Lead Sand Sculptor and Master Instructor by Anne Bennett
In a former life, Rick Mungeam (DBA Richard G. Mungeam Designs) was a renowned residential architect, traveling extensively to design custom resort homes showcased in several architectural publications. The economic changes of 2008 resulted in Rick and his wife, Capri, selling their Colorado home and began a traveling adventure which has drastically changed and blessed their lives. South Padre Island, TX, late 2010; Rick learned the basics of sand sculpting. By mid-2011 Rick was honing his sand sculpting skills on The Emerald Coast of The Florida Panhandle, near Destin, along Scenic Hwy 30A. When his sandcastle with a romantic heart was used for a wedding, and later for several family portraits, Rick realized his talent might develop into a business. Nov. 2011, Rick won the Pro-Am Division of The World Championship of Sand Sculpting to further prove his talents. 2012 watched BeachSandSculptures.com became the reigning Sand Sculpting Champions and a visible and known presence along Florida’s Emerald Coast. 2013 and 2014 SandCastle Lessons with Beach Sand Sculptures were honored to be considered a 5 Bubble TripAdvisor “Recommended Business”. 2015 through 2017 SandCastle Lessons received the coveted TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”. All these awards have made SandCastle Lessons a highly sought after activity along The SandCastle Coast. SandCastle Lessons are offered from Okaloosa Island / Fort Walton Beach through Destin and Miramar Beach and all along the beaches of South Walton / Santa Rosa Beach / Scenic Hwy 30A. Through homeschooling their two sons, Rick and Capri learned creative teaching skills which they incorporate into a training/certification program for their Team of SandCastle Coaches. Annually, hiring more than 25 SandCastle Coaches who “Create Memories in the Sand” with families and groups with award winning SandCastle Lessons, Beach Sand Sculptures has become the World’s Largest SandCastle Lesson company teaching thousands of SandCastle Lesson every year.
Some say, “Behind every successful man there is a successful woman”, often said to emphasize that a man’s success often depends on the work and support of his wife. That may or may not be the case with The Mungeams, but one thing is for certain, they’ve been a successful business team for more than 30 years now. The major role Capri takes is the “behind the sands” marketing. “I’m acquiring a marketing degree through application”, Capri states, in a humorous yet serious manner. The ever-changing advertising/marketing innovations and technology caused her to realize, if you aren’t communicating with the world via Social Media they were “dead in the sand”. When they received their 1000th “Like” in less than 6 months, she knew they had something very unique and appealing to the masses. Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are additional Social Media Platforms she regularly utilizes.
“SandCastles are magical; they intrigue the mind, tantalize the soul and capture the heart. They make people happy”, Capri states whimsically.
Capri attributes much of the success of SandCastle Lessons to their TripAdvisor 5 Bubble rating and Certificate of Excellence bestowed by their clients. “We are blessed and honored to offer a service that many of our clients feel is “Best family Activity Ever””. The Mungeams have discovered SandCastle Lessons to be so much more than building taller sandcastles; Although great fun, the experience of quality family time on the beach coupled with creating vacation memories . . . is priceless. In closing, she stated, “We are honored effect people’s lives. Whether a Marriage Proposal, an Elegant Wedding Sand Sculptures, a Team Building Event, Corporate Logo “Sandvertising” Sand Sculpture or a SandCastle Lesson we touch people’s lives in such a unique – a magical way – We Create Memories in the Sand that last a Lifetime”.
LEAH FIELDS OWENS
Location Manager – Destin/30A
Before becoming a SandCastle Coach and budding Sand Sculptor, Leah was a Pastry Chef at a Senior Citizens Retirement Resort. Although Leah loved being able to express her creativity, she longed to be outside and interacting with people. Leah joined the Management Team in 2017 and soon discovered “the best of both worlds”. She quickly progressed through Beach Sand Sculpture’s SandCastle Coach Training to become the first Certified SandCastle Coach of the 2017 season. She entered her first Sand Sculpting Competiton at Schooner’s Lobster Festival in Panama City Beach, FL. Armed with two SandCastle Coaches on her team, they took home 1st place and People’s Choice. Leah is also working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She loves interacting with clients and staff on a daily basis. “I couldn’t have found a more rewarding job that allows me to be creative, not wear any shoes, and share an amazing family experience with all kinds of people. I am extremely blessed to be a part of such an outstanding team and I’m very excited to see what adventures the future has to offer.” After having learned the many nuances of the business, Leah works directly with the SandCastle Coaches in developing a well sunscreened, efficient, and entertaining SandCastling Machine!
Rick and Capri did much of the physical work themselves, but they now hire and certify SandCastle Coaches who teach SandCastle Lessons. “Every year our Team is built of individuals who understand the unique honor of their job and the value of the SandCastle Lesson experience for vacationing families. Playing in the sand and creating memories for our client families, has huge intrinsic value for our Team Members. To learn more about becoming part of The Team go to the Employment page to fill out an online application.