Pro Athlete’s Farm System Looking Strong After Epic “Take Your Child To Work Day”

We were blessed to get a chance to look deep into our farm system yesterday as fifteen kids came to Pro Athlete for Take Your Child to Work Day. We call it Rookie Day around here and don’t do your typical routine of having them sit at a desk and watch their parents type all day.

The festivities kicked off like any sporting event, with the announcement of the starting lineups as each kid was announced and ran through a spirit tunnel of employees. From there, a local children’s book author read 3 books to the group and signed copies for everyone. Be sure to check out No Tooting at Tea by Alastair Heim! Great books for kids by a local author! There was also face painting, swimming, a makeshift movie theater on our racquetball court, lunch, volleyball, a bounce house,some helped our chef make lunch for the employees, and some even helped out in our shipping department.

Check out this video to get a behind-the-scenes look at all the fun:

Salvy Makes a “Splash” for Pro Athlete Employees

At Pro Athlete, we are very fortunate to get to do a lot of really cool things. Last Friday was another one of those times. Four Pro Athlete employees were given the honor of presenting Royals’ All-Star Catcher Salvador Perez with his Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards from the 2016 season.

This has been something that has become the norm since 2011. If a Royals’ player wins a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger, it is usually a member of our team on the field to give it out. We have to send a big shout out to our partners Rawlings and Louisville Slugger for giving us these amazing opportunities.

For those of you who know Pro Athlete, you know we have a very casual and relaxed dress code. For the ceremony, it was suggested to wear a suit and tie. Probably to the surprise of many of you reading this, the employees did have suits and ties and when it was all said and done, they looked presentable!

Before going on the field for the presentation, all the people who will be doing any pregame presentations are put in the media room to go over the details. It was a great honor to be in the room with members of our military and the person who would later sing the National Anthem. After that, all that is left is the walk from the media room to the tunnel and onto the field.

Now for a brief look into the minds of the Pro Athlete employees as they walk on the field and take their places for the presentation:

“Oh wow, there are a lot of people here.!”

“Don’t trip, just don’t trip”

“Don't step on the chalk line”

“Don’t drop this Silver Slugger or you will be on a blooper reel on youtube in minutes”

“Wow, that is really Salvy right here beside. I’m short”

“Dang, this Gold Glove award is heavy and hard to pick up. Just stay calm, it’s just 40,000 people watching you fumble this award.”

“I am glad we don’t have to wear suits to work everyday”

“Oh, that was a nice wave when they called his name, I think I will do that.”

“Am I really doing this right now?”

“You know you work at Pro Athlete, when you get to do this!”

Photo Courtesy: The Kansas City Royals

Photo Courtesy: The Kansas City Royals

Photo Courtesy: The Kansas City Royals

Photo Courtesy: The Kansas City Royals

Salvy was just as advertised. He was cracking jokes and was very thankful for the awards he was given. You see him on TV and see the passion and excitement he plays with and that held true during the presentation. He really did make a splash in the lives of those employees who were on the field for the presentation. Pro Athlete wants to thank Salvy for that.

The entire Royals staff was amazing and very helpful and organized during the whole thing. We want to thank them all! We were also very fortunate to get to share the moment with another one of our employees who also works for the Royals. He was in the Rawlings truck that drove the Gold Glove up to home plate.

Check out some pictures below!

#YouKnowYouWorkAtProAthleteWhen…..

Photos Courtesy: The Kansas City Royals & The Kansas City Star

Pro Athlete’s First Employee Lands Dream Job

Few people can say they were the first employee at a company unless they were an owner or founder. Even fewer people can say that they were a key part of getting the business up and running and on a path for growth from the beginning. In this blog post, you will meet employee #1 at Pro Athlete and learn a little about his journey and how that journey has lead him to his dream job.

Meet Dave Baker, Parkville, MO native and Pro Athlete’s first ever employee. For thirteen years Dave worked at Pro Athlete while holding every job you can imagine. He answered phones, shipped products, planned events, bought bats and gloves, and even painted the walls. He was the definition of a true team player. Pro Athlete was like home for Dave, and he made sure that all of our business partners felt the same way about Pro Athlete. He was a master at building relationships.

