We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Lau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I am one of the owners of “Wild West Paintball and Airsoft Park.” My business is located in Mesa, a city in Maricopa County, in the state of Arizona. Paintball and airsoft is a competitive team shooting sport in which players eliminate opponents from play by tagging them with gelatin shells filled with paint (paintballs) utilizing paintball guns. There are many people around the community, who do not like gun violence, especially in today’s society. As a business owner, in the paintball and airsoft industry, I am hoping to change the mindset of how some people look at guns into a positive way. Playing paintball and airsoft provides golden opportunities and benefits that are not just physical. It also promotes mental health. Major benefits and opportunities of participating in this active and invigorating sport include: Full-body workout, promotes weight loss and overall health, increases strength and endurance, increases confidence and interpersonal skills, releases stress, promotes team work and strategic planning, develops critical thinking skills, promotes good-nurtured competition, and provides excitement for the team participants. Participation in this sport can be used as a vehicle to build, develop or reinforce those skills which are essential to be successful in life. “Wild West Paintball and Airsoft Park” will always welcome our community to come to enjoy time with their family and friends and to acquire the several benefits this sport has to offer.
What should our readers know about your business?
Playing sports is one of my passions. I always have enjoyed playing paintball. I have been playing paintball for about ten years. In the past, I used to go to play with my brother, Jake, and friends to different paintball fields throughout Phoenix. In 2013, I found a field called “Wild West Paintball,” while searching around the internet. I became very interested on the field, so I decided to visit it. Since then, I started playing in that field. The more I played, the more I realized that this active sport is not only excited, but also that it provides several benefits and opportunities. However, in 2014, I heard that “Wild West Paintball” was for sale. Since my brother, Jake, and I shared the same passion, we decided to contact the owner of the field. After talking to the owner, my brother and I decided to buy Wild West Paintball. We bought the field in March of 2014, so we decided to change the name to “Wild West Paintball and Airsoft Park.” We have been fortunate to have a steady and consistent growth throughout the years. However, the road was not easy; it was both smooth and bumpy when we first started. Running an outdoor paintball/airsoft field can be very challenging in Arizona, because the paintball scene is not as big as in California and in the East Coast. Not only that, the summer heat is a challenge as well here in Arizona, especially for outdoor paintball/airsoft field. One of the challenges we faced this year was due to Covid-19. We had to close the business for one month. Luckily, we had generated enough finances to overcome the challenge of closing for an entire month. After the business re-opened, we have been working hard to follow the safety guidelines to maintain everybody safe and happy in our business. I have learned that running a business is not easy as I thought. However, I have learned that with dedication, hard work, perseverance and motivation, we can overcome any challenge and achieve our goals to run the business successfully.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank all our employees who are working for “Wild West Paintball and Airsoft Park.” Without their hard work and dedication, our business would not be as successful as it is today. Our employees are in charge to run the paintball/airsoft games throughout the day and to communicate effectively with the customers. They not only just run the game smoothly and successful, but they also help to promote our business.