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Pair Networks

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Pair Networks

2403 Sidney Street Suite 210

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203

United States

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President

Professional & Amateur Pinball Association

Chief Executive Officer

Hostopia.com Inc.

Chief Executive Officer of Pair Networks Inc.

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Cupcaked

Education

Montclair University

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Kevin Martin knew things were ...

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Kevin Martin knew things were bad when he stopped his car on a bridge, peered over the side and saw the river water rising. When the water started to engulf his car, he began walking. Weeks earlier, Hurricane Ivan had made landfall on the Gulf Coast, devastating vast swaths of Ala., Fla., La. and Texas. Those in the Midwest and along the eastern seaboard know that landfall doesn't mark the end of a hurricane's destruction. Over the next few days, Ivan inched north, wringing out rain as it spread out across the country. Ivan dissipated, but not before it drenched Scott Township, Pa. with nearly six inches of rain, which was now causing the river to swell underneath the bridge on which Martin parked. As Chartiers Creek flooded, the water spilled out toward the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association's headquarters, and Martin understood his dire strait when the water rose, foot by foot, to the bottom of the first pinball machine. By the end of the day that Ivan hit Scott Township on Sept. 17, 2004, the 100-year flood had submerged PAPA HQ in five feet of water, sludge and diesel fuel from the surrounding buildings. Only five days before, the 30,000-square-foot PAPA warehouse, just 10 miles outside of Pittsburgh and a couple hundred feet from the shores of Chartiers Creek — just a few miles away from the bridge — hosted the PAPA 7 World Pinball Championships. That event was the first Martin organized after acquiring the organization. Less than a week later, the creek was cresting, and the headquarters he'd purchased and built was in imminent danger of being wiped out. After the devastation, Martin came back and began to rebuild.

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There were two ways to spend his allowance. "There was nothing else of interest, first of all, except the arcade, to an 8- or 9-year-old in a bowling alley," Martin says. "And the quarters that I had lasted a lot longer, I found, when I played the pinball machines. Not only were video games brutally hard back then, which I completely respect, but I think they had maybe Atari Black Widow or something. You'd be destroyed in 45 seconds. Or you could play Eight Ball or something and have three or four minutes of entertainment and maybe win a free game." That was Martin's introduction to pinball, and the beginning of a lifelong hobby. Martin grew up, but he never grew out of pinball. He continued to play in college and in grad school. He took pinball road trips and started a website that listed the machines he visited and their conditions. He moved to Pittsburgh, where he joined a coffee house pinball league in the early '90s. "The feeling that was in that ballroom in the Central Park Hotel really got into my blood." He took a job at Carnegie Mellon, where he eventually realized that he wasn't really using his computer science degree for anything worthwhile. Using his own website as a springboard, he founded a web hosting company, Pair Networks, in January 1996. The now-CEO has been running his web hosting company for more than 17 years. Before he was a CEO, Martin began to hone his skills playing The Addams Family pinball at the local mall and whatever pinball games were available in his student union. In 1993, he and a group of friends attended their first tournament, the PAPA 3 World Pinball Championships. "The feeling that was in that ballroom in the Central Park Hotel really got into my blood," he says. "That's what I've always wanted to recreate ever since. "I like the technical aspect — that there's a bunch of scores going up and down a list — and there's competition in the air, and there's fun, and there's camaraderie, and there's pinball everywhere. It's all about pinball." PAPA's founder was ready for retirement by 1996, and PAPA World Championships faded away. Martin was undeterred, and in 2000 began running a local pinball tournament called Pinburgh, named for the Pittsburgh area it serviced. He also began collecting pinball machines, which he used at the tournaments.
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When Martin took his first steps toward organizing pinball, Kerins was there to give "little pieces of advice.
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He also volunteered to help with Martin's website, creating content such as strategy guides. Both men were dedicated to the proposition that pinball needed an entity like PAPA to organize and guide tournaments. Kerins started selling Martin on the idea of a match-play tournament after he acquired the PAPA HQ facility outside of Pittsburgh. Match-play tournaments have several advantages.
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It was a lot of 3 or 4 a.m. nights down here, trying to figure out, 'Why am I not getting the right signal?' or this and that." This is Steinman's vision, empowered by Kevin Martin. "I never could have conceived of this, the way he's doing it," Martin says. "It would not happen without him." What Martin can do, aside from what he estimates has been a seven-figure investment over the years, is his best to keep PAPA going even in his absence. Not long ago, he established a nonprofit operating foundation to run PAPA. "It's not just me," Martin said.
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Fans will camp out in the parking lot, tailgate the event with PAPA's blessing and create a microcosm of the community of pinball enthusiasts that Kevin Martin, Mark Steinman and Bowen Kerins hope will spread across the country. "It's built.


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Received a message from Candlebox's lead singer Kevin Martin this morning.


Kudos to PAPA President Kevin ...

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Kudos to PAPA President Kevin Martin, Director of Operations Mark Steinman, Tournament Directors Doug Polka and Elizabeth Cromwell and lead Technician Steve Eckert.

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PAPA "A" winner Robert Gagno of Canada accepting his Martian trophy from PAPA President Kevin Martin
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from PAPA President Kevin Martin


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Kevin Martin of Candlebox at Playstation Theater

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Kevin Martin of Candlebox at Playstation Theater


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Pets Get Rocked Podcast: Kevin Martin of Candlebox

Pets Get Rocked Podcast: Kevin Martin of Candlebox
Pets Get Rocked host, Terrie Carr, has something in common with us here at MX2 Media... a passion for Kevin Martin and his band, Candlebox.
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Pets Get Rocked Podcast #9: Kevin Martin of Candlebox

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