Throughout his time working at Pro Athlete, Dave also coached football and baseball on the side to feed his passion for coaching and working with kids. As the years passed, that passion for helping kids on the field became a big focus for Dave. At that point, he knew he was meant to be in education and as amazing as Pro Athlete was, he had a bigger calling. In 2013 he left Pro Athlete in pursuit of his dream to become a full-time teacher/coach. He went back and finished up his education and worked some part-time teaching jobs here and there at the same time.

With all of the experience and education behind him, he was able to land his dream job as a Middle School Special Education teacher within the Platte County school district. In addition to his time during the school day, he’ll also assist in the coaching of both varsity football and baseball. Dave credits Pro Athlete and is thankful for the time he was able to spend in the early years of what was then Pro Athlete Sporting Goods.

“My time at Pro Athlete really did help me get to where I am today. I learned a lot; I learned the most about chasing your dreams and figuring out what you really want to do. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to serve a purpose to local athletes, and my community. That’s exactly what I’m able to do.”

In 2016 Dave was inducted into the Pro Athlete, Inc. inaugural Hall of Fame class. Dubbed The Giver in his Hall of Fame bio, Dave’s legacy at Pro Athlete will live on forever. We want to congratulate Dave on his recent Hall of Fame induction and also for landing his dream job. From employee #1 to Hall of Fame member and now to educator and coach. What an amazing path for an amazing person!

Once A Pro, Always A Pro is a saying we use around here a lot. It’s pretty easy to see why!

If KC Corporate Challenge Banners Could Talk….

It's a safe bet to say that at Pro Athlete, we take the Kansas City Corporate Challenge pretty serious. We have been fortunate to have some very gifted and dedicated employees who have put it all on the line the past 5 years, resulting in 5 straight championships. We love it so much, we decided to design and hang championship banners in the rafters in our gym at work.

If KC Corporate Challenge banners could talk, the 2016 banner would be begging the good people of Pro Athlete for a neighbor to its west. Check out the picture below and be sure to check out the KC Corporate Challenge results all season long. KCCC is one of the coolest things for businesses in Kansas City. Let the games begin!

PS - If you are in our Stay Connected group, please come by our tailgate spot at the KCCC Kick-Off Tailgate on Friday April 7th. We are located at B-1.

Happy Birthday, JustBallGloves

We like to celebrate big days at Pro Athlete, Inc. Treats are readily handed out throughout the day on Opening Day, employees receive a customized bobblehead of their likeness on their second anniversary, and birthdays...well...everyone knows when it’s your birthday.

Birthday recognition isn’t just for our employees, it includes our websites too. Pro Athlete celebrates a birthday in December, JustBats.com is a Libra, but March is for JustBallGloves.com.

On March 15, 2001, JustBallGloves.com was born. The business strategy hasn’t changed since then. You want the perfect baseball glove or softball glove? JustBallGloves.com will get it to you on time, every time, exactly as promised.

To celebrate JustBallGloves.com being old enough to drive a car, we kept it simple. Passing savings to our customers and delivering a quality experience is the best way to celebrate.

Pro Athlete employees receive a special gift card on their birthday, as well as recognition throughout the company. Don’t be surprised if Chef Nathan makes a special breakfast or lunch for you on your special day too.

So, happy birthday, JustBallGloves.com. And, have a happy birthday whenever your special day may fall.

Company Library Becomes Namesake for Small Business Guru and Pro Athlete Hall of Famer

Today we formerly dedicated our library to the man behind the inspiration for that library. We are proud to introduce the world to the Michael E. Gerber Library at Pro Athlete.  

“Every Business is a School.” Those words from Michael E. Gerber, the author of the E-Myth Revisited were the inspiration for our library and our Core Value, to Create a University Setting. As a business, our job is to expand our employees’ life skills and to give our employees more life.  We want our employees to leave us more educated than when they walked in. One way to help accomplish this goal is with our company library.  

In our library, we currently have approximately 500 different titles available for employees and their families to check out free of charge. We understand that employees like to learn in different ways, so we offer hard copies and audiobooks of all titles.

Our university setting here isn’t just about becoming smarter so you can do your job better. We will get any books to help make an employee’s life better. One example is that we have had many book club sessions over the last few years about real estate. We now have a couple of employees that invest in real estate on the side to create some extra income and add to their retirement planning.

