Getting to Know Us: David Kukleski, International Sales Manager

August 23, 2019

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By Paige Powers, Marketing Coordinator

It may have been a while, but we are back with another Getting to Know Us. This month features another long-time employee, David Kukleski, International Sales Manager. Read below to learn more about him and his travels!

 

Where did you grow up? Are you a native Pittsburgher?

Braddock, Pennslyvania

How did you get into tennis and pickleball?

Golden Racquet Club in Braddock Hills

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

I went to Duquesne University for Secondary Education

How did you come to work for GAMMA Sports? How long have your worked here?

Mr. Harry Ferrari, may his gentle soul rest in peace. I have worked here for 24 years.

Over the years, what have been some of the different job titles you have held?

I am currently the International Sales Manager, but previously I was an Inside Sales Representative

You must have done some traveling over the years… What was your favorite place to travel to? How many continents have you visited working at GAMMA? Is there somewhere you want to travel that you’ve never been yet?

My favorite place to travel to was Australia. In my years at GAMMA, I have been to North & South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. I have never been to Hawaii, and I am saving it for my honeymoon.

What’s your favorite parts of working with GAMMA? 

Two Things: Work/Sports Balance & Autonomy

You recently went to the U.S Open back in April in Naples, Florida – what’s that event like for you with many players coming from around the world? What’s your best memory from this year?

It’s a friends reunion. I won the Silver Medal in Mixed Doubles.

How do you feel pickleball is growing internationally?

Canada is number 1 and United Kingdom is number 2. Asia and India represent the biggest potential in growth and development in the next year(s).

What other paddle/racquet sports do you place?

Tennis, Pickleball, Racquetball, and Beach Tennis

What’s the best part of the tennis and pickleball industry?

Our industry is a community.

What’s one piece of advice you wish someone had shared with you when you were younger?

Take a leap of faith in yourself.

 

Rapid Fire Questions

Summer or Winter? Summer

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

Beach or Mountain? Beach

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? DQ Vanilla with jimmies

Favorite Food? Protein

Favorite International City? Melbourne, Australia

Favorite Band/Singer? Adele, Dua Lipa, Lewis Capaldi