Agawam man creates Games2U
AGAWAM - A self-professed big kid, 42-year-old Paul A. Jenney has found the perfect business for himself.
He recently started a venture called Games2U New England. He has a van and trailer full of various video games as well as 20 laser guns to use for games of laser tag.
The van has five, 50-inch TV screens inside and five on the exterior to be used for video games. Included are such games particular to the Games2U franchise like "Booger Wars."
He brings those attractions to teenagers' birthday parties, fraternity parties and company outings. One job involved pitting the marketing department of a local company against the accounting department in a game with laser guns.
The laser guns are constructed so that one's laser gun indicates if one has been "shot" by an opponent, he said.
"The world is so crazy right now, I think it is important to have a little bit of fun these days." he said during a recent interview at the storage area where he keeps his van and trailer.
His goal is to create "rock star parties," Jenney said.
The Agawam resident has done parties for as many as 60 people, from kids to adults.
"There is something for everybody, really," he said.
Jenney admits to having always been " a kid" and started taking part in role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons at the age of 12.
For 23 years Jenney was the vice president of operations for InfoCenter Inc., a business his family started in Feeding Hills. It did background checks for landlords of potential tenants. The business was sold in 2005.
In the time since then, Jenney has taken a break, as well as some courses at Springfield Technical Community College.
For now, he is focused on developing the first business he will have started by himself.
"I want my parents to look down and say, 'Pretty good job, buddy,'" he said. "I really enjoyed working with my parents. A lot of people don't have that ability."
His parents, Paul E. and Marlies J. Jenney, are deceased.