If we don’t have a title in the library that an employee is looking for, the employee can request it, and the book will be ordered that day. If we only have two (2) copies of an audiobook and both are checked out, our software will not allow a 3rd book to be checked out until one of the checked out copies comes back. If it is going to be a while for the book to be returned, we will order another copy for the library.  

Here’s a list of the top books checked out of the Michael E. Gerber Library by Pro Athlete employees:  

Having company book clubs and all these titles on-site has helped our business over the years. The above titles give a great sense of how we run our company here. Since most employees have read these books, there becomes a language around the building on how and why we do things the way we do.  

 

New Logo Has “Core” Meaning for Pro Athlete

After having a logo for a while, sometimes you just want to update it because you feel like it. There might not be anything wrong with the current one, but a fresh look just feels right.

That was the case for us when we enlisted the help of our good friends at Dimensional Innovations (DI) a few months ago. (They are an amazing company, by the way). We asked them to design us a new logo, but what we received was so much more.

At Pro Athlete, we love to have deep meanings on everything we do, and we also love to be able to tell stories about those things. DI knew that about us from previous work they had done. On the first round of options, they came back to us with five or six logos to consider. While they were all good, one logo stood out because of the story behind it.

The logo had a home plate incorporated into it, but it wasn’t just any old home plate. This plate contained 12 lines in it that represented our 12 Core Values. We were blown away by the creativity and deeper meaning that DI put into our logo. We instantly knew that was the one we wanted. After a few rounds of minor tweaks and color options, we agreed to our new and improved logo.

We want to say thank you to DI for delivering an amazing product for our company.

So, let’s check it out already. 

Below you will see our logo package consisting of four logo variations.

Our History of Logos

“Hangin’ Loose” With Raving Fans

If someone started telling you a story and it began with “two pastors walk into Pro Athlete,” you might think they were about to tell you a joke. Well, this blog post is going to talk about two pastors that walked into our office and how their visit left an everlasting impression on our company and our employees.

The pastors were Keven and Gordon from California and Hawaii respectively. The guys were in town for a work conference, and Keven was apparently a JustBats.com (a Pro Athlete brand) super fan.

Keven had purchased bats from JustBats.com for years and loved getting routine emails with new product releases or deals on bats. His son is 16 years old and had been playing baseball competitively for a long time. On paper, he was the ideal customer for our organization. In turned out he was much more than that.

On Tuesday of this week, Keven flew into Kansas City from California, and as the plane was about to land at the airport in Kansas City, he looked out his window and saw a familiar logo. On the rooftop in big bold letters and as clear as day was the JustBats.com logo that he was so familiar with. He had bought bats from JustBats for years and never knew what city their headquarters was located.

As he continued his work trip, he found himself with some time before his next engagement, and he decided he wanted to see where JustBats was located. He grabbed his friend Gordon, and they went to the facility. They were welcomed inside and what would happen over the course of the next few hours will go down in Pro Athlete history.

Keven and Gordon turned out to be two of the coolest and most thankful people to grace the Pro Athlete halls. They were like kids in a candy store as the small posse of tour guides assembled to escort them around the building. The protein shakes, a game of ping pong against a Pro Athlete employee, pictures with the Gold Glove Award and apparel made them feel at home. And they made us feel at home too.

As cool as the tour was for Keven and Gordon, it was Pro Athlete that really won on that day. The employees who got to interact with Keven and Gordon were reminded just how impactful their work can be for people all around the country.

As an e-commerce company, it’s rare to get the chance to meet a loyal fan in person. Today, Pro Athlete was given that chance, and for that we will forever be indebted to Keven and Gordon.

Yesterday will go down as one of the coolest days in our history. Someone actually saw the JustBats logo we put on the roof a couple of years ago. We never thought that was going to happen. Then to get the chance to meet two great people who were fans of ours was priceless. From all of us at Pro Athlete, we wanted to say thank you to Keven and Gordon. We too will forever be fans of yours!

#HangLoose

4 Misconceptions & 4 Truths About Pro Athlete

We put a short list of common misconceptions together about Pro Athlete to clear up any confusion about us. There are several, but these are our favorites. We also threw in some truths.

