Farmingdale's Joseph M. Balcuk managed to launch a new game company, manufacture products, and secure more than 150 retail outlets nationally, all during the last year of his self-funded venture.
And now, the Farmingdale High School and Adelphi University graduate is about to see his efforts on a national stage.
“It is an unbelievable experience to present my games to buyers that have the power to reach the masses,” said Balcuk, 36, a Farmingdale class of 1994 graduate. “This is what every inventor dreams.”
Balcuk began by building a grassroots game company, RoosterFin Inc., and released four new trademarked family games - "PongCano," "Shufflin’ Feet," "Monkeys Up,", and "Masheroo."
He brought his games to the Toy Preview convention in Dallas recently, and is preparing for the Toy Industry Association’s annual Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center Feb. 10-13, 2013 in New York.
Each show brings in the likes of Toys R Us, and Walgreens among all other major worldwide retailers.
PongCano and Shufflin’ Feet already received Creative Child Magazine Awards and are now available for purchase on Amazon. For other store locations or for more information about RoosterFin games visit www.roosterfin.com.
After graduating from Farmingdale, he received a BS in Mathematics from Adelphi University and an MS in Integrated Mathematics from Dowling College. Then, he began his own business. He now lives in Moriches in Suffolk County, but family members still reside in Farmingdale.
Balcuk’s vision is to bring families and friends together around the table. “The toy and game industry is giving me great opportunity to bring my vision to fruition,” said Balcuk. “I pinch myself every time I wake up.”