As part of our ongoing "Getting to Know Your Local Businesses" series, this week we sat down with Mark Zylker, Co-founder and President of Kingwood Alliance Soccer Club.Tell us a bit about your business: What does your business offer, and how long have you been around?
Alliance is a 14-year-old non-profit soccer club formed by a former professional from Colombia, Carlos Gil, and partner Mark Zylker, who played semi-professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our “goal” is to provide an atmosphere where the players have such a positive experience with soccer at the youth level that they choose soccer as the sport for their life. How did you decide to get involved in this line of work? How did the business get started?
We decided to embark on a different style of soccer club. One in which the pure joy and enjoyment of soccer is realized with the players also being allowed to develop their skill and tactical awareness at their own pace.
Tell us a couple things you are proud of about your business. What are you known for? What separates you from the competition?
We are proud of the many friendships made along the way especially with former players who come back to the club and participate at the adult level and/or by registering their children in the club that they grew up in.
What is your favorite part of running this business?
Frankly, sitting down on Saturday morning and watching the youngest of the young play. It is so pure and the joy on their face is priceless.
Who is your ideal customer/client? Who do you serve best?
We serve boys and girls ages 3 to 18. We also have various adult leagues for the over 30 crowd. We enjoy serving the whole community for all their soccer needs.
Can you tell us something about yourself as the business owner? What is your background?
There are two Business owners. I am self employed while the co-founder, Carlos Gil, works in the corporate world. We both spend our free time pursuing our passion – SOCCER!!!Are there any special promotions, annual sales, or special events that you'd like to mention?
We have discounted early registration fees every season for our youth.
We have a one day 3v3 soccer tournament every year for all ages each spring. It is called our Easter Tournament and it is a festival of soccer fun!!!Is there any other information you'd like your potential customers/clients to know about your business?
We are a friendly oriented soccer club striving to ensure the fun of the game comes first. We want each individual player to reach their potential of enjoyment, being either through recreation or highly competitive soccer.How do you see your business growing and improving over the next couple of years?
Through customer service, customer service, customer service!!!!
To learn more about Kingwood Alliance Soccer Club, visit http://KingwoodAlliance.com