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?
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