I grew up in rural southern Illinois in a town of 300 people; at least that’s what the sign said! I graduated 8th grade with 9 kids in my class 😬. Thankfully, my high school did have around 375 kids, but it is a unique part of the country with beautiful landscape that includes the Shawnee National Forest, Cypress Swamps, and the confluence of the Ohio & Mississippi Rivers.
Before getting into the talent space, my career had largely been spent in college athletics. At Louisiana Tech & Eastern Illinois, my responsibilities were primarily to get butts in seats. I loved working in this space and met many great people.
The people that impacted me were primarily teachers, coaches, and the GOAT, Michael Jordan.
Growing up, my favorite foods were pretty much anything my mom or grandma put on the table!