OUR STORY SO FAR...
CHRIS • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Affectionately known as "the voice of our Game Room", Chris Friday began his journey at Spare Time - Temple in September of 2015. As a Game Room Attendant, he has made a reputation for himself as an enthusiastic Laser Tag announcer. His comfortability with a mic has helped him rise to become one of our top DJs for Friday Night Karaoke.
Chris hopes to become a history teacher and gives much of his free time substitute teaching. Some of his other interests include reading, paintball, video games and D&D. We haven't uncovered many weaknesses, but Chris tells us he gets homesick at times and likes soda just a little too much.
Although Chris admits ad-libbing on the microphone can be quite a challenge at times, he enjoys being able to contribute to guests having a fun time and loves the energy. He urges his fellow team mates to enjoy helping people and remember all the "thank you's".
Next time you’re in the center and hear an enticing laser tag announcement over the loud speakers, stop by and let Chris know that he is appreciated!
Published: December 2018
MARY • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Allow us to introduce Mary Denson, a line cook who joined our team in February of 2016. Although relatively inexperienced when she started her career, Mary has grown to be one of our most dependable assets in the kitchen. Now a team lead, Chef Kent relies on Mary to hold the line together and manage various responsibililties throughout the kitchen, chief among them being quality control and consistency.
Mary's passion is cooking and feeds into one of her main goals of traveling the world and experiencing as many different cultures as possible through their cuisine. For now though, she passes the time with her dog and hanging out by the lake. Professionally, Mary often works with the Chef on techniques and participates in course work through BPAA to learn more about food & beverage management.
Despite being the resident comedian in the kitchen, Mary has earned the respect of her fellow workers through her consistently positive attitude and continues to strive towards achieving all she can in the culinary world. She firmly believes that "hard work will take you far in life" and shares that advice with her fellow teammates. We're glad to have Mary on the team and enjoy knowing that she feels the same way!
Published: July 2018
MADYSON • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Madyson Yeager joined our team at Spare Time - Temple in December of 2015 as a Guest Service Representative. Being the quick learner that she is, Madyson was quickly introduced to other departments and made a name for herself working Expo in the kitchen. After beginning Friday Night Karaoke, she quickly volunteered to DJ for the weekly event.
Madyson enjoys the challenges of her work and enjoys whenever she can contribute to a guest having having a great time. Things get most exciting when she is able to come together with her teammates to overcome a situation. In her off-time, Madyson loves to go on adventures with her friends and is working towards becoming a marine biologist or zoologist.
Apart from meeting many of her friends at Spare Time, Madyson also met and fell in love with her husband TJ while working for us. Due to TJ's service in the military, we said fairwell to Madyson on May 6th when they were asked to relocate. As part of our team, she is sorely missed and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors!
Published: June 2018
MAGGIE • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Meet Maggie McDavid, newcomer to the Spare Time - Pflugerville team, as of this January. Maggie joined us as a party host and has since been cross-trained as a Guest Services Representative and Game Room Attendant. Even though she has big plans for her future, she does extremely well keeping her attention on the present by providing outstanding service with a bubbly smile.
When Maggie isn't conducting unforgettable birthday party experiences, she spends her time in a different sort of concert. Maggie enjoys writing, singing and producing her own music. It's something she's been doing since she was about 10 and plans to make a career out of it. She also attends classes at ACC and is schedule to graduate with her Associates degree in the Spring of 2019.
Maggie really enjoys her work and hopes to stick with Spare Time for as long as she is in Texas. After finishing school, her plan is to move to L.A. in hopes of signing a record deal. With plenty of live performances scheduled this March, she may be closer to that dream than any of us realize. So, if you're into EDM/pop/alternative music, go catch one of Maggies shows at SXSW this Spring or catch her single "Born to Shine" releasing March 15th!
Published: March 2018
DANIEL • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
A full-time employee of Dell, Daniel Zapeda, joined Spare Time - Pflugerville in January 2016 as a Bowling Counter Attendant. His commitment to good time management, being a team-player, and dependability have helped him become the management team's "go-to" for training and everything Bowling Counter. Where others see challenges, Daniel sees opportunities.
In his free time, Daniel plays foosball professionally and is hard at work attempting to earn another title. He also enjoys disc golf and bowling. In fact, Daniel has helped Spare Time - Pflugerville acquire two foosball tables to host weekly tournaments!
