J Laca grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida in 1978. He is the owner of Clearwater Enviro Technologies, which he founded in 1989. His love of jai-alai is documented with his donation in 2007 to build America’s first public jai-alai in St. Petersburg, operating the NJAA and Pelota Press websites, construction of a huge 2,000 sq. ft. jai-alai and sports museum and building his own personal jai-alai court.
Paul was born and raised in St. Petersburg and was a former St. Pete Firefighter for 15 years. His decade-long persistence to get a public jai-alai court was meet with reality in 2007. Working alongside with Tom DeMint, they were able to pull off one of the greatest jai-alai miracles in history. He is the principal and founding member of the NJAA. His son Kyle, who started playing jai-alai at the age of 8, is a star player on the Magic City Jai-alai roster in Miami, Florida.
Mike was born in Homestead, Florida and moved to St. Petersburg in 1979. He opened his computer repair business, Magicomp, straight out of college in 1981 from SPJC. He started playing jai-alai in 1988 and was the official computer consultant for Tampa Jai-alai. He has supplied the updates to the NJAA website since 2008 and developed an amazing “Talking scoreboard” which uniquely keeps score of games and statistics of all the players.
Eric was born and raised in St. Petersburg and was a letterman placekicker for Vanderbilt University while graduating in 1996. He earned a Masters from University of Birmingham in 2002. He is the principal at Bay Area Building Solutions of Tampa. Eric is the Community Liaison for the NJAA and communicates directly with all city contacts at City Hall, Parks & Recreation, zoning and construction.
Scott was born in Meridian, Connecticut and was a former 14-year frontcourt player at Tampa and Ocala Jai-alai playing against some of the greatest players in the world. After retirement, he has owned and operated Scott King Contracting since 1996 and has been building high quality commercial buildings and major home additions. He is the NJAA court manager and director of facilities and construction.
Anthony was born in Ft. Lauderdale but raised in the Tampa Bay area. He went to college at USF, HCC and Erwin. Currently he is a civil designer at Point West Engineering and designed the J Laca Court. Anthony is the assistant to director player, court, and performance activities for all NJAA events. His countless hours of dedication to design and build the J Laca Court is cherished by the NJAA.
Mark is now retired and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida and was a former attorney and teacher. Mark is the official NJAA historian and is about as knowledgeable as anybody on the history of jai-alai. He owns the largest collection of jai-alai programs in the United States.