Q1: What is your background in sports, and how did your path lead you here?
In high school I was a pretty successful football player at Bishop Luers, but I did not always find success in academics, which impacted my college decisions. After transferring from Pasadena Community College in California to return home for my family, I graduated from Saint Francis with a degree in business marketing, and I was inducted in the athletic hall of fame in 2016. And with personal success and failures, I committed my career to mentoring not only sports, but life.
Q2: Can you explain the history of AWP, your mission and what you can uniquely offer to athletes?
AWP Sports stands for Athletes With Purpose, which my partner Bryan Bourcier and I co-founded in 2003. In 2007, we formed an actual business entity, adding more partners like Ortho Northeast. We both had the same vision – finding a way for sports to make people into better leaders and positively impact them, while earning college scholarships and ultimately helping them find their purpose beyond athletics. That is the core of our mission. Sports are a great vehicle to do that. We have been the trendsetter in Fort Wayne as the first sports performance provider of our kind, which differs from strength and conditioning – sports performance is more in-depth, combining speed, strength, athletic movement and injury prevention. Linear and lateral speed training has always set us apart in helping athletes maximize their athletic talents. We also believe in mentorship, placing value on relationships first. We want to help kids be entrepreneurs, in the sense that they pursue opportunity in life without regard to resources currently controlled. We want them to go after their dreams no matter what.
Q3: What is the best part of your job?
Q4: What are some of the biggest challenges you face, and how do you work to overcome those?
Q5: Where do you see AWP going in the future?