Meet our Founder Derek!

We've been there... and still are!


Thank you for your interest. Let me be the first at Adventure Sports HQ to welcome you! I take great pride in being a pioneer in the laser tag industry. My passion is laser tag, and there’s not a day that goes by that laser tag does not impact my life. What’s so amazing about laser tag is if you can pick up a tagger and pull a trigger, you can make anyone smile! Every day I’m rewarded knowing that I’m positively impacting millions of kids and adults. It doesn’t get much better than that!

My Experience

My laser tag experience starts all the way back in the late ’70s when I was a child owning a World’s of Wonder laser tag system, and my passion and expertise continues to grow daily. From 1990-1993 I was stationed as a Soviet aggressor for the US Army in Hohenfels, Germany. We used the M.I.L.E.S. Laser Engagement System Equipment in a 10-mile x 10-mile laser tag training area referred to as the “Box.”  Our laser tag engagement system included soldiers, vehicles, tanks and even helicopters. On any given mission we could have 3000 – 4000 troops battling at once. I got to play Rambo 24/7 365 days a year. As a 17-year-old soldier, I was living the dream!  It was an incredible experience and a period in life that I will always cherish.

After I left the Army, my first job in 1994 was managing a Q-ZAR in Atlanta, GA. I was involved in all aspects of the business and learned a tremendous amount about running a laser tag business, and I still rely on that knowledge and training to this day. During the next ten years, I started and ran several multi-million dollar companies until finally, in 2003, what would now be Adventure Sports HQ was born. The rest is history. So enjoy the website, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me personally! Good luck and I look forward to sharing your future success!