Samm Diep-Vidal, Director Of The BEF. ~Serena Black {Interview}

Serena Black: How long have you worked for the Billiards Education Foundation?

Samm Diep-Vidal: I have worked for the BEF for two and a half years.

SB: How did you become director of the BEF?

SDV: I was appointed by the board of trustees.

SB: What is your favorite part of your job? Least favorite? Most difficult?

SDV: My favorite part is when I get to work directly with the youth, and when I get to announce good news to them. I have a hard time when I can’t get the support from the community and industry. Don’t get me wrong, we have a ton of wonderful long-time sponsors and supporters, but I feel we had some image hurdles to overcome when I started and though we’ve made a lot of headway, it’s still a work in progress. The most difficult aspect of my occupation is being the sole employee, and having to do just about everything by myself. It has taught me a lot about the various parts of an organization, from fundraising, to bookkeeping, to administration, to marketing. They all have their fun sides.

SB: How are your tournaments ran? Are there specific brackets or divisions or any typical styles of play?

SDV: We only organize one event annually, that is the Junior National 9-Ball Championships. This year will be our 27th year, and it will be held August 4-7 at the South Point Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.