Misconceptions

1. You are a Sports Agency that represents professional athletes.

That would be awesome! We are fortunate to have current and former athletes come by sometimes, but we aren’t their agents. If we were agents though, we would model ourselves after Jerry Maguire of course.

2. You had to play sports in the past to work here.

We do have a lot of former athletes that are drawn to our culture, and we like the mindset of former competitive athletes in the business world, but we don’t want an office full of just athletes. We want diversity in the way we think.

Now, we will have you run the 40 yd dash, see how many fastballs you can hit at 90 mph and test your vertical jump during the interview process, but what company doesn’t do that right????

3. All you do is play. There is no work done there.

While it might seem that way on tours, our team puts in a lot of time and effort to make this thing work. Excuse the cliche, but our team tends to work smarter, not harder. We are blessed to have a great group of people here. Not to mention, we believe you should have have fun at work. Why not!

4. Your company name is Pro Athletics and your best website is Just4Bats.com.

Not true at all. We will even get people who are applying to work here during an interview call us Pro Athletics. Just4Bats is another one we get all the time.

Truths

1. We have the best Chef.

We are super spoiled here to get free food everyday. And it’s not just your run-of-the-mill lunch items. We do Sushi, lamb chops, salmon, fresh vegetables, Pho, etc. The list goes on and on and our Chef is amazing. If you mention you like a certain thing one day, BOOM, it will be an option to eat the next day.

2. We have our JustBats.com logo on our roof.

Yep, this is true. We are close to the airport, so we thought it would be cool to see our logo when flying in and out of KCI. So far we haven’t had anyone let us know they saw it (oops), so maybe you will be the first!

3. We obsess over treating our employees and customers like royalty.

We don’t know any other way to do it. It feels right and it’s fun. We were all raised by our parents to always try to do the right thing. As simple as that message is, we still try to follow that message in our business.

4. We are protective of our culture.

There isn’t a more stone-cold truth on this list than this one. Getting a job with us is like hitting for the cycle. It’s hard and not a lot of people do it. We aren’t trying to be arrogant, we have just invested a lot of time into creating a cool culture. One wrong hire can ruin it for everyone that is already here.

A lot of people reach out to try and get in and we tell them all the same thing. We tell them to do something to separate themselves from everyone else in that stack. And separating yourself for us never comes in the form of a resume. We hire for culture first and skills second, so the best way to get in is to prove to us that you fit the culture and can enhance it.

Hopefully we were able to clear up any confusion you might have had about us. So, if you are interested in working at Pro Athletics, please send us record of how many reps you can bench press at 225 lbs. Deal? If you can’t, don’t worry it’s not a deal breaker.

Umbrellas, Darts and a Whole Lot of Brains

Yep, umbrellas inside the building. Not the small umbrella you carry with you when it rains, we are talking the big patio umbrellas you use. We have one in the Development Department at Pro Athlete. Programmers don’t always like lights, so when some of the people in the section do, something has to give. Or one person just got resourceful and went and brought in a huge umbrella to keep his workstation dark. This is just one example of the type of things we see from our Programmers at Pro Athlete.

They are one of the most crucial parts of our team as they help us build, maintain and grow our websites and internal applications. They truly are the brains behind our operation and we are so thankful to have them. Traditionally you would think that a group of Programmers wouldn’t really care to work at a company called Pro Athlete because they might not be interested in sports. Maybe some are, maybe some aren’t, but we don’t care. They fit our Core Values and that is what matters most.

So what is it like to be a Programmer at Pro Athlete? Well, why don’t we let some of our team tell you?

The Perfect (Vino) Pair

Creating a positive and interactive company culture is something that we care deeply about at Pro Athlete, Inc. A perfect example occurred last night; we hosted one of our annual Delish! Events for our employees and their guests to attend. We host Delish! events throughout the year to build on the relationships within Pro Athlete via food and drink.

Last night Pro Athlete Alumni member Mike Kearns and his wife Mindy shared their story of Vino Pair. It’s through this new business venture that Mike and Mindy hope to solve the 21st-century problem of what food and wine to pair together.

But this wasn't your typical wine tasting. Mike and Mindy were clear that when it comes to pairing foods with wine, you need to start with the basics and slowly add in different types and tastes of food. Not only did the wine and food combinations pair perfectly (sort of like bats and gloves), but everyone learned the importance of the order in which you pair the two.

