IMG_9802.jpgThe "Face of MFMA" is a quarterly initiative where we interview our members and ask them to share some perspective on their job, organization, daily life, and how they are making an impact on the sports flooring industry.

We are pleased to announce our Summer '22 Face of MFMA, Abby Mitchell, and share her insights in the interview below.

MFMA:  How did you get started in the sports floor industry? 

Abby Mitchell: I got my start in the sports floor industry at a very early age.  I believe I was just 12 years old when I installed my first weight room flooring.  I was by far the cheapest labor around!  After college, I worked designing commercial kitchens and then I came to Ponder Company to learn the family business.  Dave had me start at the bottom and work my way up.

MFMA:  Who was the biggest influence in your career? 

AM: My father, David Ponder, has 100% been the biggest influence in my career.  He taught me at a very early age that you have to work hard for everything, life is not always fare and if you treat people right, they will treat you right.

MFMA:  How does your company help the sports flooring industry? 

AM: Ponder Company covers the top half of Texas and Colorado with a touch of Wyoming. 

MFMA:  What do you feel are keys to success? 

AM: Coming to Ponder with a construction and design background, I still had to start at the bottom. From coding invoices, filing paperwork to implementing an operating system and learning the flooring industry, this is how I worked my way up to sell. I educated myself in all aspects of the business in order to help run the business. 

MFMA:  What one thing has impacted the sports flooring industry the most in your career? 

AM: I have seen many changes over the past 20 years but the most exciting to me is the change is attitude towards graphics!  The stain and vinyl have really taken graphics to a new level. 

MFMA:  Do you have a saying or mantra that helps you stay motivated or motivate others?  

AM: In construction, “stuff” happens and there is nothing I have come across that can’t be fixed.  I enjoy the challenge of finding solutions, thinking outside the box and getting all the jobs covered in the busy summer months.

MFMA:  What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen done to a sports flooring surface?

AM: I have seen many interesting things but one stands out. I had a customer call me to tell me there were scratches on their newly redone floor. When I arrived to inspect the floor, I found out that they had a Donkey Basketball game in their gym with actual donkeys and a loose nail from the shoe of a donkey had scratched the newly sanded floor EVERYWHERE! 

MFMA:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

AM: In 10 years, I hope to see Ponder growing and still providing the best service to our customers!

Abby Mitchell
Ponder Co Inc
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