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May 26, 2023

The Summer '23 Face of MFMA is Jon Simons!

The "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.

Jon Simons was named our Summer '23 Face of MFMA. We share his insights in the interview below.

How did you get started in the sports floor industry?

Jon:  My father-in-law ran a similar business prior to me meeting him.


Who was the biggest influence in your career?

Jon:  As I stated above, my father-in-law, Brendon Farrell, was in the industry for 15 years. He was very hands-on and taught me much of what I know. He also showed me what work ethic is required to make it in this line of work.

How does your company help the sports flooring industry?

Jon:  We are very innovative. This industry can be stuck in the past and that is especially true in our market. We are constantly trying new equipment, finishing techniques and new products.

What do you feel are your keys to success?

Jon:  I think innovation is major to our success as we are always pushing the boundaries further. As far the customer experience is concerned, we are an operations-based company as opposed to a sales based. We do not make a sale and then pass you off. Owners and top management are involved in the project right through the whole process.

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

Jon:  There are been some major changes in the industry since I started. I think the biggest is the recent commodity fluctuations and hyperinflation. Changes to the world economy affect all but us having contracts from two years prior that have not started yet required us to get to get creative.

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

Jon:  We are always trying to be better and do better work.

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

Jon:  I’ve seen many crazy things. One that comes to mind was a flooded floor that turned into a skateboard park. The buckling of the wood was over my head.

How has the sports flooring industry changed since you started in the industry?

Jon:  New finishing products have helped take floors to the next level. Equipment has also changed a lot to make installations better, quicker, and cleaner.

What is your best advice to someone starting out in the industry?

Jon:  As will any business owner, you will only get out what you put into it. I really feel this is especially true in this industry. The first few years really require you to make many sacrifices. If you can work hard and have a good business sense you will do well. Don’t get pushed around by your customers and cover your ass on everything.


Jon Simons

Titan Sport Systems

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