Get Goalies is a goalie booking service that helps hockey teams find the best goalies in their area. Teams can invite goalies to their game, shinny, or practice quickly and inexpensively using the automated booking system. Get Goalies offers goalies the opportunity to get more ice time while giving them more control. They want more teams to find more goalies so that everybody can play the game they love more often and have a better on-ice experience. We chatted with Get Goalies founder Russ Piva about his inspiration for the company and his plans for the coming year – here’s what he had to say:
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COMPANY?
I had been a rental goalie for a few years and realized how outdated many of the services are. With the recent explosion of person-to-person service websites such as Foodora and Uber, it seemed natural to use this model in the goalie rental industry. I am fascinated with where technology (namely the internet and cell phone technology) is taking new business and want to be a part of that.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF WHAT YOU DO ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?
Going to the rink is by far the best part of my day. I love playing hockey first and foremost – I am fortunate to operate a business that matches my passion.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART?
I would not consider myself to be a tech/internet guru. Web technology and social media are constantly changing and it can definitely be challenging to keep up with it and to stay fresh.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?
My definition of success is dependent on the success of those around me. I live by the words of NHLer P.K. Subban’s father, Karl Subban, who once said, “You’re working hard each day not just to be a better hockey player, but to be a better person”. Through Get Goalies, we try to make more positive experiences for teams and players both on and off the ice. Similarly, we want to help likeminded businesses and charities thrive in the community.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND BEYOND?
The plan is for Get Goalies to be fully functional in the entire GTA by the end of 2016. As we expand, we look to partner with local communities all across Canada and aim to make this the first choice for Canadians looking for a goalie.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OR STUDENTS STUDYING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN YOUR FIELD?
Don’t be discouraged by the obstacles and hardships that will arise. Anyone who has been stopped by an obstacle has let it stop him or her. These events become failures and failures become fears – don’t let fear get between you and your goals. Keep educating yourself, ask for help, and stay positive.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES YOU FROM YOUR COMPETITION?
Our greatest advantage is our pricing. We charge a low monthly fee for our services, as opposed to charging a high service fee per skate. We also allow our goalies to decide how much they want to be paid per skate, putting more money in their pocket. Our automated system is a useful feature for both teams and goalies because it gives them the opportunity to book skates automatically, 24 hours a day, with more control.
WHY IS HAMILTON THE HOME FOR YOUR COMPANY?
Hamilton has a wonderfully vibrant entrepreneurial scene that we are happy to be a part of. Everybody is genuinely is interested in new ideas and want to see them flourish in the community. I think Hamiltonians are conscious of positive changes in the city, so new business and movements that have positive social impacts are welcomed with open arms. It is a wonderful city to be a part of.
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