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On The Job With Alex Koppelkam


03/16/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



Explain what your current job is.

I’m the guy that wears all the hats, helping customers check in and purchase rental equipment, answering phones, helping to repair equipment, that sort of thing.
 
How long have you been in your career?
[2017] is my ninth season as the owner and operator.
 
How did you get interested in this field?
I played paintball extensively prior to purchasing the park, and it was an opportunity that certainly opened up for me. … I had done pretty much all of the jobs you could do, I had reffed games and managed the field, and so I had a lot of experience running [all of] the operations ... plus I knew I wanted to start my own business.

What kind of education or training did you need for this job?
One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that you have to continue to evolve. … Every day we’re constantly trying to think outside the box to differentiate ourselves and to make people want to come out and play paintball. You can’t just sit still and operate and run a business day-to-day. You need to think about how it’s going to perform in the future three, five, 10 years down the road. So we do a little bit of everything to attract customers and make sure they are having a good time so that they want to come back.
 
How did you find your current job?
I actually bought [AG Paintball] right [after graduating] high school. … When the field came up for sale, it was really small at the time, but it’s continued to grow considerably over the years.
 
What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you?
That hard work and paying attention to little details certainly matter.

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?
I wish I had a little bit more foresight as far as the growth that we were capable of.
 
What is your typical at-work uniform?
There’s really nothing that we require per se so much as recommend, except for a face mask. … We recommend players wear shoes that are comfortable to run around in the woods in, and covering up as much exposed skin as possible without being too hot, so long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and maybe a lightweight hoodie. … All of our safety equipment is provided and most of it, like the chest protector, is optional. The paint is also biodegradable and custom-made to wash out of clothing.
 
What was the first job you ever had?
I’ve been entrepreneurial my whole life. … I ran lemonade stands and did a number of paper routes over the years once I was old enough.





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