Several employees joined Mike and Mindy, along with our very own Chef Nathan, as they sampled some of Vino’s best hand-selected wines and food pairings. These events help to encourage our employees to bring in their families to enjoy and savor the moments and the memories that we create at Pro Athlete, Inc.

To learn more about Mike & Mindy’s #PairAndShare adventure head on over to their website: https://www.vinopair.com

Pro Athlete Employees’ Dedication to Wellness Pays Off Again

We were fortunate to once again be recognized as the Healthiest Company in Kansas City by the KC Biz Journal for companies our size. It’s an amazing accomplishment and a true testament to our Core Value of Creating a Healthy Work Environment.

The point of this post isn’t to talk about the recognition of this award for our company. If you want to read more about that, you can check it out on the Biz Journal website.The point of this post is to recognize and thank the true people behind this award. That is our awesome employees!

When you attend the awards banquet for Healthiest Employers or read about it in the Biz Journal, it’s really great to hear about the cool things that companies are doing, but it’s even better to hear the success stories of the employees. The person who did biometric screenings at his company and found something that didn’t look quite right, and that in turn lead to saving his life. The person who was struggling with smoking and the company wellness program really helped push that person to quit the habit. Or how about the person who wanted to lose weight to feel better about themselves each day and the wellness program at her company gave her the opportunity to do that. That’s what it’s all about.

People always ask us “how much money do you save on your premiums by doing all this wellness stuff?” That question has quite frankly really started to wear us out because that’s not what this is all about. It’s not about how much money you save, it’s about how many lives you save or change for the better. The money savings is a factor, but for us it’s nowhere near the most important.

We are most proud of the movement around Kansas City and the world that we have been fortunate to be a part of over the past couple years. A movement where businesses use the influence they have in the world and put it to good use for the people who put it on the line for them everyday. There isn’t a better feeling than that.

Congratulations to the other companies recognized and more so, congratulations to the employees of those companies. It’s awesome to be part of such a great community dedicated to wellness.

In closing, thank you to the Pro Athlete employees and their families who are a part of this as well. You deserve all the credit for this accomplishment and the everlasting imPAct it will have on the Kansas City community.

There's Truly No Place Like Home

We recently received some sad news. One of our Alumni members decided she didn’t want to be part of the Alumni group anymore. We were hurt at first until we realized she didn’t want to be in the program anymore because she wanted to come back to work at Pro Athlete.

Whereas other companies might be hesitant to re-embrace former employees, we welcome grand slam culture fits who are great at their job. It was a no-brainer to bring her back. Check out this Q/A session with Tessa, our newest returning Pro, and find out why she considers Pro Athlete home.

When did you first start at Pro Athlete?

Tessa: I first started back in 2012 as a Seasonal Warehouse Associate. I worked in the distribution center packing and shipping bats and gloves.

How did you find out about Pro Athlete?

Tessa: My parents told me I had to find a job after college and so I was looking for basketball coaching jobs and because Pro Athlete has a basketball court it came up in the search results on Craigslist.

What did you think when you first walked around the Pro Athlete office?

Tessa: I was fresh of out college, I was trying to figure out what I was going to do, and walking around Pro Athlete and the facility it...it just felt like home.

Why did you leave?

Tessa: I left for a new job, I moved out of state to pursue another opportunity, and it seemed like a great opportunity and it was. But it wasn't home.

I missed Pro Athlete. I missed Kansas City and so, I mean, I came back. I obviously came back to Pro Athlete for a reason.

What’s your favorite perk?

Tessa: Honestly, I enjoy the overall sports environment. As a former athlete, just being able to walk around seeing the Sport Court, the weight room, all of the amenities. It doesn’t feel like, “work.”

What makes Pro Athlete feel like home?

Tessa: The people. Honestly, our administration, Scott (the owner), they’re all so great. They make it so easy to feel like we’re part of the family. And because of that, it doesn't seem like work.

Once a Pro, Always a Pro!

Super Bowl Ushers in Busy Season at Pro Athlete, Inc.

Super Bowl Sunday is a lot of things to a lot of people. Food, drinks, commercials, halftime show, the culmination of a long football season and many more. It’s all those things to Pro Athlete employees, but it’s also the event that ushers out football and ushers in the start of the baseball season.

