How long have you been playing games online?
Since 1993, Yahoo since 1998.
How much time do you spend online a week?
At the least 4 hours a day, usually more.
How did you learn about Eliters and when did you join?
? I played at Yahoo and Cases back since 1998 and experienced all the cheating going on. Issa decided to head them off at the pass and start a League called Elite. This was Backgammon only at the time. I was one of the first to join, although I did not play very much (I had to be torn from my other friends in Cases.)
When did you first become a Staff Member at Eliters?
I do not have it marked on any calendar but, I think around late 1999 or early 2000.
Tell us about your career history at Eliters
After trying and being persistent for what seems to be a very long time, I came on board as a TD in Backgammon. I had to promise not to be as 'vocal' as I had been used to being, as this was not Cases or Yahoo, this was Elite and we were a slice above the rest. This was a turning point for me, I learned a lot in dealing with many different types of people and remain professional also.
I love backgammon but I also love Cribbage, and asked Issa for a chance to run it if it EVER got up and running. One day in March 2001, I think the 16th, Issa said 'OK Chris cribbage is ready to go if you still want it.' I did, it did.
I was the HA there for about 2 years, and have since stepped down and am an AA there still.
What is it in your background that prepared you for all this?
I am a mother of 5 and through the years I have had to learn to 'multi-task' to be able to stay above water. It is the same here, you have to try to stay aware of what is going on in every direction, although my attention span sometimes takes me down other avenues...lol
What skills have you developed that made this possible?
I have learned how to type off a pretty good e-mail. I have learned to be very fair in my decision making process. I can also socialize pretty good.
And what do you do, for Elite that makes use of all these skills?
Although probably not as often as I should, I am there for running tourneys, playing tourneys, recruiting players and recruiting TD's. I am there to assist in any way I can that will benefit Eliters.
What leagues have you administered or been a TD in Elite?
Backgammon and cribbage Yahoo!
Do you administer any real-life competitions?
No, but I have attended MANY... I have been to Vegas, Leominster, MA, Quebec, Montreal twice.
What do you do in your time away from Elite?
Travel back east 2 to 3 times a year to see the kids and grandkids, go to Mexico for weekend getaways with my sweetheart, sing karaoke, am working on getting my business up and running for January tax time.
What makes Eliters different from the competition?
We are fair, fun, free and a family orientated atmosphere. We do not tolerate abuse, we do not tolerate insults, and we do not tolerate cheating.
What would you tell a prospective member who is trying to choose between Eliters and other, similar leagues?
I would tell them to join the other leagues as well as ours and compare them. It is a free league to become a guest and if they like us then can then become premium. The league performance would convince them that we would be the right choice. We can tell them all we want, but if they learn for themselves then that is more powerful.
Well, that certainly sums it up, any last words for our readers?
I want to thank Issa and Anna for giving me the chance to show my abilities back in the beginning. I have known many players here for a very long time and they are my 'OTHER FAMILY'. Some come and some go, and when they return and I see a name light up, I smile and say ' WOW they are still around '. I have met so many wonderful people here and also in person and I would not change it for a moment.
Eliters is not just a play site, it is a part of life for so many and I am glad I could be a part of that.