As a lifelong resident of southern Illinois, I understand the value of TEAM. Growing up in the rural community of Benton IL, I played all the sports. As I entered high school, I focused more on basketball. I really enjoyed how 5 guys working together could produce greater results than 5 individuals. I was blessed to be all state in Illinois in basketball and continued my career at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, finishing my career in 1989 as the #9 all-time leading scorer in school history. After college, I became an entrepreneur, owning several businesses that I still own today. They are in the insurance/administration field, screen-print and embroidery, and land management. However, I could not get basketball out of my system and on top of all the other things I was doing, I took the head coaching job at our local college, winning a National Championship in 2013. My screen-print and embroidery business allows me to stay active with all the coaches in the area, providing them with quality merchandise at an affordable price. Vertical Raise affords me the opportunity to help these kids and coaches even more by directing and advising them on their fundraising efforts. I look forward to helping motivate coaches, teachers, and students to realize their potential in generating revenue for their chosen calling. LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!