My ping pong journey began when I was 10, and I tagged along with my father to a shoe convention at the McCormick place in Chicago. The Mayor Daley Sports Festival was happening in an adjacent exhibit hall, and I wandered over to watch the action. By chance, the sports festival that year included an ITTF Pro Tour ping pong event. I was fortunate to watch some of the best players in history from about 20 feet away. From there I was hooked… I started playing with my father in the basement and eventually graduated to play at local clubs. Then, I found my future coach and mentor, Jon Bosika. I’ve enjoyed an exciting playing career that has taken me all over, both in the USA and internationally, including winning multiple titles and even a 2-year stint playing in Romania!