Around here we call it our busy season and we are always very excited when it comes around each year. It marks the beginning of the season where we can help put a bat or glove in the hands of kids all around the country. We all remember the excitement that we experienced when we were kids when baseball season was upon us. For most people, that feeling unfortunately goes away as you grow up and get away from the game. For those who work at Pro Athlete, we get to relive that joy from our childhood in a new found way that brings about the same type of excitement.

Thanks to all our amazing customers out there, our business starts to pick up around this time and employees around here start taking their games to another level to provide amazing customer service. It’s really a great time to be here.

A lot of hard work goes into the slow season in terms of projects. We use that time to improve in any areas we were lacking in the season before. It’s very similar to the life of a baseball player. You might take time during the offseason to develop a new pitch or change your stance. We aren’t too different with our approach here. In the end it’s all about giving our customers the chance to make life-long memories with the bat or glove we send them. If we can do that consistently, we feel like we’ve hit a home run.

If this is a place you want to work, you might as well start learning now that the Super Bowl is awesome, but the real fun starts the next day!

Here’s to an awesome busy season for our employees and customers!

 

Why We Focus on Results, Not Work.

One of our Core Values at Pro Athlete is Focus on Results, Not Work. We often don’t care how you get somewhere, just that you get there. After all, things happen in everyday life for everyone and it’s important for us to allow our employees the time to take care of those things.

People get sick, people have appointments, kids have baseball games and people take vacations. We want our employees to be able to do those things hassle free. It was a few years ago we came up with an idea to give all salary employees Unlimited PTO. We realized that not one single time in the history of our company did we tell someone they couldn’t take PTO. So instead of making the employees always ask to take off and have them fearing what we might say, just empower them. Trust that they are taking off for a good reason and that they will still get the results.

Since rolling the program out a few years ago, we have seen a lot of great things come out of it. Employees are more empowered than ever to manage their time and there is no chance they will miss their child’s next game winning hit or diving catch in the outfield. And that’s what it’s truly all about.

Most companies think they have to use some traditional way of managing PTO so the employees don’t take advantage of the company. Just think for a second how crazy that sounds. You don’t trust your employees? Why did you hire them if you can’t trust them? We aren’t saying the way we do it is the best, but it definitely works for our employees. In the end, that’s what really counts. 

Gettin’ Our Hustle On.

We were very fortunate last week to have our good friends and awesome KC company, Charlie Hustle, at our office for a couple days of team meetings. Two of our Core Values at Pro Athlete are Embrace Stewardship and Create a University Setting. These seemed very fitting this past week because we were able to help out a fellow KC company and by doing that, we were actually able to learn a ton of valuable information. People ask us why we let other companies come up and use our space. We say, “why would we not?” It’s an opportunity to get to meet some awesome people and in turn we get a chance to learn how they do business. Charlie Hustle came here to learn a bit about us, but we will always be thankful to them for what they taught us in just a few days. 

We even got a chance to hear from Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and Fox Sports KC Broadcaster Joel Goldberg. We also got to hang out with Matt Besler from Sporting KC. All because we let another company come up and use our facility. It was the right thing to do for us and we were just happy that Charlie Hustle allowed us to be part of something this cool. 

Our society is conditioned to always expect something in return for doing someone a favor. We get asked that all the time when we do things like this or give time or money to an organization. People want to know what the catch is or what we will get in return. If you want to be part of our team at Pro Athlete, you never expect anything in return for doing the right thing. We strongly believe that if you do the right thing everything else will take care of itself. This held true for this event. We allowed Charlie Hustle to use our facility and we were able to listen to some amazing speakers. We didn’t expect it or deserve it, but it was a great thing for sure.  A special thanks to Charlie Hustle for an amazing experience. We learned so much and got an inside look at what is truly behind the “heart” of KC!

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Pitch In - Our Guide To Giving Back

Embrace Stewardship is a Core Value at Pro Athlete, and therefore, we expect every employee to be involved in giving back to our community, to organizations or causes that are important to them and those in need. It is for those reasons why we have a Charity Program that offers each employee a generous Charity Allotment each year. We do this as opposed to the company deciding on a couple charities to donate to as a whole each year to empower each and teach them about the power of giving. We hope each employee embraces it and carries it with them, and those close to them, throughout their lives. 

