Skates US specializes in the skates and accessories used by the majority of the current US National and World Champion Artistic Skaters and the World Quad Ball Roller Hockey Skaters. Skates US is a Partner Sponsor of the USA Roller Sports Figure Skating National Championships. We also lead in supporting Roller Derby, Jam Skating, Quad Speed Skating, Recreational Skating, and also Ice Figure Skating.
Our experience stems from our president, David Ripp’s vast experience in the skating business. David’s mother was Shirley Snyder and grandfather was Charles Snyder of the famed Snyder Skate Company. David’s innovations with new products as Vice President of the Snyder Skate Company back in the 80′s as well as being a contributing innovator with our current lines, he has had the predominate influence as to where skates are today.
Founded in 2004, we are the US exclusive importers of ATLAS, EDEA Skates, and Roll-Line Skates and Wheels and accessories. These products represent the very best in new technology, comfort, ease of use, ultra light weight, precision, and especially design that we provide you, with the detailed customization of your complete skate outfits to give you the very best performance possible. You won’t believe us, until you put these on your feet and ROLL!
Phyllis is the person that mainly answers the phone and helps with all of those questions. She is extremely knowledgeable on Skates US products, and if she doesn’t have the answers right away (which she does most of the time), she WILL get the answers for you. Phyllis is ready to help with orders and is absolutely fantastic in working with our customers. Phyllis can be reached at OrderDesk@SkatesUS.com or at (765) 935-7477.
Josh has been with Skates US for quite awhile now and has become one of the very best Skate Techs around. His mount jobs (for both ICE and Roller) are some of the very best and most accurate, possible. Josh’s knowledge of “Shaping” EDEA Skates to customize them to your feet and make them the most comfortable Skates ever, is beyond top notch. Josh spends most of his time in the shop at our facilities specializing on the Tech work for both Ice and Roller Skaters of all levels from beginner to National and World Champions and those that just enjoy Skating. Once in a while we let Josh out of the Shop where he provides his precision Tech work at both Ice and Roller events that Skates US displays at. Josh has become a wealth of knowledge on both Ice and Roller Skates. Josh can be reached at (765) 935-7477 or at tech@SkatesUS.com.
Joe comes to Skates US with 22 years of sales experience. His passion is excellent client and customer service. His sales career includes sporting goods at the youth, high school and college levels. Additionally, he worked in the imprinted apparel industry marketing licensed apparel (NCAA, NBA, NFL, and NHL) to national retail chains as well as private label programs for non traditional retailers (motor sports, restaurant chains, and national manufacturers). He enjoys his clients and works hard to service their needs. Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the SKATES US TEAM.
Joe serves the Richmond, IN community as an Indiana Football Hall of Fame board member. Also, he serves as the director for the Richmond, IN youth tackle football program which consists of 100 youth grades 3-6. Each summer the Etherington’s are a host family for a collegiate baseball player participating with the Richmond River Rats of the Prospect League. He and his wife of twenty years have one daughter.
Joe is an great resource for information on the Skates, both ICE and Roller. Joe can be reached at our Main number (765) 935-7477, his direct line (765) 935-7474, his cell phone (765) 994-74747, or at Joe@SkatesUS.com.
Elizabeth is a long time Figure competitor with many trips to the Nationals and Placements. She has a Passion for Skating and knows the equipment first hand from experiences using it to the MAX. Elizabeth is a great resource for both Ice and Roller Skaters. Elizabeth lives in Ohio, unless she is on the road competing and helping us at Competitions. Elizabeth can be reached at Elizabeth@SkatesUS.com.
Paul Mc Collum
Paul is a long time avid Roller Skater and Skates Dance sessions on a regular basis at rinks all over the central part of Florida several times a week. Paul and his wife Joan (who will probably be either Lacing EDEA Skates or Crocheting) usually accompanies him as we travel around to various competitions. Paul started skating in about 1957 in eastern Ohio, when the rink owner asked him if he wanted to skate for free. Of course the answer was yes, so started his working in Roller Skating Centers as a floor guard and working on Skates. Paul met Joan at a Skating session in 1962 and you can guess where that went as they are still together today. Paul skated some of the adult dance competitions with several appearances at the US Artistic Roller Nationals until about 2006. Paul is a great resource for both Ice and Roller Skaters when he is home in Florida. Otherwise he is on the road with us at competitions. Paul can be reached at Paul@SkatesUS.com
Joan Mc Collum and Elizabeth Lacing EDEA Skates for Fittings
David Ripp’s History
David Ripp, President of Skates US, literally grew up at his grandfather’s (Charles Snyder) skate shop in Dayton, Ohio. “When grandpa’s skates became the rage after my mother (Shirley) did so well on them, he left his job as a tool maker at Frigidaire to make the skates full time.”
The Double Action Super Deluxe Model was made for Shirley. However, when David was a competitive skater, he was also skating ice shows, tests, and competition, and wanted a roller skate that responded as quickly as the ice blade. His Grandfather worked with him to develop the Imperial Model skate. David went on to win 13, first, second and third placements at the North American Championships.