AN INTERVIEW WITH KNOCKERBALL® USA’S CEO – BILL SMITH
December 5, 2022
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Bill Smith, CEO of Knockerball® USA , is driven by his passion for learning and creating opportunities for others — both at work and in his community. Bill acquired Knockerball® USA in 2019, with a purpose to help people make a difference in their local communities. Today, Knockerball® USA has expanded to over 75 affiliate locations across the United States, bringing laughter and FUN to people of all ages.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KNOCKERBALL® USA’S CEO
Q. WHERE DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE?
A. Yes, The University of Iowa where I earned a degree in Finance. I went back to get my MBA later in life from Indiana University. Finished up my MBA when I was 40.
Never stop learning and growing!
Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE TO OTHERS WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK?
A. We bring the FUN to all of the communities we serve. We give up and coming entrepreneurs the chance to build a sustainable, growing business that can be as big as they want to make it. Over 500,000 people each year will get into a Knockerball and bounce around with their friends!
Q. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE KNOCKERBALL®?
A. Before acquiring Knockerball®, I was the CFO, part owner, and board member of BioBlend Renewable Resources, LLC.
I have worn many hats throughout my 29 year career. I’ve been a commercial banker, a CFO, have done domestic and international sales, and been a business owner several times. Each experience brings new opportunities for learning and building lasting relationships.
Q. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT AT KNOCKERBALL® SO FAR?
A. Getting out to meet all of our amazing Owners in the KB Nation. Passionate Owners looking to grow their businesses is thrilling to see. Watching them go from just beginning to having months where they are booking $15k-50k is simply amazing.
Q. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CURRENT CAREER PATH? WHY NOT SOMETHING ELSE?
A. I want to help people make a difference in their local communities.
Get people off their screens and out having fun in the fresh air is the goal. Creating laughter and exercise and FUN is a pretty rewarding career!
Q. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
A. My wife of 27 years and my 3 kids (21, 19, and 15). Trying to be a better man, husband, father, and friend each and every day.
Q. WHAT ARE SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU’VE ACHIEVED DURING YOUR CAREER?
A. Mentoring younger employees, contractors, and business owners on the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
Forging relationships that have stood the test of time through different companies and industries. Building a company from startup to almost $10m in sales.
Q. IF YOU COULD GIVE A YOUNGER PERSON CAREER ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A. Be a sponge, soak up as much knowledge as quickly as you can. Don’t be afraid to fail. Ask questions, be curious!
Q.WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING DURING YOUR TIME OFF?
A. I love to be outdoors, whether it’s biking, running, training for triathlons, or walking with my wife. Love to cook and host friends/family for dinners
Q. WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU?
A. I’ve done numerous Olympic distance triathlons, starting in my early 20’s. When I turned 40, I set a goal to do an Ironman by the time I turned 50.
In September 2021, I was able to complete Ironman Wisconsin about 1 month after I turned 50! It was an amazing experience to train for 10 months and then have it actually happen. Now to figure out what my next athletic goals are going to be???