The success of the company is ensured by professionals with many years of expertise in ice skating
and Synthetic ice rink operation who founded and run it
PEOPLE OF GLOBAL SYNTHETIC ICE
Owner & CEO of Global Synthetic Ice
Chris Crowley is the new owner of Global Synthetic Ice. He is originally from Long Island, New York and spent his adolescent years in New Mexico. He’s been in Tampa since 1999.
Chris has spent his entire life on ice skates. He was originally strapped into skates at 3-years old by his hockey-loving mom who made him walk in the house with the skates on to strengthen his ankles. To this day, Chris is an active skater, hockey player, coach, and fan. His dedication to and love of skating knows no bounds. Even his 9-year old son, Brycen, uses synthetic ice at home to practice for all of his hockey games!
Hard work and dedication come natural to Chris. Putting his strengths to work, he has helped to build a family environment for all customers and inspires athletes to become better in their sport. It was only natural that he started and ran Synthetic Ice Concepts the past 10 years. He brings over 30 years of experience in the hockey industry! The business enabled Chris to develop and nurture strong relationships. During his time with Synthetic Ice Concepts, Chris catered to large cities, corporate partners, seasonal mall displays and home setups. In May of 2020 Chris became the new owner of Global Synthetic Ice and continued to help grow and expand GSI to many countries.
With this wealth of knowledge, passion for the sport, an amazing team and an insatiable thirst for innovation, Global Synthetic Ice will continue to remain on top of the industry.
Chief Operating Officer, Global Synthetic Ice
Victor has a tremendous expertise in business development, sales and marketing. His companies both in Europe and US were mainly engaged in international trade with the main market in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries.
Victor has been with Global Synthetic Ice since 2010. Successful Super-Glide ice skating rink owner himself he knows every detail of how to set up and run synthetic ice rinks. He always generously shares his knowledge with customers helping them to duplicate his success.
His company ORLOFF LLC has been a very effective distributor of Super-Glide synthetic ice rinks in Europe for over 10 years. With his personal active involvement hockey training facilities, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, country clubs where Super-Glide synthetic ice rinks were installed, experienced increased volume of visitors and revenues. Thousands of happy skaters from Vladivostok in Russia to Quarteira in Portugal enjoyed skating on Super-Glide synthetic ice rinks. His knowledgeable and caring approach to all customers helped them to have their Super-Glide ice rinks successfully operating for many years. He made friends with many of his customers and they maintain friendly relations even after the customers are no longer associated with the ice rink industry.
In addition to English, Victor is fluent in Russian and Polish.
Creator of Super-Glide Synthetic Ice, GSI owner (1999-2020)
A skater since age 6, Perry Boskus boasts a lifetime of experience, success and knowledge about skating as president of Global Synthetic Ice, the nation’s leading manufacturer of synthetic ice and synthetic ice facilities.
As a two-time North Atlantic figure skating champion, Perry switched to speed skating and hockey, becoming Eastern Seaboard speed skating champion in just three years. At Don Bosco Preparatory High School, he lettered four times in varsity hockey, winning kudos for his many game-winning slap shots. He earned a hockey scholarship to New Hampshire College.
Launching a successful career as a professional figure skating coach, Perry trained Florida's first Junior National and Junior World champions. In 1992, he became skating director of Tampa Bay Skating Academy, which achieved a high profile and record student enrollment under his lead as one of the nation’s top coaches. He also owned and managed skating facilities while coaching figure and hockey skaters to world class levels.
All the while, Perry often tested synthetic ice and saw huge potential but a lack of glide characteristics to compare with real ice. Using synthetic ice as a training surface, he observed students improve strength and performance on these less-than-ideal synthetic ice surfaces.
Searching for a better solution, Perry determined that a proper synthetic ice surface required smoother joints with a more realistic "skate like ice" feel. Under his management, the Super-Glide® Team developed the Super Glide® synthetic ice skating surface to eliminate faults common to older synthetic ice surfaces while creating a nearly perfect ice replacement.