Professionally, Daniel is focused on advancing his career. His end goal is to join the marketing team at Dell. For Spare Time, Daniel continues to aim for being helpful to guests and team members alike. He hopes to be a role model to his co-workers and continue to be the person that management can rely on to get the job done.
Once you meet Daniel, it's not hard to see that he cares about his job and the people around him. Come by and pick his brain about bowling or foosball. He's always got an interesting story to tell.
Published: November 2017
ANJELICA • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Anjelica Ramirez began her career with Spare Time - Temple in the fall of 2013 as a Party Host. Her goal is to cross-train in all positions and join the managment team! For now, Anjelica focuses her time on providing outstanding guest service and keeping the server team motivated and running efficiently.
While working with us, Anjelica has also been hard at work pursuing a degree in nursing with the end goal of working in Pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, swimming, arts & crafts, traveling & playing the clarinet. Her advice to her fellow team members: "Set goals for yourself and try your hardest to achieve them...with a smile of course!"
To date, Anjelica's most memorable experience at Spare Time comes from a very friendly family that she had the pleasure of serving. After their meal, they left her a substanitial tip. Feeling grateful, Anjelica rushed out the door after them to thank them. Expecting a handshake, what she received instead was a giant hug! It really made her day!
We invite you to come experience Anjelica's smiley and charming personality before she moves on to the next step in her successful career!
Published: October 2017
COMIC-CON FOR A CAUSE:
The Teen Advisory Board of McLane Children’s was given a unique opportunity August 5th & 6th when they were offered a complementary booth by the generous organizer of the Bell County Comic-Con, Johnny Huang. The Teenagers also received support from local General Manager, Daniel Mueller of Spare Time bowling who donated a large game and cards containing spare time credit for the event.
The teens wasted no time talking to each person about their love for McLane Children’s Medical Center and about joining their fundraising team. The teens met the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman among other celebrities. The Teen Advisory Board raised a total of $545.50 through donations and a charity auction (organized by Johnny Huang and his team with items donated from many local artists and celebrities).
We are so thankful for the enormous amount of community support. Thank you to everyone who talked to our teenagers, donated to them, or contributed in anyway to this fantastic event.
The Teen Advisory Board team is now 83 members strong… and counting…
To join the team, please visit: https://www.extra-life.org
Published: August 2017
TRISTA • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
A relative new-comer to Spare Time Texas, Trista Gerner began working as a concierge at our Pflugerville location this past January. She has recently joined our Event Sales team and is quickly becoming an great asset. Trista's positive attitude and flexible thinking is what she attributes to her success in overcoming the challenges of her position.
Trista excels at anticipating the needs of guests and the business by keeping a close eye on each department throughout her shift. She communicates when she sees an issue and often enlists help from her fellow team members to tackle projects proactively. She looks at people with different personality types as a challenge, eagerly working with them to create positive relationships.
As a recent graduate from Hendrickson High School, Trista has been looking ahead to her future. She is planning on double-majoring in civil engineering and architecture at Texas Tech. Eventually, Trista's life goals are to become a Disney Imagineer or a designer for the Olympics. In her free time, she enjoys creating art, doing activities with her church, and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.
Published: July 2017
RONNIE • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Ronnie Largent joined the Spare Time Texas team in late March of 2013, right before our first location in Temple opened. Since then he has served in the positions of Bowling Counter, Supervisor, Bookkeeper, and now Attractions Manager. With all that combined experience and steadfast dedication, Ronnie has become an invaluable member of our team.
To Ronnie, nothing matters more when he's on duty than guest experience. His daily mission is to make every guest feel right at home. One of Ronnie's few concerns left is that his bartending skills aren't quite up to par enough to jump behind the bar and help out when it's busy. It's one of his main goals he's working on.
Ronnie is also an avid bowler and has been competing in Temple's Tuesday Co-Ed Club for 4 seasons now. He also enjoys fishing, seeing movies, and attending auto shows in Austin and Fort Worth. To help others enjoy the successes he has achieved, Ronnie gives the advice: Apply yourself. You CAN do better. NEVER think negatively. Learn from your mistakes! If you're a new guest or a regular, stop by and shake Ronnie's hand. It would make his day to be able to make your day!
