League Operator Spotlight: John Hensley – Jackson County MO

How long were you an APA member before deciding to become a League Operator?

I played in the APA for 8-10 years off and on between Naval deployments.

What made you decide to look into becoming a League Operator? Was the process of becoming a League Operator difficult?

I decided to look into becoming a League Operator one night at League. I was thinking it would be the complete opposite of working in the medical field in the Navy. I wanted to be home more often and loved working with people.

The process to become a League Operator wasn’t that different from a regular job interview. There was a lot of research that had to be done on your part, but all the research prepares you and becomes an invaluable resource once you start your journey.

Briefly describe life as a League Operator.

Life as a League Operator has been great.  I’m always busy and get to face new challenges every day. You get to interact with people from all different walks of life. You do have a lot of time for yourself and your family, however, a lot of time is also spent with your players and Host Location staff, who tend to feel like family over time. Being a “people person” helps a lot!

What do you enjoy most about being a League Operator?

Knowing that I’m able to do something I enjoy and can make a living at is probably at the top of my list. I’ve made some great friends and found a new home in my market. My daughter feels at home around the players and they’re always asking me about her. The APA League in Kansas City is really a large family and everyone looks out for each other.  There’s always something new going on, and I feel great knowing that I’m part of it, and that I’ve helped create it.

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