When did you join APA as a League Operator?
My first session was in the fall of 1999.
Did you play in the League prior to becoming an LO? If so, why/how did you join APA as a player?
Yes, for almost 10 years.
I joined to get out of the house and meet new people.
What made you decide to become an LO?
The opportunity to operate a business doing something I loved to do.
Do you run the business by yourself or with other(s)?
In 2009 I hired Jennifer Todd as an assistant. She is now my office manager, and, without her, I would be stretched thin for sure. Her exceptional work ethic and organizational skills keep me on track!
What is your favorite part of being a League Operator?
Having fun at the tournaments, talking with everyone, and being able to award the players for their accomplishments always makes me smile!
What is the hardest part of being a League Operator?
Having to reprimand adults for behaving poorly and not having a knee jerk reaction when I hear only one side of a situation. I do my best to remind everyone that we play because we love the game and that there is a fine line between competitiveness and sportsmanship. I use the term “C.O.F.F” with my local players. I tell them when they cross that line that they are letting “Competitiveness Override the Fun Factor” and nobody likes to be “coffed” on!
Unfortunately, there are some players whose “win at all costs” personalities will not allow themselves to just have fun playing and there comes a time when I must remind them that if their idea of a good time is making everyone around them miserable or uncomfortable, then the APA League is not for them. Writing suspension letters is never enjoyable.
What motivates you?
Being able to support yourself and loved ones doing something you have a passion for. Seeing the excitement and joy on the players faces when they win makes it all worthwhile to me.
What advice would you give to other women aspiring to be business owners?
Know your business or product. Do what you say you are going to do and admit when you have goofed and make it right. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Believe in your product and yourself to sell it and have fun doing all of it! If you’re having a good time, that energy will have a positive influence on those around you!