1) Tell us a story from when you were a kid. It can be funny, stupid, warm and fuzzy, whatever. Just make it a good one.
I have been a lifelong Denver Broncos fan, and the first time I ever got to see them play was when I was ten years old. They came to Paul Brown to play the Bengals who had fallen on hard times and were not performing that well. I was very excited to see the Broncos play and see them win. This turned out to be one of the saddest sports memories I have. This was the day that Cory Dillon set the single game rushing record in the NFL and the Broncos were run out of the building. I remember being one of the few remaining fans in the stadium at the end of the game and I was sitting there crying. This has been a constant experience for me until two years ago when I went to Paul Brown with my father and we got to see the Broncos win live for the first time.
2) Which ProLink core value do you identify with most? Why?
Family First. This core value has to be the one I identify with most. My family has always been very important to me and are the people I rely on most, and I believe I have added to that family during my time at ProLink. I truly feel like I have made relationships at ProLink that will last a lifetime. I have found people that I can rely on and who truly want the best for me. I want to make sure that I don’t let them down and that I am there for them when they need me.
3) You majored in Sports Administration at University of Cincinnati, but you’ve said academics weren’t necessarily the most valuable thing you gained from those years. Explain what was more valuable to you during that time? Why?
The most valuable thing I gained from my experience at the University of Cincinnati were the relationships I built while I was there. I truly believe that college is a 4-year networking event. You develop friendships and business relationships, which I believe help you far more than anything you can read in a book or hear in a class.
4) You’ve played a lot of football and wrestling over the years, but they’re very different sports. Tell us about the value of playing each and how they’ve impacted your life in different ways.
Wrestling teaches you to rely on everything you have learned through practice and training and how to rely on yourself. You are contributing to a team, but at the end of the day, it is just you and the other guy on the mat. When you are on the football field, you are out there with 10 of your brothers. You have to make sure you are carrying your weight so that the team can be successful. Each have taught me how to rely on myself and others to be successful and foster a team mentality.
5) Tell us about your older brother and why your relationship really hit its stride once you hit 16.
My brother has been someone I have looked up to my whole life, and someone I really leaned on when our parents split. Through that time, I leaned on him a lot and he was there for me when I needed him. That helped foster our relationship further and since then have been the best of friends and have a connection that I am so thankful to have in my life.
6) Why is Monopoly such a big deal for you and your friends?
Monopoly is such a big deal for my friends and I because it is a link back to our childhood and a time where we were all together. We used to play most days after school when we were in high school and it is something that we still play even to this day when we can all be together.
7) What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love to sing! I will sing in the bullpen, but it is mostly in a joking manner. I truly believe I am a good singer when I am trying, and I absolutely love singing, but am deathly afraid of singing in front of others. Maybe one day…
8) What is something you get unreasonably excited about?
Live theatre. I don’t think many people would expect me to be someone who thoroughly enjoys live performances such as plays or concerts, but the excitement I feel going to live performances is truly amazing.
10) Who is your favorite character of all time (can be from anything, movie, book, TV, whatever)? Why?
The Joker. He has to be the best character to ever be created. He is so true to the idea of a super villain and living purely to create chaos. He has no ulterior motives, he doesn’t do things for money, or power, but solely to create havoc that is usually targeted towards Bruce Wayne.