League Operator Spotlight: Jim Rowe – Okaloosa/Walton Counties, Florida
APA: How long were you an APA member before deciding to become a League Operator?
Jim: I started playing in the Fall Session of 2007 in San Diego, Calif., and continued through June of 2011 when I became a League Operator. Through three moves and three different cities, the one constant in all of those changes was my one or two nights out playing APA Leagues. It was my outlet and I loved it.
APA: What made you decide to look into becoming a League Operator?
Jim: The BP oil spill hit and crippled the company I was working for. As I was looking for work, I did a lot of reflection as to what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and I kept coming back to the same answer— be my own boss. One night playing pool and knowing my experience in the past with the APA, I decided to look into it, not really knowing what to expect, but knowing that as a player I kept coming back to the APA.
APA: Did you have to relocate?
Jim: I did not have to relocate, however, knowing what I know now, I absolutely would!
APA: Was the process of becoming a League Operator difficult?
Jim: The process was relatively easy, although there is “homework.” It was necessary to ensure a good fit for both parties.
APA: Briefly describe life as a League Operator.
Jim: Life as a League Operator is truly amazing. Clearly, you get out of it what you put into it, but the schedule is flexible for the obstacles that life throws your way. It’s challenging, fun, exhausting, rewarding, hectic, inspiring, but never boring. Becoming a League Operator is by far, the best occupational decision I’ve ever made for myself.
APA: What do you enjoy most about being a League Operator?
Jim: The most rewarding part of being a League Operator is watching my pool family grow. The relationships I’ve built with players and watching them build relationships with each other within the League is awe inspiring. We’ve had couples connect through the League, friendships started, long-time friendships rekindled and we’ve had a few future APA players born along the way, all while having fun, meeting people and playing pool.
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