Chad Zwayer prides himself on his quick communication.
“I will call you back within 30 minutes and reply to emails the same day,” said the owner and CEO of The Columbus Photo Booth Co., winner in the Photo Booth category. “If you are planning a wedding and people don’t come back to you and you have decisions to make, it will only delay things and cause more stress. My job is to relieve your stress and be fun. “
Zwayer founded his company in 2008 with only two photo booths. Today he fully adapts every photo booth he rented and has access to more than 100 props as well as green screens, karaoke systems, DJs, videographers, wedding photographers, table and chair rentals, fog generators, bubble emitters, confetti cannons and more.
“About three years ago we had enough customers in the wedding business who asked if we had DJs and other things that I made available to some of the vendors I knew and asked if they wanted to work with me,” says Zwayer. “After we went down this route, many companies, nonprofits, and school customers said they only wanted to deal with one provider they trusted, and they wanted makeup, balloon artists, and caricatures. I knew people again, so here we are. “
Zwayer’s foray into photo booths was sparked after a series of career adventures that began after the Bucyrus, Ohio native graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in chemical engineering.
“I worked in the chemical industry down there and didn’t really care,” he says. “I found an opportunity where I worked in the Caribbean on the island of Antigua for a couple of years, but island life isn’t all you can imagine.”
So he moved to Columbus and started his own company.
“This is actually my third business,” he says. “We feel very fortunate and blessed that people are joining our team and wanting to help us expand.”