Chris Spencer thought up the basic idea for HydroMax when he was a kid playing football and out on the field thirsty. The HydroMax system provides easy access to water with its protective pouch, expandable water bladder, tubing and biting valves. The system mounts on any shoulder pads and holds 16 ounces of water. Chris has a young football player with him to demonstrate how easy it is to pull the tube up to his mouth and drink. Chris is passionate about his product, because there are children dying on the football field from lack of hydration.
He had gotten the business started a few years earlier. He made $100,000 in a year, and the HydroMax was used in the 2007 Hula Bowl, a college all-star football game played in Hawaii. Then Chris got married and had children and needed a steady income to support his family. He had to put HydroMax aside. The Shark Tank offered an opportunity to get it going again; he was seeking funding, a business partner and distribution channels.
Guest shark Jeff Foxworthy partnered up with Chris, 50/50. Jeff’s investment and expertise helped Chris get HydroMax on the market. It is used in Pop Warner leagues, high schools and colleges, all the way up to the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers. Chris achieved his goals of making football safer and of being CEO of his own company.