Charles Davis is the Founder and CEO of Tailgatehouse, a startup that is revolutionizing the premium hospitality sector. A pioneer in portable experiential hospitality solutions, Tailgatehouse provides luxury entertainment suites at events throughout the Southeast. Tailgatehouse events bring communities together on game days while providing five star service and amenities. Corporate partners utilize Tailgatehouse to elevate their brand and connect with their audiences.
“It’s where passion and innovation meet to create world-class experiences for both corporate clients and fans,” explained Charles.
Growing up in Niceville, Florida, Charles credits being raised in a supportive home with Christian values as the base of his success. He began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 12 by flipping garage sale treasures on Ebay. He ended up making over $10,000.
Charles was also very much part of the sports world growing up. As the nephew of Lindy Davis, founder and publisher at Lindy’s Sports Magazine, Charles was surrounded by sports talk. Later, as a student at the University of Alabama, Charles worked for the football team and just about every position in the Athletic Department.
In 2015, Charles graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Finance & Sales and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. He worked in several sports hospitality positions before starting Tailgatehouse.
Charles started Tailgatehouse in 2017 with nothing but a vision, $72 in his pocket and an unorthodox birthday present: an empty shipping container. A year later, Tailgatehouse was voted the #1 startup in Atlanta by Jezebel Magazine and quoted in the Sports Business Journal as “having created the world’s most innovative sponsorship asset.”
The company, whose slogan is “Just Show Up”, now owns a fleet of assets and has expanded to activating over 50 hospitality and sponsorship events, all while maintaining a 100% renewal rate.
Tailgatehouse currently partners with numerous elite corporations, including Lexus, Lyft, Vineyard Vines, Fox Sports South, Frito Lay, Entercom, the Southeastern Conference, Keeneland Racecourse and the University of Alabama. According to Charles, Tailgatehouse is in negotiations with numerous others entities.
“The mission of Tailgatehouse is to be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of turnkey entertainment solutions,” said Charles. “Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and products, we develop the most creative and innovative entertainment experiences and related products in the world!” he added.
Charles says he reached out to IgniteHQ CEO Mark Hubbard after discovering IgniteHQ’s Non-Tech Scalable Lab.
“It has become a perfect place for Tailgatehouse to connect and grow with like-minded non-tech companies,” said Charles. “The IgniteHQ team truly cares about your business and they give you all of the tools to turn your dreams into reality,” he said.
Tailgatehouse has plans to scale across the country in the coming years, including an expansion of its nonprofit arm called “Tailgating For A Cause.”
Be sure to be on the lookout for Tailgatehouse at your next sporting event!
For more information on Tailgatehouse visit: https://www.tailgatehouse.com/