I grew up in Indianapolis, where I played baseball, including a five-year, post-high school stint on a college team. Sports gave me the opportunity to travel and experience places and people I might otherwise never have seen, but the more I traveled, the more I realized Indy was home for me. So when Steve offered me a place in the family business, I was excited to move back to familiar ground and work alongside my parents.
Sports not only taught me the value of being a strong team member, but its competitive nature helped me realize that the only way to stay in the game was to have a clear plan, laser focus, attention to detail, and solid communication skills. These values were embedded in me by my parents while I was growing up, and many of my college coaches preached similar philosophies – which opened my eyes to how closely business principles and sports relate to each other, even though they seem so different on the surface.