We’re American Ramp Company. What started out as a couple of guys in a garage in the Midwest has grown into one of the most diverse Action Sports Park design and construction teams in the world.
For over 20 years we have worked alongside civic leaders, park planners and advocates to develop skate and bike park facilities in their communities. Over the last two decades we have seen how these parks have impacted communities and transformed the lives of the people who grew up enjoying them. We are now seeing kids that grew up riding one of our early parks becoming parents and community leaders themselves, all with a passion for continuing the mission of creating places to ride and recreate.
We believe that communities need fun and safe places to gather and recreate. Our passion focuses on action sports as designers, project managers, builders, and participants.
Getting people outside and active on a consistent basis changes lives, and changing lives helps change the world.
ARC has built skate parks and bike parks in 44 countries all over the world. Our team offers every kind of Action Sports Park solution with the belief that every kid in every community should have access to a dedicated space to call their own. Regardless of site or budget, we’ll work with you. Our team starts by getting community input and going from there.
See below for bios on the leadership team at American Ramp Company.
With a passion for skateboarding and a desire to work somewhere that didn’t require him to wear a tie, Nathan Bemo founded American Ramp Company (ARC) in 1998. What started out as just a couple of guys in a garage has evolved into an action sports development company with worldwide impact. As an avid skater, Nathan’s focus at ARC is to design and build innovative skateparks
Focused on the development of spaces that get more people excited about action sports John has led the creative direction of countless project and product launches. Over the years John has contributed to publications and been a speaker at recreation and trail conferences throughout the country. His development of the Bicycle Playground concept has led to the creation of a new type of facility that acts as an ideal first step for any community looking to invest in cycling infrastructure.
Cody McEntire comes to the skateboard world by way of Texas, with all the southern amenities to prove it. For starters, his breakout video part was in the Digital Skateboarding video Smoke and Mirrors where he skated to the musical stylings of the one and only Lynard Skynard—a serious way to make an entry. As for his bag of tricks, that’s as Texas-sized as it gets. McEntire has a huge bag of tricks and he can take them anywhere from the streets to the coping of a quarter-pipe. Of course, the skateboarding world knew McEntire had what it takes to succeed after he won Tampa Am back in 2006. Still, it took another four long years before the deservingly talented McEntire earned his pro status in 2010. But for McEntire the “pro” title has never mattered much to him—he does it for the fun of it. That said, McEntire’s presence at Tampa Pro and Street League Skateboarding (SLS) events shows that he means business.
Megan brings a unique collection of experience and knowledge to our team. She is a national champion mountain biker with a degree in Landscape Architecture as well as a Lead Bike Park Designer. Megan is a critical player in the overall layout and integration of any biking component of a project from both a rider perspective but also as a landscape professional. Megan works to maximize the positive impact a bike park brings to the community while minimizing the impact to the environment and downstream ecosystem. Megan is also passionate about creating opportunities to bring more people to mountain biking and helping to diversify the sport.
Andrew came to the United States in 2006 to begin work for American Ramp Company in design and civil engineering. As a BMX rider growing up in Budapest, Hungary, Andrew had the opportunity to ride and experience a variety of street style terrain. His love for design and engineering was largely inspired by the rich Eastern European architecture and history he was exposed to during his formative years in Hungary and surrounding countries. Andrew has been a part of over 100 action sports projects and has unrivaled insight for the civil engineering considerations included in skate and bike park projects. Andrew works with the creative design team and overall project team to identify challenges and opportunities to ensure the final design optimizes the site and functions with other amenities included in the park master plan.
Veronica is an athlete, artist and builder giving her a unique and valuable perspective into the overall park design and construction. Veronica spends most of her time traveling the country, and world, building custom concrete skateparks as part of our Pivot Custom team. Her onsite construction experience allows her to give valuable insight on details that can be included or excluded to avoid issues in the field during the construction phase. Veronica is also a talented artist whose work has been included in numerous projects which she has been involved. Whether it is in the conceptual phase or executing the art herself Veronica adds a level of creativity to our team that is invaluable.
Julia made her Olympic debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where skateboarding was featured in the Olympic program for the very first time. Prior to the Olympic Games, she was the 23rd ranked women’s street skater in the World Skate Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings. She represented Austria in the women’s street event and finished in 18th place.
Check out Julia on Instagram @juliabrueckler
Interested in building a community project that improves the lives of youngsters and their families? Talk to the dedicated team of experts at American Ramp Company. We’d love to hear from you.