Jeff Kurkoski, Class of 2015
Inside Sale Manager at National Pipe and Plastics
Since graduating BLI in 2015 I have been deeply immersed in the fast paced and glamorous life of a PVC pipe sales manager. Between the jet setting and high society galas, I have attempted to maintain some semblance of the relationships developed during my class while advancing my professional career. We (our BLI class) had a number of highly intelligent and motivated individuals who have gone on to accomplish really wonderful and substantive things in this community. I am a firm believer that leveraging personal success is a very real and lasting way to change our community for the better. Also, I got a dog.
Favorite Book/Movie: If I have to single out one book I think “The Road to Wigan Pier” would be my choice. It is truly a fascinating read and the second part is some incredibly insightful social commentary. Two thumbs up. I tend toward irreverence in film. An afternoon watching Caddy Shack or Slapshot meets that need.
Current Boards: BLI
Interests/Hobbies: Golf, hockey, and travel. Also, I have a wife.
How did your BLI experience change your perception of the community, and motivate you to become more involved in the community? It forced me out of my little circle. By being exposed to the people and places that I was not interacting with on a daily basis I not only became aware of, but became involved in great things that were already happing in the community, just without Jeff. Now there is more Jeff. You’re welcome.
Where would you like to see a future BLI class or leadership event held in the area? Our community has an abundance of GREAT outdoor hiking/walking/just plain adventuring areas. Jones Park, Oakley Corners, Wolf Park are just a few places that few have heard of, but everyone should know. These places are extensive and amazingly close for their size. Might make for a cool day.
What was your most memorable BLI activity/moment? Any moment with Amy Shaw.
What was the most valuable benefit to you from your BLI experience? The people. The long-term value of great relationships can never be understated.
What “nugget of wisdom” do you have for your fellow BLI alum? I once asked the most successful person I know this exact question. His response was incredibly simple: “Be nice to everyone all the time. You never know.” A basic concept that yields awesome results. The nicest thing that can be said of another is that “ they never have a negative thing to say about anyone”.