock, TX. In 1986 (after his competitive years) Jason started his
gymnastics coaching career and is still coaching today. Jason has coached
champion gymnasts in Florida, South Carolina, and today in North Carolina. He
has been a Clinician at State and Regional Clinics, coached many State and
Regional champions, including Level 10 National and Level 9 East National
gymnasts, and has guided many athletes to college scholarships. In 1986 Jason
began working as a Meet Director. He has acted as a Meet Director for multiple
State, Regional, and Invitational meets and continues to run several meets a
year. Since 1999 Jason has operated scoring systems for multiple meets
annually. Jason is an active consultant on many State and invitational meets
throughout the country.
Tracy Gough co-founder
MeetMaker.com co-founder Tracy Gough started working with computers at age 12.
Tracy found working with computers challenging and fun and what started as a
hobby grew into more. Through high school and college Tracy continued to grow
his technical knowledge that ultimately opened doors for him once he entered
the professional world. Since Tracy’s first IT job in 1993 he has gone on to
gain experience in many industries and areas of IT. Tracy started web site
development in 1996 and in 1997 built his first custom, full feature E-commerce
web site for his Mother’s flower shop. Since 2000 Tracy has operated a full
service web hosting and design business and has created many web sites for
various types of businesses and uses.