Combining his love of football and passion for entrepreneurship has proven a profitable move for Brent Grablachoff. A former starting kicker for the Red Hawks, Grablachoff founded Kicking World in 2008. Considered the leading football kicking, punting and snapping instruction provider in the world, Kicking World hosts more than 50 national kicking camps in 32 major cities annually.
The 2003 graduate credits lessons he learned while majoring in Business Administration at the Feliciano School of Business – especially under Feliciano School of Business professor Dr.Seddik Meziani
– with giving his successful business venture a leg up. “His instruction on economics and business practices helped me when I began my business to get a good grasp on the accounting, finance and business planning and forecasting side of things,” said Grablachoff of Meziani. “Because of what I learned in his class, I was able to dive into starting my own business and ultimately (thank God), be the one of 10 business owners who do not fail!”
An Island Heights, NJ, native who now calls Austin, Texas home, Grablachoff was drawn to Montclair State University for its well-known business school, access to New York City, and campus that’s both large enough to enjoy the “college experience” and small enough to benefit from intimate class sizes.
He began exploring his entrepreneurial spirit long before college, manning iced tea and lemonade stands as a 5-year-old, renting a table at the Route 70 Flea Market to sell and trade baseball cards as a 10-year-old, and experimenting with Internet marketing during its infancy while he was still in high school. “I always knew that I wanted to run my own company. I (and I think most entrepreneurs) get satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment when evolving a product or service from nothing, to something,” he said. “Being my own boss and growing a company from the ground up has been the most rewarding career accomplishment in my life.”
For undergraduates who hope to follow in Grablachoff’s footsteps, he offers the following advice: pay attention to the details, go above and beyond what your competitors are doing, be reliable and follow through on your commitments, have a process and be adaptable. Some of those tactics he honed in Meziani’s classes.
“His teaching style is one that pushes you to work a little harder, dive a little deeper,” he said, “not just memorize answers, but instead ‘learn’ how things work so that you have a more functional understanding of business and economics.”