In 2016, Pro Athlete and it's employees donated over $45,000 to 90 different charities. Please, take some time to read about the charities that our employees chose to donate towards throughout 2016.

Resolutions Vs. Lifestyle. Why January is just as important as June.

Part-Time Logistics Associate, Derek working out in the weight room as apart of his daily lifestyle.
System Administrator, Mike working out in the weight room as apart of his daily lifestyle.

The New Year.  This is the time you get to wipe the slate clean and reset all of the unhealthy habits you’ve created from the year before and begin a “new you.”  Right?  What if we told you statistically that almost never works?  The thought of resetting and starting clean can be a euphoric feeling.  Visions of massive weight loss, healthier eating, storming the castle doors (ok I made that one up) are on the minds of millions of Americans at the start of every year.  So why is the success rate for these “restarts” so low?  

 

Maybe one word covers that question: Lifestyle.  

 

These lofty goals can be accomplished by anyone, but if you don’t make it a lifestyle and habit change throughout the ENTIRE year, your following year will just be another reset.  Then you end up in this endless pattern of failure that you may not realize you’re setting yourself up for.

Here at Pro Athlete we’ve learned that in order for us to achieve our goals, something has to change at the core of ourselves.  Call it intrinsic motivation.  We understand that January is just as important as June.  When you wake up everyday and part of your daily lifestyle is working toward that goal without extrinsic motivation or a reset button, the chances of success are massive.  We are seeing that at Pro Athlete everyday.  Health goals are met throughout the entire year.  And we’ve come to understand that Lifestyle is more important than Resolutions.  We are creating new habits and applying them everyday, so that when January is here, it’s just another month of working toward a healthier lifestyle.


Work toward your goals everyday this year.  Create new healthy habits that lead to a lifestyle change.  So that when January rolls around next year, it’s just another month of a better you.

 

Cheers to a great 2017!

 

2016: Our Year In Review.

It’s always fun around this time of year to look back and reflect. Like most companies, we had our fair share of up and downs this year, but we also were able to create a lifetime of great memories together.

For our last blog post of the year, we challenge you to really look at the highlights for Pro Athlete for 2016 and even more importantly, look at the big picture of what we are trying to accomplish here. On the surface, it looks like we are trying to sell more bats and gloves than anyone in country, and that is absolutely true, but not the entire story. We believe we are striving for much deeper things in addition to our goal of selling bats and gloves.


We started this blog as a way to give anyone interested in Pro Athlete, some insight into what we are all about. So, if you are someone who wants to join the team or work with us in some form or fashion, look deep into our 2016 highlights and ask yourself if what we stand for aligns with what you stand for. We believe that this thing everyone else calls "work", should be fun and we believe in creating a good, good life for anyone associated. Enjoy the 2016 recap!

All Pro Athlete Employees Ship for the Holidays

No matter where our business takes us or what new exciting things we do, we will always owe it all to our customers. They are the reason we get up everyday and the reason we are so lucky to work at a cool company. It can be hard for certain positions  in the company to see how their work directly affects the customer, so last year we took measures to make sure they never forget.

Last year we started requiring every person in the company, even the CEO, to spend a couple days during the holiday season in our warehouse shipping out products. Feedback from the team was great, so we brought it back for 2016 and will continue to do it. At a lot of companies, employees might lose sight of this, but at Pro Athlete, that will never happen. If there was ever any question of the impact you are having as an employee who is shipping bats to customers, we remind you just how impactful that is with a diagram at each shipping station. See below. You aren’t just shipping out bats, you are giving a kid joy during Christmas, or something to brag about at school on their birthday or a game winning hit to win the championship. 

At Pro Athlete, we believe we are doing something much greater than what it might seem like on the surface. It’s inspiring and rewarding to know we are able to have a positive impact on our customers around the country. We owe everything to our customers. We are, and will always be their biggest fans!

Here's a photo of the exact shipping system that all of our employees follow when shipping to ensure that every order is on time, every time, exactly as promosed.  

Here's a photo of the exact shipping system that all of our employees follow when shipping to ensure that every order is on time, every time, exactly as promosed.