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Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
As an athlete, I didn't have a lot of time for any other activities at ASU, but athletics taught me so much. I learned a tremendous amount about being resilient, utilizing good time management, overcoming adversity, handling the pressure of being isolated on a field in front of 65,000 people both in good moments and bad ones, and so much more. My teammates and coaches helped shape me into who I am today, both as a business leader and entrepreneur, but probably most importantly into who I am as a man and as a father.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current profession?
I always joke that I loved ASU so much that I went twice. My undergraduate work gave me the foundation in business and set me up to succeed, but my MBA really put the finishing touches on my resume and helped me fill in the major gaps in my skill set. To this day, I'm always learning and seeking new experiences and new mentors, so the work is never complete, but I'm extremely thankful to have built such a strong foundation at ASU.
How did ASU help you achieve your dream?
In a lot of ways my time at ASU was my dream. I was able to earn a scholarship and be a starter on a Division I football team in my hometown (I'm from Scottsdale), so that in and of itself was a dream come true. From there, I was able to play a little while in the NFL and then start a business back in the Valley, earn my MBA at ASU and continue my journey in sales and entrepreneurship. ASU is such a fundamental part of who I am that it's honestly hard for me to separate myself too much from the university. ASU was the beginning of so much, and today, I absolutely love bringing my kids to the football games and tailgates and staying involved in the Alumni Association and other groups and organizations at ASU.
Tell us about your involvement with the ASU Alumni Association’s Nebraska alumni chapter.
It's hard to compete with the family ties and tradition that the University of Nebraska has there, but we do have a lot of passive ASU supporters as well as a passionate alumni base in Nebraska. As we look ahead to the coming year, the other chapter members and I are excited to be hosting a Sun Devil Send-Off, a Pat's Run shadow run, and a game-watching party for the Nogales Tech game in the Omaha area. I'm excited about the future of our small group, and especially about the Pat's Run opportunity. Pat Tillman’s legacy transcends sports and transcends ASU, so I'm humbled to try and help honor his legacy and tell his story to people in Nebraska that may not know just what an amazing guy he truly was.
What advice would you give today’s college students?
Carpe Diem. Life goes fast and you can never go back. Get involved. Challenge yourself. Make an effort to get outside of your comfort zone. Attack your weaknesses by surrounding yourself with people that have what you want to have and know what you'd like to know. Never stop learning. Always support your Sun Devils. Get involved in the Alumni Association and start to give back. It's an amazing group to be a part of and I'm extremely proud to be a Sun Devil! I know you will be too.