Your Jokari site brought back some great memories. I worked for Jokari in Dallas TX from 1975 to 1980, right out of college. I was responsible for the national tournaments and worked closely with Kyle Rote Junior promoting the product line including Kikari ….the soccer equivalent. I ended up as the Operations VP and sourcing all the products out of Taiwan, Korea and Japan.
Sam Ligon, a bright Harvard MBA entrepreneur was the president and was supported by three other investors who made up the Texas Group. Sam sold the company and went on to build several others successfully. I still consider him my business mentor today. I have several marketing pieces and commercial articles I would be happy to give to you. If you send me your address I would happy to include them as part of your collection.
I owe Sam and Jokari a great deal. As a result of Sam’s teaching, coaching and encouragement, I went on to a successful career in High Tech starting with Apple in 1980 and retiring as a VP for Dell Computer in 2002.