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#1 nighthunter

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:41 AM

Simon Stevens, chief engineer for KEE is leaving the company in pursuit of his own goals.
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To all my friends in Paintball, it is true that I have left KEE. I really appreciate all of the support and people reaching out to see how I am doing. This was my decision, and although it makes me sad after having been with KEE/NPS for nearly 10 years, I am also very excited about the future. I am going to take a break (from the internet too) for to go snow boarding and clear my head, and then I will be back with my nose to the grind stone and doing my best to innovate and keep moving the sport of paintball forwards.




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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

First..... And damn that's unfortunate, best of luck to him going forwards.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

Too bad, he actually made quite an effort in Empire products, with all those videos on things. Still he never posted here for the Contour contest.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

Simon was the best damn thing to happen to paintball for years, It's a shame that he is leaving, but he said he'd be back, so I shall eagerly anticipate his return!
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

the first thing that pops in my head is "non compete"

He's one of the most well known engineers in paintball, who worked at the biggest company in paintball....

I can't imagine him being able to just.. go work for someone else next week inside the paintball industry, competing with KEE/Empire

I've been wrong before, but we'll just have to see. I've known of Simon pre-TechPB, pre-PBN, back when he worked at AGD Europe


Yea, although he has a screen name here at TechPB, he'll NEVER post here under any circumstances. If I can't get Terry Fong of Bob Long to post over here, definitely no way in hell I'll ever get Simon to post over here.


But no worries, we've gotten along just fine without them :-)

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:20 PM

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:21 PM

I wonder what this means for kee, losing your chief engineer isn't usually a good thing. Kee has big shoes to fill, it needs to be someone who is very vested in the sport and also has the skill set required. Any mechanical engineer can design these things, they just need to have the mindset to know what paintball needs to move forward and what paintballers want in their products.
I'm really interested to see what happens because of this, might get some new ideas with new blood in Simon's old chair
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:43 PM

the first thing that pops in my head is "non compete"

He's one of the most well known engineers in paintball, who worked at the biggest company in paintball....

I can't imagine him being able to just.. go work for someone else next week inside the paintball industry, competing with KEE/Empire

I've been wrong before, but we'll just have to see. I've known of Simon pre-TechPB, pre-PBN, back when he worked at AGD Europe


Yea, although he has a screen name here at TechPB, he'll NEVER post here under any circumstances. If I can't get Terry Fong of Bob Long to post over here, definitely no way in hell I'll ever get Simon to post over here.


But no worries, we've gotten along just fine without them :-)


maybe he'll come out with something else under his own banner, considering he wants to "innovate and keep moving the sport of paintball forwards". what better way than doing something on your own not having to worry about what everyone else thinks about your idea. while there is a probability of a non-compete clause we just don't know for sure, that even if there is, we don't know the parameters of the CNC I'm sure florida?(i think thats where KEE is), has some type of restrictions as to what the employer can put in the CNC.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:21 PM

All he needs to do is setup in a right to work state and his non compete is void: can't stop a person from making a living......

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:24 PM

Maybe a non compete has to do with him leaving. Either way I will await his return and only time will tell as to how KEE handles the situation.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

Man that sucks that he's leaving. Kee losing their top engineer isnt exactly the best thing for them. They have some pretty big shoes to fill. One day man, when im a mechanical engineer...

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:46 AM

Wow, I used to watch his videos all the time. I never would have got my Prophecy back together if it weren't for them. I really hope he stays with paintball, whether with Kee or someone else.

Edit: I just read on the other forum that his Linked In has him working at Simonized on Feb 2013... hopefully his own line perhaps?

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

So Mike, what's gonna happen in regards to the contest..now that Simon is gone..


First after Simon?

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:07 PM

Machine Vapor 2.0?

As in he'll design his own "perfect" peice of gear. At least this happened after empires latest releases. If he had left halfway through their first high end marker would've been shit.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:20 PM

I still don't understand why you would leave a cushy position at empire to "clear your head". There's all sorts of leave you can put in for, and especially so for a person of his position. Plus, Mike is correct. Obviously none of us know what his seperation clauses were, but I would wager that there is a non-compete in there, and it's not like he can just go anywhere any start working on his designs with a new company.

It just seems real fishy to me... you don't just up and leave your primary source of income to take some personal time off for no real reason.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:06 AM

So much for the larger Prophecy shells which many players have been expecting for months :(

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:08 AM

So much for the larger Prophecy shells which many players have been expecting for months :(

You mean these shells?

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:44 AM

He does NOT have a non-compete. He worked it out as part of his leaving.

And he's actually starting work on his first new project now under a new company name. I guess when the times right he'll announce all that stuff. :)
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:23 PM


So much for the larger Prophecy shells which many players have been expecting for months :(

You mean these shells?


As a matter of fact, yes. Apparently I'm behind on the times. :(

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

wonder who's going to have fill in his shoes


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:55 PM

He was doing automotive engineering, for Lotus I believe, back when he was in England. AGD Europe was kind of like a side hustle at the time working on the X-Mag. He didn't get into paintball full time until NPS hired him and brought him to the states. At least that was how I remember it when he was posting regularly on The Tinker's Guild. There was also some ties to Odyssey when they were designing the original Halo.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:04 PM

Someone post some links of this stuff.
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:20 AM

the first thing that pops in my head is "non compete"

He's one of the most well known engineers in paintball, who worked at the biggest company in paintball....

I can't imagine him being able to just.. go work for someone else next week inside the paintball industry, competing with KEE/Empire

I've been wrong before, but we'll just have to see. I've known of Simon pre-TechPB, pre-PBN, back when he worked at AGD Europe


Yea, although he has a screen name here at TechPB, he'll NEVER post here under any circumstances. If I can't get Terry Fong of Bob Long to post over here, definitely no way in hell I'll ever get Simon to post over here.


But no worries, we've gotten along just fine without them :-)


I'm new to paintball, why we wouldn't he post here? This seems like a very popular/well run forum.

Edited by PBphilosopher, 21 March 2013 - 04:20 AM.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:26 AM


the first thing that pops in my head is "non compete"

He's one of the most well known engineers in paintball, who worked at the biggest company in paintball....

I can't imagine him being able to just.. go work for someone else next week inside the paintball industry, competing with KEE/Empire

I've been wrong before, but we'll just have to see. I've known of Simon pre-TechPB, pre-PBN, back when he worked at AGD Europe


Yea, although he has a screen name here at TechPB, he'll NEVER post here under any circumstances. If I can't get Terry Fong of Bob Long to post over here, definitely no way in hell I'll ever get Simon to post over here.


But no worries, we've gotten along just fine without them :-)


maybe he'll come out with something else under his own banner, considering he wants to "innovate and keep moving the sport of paintball forwards". what better way than doing something on your own not having to worry about what everyone else thinks about your idea. while there is a probability of a non-compete clause we just don't know for sure, that even if there is, we don't know the parameters of the CNC I'm sure florida?(i think thats where KEE is), has some type of restrictions as to what the employer can put in the CNC.


"Non-compete agreements are automatically void as a matter of law in California." This applies even if he signed a non-compete in a state where it is legal. So he can come over here and work. :)

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:27 PM

Because really the nation is where the most people are at and I doubt Simon would like to come on our forums. This is why I joined his forum
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