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 beginning a traveling adventure which has drastically changed and blessed their lives. South Padre Island, TX, late 2010; under the tutelage of Andy Hancock, Master Sand Sculptor, 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 and 2016 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 and expanded into Panama City Beach in 2016. 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.
Professional Sand Sculptor, Marketing, VP
They say, “Behind every successful man there is a successful woman”, this is 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. Initially sand sculpting was definitely Rick’s forte. Capri would talk with the people on the beach, handed out business cards and promoted Sandcastle Lessons. Over the years she has watched carefully and slowly absorbed many of the finer details of sand carving. She still feels like she has much to learn, but the alligator she sculpted on the Topsail Hill State Park Sand Sculpture caught the eye of many a “Gators” fans as one said, “that’s a good lookin’ gator”. The design development is Rick’s department. “Rick is really the artist”, Capri is fond of saying, “but I come up with a lot of ideas and sometimes they are pretty good”, she said with a smile. In the past, 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. Playing in the sand and creating memories for our client families, has huge intrinsic value for our Team Members. It the best job you could imagine – getting paid to play in the sand!”. The other major role Capri takes is the “behind the sands” marketing. “I’m acquiring a marketing degree through Social Media. There is so much to learn”, Capri states, in a humorous yet serious manner. The ever-changing advertising/marketing innovations and technology caused The Mungeams to realize, if you aren’t communicating with the world via Social Media you are frankly “dead in the sand”. When BeachSandSculptures.com on Facebook received its 1000th “Like” in less than 6 months, they knew they had something very unique and appealing to the masses. Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are additional Social Media Platforms they utilize. “Beach Sand Sculptures are magical; they intrigue the mind, tantalize the soul and capture the heart. They make people happy”, she stated 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 are so much more than building taller sandcastles, although great fun, the experience of quality family time on the beach coupled with the development of vacation memories is priceless. In closing, she stated, “We are honored to touch 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 and magical way – We Create Memories in the Sand that last a lifetime”.
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