Name: Jeremy Pire
Organization Name: Schmitz-Maki Arena, City of Farmington
Address: 114 West Spruce Street
City: Farmington State: MN Zip: 55024
Phone #: 651-280-6902
Tell us how you got into the industry?
After graduating from UW-Lacrosse with a Recreation Management degree I was hired by the City of Hastings to work at the outdoor pool for 6 months and the arena for 6 months as the recreation assistant.
How many years have you been in the ice arena industry?
This is my 16th season in the industry.
What type of Ice Resurfacer does you facility operate?
We just purchased an electric Zamboni this past summer. We received a $50,000 Mighty Ducks Grant to help pay for the new machine.
What type of Ice Edger does your facility operate?
What is the size of your ice sheet?
NHL 200’ x 85’
What type of floor do you have in your facility? (Sand/Cement/Other)
Cement. We replaced the floor, boards and compressors in 2011
What is the best part about working in an ice arena?
Relationships you form with the members of the community.
Using one word, name one thing you love about working at a rink?
Nobody’s perfect in this industry. Tell us your worst experience at a rink so far?
I had to ask a parent to leave the rink during a junior gold game because of her behavior. She cussed my out all the way to the door. She was upset because she thought the refs were costing her team the game. The score was something like 11-1.
What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day?
I am the Parks and Facilities Supervisor and my office is in a different location so I am not at the rink each morning. With that being said the first three things done each morning are compressor reading, completing the daily deposit and checking the building for issues and making sure the building was cleaned up the night before.
How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career?
I am responsible for Parks Maintenance, Building Maintenance, Outdoor pool Maintenance and our rink is open year round with ice and turf so I don’t have a lot of time to attend class and seminars, but when I do the best part is networking with other professionals to see how they solve similar issues that we have.
How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice?
I would keep it real simple. I would tell them there is a blade that cuts the ice and then there are augers like you would have on your ice auger that throws the snow into the front box. After that the hot water is spread out to make the ice smooth.
Career highlight or accomplishment you are most proud of?
Since I have taken over the manager’s job in Farmington we have just about replaced, updated or painted everything in the ice arena. There is only one piece of HAVC equipment that is over 5 years old. Everything else has been replace or updated.
Advice for making it in the sports industry or for someone wanting to be a Zamboni driver?
Getting experience anyway you can would be number one. After that be flexible, if the boss wants you to stay late, stay late. If they want you to work weekends and overtime do it, and don’t complain. Take pride in keeping the building clean. If you have the chance to take on more responsibilities do it.
Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way?
Sliv McGree. He was great guy to work for and taught me a lot about just about everything. He was and is very passionate about the rink in Hastings and Hastings hockey.
What certifications have you attained within the industry? (STAR classes, ISI classes, etc)
I don’t have any certifications within the ice arena industry.
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