Category Archives: July 2012

Rules For Success

Garner a reputation for excellence in tennis facilities By John Krafft The Midland Community Tennis Center (MCTC) in Midland, Mich., has a reputation for innovation and enterprise, growing the game throughout the region and earning the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Best Tennis Town in the USA Award. There is no shortage of endorsements. Industry leaders, like the USTA, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), and the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), have all recognized … Continue reading

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Meeting The Challenge

Taking care of nine kids at home, 3,000 at work By Fred Engh Growing up inArizona, Monty Perkins fell in love with sports at an early age. He participated in baseball, football, and basketball among others, although he didn’t have the luxury of his parents cheering for him in the stands very often. “My parents, who had 12 children, were very hard workers, and were unable to be at my games most of the time,” recalls Perkins. “I didn’t completely … Continue reading

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Now Hear This

The best managers read children’s books! By Tatiana Chalkidou Anyone looking for advice on how to be a better manager should consult books on effective parenting. Those who have children may already have these reference materials lying around or lining the bookshelves of their home office. And literature related to dog training may be an alternative, as it too teaches some valuable lessons. To be clear, this is not to suggest anyone treat colleagues or employees like children or dogs! … Continue reading

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Dress Up Tennis Courts

Learn what it takes to attract crowds of players By Mary Helen Sprecher Almost any park can have playable tennis courts, ones that are well-maintained and can provide a good game, but parks that want a tennis complex that actually draws people in are going to have to put in some extra effort. If you want a “new and improved” tennis season, let’s get started. From The Outside Looking In Look around for a minute. As long as courts are … Continue reading

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When The Well Runs Dry

The problem vs. the solution By Ron Ciancutti There was yet another column in the Sunday paper about baby boomers being hit the hardest during this Great Recession, and it resonated with me. The columnist insinuated that theU.S.government duped us all, that we were lulled to sleep by the confidence of a robust economy, and we had every right to believe housing values would continue to rise, promotions would always be available, and life would move generally upward. Some people believed … Continue reading

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