Boca Raton teen Rachel Zietz lands on TIME’s ‘Most Influential Teens’ list

Rachel Zietz (Contributed)

Rachel Zietz (Contributed)

BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton teenager who founded her own million-dollar company has another accolade to add to her already-impressive resume.

Rachel Zietz, 16, was named in TIME’s annual “30 Most Influential Teens” list. She’s the founder and CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse, which started two years ago after Zietz found herself frustrated at the quality of lacrosse equipment she could find.

The Boca-based entrepreneur told TIME she’s on track to exceed $2 million in sales this year and reach $10 million by 2017.

Zietz, a student at Fort Lauderdale’s Pine Crest School, appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank earlier this year, and was singled out by Gov. Rick Scott in his annual State of the State address in January.

“This young business owner now has three employees that help her out while she is in class,” Scott told lawmakers in his State of the State address. “Rachel, thank you for helping to make Florida first for jobs.”

Zietz attended the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy while in middle school, she told The Palm Beach Post in January. Her company makes goals and rebounders, fabricated in China and imported to the U.S.

Her gear can be found online and will soon be sold in many Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.