Venkat “Ven” Puskur has an engineering background and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, a master’s in computer science, and an MBA specializing in finance and marketing. He previously worked for Fortune 100 companies. But with the heart of an entrepreneur and the desire to be his own boss, he took a leap of faith and created his own career path.
Puskur lives by the principle that you should be in a profession you truly enjoy and not just because it makes you money. “Your chances of success are higher when you actually enjoy what you do,” he said. “Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. If you have the conviction that the business idea is in line with your true philosophy of life and you actually want to be part of the business, you’ll enjoy the process and the success a lot more.”Puskur began his entrepreneurial career buying an existing Quiznos in 2007. Later, he found his true calling working with children and being part of their academic growth and success through a Kumon math and reading franchise. Always the businessman, Puskur continued his professional endeavors by investing in additional companies he believed in.
Fast-paced and hands-on in all his businesses and projects, Puskur believes customer service is of the utmost importance, and it shows when you witness him interact with his clients. He is about to embark on his most exciting project yet: bringing an Urban Air indoor trampoline and adventure park franchise to Brevard County.
After spending time researching the franchise and finding the right location at The Avenue Viera, Puskur focused on getting the financing required to make it happen.
In 2017, Puskur was introduced to Lory Milton, a local commercial loan officer at Fidelity Bank of Florida. After learning how Milton worked for a community bank with local decision-makers, Puskur realized they could bring his vision to life. Fidelity Bank quickly realized he was an experienced entrepreneur and pursued an SBA loan, financing backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, as a win for all parties.
The opening of Puskur’s Urban Air franchise will drive new jobs to Brevard and add substantial consumer traffic to The Avenue Viera. Urban Air is an adventure park for all ages featuring trampoline attractions, wall climbing, a warrior course, an indoor zip line, a rope course, laser tag, full-length bowling and virtual reality games. Puskar has plans to make Urban Air the ultimate event destination for families, schools and businesses in the county. It’s scheduled to open early next year at The Avenue Viera in the space previously occupied by Sports Authority.
Milton and Fidelity Bank are excited about Puskur and the Urban Air Trampoline Park becoming part of the Fidelity family. “Ven has been a pleasure to work with,” Milton said. “He has such a strong business ethic and drive.”