A Family Affair

Kemps sweep Madison
Chamber business awards

They own, operate Madison
Gymnastics World, Midwest Gym Supply

By Don Ward

(April 2012) – Stephanie Kemp and her parents, Paul and Judy Kemp, made a clean sweep of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Award, presented March 13 at the Small Business Dinner and Awards Banquet, held at Clifty Inn.

Kemp Family

Photo by Don Ward

From left, Nick, Judy, Chris, Paul
and Stephanie Kemp pose after
accepting both the Family Owned
Business of the Year and Small
Business Persons of the Year
awards on March 13 at Clifty
Inn in Madison, Ind.

Stephanie owns and operates Madison Gymnastics World, a gymnastics school located at 775 Scott Ct. in Madison. She accepted the Family Owned Business of the Year Award. Her parents, who expanded their gymnastics venture into Midwest Gym Supply, one of the country’s premier suppliers of gymnastics equipment, earned the Small Business Persons of the Year Award.
The awards were presented at a dinner that was highlighted by social networking time and a keynote address by Pat Koch, the matriarch of the popular Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, an amusement park in Santa Claus, Ind. About 100 people attended the event, chamber officials said.

Angela Gore, Pat Koch

Photo by Don Ward

Angela Gore of Madison meets
Pat Koch following Koch's keynote
address the Chamber dinner.

Madison Gymnastics World was created in response to the Kemps’ desire to provide a training ground for their daughter, Stephanie, who was a competitive gymnast for 11 years. They soon turned that hobby into a profitable business over the past 31 years. Judy, meanwhile, became a nationally ranked gymnastics judge who has been the Indiana State Judging Director for the past 17 years.
Judy continues to keep the financial books at the gym, while Paul builds and sells and sets up gymnastics equipment for customers. Stephanie’s two brothers, Chris and Nick, also work for the family business.

Pat Koch

Photo by Don Ward

Pat Koch recounts
her rules of business
to a large Madison
Chamber dinner
crown at Clifty Inn.

In 1998, Stephanie took over as owner of the gymnastics school. It offers training and recreation for children as young as 18 months and competition teams in both cheerleading and artistic gymnastics. Madison Gymnastics World has produced more than 500 state, regional and national champions.
Midwest Gym Supply, meanwhile, employs 15 people year-round and up to 30 employees during the winter competition season. The company owns 12 semi-trailers, four semi-trucks and one straight truck and three pickup trucks to haul the equipment and employees.
Founded in 1985, the company builds, rents, sells and maintains all types of gym equipment. Paul Kemp has also designed some gymnastics equipment. The biggest meet they supply is the Illinois Gymnastics Institute’s “Chicago Style” competition in February. The three-day meet typically attracts 6,000 gymnasts. It requires eight semi-truck loads of equipment to supply six complete gyms.
The company also has provided equipment for the Madison Consolidated High School Marching Band and athletic department, and to the Lide White Boys & Girls Club in Madison.

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