Published: June 2017
JACOB • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Jacob Perez began his career with Spare Time preceding our Pflugerville opening in November 2015. Starting as a server, he had several challenges to overcome. Luckily, Jacob's strong people skills and dedication to his work propelled him into a position with our management team by Fall.
As Pflugerville's Hospitality Manager, Jacob oversees the bar and server team he was once a part of. His ability to bond with his team members and guests alike has made him an effective leader and also the subject of many positive comments that we receive from visitors.
Since becoming a manager, Jacob has refocused his goals towards seeing how far he can go with our company. In his personal life though, he prefers to keep it simple. When he's not spending time with his nephew, Jacob enjoys cooking, playing video games, and taking photos. He has plans to travel around Spain, Italy and Greece when time permits. So if you're looking for a great drink and a fun conversation, come by Spare Time Pflugerville and see Jacob! Keep up if you can...he's a fast talker!
Published: April 2017
BOWLER'S ED • COMMUNITY PROGRAM:
How many schools have you been to that have their own bowling alley? The answer is probably none. So how can kids learn to bowl without spending money at a local alley or having school's invest in building specialized equipment? That's the question that IBC's Bowler's Ed answers for schools across the U.S. By partnering with local bowling centers, Bowler's Ed has been able to bring students and bowling together in a way that had not been possible previously.
The IBC provides educators with a full Bowling cirriculum and the option to purchase portable bowling equipment that can be set up easily in any gymnasium. That's where Spare Time comes in. We have purchased several sets of the portable bowling equipment and are making it available to schools, free of charge. The end result is that students receive a very comprehensive training course on bowling with all materials provided to the school at no cost!
Pflugerville Middle School was the first in our community to take our portable lanes for a spin. P.E. Teacher, Cierra Martin, had this to say about the Bowler's Ed program:
"My students LOVED the bowling. I enjoyed all the cross-curriculum, as that is very important to our school. The biggest thing for us was that bowling is all-inclusive for our students. Our essential academic students (students with some sort of disability) were able to bowl and enjoyed every minute. Thank you so much for allowing our school this opportunity."
For more information on Bowler's Ed, please contact Spare Time Texas today!
Published: April 2017
ANGEL • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Angel Rhem started with Spare Time Texas all the way back in March of 2013, just one month prior to the center's grand opening. Angel has been with Spare Time since the beginning and has grown a lot with our company. Starting out her career with us as a high school student, she is now working full time with us as an Event Sales Associate while maintaining a full-time college schedule in her free time.
Angel began her journey with us as a party host, and has quickly moved on to master other departments, including Winner's Corner and Laser Tag. Angel is always willing to help out at any time in any department. She now uses that knowledge and experience to curate unforgettable party experiences, and in doing so, has become a vital and thoroughly dependable part of our sales team. Angel receives great feedback from so many guests and she still manages to help out in other departments when she is called upon.
There's a lot more behind Angel's shining smile and sparkling personality. Her favorite Spare Time menu item is Mike's Club and she loves to get a few rounds of laser tag in when she's off the clock. Angel has 4 sisters and enjoys going to the gym. When she's not working out or playing laser tag, Angel can be found hitting the books and advancing her degree in Criminal Justice.
Published: March 2017
CYDNIE • TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Cydnie Matthes has been a part of the Spare Time Pflugerville team since opening day (Dec 7, 2015). Cydnie works primarily supporting the kitchen as an expeditor and food runner. She also fills in at bowling and arcade operations as needed.
Cydnie is a senior at Hendrickson, where she serves as President of TAFE (Texas Association of Future Teachers). She will begin her studies in early childhood education at Texas State in the fall of 2017. Cydnie has a younger sister Meagan, and she has lived in Pflugerville for 10 years. Her family is originally from Las Vegas. Cydnie has practiced Korean martial arts for 11 years. Her favorite music artist is Kenny Chesney.
Her supervisor, Chef Kent O’Keefe, praises Cydnie for her outstanding work ethic, her enthusiasm and her teamwork. “She’s always got a smile on and is really great at holding her fellow team members to a higher standard”, says Kent. “Because of this, we felt it was important to back some of her many suggestions for our business, such as adding cotton candy and dill pickles to our Snack Bar offerings.” So next time you visit Spare Time and enjoy a tasty pickle or indulge in some cotton candy, thank Cydnie for being an awesome team member.
Published: January 2017