Your team has an interesting name, what can you tell me about that?
It all started with the car name which is Wartburg, a brand from Eastern Germany also known as DDR. The full name of the vehicle is Wartburg 353 Tourist. It was also sold in the Western world under the name of Wartburg Knight. So, we came up with the silly idea saying, “let’s be the Kings since he is the Knight.” Then it kind of naturally evolved into Wartburger Kings. Both of us lived in the US for while so it sounded catchy to us. We were trying to be clever and funny with the name. There is no other reason behind it.
What preparations do you have left to do?
In my opinion, the vehicle will be in preparation mode until the very end, in order to make it perfect.
What brought you to SKS?
The main reason why I came to SKS was to play hockey. It was my dream to play in USA. When the opportunity presented itself I had to go, even though I was 16 years old and had never flown in big airplane, I took my hockey bag, language and left Slovakia, expecting to leave home for 9 months. Realizing how great the Hillside is, I decided to stay for two more years.
What are your memories of the Hillside that helped get you on the path you are taking today?
The biggest thing I learn on Hillside is to have courage. I think it turned me into extrovert. I learned that I have to stand up and speak up if I want learn something and get somewhere in life.
After graduating from SKS what was your university experience like and what are you doing these days?
I went to City University of Seattle with campuses in EU, where I finished my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduating in 2014, I went to Canada to work in the northern Alberta wilderness, where I had a hard job where I earned enough money to pay for my MBA tuition when I got back to Europe. I also work fulltime for Hewlett Packard Enterprise as part of the Management of Change team. I am expecting to finish my MBA studies one month before the rally starts. No pressure there.