With his business LAF (Learn. Active. Fun.) Game Company, Julian Petty is proving that good times can be good business.
What are LAF’s primary offerings?
We rent giant games like checkers, chess, Connect 4, Jenga, Twister, dominoes, Uno, our Imagination Playground (105 giant blue blocks in various shapes and sizes de-signed to encourage free play) and more for parties and events of all kinds. We deliver and set up the games and even have an option where you can keep one of our game assistants at your event to help reorganize, reset and encourage giant game play.
What does “LAF” stand for?
Originally, LAF was created to provide “Large Amounts of Fun,” but with our mission to promote social, interactive, healthy lifestyles while combating bullying, discrimination, obesity and violence, we developed our Learn. Active. Fun. model.
Are you from Montgomery?
I am from Mobile and my wife Carla is from Eclectic. Currently, I am an active duty Army Cyber Operations Officer who was selected through the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling Program to obtain my master’s degree. I chose AUM’s master’s in Cybersystems and Information Security program and will graduate in May of 2019.
What motivated you to open LAF?
My single-parent mother raised my brother and me to be very outgoing. We loved sports and playing outside. And we played organized sports either through our schools, AAU or YMCA. But in Mobile, during hurricane season, we often found ourselves inside with no power playing board and card games, so LAF is kinda a combo.
What are your interests outside of work?
I am a fulltime graduate student, and I am an officer in the world’s greatest Army. I’m also the father of two beautiful children, and husband to my nurse practitioner wife. My family is my life. I enjoy working out, running, sports, Disney World and hunting (or at least attempting to hunt) and just being in the woods.
FUN FOR ALL:
“We do our best not to turn down a single customer or event. No event is too large or too small. We would like to see more of our games in the retirement and assisted living communities because we believe the games are perfect for the elderly. The games can also exercise the minds and the bodies of our disabled and physically limited communities.”